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 Black Diamond Custom boots
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
ALPINE TOURING Good for All Mountain With unrivaled downhill performance, the DIN-16 Duke does anything a resort binding can—huck air, carve rails, hammer bump lines. Just don't think...
Good for Big Mountain The Zealot is unchanged for this year; it's still big and brown. More important—thanks to its snappy wood core and strategically placed rubber woven into the tip,...
Good for Alpine Touring All-around mid-fat dimensions make the Shazam our favorite go-to gun for resort-based adventures—it's just plump enough to keep afloat in a foot of powder. On...
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