Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

Faction Alias: Backcountry Skis Reviews

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...

Black Diamond Starlet: Backcountry Skis Review

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...

Marker Tour F10/F12: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Marker Tour F10/F12: Backcountry Skis Reviews

All MountainA few years ago, Marker wowed side-country fans with the burliest (and heaviest) AT binding in history, the Duke. And two years ago the company came out with a lighter version, the Baron...

Black Diamond Aspect: Backcountry Skis Reviews

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...

Scarpa Shaka: Backcountry Ski Boots Review

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,...

Dynafit Vertical FT-12: Backcountry Skis Reviews

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...

Icelantic Shaman: Backcountry Skis Review

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...

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...

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