Adam Howard

The Best Backcountry Ski Boots of 2015

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.

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Beast 16 Bindings

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...

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G3 Onyx Bindings

The Onyx has matured into a dependable tech binding. We like that the brake remains engaged, even in tour mode, until the skier makes the first stride, thus saving the ski from unmanned adventures...

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Tryolia Adrenaline Bindings

The Adrenalin is heavy. It’s strong. It can handle cliff drops and race speeds. At almost six pounds for the pair, “it sucks energy like a black hole” on the skin track, said one tester. Mates best...

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Salomon Guardian WTR 13 Bindings

The updated, slightly lighter Salomon Guardian remains the best- performing freeride AT binding available. A low stack height lends it great snow feel, and the extrawide platform can power the...

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TwentyTwo Designs Axl Bindings

The Axl offers top edging power and initiates turns without slop, thanks to a one-piece aluminum toe and stiff underfoot springs. Three settings let you adjust flex from aggressive to easy.

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Dynafit Radical ST Bindings

The Radical ST are tough to beat for their durability and user-friendly features. The forged-aluminum toe piece, with handy guides that align your boot with the pins, is now easier to step into.

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Moment Exit World Skis

Moment’s first purpose-built backcountry boards come out of the same mold as the popular Bibby Pros but weigh a half-pound less, thanks to the paulownia and pine core. And Moment tapered its...

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Scarpa Terminator X Pro Boots

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Scarpa Terminator X Pro boots

Salomon Quest 14

Salomon Quest 14 Ski Boot

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Salomon Quest 14 ski boot.