Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

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K2 Darkside: Backcountry Skis Reviews

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...

Völkl Kenja: Alpine Ski Review

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...

Fritschi Diamir Freeride Pro: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Fritschi Diamir Freeride Pro: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Big MountainThe Freeride has been the go-to AT binding for years. Why? It's an all-around performance-driven binding that accepts alpine and AT boots. Switching between ski and walk mode, as well as...

Lange Exclusive Delight Pro 90: Alpine Ski Boots Review

Lange Exclusive Delight Pro 90: Alpine Ski Boots Review

All MountainWith a lower cuff, a super-comfortable walk mode, and a grippy sole, the intermediate, all-mountain Delight was a tester favorite. While it's not quite as stiff as the Inferno (above), it...

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...

Fritschi Diamir Eagle: Backcountry Ski Bindings Review

Fritschi Diamir Eagle: Backcountry Ski Bindings Review

Alpine TouringThe Eagle's wider mounting platform is sturdier than its predecessors' and better at transferring power to the ski for increased edge-to-edge responsiveness. Accepts most alpine and all...

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...

Rottefella NTN Small: Backcountry Ski Bindings Review

Rottefella NTN Small: Backcountry Ski Bindings Review

TelemarkBefore last year, women and men with feet smaller than size 26 were locked out from the NTN party. This year, there are several women's-size NTN-compatible boots, including options from...

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...