Jeff Burke and Adam Howard

Dynafit Manaslu - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for Touring Extremely light for its width, the wood-core Manaslu impressed testers most when the snow got funky. While the tip is slightly rockered, the back third of the ski has more sidecut...

Black Diamond Shiva - Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Built with a women-specific anatomical liner and last, the Shiva got highest honors in fit and flex, balancing comfortable uphill mechanics with downhill dependability. "Super flex, and stiff enough...

Garmont Prophet - Backcountry Ski Boots: Reviews

Built for the NTN (New Telemark Norm) binding system, the three-buckle, one-piece, overlap-shell Prophet is softer and smoother than the first-gen NTN offerings, which were all about big power and...

Rottefella NTN - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

Good for Big Mountain With features like a free-pivot touring mechanism, a reliable safety release, brakes, and the closest thing to step-in convenience in the freeheel world, the NTN (New Telemark...

Rottefella NTN - Backcountry Bindings: Reviews

Good for Telemark Now available in a size small, the NTN binding offers women accustomed to alpine-like control and power a no-sacrifices way to get into telemark skiing. Testers liked that they didn...

SCARPA Skookum - Backcountry Ski Boots: Reviews

ALPINE TOURINGGood for All Mountain Though it remains unchanged from last season, the Skookum proved itself an overall champ for its balanced uphill ergonomics and downhill chops. The interchangeable...

Marker Baron - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

Good for Big Mountain When it debuted last year, Marker's Duke changed the AT-binding landscape with its alpine-binding-like toepiece, stout construction, and best-in-class downhill performance. New...

Black Diamond 01 - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

Good for All Mountain While a few of our old-school testers found the unchanged 01 too powerful, our hard-chargers once again loved it. Because of its underfoot cartridge-and-cable routing and lots...

Black Diamond Justice - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Call it whatever you want—sidecountry, slackcountry, or frontcountry. But as the line between resort and backcountry continues to blur, the differences are obvious: Where we're skiing is...

Dynafit Titan - Backcountry Ski Boots: Reviews

ALPINE TOURINGGood for All Mountain The new four-buckle Titan was the toughest of the test—thanks to its overlap construction and progressive flex. "Ultimate ski control," said one tester. "...

K2 Coomback - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

TELEMARKGood for All Mountain With the same footprint as Doug Coombs's original namesake ski, the new Coomback features a low-rise rockered tip for better flotation. "Nimble, agile, lightweight, and...

Dalbello Virus Tour - Backcountry Ski Boots: Reviews

ALPINE TOURINGGood for Touring The Virus Tour, designed by extreme-skiing pioneer Glen Plake, impressed testers with a split, hinged tongue that allows seemingly limitless articulation for skinning...

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