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Fischer Hannibal 106 Ski Test

Fischer Hannibal

Titanal is a rare ingredient for a touring-focused ski and almost unheard of in this weight class. In the redesigned Hannibal, Fischer added the metal alloy to its Air Tec construction, a milled-out wood centre that lightens the already feathery paulownia wood core by 25 per cent. This addition of Titanal adds downhill performance to … More »

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 49 #3

You’ve reached the summit, the sun’s gone, the wind’s picked up… You know that cold, clammy feeling, especially on your lower back, whether it’s after a huffy-puffy skin uphill or you’ve just hoofed it up from the lower parking lot with all your gear. So do designers at Elemental Layer, and with fast-wicking, water-repellent fabric, … More »

Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Test

Blizzard Zero G

At first, this “skinny” ski may look as if you’re touring on “matchsticks,” as Heather MacMillan put it, but any concerns go away quickly, whether going up, down or across. There’s no denying the 85mm waist is considered narrow in today’s wide world of powder. At just over one kg per ski, (250g more with … More »

Line Pandora 94 Ski Test

Line Pandora

 Some resort skis are light enough for the backcountry. Others are touring skis with enough umph to hold their own inbounds. Line’s Pandora family covers the line between the two. Its construction marries Line’s playful freeride skis (a mix of cap and vertical sidewalls and five different sidecuts) with attributes we mostly see on backcountry-specific … More »

Atomic Backland Ski Test

Atomic Backland

LENGTHS:                 164, 172, 180, 188 DIMENSIONS:           129/100/120 @ 180 RADIUS:                   19 @ 180 WEIGHT:                   1.4 kg OTHER MODELS:        117, 107, 95 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $699 from Fall 2020 issue all ski test from the archives

Kindred Rambler Ski Test

 If this were a beauty pageant, the Rambler would win. No question. The inlaid wood veneer graphics are spectacular, original and fit with the brand’s home near the base of Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. The Rambler is a piece of art that would stand out on the wall and in the lift line. It … More »

Instinct Seeker Ski Test

Instinct Seeker

The Seeker is a big, beefy ski—115 underfoot and nearly 15 cm wide at the tip—but when we picked it up it felt like our eyes were deceiving us. Even with a heavy demo binding on it, the Seeker felt and skied like a much lighter ski. Indeed, its 1.8-kg weight is on par with … More »

K2 Disruption MTI Alliance

Turny and awesome appeared in just about every tester’s notes on the Disruption MTi Alliance. “Awesome power in the turn,” said Louise Draper. “Beautifulcarving ski on groomers and just as good off-piste,” wrote Jen Young. This ski was a test favourite, whether cruising or charging, groomers or bumps, expert or advanced skier. Inside this winning … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Head Power Joy ski test

With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, powerful, stiff and stable at speed,” wrote Robin Humphreys. On the other hand: … More »

Gear

Fischer Hannibal 106 Ski Test

Fischer Hannibal

Titanal is a rare ingredient for a touring-focused ski and almost unheard of in this weight class. In the redesigned Hannibal, Fischer added the metal alloy to its Air Tec construction, a milled-out wood centre that lightens the already feathery paulownia wood core by 25 per cent. This addition of Titanal adds downhill performance to … More »

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 49 #3

You’ve reached the summit, the sun’s gone, the wind’s picked up… You know that cold, clammy feeling, especially on your lower back, whether it’s after a huffy-puffy skin uphill or you’ve just hoofed it up from the lower parking lot with all your gear. So do designers at Elemental Layer, and with fast-wicking, water-repellent fabric, … More »

Blizzard Zero G 85 Ski Test

Blizzard Zero G

At first, this “skinny” ski may look as if you’re touring on “matchsticks,” as Heather MacMillan put it, but any concerns go away quickly, whether going up, down or across. There’s no denying the 85mm waist is considered narrow in today’s wide world of powder. At just over one kg per ski, (250g more with … More »

Line Pandora 94 Ski Test

Line Pandora

 Some resort skis are light enough for the backcountry. Others are touring skis with enough umph to hold their own inbounds. Line’s Pandora family covers the line between the two. Its construction marries Line’s playful freeride skis (a mix of cap and vertical sidewalls and five different sidecuts) with attributes we mostly see on backcountry-specific … More »

Atomic Backland Ski Test

Atomic Backland

LENGTHS:                 164, 172, 180, 188 DIMENSIONS:           129/100/120 @ 180 RADIUS:                   19 @ 180 WEIGHT:                   1.4 kg OTHER MODELS:        117, 107, 95 SUGGESTED RETAIL: $699 from Fall 2020 issue all ski test from the archives

Kindred Rambler Ski Test

 If this were a beauty pageant, the Rambler would win. No question. The inlaid wood veneer graphics are spectacular, original and fit with the brand’s home near the base of Mount Washington on Vancouver Island. The Rambler is a piece of art that would stand out on the wall and in the lift line. It … More »

Instinct Seeker Ski Test

Instinct Seeker

The Seeker is a big, beefy ski—115 underfoot and nearly 15 cm wide at the tip—but when we picked it up it felt like our eyes were deceiving us. Even with a heavy demo binding on it, the Seeker felt and skied like a much lighter ski. Indeed, its 1.8-kg weight is on par with … More »

K2 Disruption MTI Alliance

Turny and awesome appeared in just about every tester’s notes on the Disruption MTi Alliance. “Awesome power in the turn,” said Louise Draper. “Beautifulcarving ski on groomers and just as good off-piste,” wrote Jen Young. This ski was a test favourite, whether cruising or charging, groomers or bumps, expert or advanced skier. Inside this winning … More »

Powder Buyer’s Guide 2021

Whether you find it in the trees a few metres from the run or deep in the backcountry after a long skin up, there’s nothing like the feeling of choking on a face full of blower. Even untracked, boot-top fluff produces joy that’s hard to beat. This is why we eagerly wake in the dark, … More »

Head Power Joy ski test

With a vibration-absorbing chip, a slalom-oriented profile and race-style sandwich construction, Head says the Power Joy is a direct descendant from its World Cup skis. But our women testers didn’t reach a consensus on whether it lived up to the pedigree. “Fast, powerful, stiff and stable at speed,” wrote Robin Humphreys. On the other hand: … More »

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