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
Good for All Mountain Don't let the new costume fool you. El Hombre's guts are unchanged, and he still controls all corners of the ring–er, mountain. "It has good western all-...
Good for Telemark While not a women-specific boot per se, the NTN-compatible TX is now available in women's sizes, providing testers with their first look at this sleek boot-and-binding system...
TELEMARK Good for Touring The overhauled Switchback won many converts with its new bomber 410 heat-treated stainless-steel toe bar. "A perfect match with lighter two- or three-buckle boots...
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