Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

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Black Diamond Aspect: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Fast and LightWith its paulownia-wood-and-carbon-reinforced core, the Aspect's surface-area-to-weight ratio is tough to match, so it's a natural choice for longer tours. And with a bit of tip rocker...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Scarpa Shaka: Backcountry Ski Boots Review

Alpine TouringWith its alpine buckle configuration and beefy power strap, the respectably light Shaka is one of the burliest women-specific boots on the market, capable of driving the biggest,...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Scott Mega Dozer: Backcoutry Skis Review

Big MountainWith plenty of snow to push around during testing at Utah's Powder Mountain, people didn't wait long to dig in with Scott's fattest ski. The general consensus: Most felt its name is...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Dynafit TLT5 Performance: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

Alpine TouringGame-changer alert! The price tag is no joke, but the TLT, with its full carbon-fiber upper cuff, boasts the best stiffness-to-weight ratio we've ever seen. It weighs less than five...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Faction Alias: Backcountry Skis Reviews

All Mountain"Gobs of power and stability and no speed limit," said one tester. The rockered Alias floats through powder like a much larger ski and cuts through crud like a GS racer, with just enough...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Black Diamond Starlet: Backcountry Skis Review

Alpine TouringThe Starlet lived up to its name and was the center of many testers' attention. "It's superlight, but surfy and incredibly fun in pow and snappy on groomers," said one. It's also...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Scarpa Mobe: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

Alpine TouringBuilt with a new steel-rod touring mechanism, the Mobe skis like a (softer) alpine boot with a walk mode and lug soles. Only it's just eight pounds per pair—about 30 percent...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

K2 Darkside: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Big MountainWith the surface area of an aircraft carrier, aggressive rocker forward of the boot, and traditional camber underfoot and in the tail, the DarkSide dominates deep powder. "Scary fast and...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Völkl Kenja: Alpine Ski Review

All MountainThe Kenja is a master of all terrain, thanks to an even flex and a modestly tapered sidecut. On snow, that translates to a huge sweet spot—you don't have to be "on it" all the time...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Scarpa T-Race: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

TelemarkThis year, SCARPA finally adds a walk mode to the powerful, smooth-skiing T-Race. Add that to its downhill chops—four buckles and the best power strap we've seen—and you've got, as...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Garmont Priestess: Backcountry Ski Boots Review

TelemarkDesigned for the new, smaller NTN binding (above), the Priestess impressed us with its alpine-boot-inspired cuff, buckle placement, and overall ergonomics. Its only downside was that testers...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Twenty Two Designs AXL: Backcountry Skis Reviews

All MountainAptly named for the exposed adjustable pivot beneath the toe, the Axl is a free-pivot touring binding like its forebear, the legendary Hammerhead. Testers found that the underfoot pistons...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Nordica Nemesis: Alpine Ski Review

Big MountainOur women testers praised the Nemesis as "the go-to ski for anyone who seeks powder at all costs." But, while the 98-millimeter waist says soft snow, when you hit the hardpack you can...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Dynafit Vertical FT-12: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Fast and LightPounds lighter than the competition, the Vertical FT-12 is built to tour and ski anything. "If you're not touring on Dynafit, you're missing the boat," declared several longtime Dynafit...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010

Icelantic Shaman: Backcountry Skis Review

TelemarkThis Colorado-made wood-core ski has traditional camber, making it extremely poppy and carvy in tight quarters, yet it's easily "disengaged" due to its tapered tail. Loves floating in powder...

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge
Nov 1, 2010