Winter Gear Reviews
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Gear you didn't find under the tree.
Madshus Hypersonic
Pollastro, Joyce
While learning to skate ski was infinitely more challenging than I’d anticipated, I was lucky enough to have Madshus’s Hypersonic skate skis along for the ride. The Hypersonics have a Triaxial carbon construction, which makes them durable while still being light and flexible. Read more >>
Salomon Quest Max BC 120
Krueger, Ryan
It used to be that you had one pair of boots for touring and one for the resort—each serving its own purpose well. But as technology began to catch up with demand, products bridged that gap. Read more >>
backcountry, skiing, touring, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Tucker, David
Backcountry touring has become a standard part of my snowboard experience, but I don’t do it enough to justify splitting my existing setup, which I ride at the resort. Read more >>
McCarthy, Danielle
No more heel lift! Say goodbye to heel wedges, J-bars, C-bars, or any other special insole and hello to the Passage snowboard boot from K2. The Passage comes with the Boa Closure System, which helps distribute even pressure across the top of your foot and up the ankle. Read more >>
Brittany Wiser at Bohart Ranch. Photo by Ian Roderer.
Maggie Slepian
A great all-purpose cross-country ski package from Madshus. Read more >>
Mangels, Angie
If you want a good day on the mountain, clarity of vision is important and choice of eyewear essential—I’m glad I found the Doom goggles from Spy. Read more >>
Lizer, Scott
The revolutionary idea behind NOW’s system for their Drive snowboard bindings was to mimic the action of skateboard trucks in edge-to-edge control by using a kingpin, hanger, and bushing system that transfers energy directly to the edge of your board. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Welcome to the future. Like it or not, technology is making its way into every facet of our lives—and that now includes your goggles. The HD Camera Goggle from Zeal Optics offers the ability to capture still images and video using an in-goggle viewfinder display and camera. Read more >>
Nostrant, Chloe
The G3 Alpinist High Traction Skins are an excellent choice for skiers looking for an option that provides supreme uphill traction. Though they were a little less smooth on the glide than some skins, they had far more grip than any other skins I have used. Read more >>
England, Mike
Speed Pro 240 TECH Avalanche Probe–G3
McCarthy, Chris
Going from skiing with sunglasses to hitting the slopes with the Julbo Orbiter goggles is akin to switching from Ten High whiskey to Jameson—they’ll both do the job, but Jameson is actually enjoyable. Read more >>
Harrison, Melynda
If you want to keep up with your little shredder, you’re going to need a good pair of skis. The Flair is a new ski in the women’s line, aimed at advanced to expert skiers. It’s a mid-fat ski with all-mountain potential. Read more >>
Teasdale, Aaron
The Scarpa Wasatch is what telemark boots used to be before everything got huge and plastic and sick, bro. Read more >>
England, Mike
Been searching in vain for a fat ski with great flotation in powder that’s still light enough for touring the backcountry? Strap on a pair of G3 Manhattans and prepare for takeoff. Read more >>
Mangels, Angie
If you like to get out into the woods to explore in the winter, the Rossignol BC 90 Positrack is a great ski for you. These wide and stable touring skis eat up the snow both on the trail and off. Read more >>
Ryan Barba
Backcountry telemark touring just got easier. The new G3 Targa Ascent binding combines the renowned Targa T9 platform with a stainless steel, free-pivot toe bar; the result is a freeheel trail-breaking machine. Read more >>
Mike England
Ah, the T1. Amazing how such a simple letter-number combination can evoke so much unbridled lust. Like most developing tele skiers, I’ve always wanted a pair. And now, thanks to the established protocols of gear-review reciprocity, I have them. Read more >>
Ryan Krueger
The reincarnation of the original Raichle boot design, the Full Tilt Seth Morrison Pro may just be one of the most practical boots on the market, no matter what your skiing style. Read more >>
Ryan Krueger
With the exception of a few larger, less personal companies, the custom ski market is modest—and it shows in the lack of customizable options available today. Read more >>
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