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Garmont Prophet: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

Garmont Prophet: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

TelemarkDownhill power and touring prowess can coexist. "The best balance of the bigger NTN boots," said one tester. The Prophet's muscle comes from its alpine-boot-inspired overlap cuff, while the...

Scarpa T-Race: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

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...

Garmont Priestess: Backcountry Ski Boots Review

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...

Black Diamond Push: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

Black Diamond Push: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

TelemarkIt wasn't the stiffest boot, or the lightest, but the Push quietly won testers over with its ability to do it all. "One boot to drive anything in my quiver," said one tester. The Push...

Voile Switchback: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Voile Switchback: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Fast and LightDesigned to tackle the steepest Wasatch skin tracks and the deepest Utah powder, the three-year-old Switchback is still the lightest and least expensive free-pivot tele binding around....

Scarpa Mobe: Backcountry Ski Boots Reviews

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...

Scott Mega Dozer: Backcoutry Skis Review

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...

Scott Mega Dozer: Backcoutry Skis Review

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...

Rottefella NTN: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Rottefella NTN: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Big MountainIn 2008, NTN turned a thousand years of freeheel thinking on its head. No more duckbilled boot toe. Instead, NTN added a safety-release system, step-in convenience, unprecedented...

K2 Coomback: Backcountry Skis Review

K2 Coomback: Backcountry Skis Review

GEAR OF THE YEAR"You can never have a bad day on the Coomback," said one tester of the most adored ski in this year's test. Returning with refined tip rocker—which allows the ski to plane, surf...

4Frnt CRJ: Backcountry Skis Reviews

4Frnt CRJ: Backcountry Skis Reviews

All MountainFrom a man who skied it all, a ski that does it all. The late C.R. Johnson spent years developing this ski, and testers found it a fitting legacy. It's got full rocker at the tip for...

Nordica Nemesis: Alpine Ski Review

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...

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