Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

Jeff Burke, Adam Howard, Drew Pogge

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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...

Twenty Two Designs AXL: Backcountry Skis Reviews

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...

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...

G3 Manhattan: Backcountry Skis Reviews

G3 Manhattan: Backcountry Skis Reviews

Fast and LightA standout as one of the most versatile skis in the test, this city kid is really a country boy. Testers found the slightly rockered, variable-sidecut Manhattan quick and snappy in...

Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush 100: Alpine Skis Boots Review

Tecnica Viva Inferno Crush 100: Alpine Skis Boots Review

Big MountainAs the stiffest boot in the women's Inferno line, the Crush was our favorite advanced-level boot. "It's a no-holds-barred women's skiing machine!" one tester exclaimed. Its basic design...

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,...

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