Jeff Burke and Adam Howard

Black Diamond Zealot - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for Big Mountain The Zealot is unchanged for this year; it's still big and brown. More important—thanks to its snappy wood core and strategically placed rubber woven into the tip, tail,...

Scarpa Typhoon - Backcountry Ski Boots: Reviews

Good for All Mountain The only difference between Scarpa's widely popular (and alpine-inspired) Hurricane boot and the Typhoon? The Typhoon has a walk mode, which adds a bit of weight but, our...

Roxy Shazam - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for Alpine Touring All-around mid-fat dimensions make the Shazam our favorite go-to gun for resort-based adventures—it's just plump enough to keep afloat in a foot of powder. On firmer snow...

Marker Duke - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

ALPINE TOURINGGood for All Mountain With unrivaled downhill performance, the DIN-16 Duke does anything a resort binding can—huck air, carve rails, hammer bump lines. Just don't think of it as an...

K2 Anti Piste - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for All Mountain The Anti Piste has the exact same dimensions as K2's popular Coomba but with a bit of rocker in the tip. You can tell. Testers loved the way the subtle tweak to the shape...

K2 Gotback - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for Telemark With the same cut and rockered tip as the Coomback, the Gotback was our favorite all-mountain tele-ski. But if you ski mostly groomers, you might want something with more edge grip...

Dynafit ST - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

ALPINE TOURINGGood for Touring The 2010 ST uses a chromoly-steel toepiece that improves strength while shaving nearly two ounces of weight. And the interface between pins and inserts is now more...

G3 El Hombre - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for All Mountain Don't let the new costume fool you. El Hombre's guts are unchanged, and he still controls all corners of the ring–er, mountain. "It has good western all-mountain...

SCARPA Terminator X - Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Good for Telemark While not a women-specific boot per se, the NTN-compatible TX is now available in women's sizes, providing testers with their first look at this sleek boot-and-binding system....

Voile Switchback - Backcountry Ski Bindings: Reviews

TELEMARKGood for Touring The overhauled Switchback won many converts with its new bomber 410 heat-treated stainless-steel toe bar. "A perfect match with lighter two- or three-buckle boots for touring...

Karhu Storm - Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Good for Touring Though recently bought by K2, 32-year-old Karhu has so far stayed true to its roots, continuing to make some of the best touring skis on the market. Testers found the Storm...

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...

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...

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