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Noteworthy: Smith 4D Mag goggles

BETTER WITH BUBBLE     Smith went through more than 140 prototypes and had to build brand-new machines and manufacturing systems to make the first curved goggle lens, the 4D Mag. Where most goggles end suddenly at the bottom, the 4D lens continues to curve under, adding significant field of vision looking down the hill—25 per … 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 »

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82 Blizzard is filling out its herd of all-mountain skis, adding the 82mm-waisted Brahma and women’s equivalent Black Pearl 82 to the mix. The new skis share the same construction and shape as the Brahma 88 and Black Pearl 88. And for good reason: they’re some of the best-selling … More »

Petroleum Improved Sheep

Merino is warmer, especially when wet, and more stink-resistant than petroleum-derived polyester and nylon. But those synthetic fibres are more durable and wick and dry faster. Historically, we’ve had to choose between them, but now Black Diamond and Helly Hansen are giving us the best of both. BD uses NuYarn, a super-thin merino wool fibre … More »

Fischer RC One 82 GT

Fischer RC One 82 GT SMOOTH AS SAILING     Five of the six skis in Fischer’s new RC One family contain Bafatex, the same composite fibre used in racing yachts to make them super-light and stiff. Placed in the tip and tail of these firm snow-leaning, all-mountain skis, the Bafatex creates a playfulness that contrasts … More »

Faction Prodigy 2.0

Faction Prodigy 2.0 ALL-MOUNTAIN VIRTUOSO     The Prodigy 2.0 takes Faction’s park ski and sets it loose all over the mountain. Inspired by the antics of the company’s sponsored pitchman and YouTube star Candide Thovex, who’s known for creatively turning everything and anything around the world into a terrain park, the Prodigy 2.0 adds girth, … More »

How to Buy a Ski Helmet

How to buy a ski helmet     Seems like more but almost 80 per cent of us always wear a helmet on the slopes, according to a 2017 StatsCan survey. That’s spawned a lot of options for lids. Here’s our advice. Style: Unless you’re bashing gates, go for a half-shell helmet, which protects to about … More »

Test 2020: Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti

Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti BEST FOR: Taking your skiing to the next level. LENGTHS:              158, 166, 174 DIMENSIONS:         128/95/120 RADIUS:                 17@166 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    My Ranger 90 Ti  Ski Canada women tested the My Ranger 90 and 96 at Mount Washington. Testers found both models forgiving, fun and versatile. “An easy-carving ski … More »

Noteworthy: Smith 4D Mag goggles

BETTER WITH BUBBLE     Smith went through more than 140 prototypes and had to build brand-new machines and manufacturing systems to make the first curved goggle lens, the 4D Mag. Where most goggles end suddenly at the bottom, the 4D lens continues to curve under, adding significant field of vision looking down the hill—25 per … 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 »

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82

A Thinner Bull – Blizzard Brahma 82 Blizzard is filling out its herd of all-mountain skis, adding the 82mm-waisted Brahma and women’s equivalent Black Pearl 82 to the mix. The new skis share the same construction and shape as the Brahma 88 and Black Pearl 88. And for good reason: they’re some of the best-selling … More »

Petroleum Improved Sheep

Merino is warmer, especially when wet, and more stink-resistant than petroleum-derived polyester and nylon. But those synthetic fibres are more durable and wick and dry faster. Historically, we’ve had to choose between them, but now Black Diamond and Helly Hansen are giving us the best of both. BD uses NuYarn, a super-thin merino wool fibre … More »

Fischer RC One 82 GT

Fischer RC One 82 GT SMOOTH AS SAILING     Five of the six skis in Fischer’s new RC One family contain Bafatex, the same composite fibre used in racing yachts to make them super-light and stiff. Placed in the tip and tail of these firm snow-leaning, all-mountain skis, the Bafatex creates a playfulness that contrasts … More »

Faction Prodigy 2.0

Faction Prodigy 2.0 ALL-MOUNTAIN VIRTUOSO     The Prodigy 2.0 takes Faction’s park ski and sets it loose all over the mountain. Inspired by the antics of the company’s sponsored pitchman and YouTube star Candide Thovex, who’s known for creatively turning everything and anything around the world into a terrain park, the Prodigy 2.0 adds girth, … More »

How to Buy a Ski Helmet

How to buy a ski helmet     Seems like more but almost 80 per cent of us always wear a helmet on the slopes, according to a 2017 StatsCan survey. That’s spawned a lot of options for lids. Here’s our advice. Style: Unless you’re bashing gates, go for a half-shell helmet, which protects to about … More »

Test 2020: Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti

Fischer My Ranger 96 Ti BEST FOR: Taking your skiing to the next level. LENGTHS:              158, 166, 174 DIMENSIONS:         128/95/120 RADIUS:                 17@166 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $800 OTHER MODELS:    My Ranger 90 Ti  Ski Canada women tested the My Ranger 90 and 96 at Mount Washington. Testers found both models forgiving, fun and versatile. “An easy-carving ski … More »

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