Backcountry boots are stiffer and more powerful than ever.
AT gear keeps getting better and better at handling the down.
Superior setups for heading beyond the ropes.
The race is on to create the perfect beyond-the-ropes setup.
What hikes up must shred down.
Alpine-touring equipment continues to evolve.
A surge in popularity has led to better alpine-touring and telemark skis, boots, and bindings.
You might not know where you're headed (and that's half the fun), but you'll be in good hands getting there strapped into these versatile backcountry boots.
The first 16-DIN tech binding, the new Beast features a “return to center” toe piece. As you ski, the binding deflects to absorb shock. It’s one of the reasons, safety-wise, alpine-style bindings...
Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Marker Duke bindings
Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Volkl Nunataq skis
Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Black Diamond Custom boots
Good for Touring If you're not an overly aggressive skier, or if you rarely or never ski in-bounds, a three-buckle boot like the Syner-G offers the perfect blend of smooth power on the way down...
ALPINE TOURING Good for All Mountain Reengineered for 2010 with an early-rise, rockered tip that sucks up crud, the Overlord wowed testers with its take-no-prisoners, high-speed onslaught...
Good for Touring You can find a lighter AT boot, but our testers felt the Radium had the best downhill performance-to-weight ratio. Credit the Radium's alpine heritage—an overlap shell...
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