Jeff Burke and Drew Pogge

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The Best Backcountry Tools of 2014

Value your friends? Carry good safety gear, like something from this 2014 five-gear line up–and learn to use it well.

TwentyTwo Designs Axl Bindings

You now have two choices when it comes to telemark bindings: 75mm (traditional duckbill) and the newer NTN. The former is favored for its simplicity, lower cost, and greater variety of boot choices,...

G3 Enzo Bindings

The Enzo offers great downhill adjustability and all-around touring.

Dynafit Radical TLT FT Bindings

Dynafit-style tech bindings, like the Radical and the La Sportiva RT, are the only ones that offer a true free pivot, meaning there’s no hardware attached to your boot heel or sole. They have fewer...

Salomon Guardian 16 Ski Bindings

Guardian 16 bindings are recommended for short tours outside the resort and maximum powder in-bounds.

La Sportiva RT Ski Bindings

For ultralight touring without the loss of performance, check out La Sportiva's RT bindings.

Black Diamond Equipment Push Ski Boots

Whether you’re at the resort or deep in the backcountry, if your boots don’t fit properly you’re miserable. Not sure about size or which brand fit you best? Consult a fitter. To narrow your choices,...

Scarpa Terminator X Ski Boots

Tech-compatible fittings let you pair the Terminator with alpine-touring bindings as well as telemark.

Garmont Kenai Ski Boots

The two-buckle Kenai is one of the lightest boots available on the market.

Scarpa Maestrale RS Ski Boots

The four-buckle Maestrale RS is a bit heavier than its predecessor and can drive all but the fattest skis.

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