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2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 4

Tecnica Cochise

50/50 BOOTS – ALPINE TOURING In order to see where skiing is heading, it’s often illuminating to watch where the energy and R&D are going. And much of that is flowing into boots designed for no-compromise downhill performance with the ability to tour. These four-buckle boots look as if they’re made for the resort, but … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Safer Gear – Buyer’s Guide 22

 We’re not the fun police or Astar, the Play Safe robot, but we also know injuries suck. The right gear can keep you skiing, instead of sidelined. Sweet Protection Grimner 2Vi MIPS Lots of helmets claim to prevent brain injuries better than others, but Sweet Protection is one of the few companies that can put … More »

Tailgating and Lodge Dodging

Osprey Glade 12 It’s amazing what you can fit in a small space. The Glade may be only 12 litres (it also comes in a 5-litre version), but it has room for lunch, an extra layer and the included 2.5-litre hydration bladder. It can also carry skis and has a dedicated avalanche tool pocket. Once … More »

Dress to Impress

 Hiding under these stylish exteriors is technology to keep you comfortable. Kari Traa Silja Long Sleeve and Pant: Heritage ski patterns in a modern aesthetic is how we’d describe the print on this cozy duo of top and bottom, both made of soft merino wool. $140; karitraa.com Helly Hansen Lifaloft Air Insulated Flannel Shirt Jacket: … More »

Racer Ready? 2022 Gear

Auclair Race Fusion To protect hands from gate bashing, Auclair harnessed the morphing armour of D3O. Most of the time the polymer built into the back of the glove is soft and flexible, but an impact excites the molecules, stiffening up the padding and dispersing the force. It means these premium leather and waterproof gloves … More »

buyers guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 4

Tecnica Cochise

50/50 BOOTS – ALPINE TOURING In order to see where skiing is heading, it’s often illuminating to watch where the energy and R&D are going. And much of that is flowing into boots designed for no-compromise downhill performance with the ability to tour. These four-buckle boots look as if they’re made for the resort, but … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 3

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD PUFFY PROTECTION We never went ski touring without a puffy for packable warmth and a shell for weather protection. Most of the time we wear both and only on the way down. A few brands made the same realization and are releasing jackets that combine insulation and weather protection in one … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 2

G3 AT helmet

TESTED HEAD TO HEAD BACKCOUNTRY HELMETS  That which happens at the resort, slowly migrates beyond the boundaries. And so, helmets are becoming more common far from the ski hill. A resort lid works fine, but it tends to be bulky and heavy. Instead, opt for a backcountry-focused one. G3 AT Helmet A collaboration with helmet-maker … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide pt 1

Mons Royale

YOUR APRÈS COMPANION  Mons Royale has always designed its merino baselayers with versatility in mind. Not only does merino resist the aroma of a sweaty day on the slopes, but the New Zealand-based brand has always steered toward lifestyle over skin hugging when it comes to the fit. Take the Yotei Tech LS, a long … More »

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide

2022 Powder Buyer’s Guide Big air, steep lines, deep snow and untracked slopes have always been the aspirational aspects of skiing. They looked like fun in the movies and magazine pictures, but always seemed out of the skill level or reality for most of us—until recently. We still need the skills to manage and safely … More »

Buyer’s Guide 2022 selection

CARVING MASTER  The Deacon was already a fully loaded, frontside punisher before Völkl ordained it to the next level, the Deacon 76 Master. Upgrades are the same as the M6 Mantra: an ash wood core and tailored carbon tip, which should add energy to the turn exit, smoothness in all conditions, and light but stable … More »

Safer Gear – Buyer’s Guide 22

 We’re not the fun police or Astar, the Play Safe robot, but we also know injuries suck. The right gear can keep you skiing, instead of sidelined. Sweet Protection Grimner 2Vi MIPS Lots of helmets claim to prevent brain injuries better than others, but Sweet Protection is one of the few companies that can put … More »

Tailgating and Lodge Dodging

Osprey Glade 12 It’s amazing what you can fit in a small space. The Glade may be only 12 litres (it also comes in a 5-litre version), but it has room for lunch, an extra layer and the included 2.5-litre hydration bladder. It can also carry skis and has a dedicated avalanche tool pocket. Once … More »

Dress to Impress

 Hiding under these stylish exteriors is technology to keep you comfortable. Kari Traa Silja Long Sleeve and Pant: Heritage ski patterns in a modern aesthetic is how we’d describe the print on this cozy duo of top and bottom, both made of soft merino wool. $140; karitraa.com Helly Hansen Lifaloft Air Insulated Flannel Shirt Jacket: … More »

Racer Ready? 2022 Gear

Auclair Race Fusion To protect hands from gate bashing, Auclair harnessed the morphing armour of D3O. Most of the time the polymer built into the back of the glove is soft and flexible, but an impact excites the molecules, stiffening up the padding and dispersing the force. It means these premium leather and waterproof gloves … More »

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