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Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

10 Years of Stoke – Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Ryan Stuart takes a look back to appreciate the evolution of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Some people run their winters by the 20-cm rule. Slackers might use 15 cm as their threshold for coming in late to work. Me? After one run at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR), I’m thinking eight is the magic number. With patrol only … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

Backcountry Boots & Bindings

KICKING GRAMS Whatever their spirit creature, ski-touring boots keep getting lighter. The Do-it-all Bragging top-notch downhill and backcountry technology, Lange’s new XT Free 130 is ready for any powder-hunting mission. It uses Dual Core in the shell, a way of mixing different densities of plastic for better power transfer and flex. The Grilamid plastic is … More »

Test 2019 women – K2 Tough Luv

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews SO MUCH SKI LOVE K2 took the 20th anniversary of its Women’s Alliance as an excuse to rethink almost its entire female-focused ski line. In the LUV Machine line of on-piste skis are two new models, the 72Ti and 74. The 72Ti is a missile with a 72mm waist … More »

Test 2019 women – Volkl Secret

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews DON’T TELL THE GUYS The women’s version of the popular Völkl Mantra M5 (now in its fifth reincarnation) is the Secret. It shares many of the same attributes that make the M5 one of the most anticipated skis coming out this year, including a Titanal frame, carbon tips and … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – K2 Wayback & Talkback

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews METAL LIGHTWEIGHT Because Titanal adds dampening and edge grip, it’s a common ingredient in skis. But in the soft snow of the backcountry most manufacturers don’t think it’s worth the weight penalty. K2 disagrees. For its redesigned Wayback and women’s Talkback family of backcountry skis, K2 added Titanal underfoot … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Volkl Mantra V.Werks

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACKCOUNTRY MANTRA Völkl’s Mantra V.Werks is the super light version of its popular M5 Mantra, an on-piste, all-mountain weapon. While not a backcountry-specific ski, its wood core is lighter than the M5, optimizing it to play out of the ski area. The V.Werks has a carbon topsheet, while the … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Dynafit Speed 90

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews GREEN = GO FAST Dynafit Speed 90 straddles the line between upward efficiency and enough performance to get down in style. The company says the Speed 90 is its highest performance-to-weight ski. It uses a paulownia wood core wrapped in a carbon-fibreglass mix with a “micro-sidewall,” basically a short … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Atomic Backland 107

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews BACK AND BEYOND The Atomic Backland 107 melds the freeride performance of Atomic’s Bent Chetler with the lightweight build of the Backland family. The result is a backcountry tool up to the progressive antics of today’s powder-hungry skiers. From the Bent Chetler it borrows HRZN tech, upturned edges around … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Icelantic Natural 101

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE WAY OF THE OWL Balsa is one of the lightest woods in nature, making it the best wood for the core of Icelantic’s backcountry-focused Natural 101 (the women’s equivalent is the Mystic 97). Wrapped in multiple layers of fibreglass with a full P-tex sidewall, it’s built tough in … More »

10 Years of Stoke – Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Ryan Stuart takes a look back to appreciate the evolution of Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Some people run their winters by the 20-cm rule. Slackers might use 15 cm as their threshold for coming in late to work. Me? After one run at Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR), I’m thinking eight is the magic number. With patrol only … More »

Test 2019 backcountry – Xalibu Torngat

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews THE HEIGHT OF QUEBEC It’s a sure sign of the rise of backcountry skiing that la belle province is home to another backcountry ski brand. Xalibu is an up-and-coming, randonnée-focused Quebec ski manufacturer and the Torngat is its newest and lightest ski, a long-distance workhorse. Named after the mountain … More »

Backcountry Boots & Bindings

KICKING GRAMS Whatever their spirit creature, ski-touring boots keep getting lighter. The Do-it-all Bragging top-notch downhill and backcountry technology, Lange’s new XT Free 130 is ready for any powder-hunting mission. It uses Dual Core in the shell, a way of mixing different densities of plastic for better power transfer and flex. The Grilamid plastic is … More »

Test 2019 women – K2 Tough Luv

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews SO MUCH SKI LOVE K2 took the 20th anniversary of its Women’s Alliance as an excuse to rethink almost its entire female-focused ski line. In the LUV Machine line of on-piste skis are two new models, the 72Ti and 74. The 72Ti is a missile with a 72mm waist … More »

Test 2019 women – Volkl Secret

Ski Canada Test 2019 On-Slope Reviews DON’T TELL THE GUYS The women’s version of the popular Völkl Mantra M5 (now in its fifth reincarnation) is the Secret. It shares many of the same attributes that make the M5 one of the most anticipated skis coming out this year, including a Titanal frame, carbon tips and … More »

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