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Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »

Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »

Pack Lighter – Osprey Kresta 14

PACK LIGHTER     Osprey’s popular Kamber collection (Kresta for women) is specifically designed for snowsports—and things are getting smaller this season. The 16-litre and 14-litre packs ($130) are compact enough for lift riding to the slackcountry and beyond but they’re still feature-packed. We liked the super-designed avalanche safety kit pocket, dual-position helmet carry, diagonal ski … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Backcountry Day Tripping

The day trip is the realm of the powder hunter who wants to get away from the madding crowd. It’s for those who are as devoted to finding untracked snow as they are to ripping it up on the way down. For them gear needs to find that middle ground: light and efficient for getting … More »

Slackcountry – Boots for Walking

Slackcountry For most of us this is where backcountry skiing begins and ends. This style of resort-accessed backcountry goes by many names: slackcountry, sidecountry or simply off-piste. Whatever you call it, bootpacks and skinning time (if indeed there’s any skinning involved) are short, so downhill performance trumps weight. Boots for walking Do-all ski boots designed … More »

Test 2020: Faction Dictator 2.0x

Faction Dictator 2.0x – women BEST FOR: Women (and confident men) who want a ski that can do it all—and love pink. LENGTHS:              155, 163, 171 DIMENSIONS:         127/96/117 RADIUS:                 18@171 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $849 OTHER MODELS:    1.0X  Apparently everyone loves this dictator. The hot pink topsheet attracted them, but it was the effortless turns in soft … More »

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance

Test 2020: K2 Mindbender 98 Ti Alliance BEST FOR: A B.C. quiver of one. LENGTHS:              154, 161, 168, 175 DIMENSIONS:         134/98/120 RADIUS:                 16@168 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $700 OTHER MODELS:    115C, 106C, 90C, 88 Ti, 85  When K2 launched the Mindbender series, it made some big claims. Quick edge-to-edge. Amazing float. No speed limit. Grips hard snow. … More »

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99

Test 2020: Salomon QST Lumen 99 BEST FOR: Big turns in big snow. LENGTHS:              167, 174, 181, 188 DIMENSIONS:         137/106/123 RADIUS:                 22@181 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $499 OTHER MODELS:    QST 99, QST 92, QST 85  Cork is more wondrous than we realized. Beyond helping to age wine, cushion floors and footbeds, it also makes Salomon’s QST skis … More »

Progressive Freeride

Progressive Freeride 2020 Progressive freeride: the buzz phrase is about turning big-mountain into a playground. At the request, and with the help, of their athletes, several brands are building tools for the job: twintip skis with plenty of girth, a centre-mount point for riding and landing switch, soft noses and tails for buttering and smearing, … More »

Pack Lighter – Osprey Kresta 14

PACK LIGHTER     Osprey’s popular Kamber collection (Kresta for women) is specifically designed for snowsports—and things are getting smaller this season. The 16-litre and 14-litre packs ($130) are compact enough for lift riding to the slackcountry and beyond but they’re still feature-packed. We liked the super-designed avalanche safety kit pocket, dual-position helmet carry, diagonal ski … More »

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo

Test 2020: Volkl Kendo BEST FOR: Skiers looking for a forgiving platform to improve on. LENGTHS:              163, 170, 177, 184 DIMENSIONS:         129/88/111 RADIUS:                 19@177 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    92  To give the Kendo (and women’s Kenja) as much all-mountain versatility as possible, Völkl loaded it with a variable sidecut, lightweight tips, a Titanal frame, … More »

Test 2020: Head Total Joy

Test 2020: Head Total Joy BEST FOR: Advanced women skiers looking to add some speed to their repertoire. LENGTHS:              148, 153, 158, 163, 168 DIMENSIONS:         134/85/113 RADIUS:                 14@163 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $934 with bindings  The Total Joy is the most advanced-focused of Head’s line of women’s skis. That doesn’t mean it’s heavy. Head uses graphene, a … More »

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