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Gear & Gadgets Winter 2016

1. Skiwear or streetwear, Helly Hansen’s Regulate Midlayer Jacket ($160) is a fresh departure from traditional insulators worn under a shell and is just as hip as a stand-alone. Versatile and with clean subtle lines that define the freeride look, it subtly combines Helly’s patented H2Flow insulating technology and is compatible with 3-in-1 outer layers. HellyHansen.com … More »

The new technology of layering

One day last winter it was -19 C at the bottom of Lake Louise and -1 C at the top. Known as an inversion, because the typical temperature gradient of getting colder as elevation rises is turned upside down, it’s a nice mountain phenomenon for skiers, but also a conundrum. Skiing is already tricky for … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1. For the first time, Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched its inaugural alpine ski collection this autumn with six jackets and four pants specifically targeted at resort skiers and boarders. MEC says its men’s Syncronis and women’s Sweet Shot (both $525) are the most premium jackets MEC has ever made. Diamond-quilted 850-fill down throughout … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. 1.  The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to stay on the surface of an avalanche … More »

Alpine Boots 2016

No matter how you cut it, the link between our feet and skis is a critical factor in not only how we perform, but also how we enjoy ourselves. With today’s technological advances, the mantra coming from the manufacturers remains: comfort and performance don’t have to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. BOOT UPGRADES   … More »

To Serve & Protect

Is body armour a necessity now as our sport becomes more aggressive?  _by RYAN STUART All-important trends in snowsports come from Europe. Or maybe they trickle down from racing, like helmets did. Born in the backcountry? Think rocker. Or could it be the park? Wherever you think skiing’s next trend will come from, a good … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1 From Bollé’s Sport lifestyle collection, the new Keelback provides extra protection from extreme weather with an oleophobic and hydrophobic treatment on the outside of the lens (for faceshots or inclement weather) and anti-fog treatment on the inside—just as important when you’re hoofing it uphill in the alpine sunshine with your skis on your pack … More »

Frontside 2016

Classic Frontside skiers typically look for narrower waist widths than the true All-Mountain crowd—generally less than 85mm. This season expect to see revamped cores, lightweight modifications and vibration control technologies in most manufacturers’ lineups. Frontside skis are upping the ante in performance, resulting in more aggressive boards built to rip and carve the hard-pack. A … More »

Big Mountain 2016

While the Big Mountain category has expanded, with virtually every manufacturer developing a series, this year’s SIA saw a general drop in girth: waist widths generally max out under 120mm, with the majority under 110mm. As for graphics, the days of cartoons on LSD also seem to be behind us. Expect the real flair to … More »

All Mountain 2016

  The ultimate test for a manufacturer is the no-compromise, All-Mountain ski. These products are the backbone of the ski world—they may not be in the sexiest category but they remain the top-selling multi-purpose tool for the whole mountain. Not surprisingly, you can expect them to appeal across the spectrum, from those who love to … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2016

1. Skiwear or streetwear, Helly Hansen’s Regulate Midlayer Jacket ($160) is a fresh departure from traditional insulators worn under a shell and is just as hip as a stand-alone. Versatile and with clean subtle lines that define the freeride look, it subtly combines Helly’s patented H2Flow insulating technology and is compatible with 3-in-1 outer layers. HellyHansen.com … More »

The new technology of layering

One day last winter it was -19 C at the bottom of Lake Louise and -1 C at the top. Known as an inversion, because the typical temperature gradient of getting colder as elevation rises is turned upside down, it’s a nice mountain phenomenon for skiers, but also a conundrum. Skiing is already tricky for … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1. For the first time, Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op has launched its inaugural alpine ski collection this autumn with six jackets and four pants specifically targeted at resort skiers and boarders. MEC says its men’s Syncronis and women’s Sweet Shot (both $525) are the most premium jackets MEC has ever made. Diamond-quilted 850-fill down throughout … More »

Backcountry Essentials

Staying safe in the backcountry will always be about making the right decisions. But Mother Nature can be random and make things difficult for our journeys and adventures. When that happens, these products might just keep you alive. 1.  The North Face Modulator ($1,000; thenorthface.com) The best way to stay on the surface of an avalanche … More »

Alpine Boots 2016

No matter how you cut it, the link between our feet and skis is a critical factor in not only how we perform, but also how we enjoy ourselves. With today’s technological advances, the mantra coming from the manufacturers remains: comfort and performance don’t have to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. BOOT UPGRADES   … More »

To Serve & Protect

Is body armour a necessity now as our sport becomes more aggressive?  _by RYAN STUART All-important trends in snowsports come from Europe. Or maybe they trickle down from racing, like helmets did. Born in the backcountry? Think rocker. Or could it be the park? Wherever you think skiing’s next trend will come from, a good … More »

Gear & Gadgets

1 From Bollé’s Sport lifestyle collection, the new Keelback provides extra protection from extreme weather with an oleophobic and hydrophobic treatment on the outside of the lens (for faceshots or inclement weather) and anti-fog treatment on the inside—just as important when you’re hoofing it uphill in the alpine sunshine with your skis on your pack … More »

Frontside 2016

Classic Frontside skiers typically look for narrower waist widths than the true All-Mountain crowd—generally less than 85mm. This season expect to see revamped cores, lightweight modifications and vibration control technologies in most manufacturers’ lineups. Frontside skis are upping the ante in performance, resulting in more aggressive boards built to rip and carve the hard-pack. A … More »

Big Mountain 2016

While the Big Mountain category has expanded, with virtually every manufacturer developing a series, this year’s SIA saw a general drop in girth: waist widths generally max out under 120mm, with the majority under 110mm. As for graphics, the days of cartoons on LSD also seem to be behind us. Expect the real flair to … More »

All Mountain 2016

  The ultimate test for a manufacturer is the no-compromise, All-Mountain ski. These products are the backbone of the ski world—they may not be in the sexiest category but they remain the top-selling multi-purpose tool for the whole mountain. Not surprisingly, you can expect them to appeal across the spectrum, from those who love to … More »

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