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Noteworthy: Don’t Be That Guy

    How did we meet up with ski buddies or family before cellphones? More important, how do you check your phone on the lift without worrying about dropping it? The answer, in retrospect, is obvious: the Action Sports Anchor. The bungee-style lanyard hooks onto a zipper pull on a jacket on one end and through … 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 »

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 »

Noteworthy: Don’t Be That Guy

    How did we meet up with ski buddies or family before cellphones? More important, how do you check your phone on the lift without worrying about dropping it? The answer, in retrospect, is obvious: the Action Sports Anchor. The bungee-style lanyard hooks onto a zipper pull on a jacket on one end and through … 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 »

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 »

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