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Patagonia

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 50 #3

Racer

Goat power! With a 70:30 mohair-nylon ratio, Chamonix-based Black Crows promises its all-new, 100 per cent waterproof Pilus skins ($269) to be “the ideal partner for gliding serenely toward happiness.” The world’s most visibly recognizable skins have trimmed down in weight and beefed up durability all while using a greener (no fluorocarbon) manufacturing recipe. black-crows.co … 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 »

Mind Your Bs and ZQs

Tecnica recycle

We all want to buy products that are gentle on the Earth and fair to the people who make them. However, recognizing these stars in a rack of jackets or a wall of skis is anything but obvious. Help is coming in a multitude of certifications. Like organic food, these third-party organizations work with companies … 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 »

Trends – Buyer’s Guide 2021

    Performance boots and wide feet used to be mutually exclusive. Higher-flexing boots typically were only available in skinny lasts. But manufacturers are starting to realize that people with high-volume feet who rip don’t want to ski in pain. Both the Fischer RC One HV and Salomon S/Pro HV are high volume (HV) versions of … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Death to Plastics

    Plastic is everywhere. Literally. The average Canadian throws away about 85 kg of the stuff a year. And it takes at least 500 years for it to break down in landfill. In the meantime, it degrades into tiny particles that are polluting water and climbing the food chain. Pretty depressing stuff. Weaning ourselves off … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

RYAN REPORT – gifts for her

Part of our week long series of Gift Guides, my picks for all the skiers on your shopping list. If you’re like me, you try hard to buy the right gift for the women in your life but usually manage to fail. I feel your frustration. I’d like to promise these are guaranteed winners. And … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2017

1. Who needs another logoed team jacket or club T-shirt? How about a custom-knit, non-itch, 100-per-cent merino wool JYTTE toque? Made in Sun Valley, Idaho, by Canadian expat Jytte (pronounced “You-Tay”—that’s Danish for sweet-looking beanie), it’s definitely keeper-schwag. Add your own logo, colours and design for US$20 per lid (that’s half the retail price) plus … More »

Patagonia

Gear & Gadgets – Vol 50 #3

Racer

Goat power! With a 70:30 mohair-nylon ratio, Chamonix-based Black Crows promises its all-new, 100 per cent waterproof Pilus skins ($269) to be “the ideal partner for gliding serenely toward happiness.” The world’s most visibly recognizable skins have trimmed down in weight and beefed up durability all while using a greener (no fluorocarbon) manufacturing recipe. black-crows.co … 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 »

Mind Your Bs and ZQs

Tecnica recycle

We all want to buy products that are gentle on the Earth and fair to the people who make them. However, recognizing these stars in a rack of jackets or a wall of skis is anything but obvious. Help is coming in a multitude of certifications. Like organic food, these third-party organizations work with companies … 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 »

Trends – Buyer’s Guide 2021

    Performance boots and wide feet used to be mutually exclusive. Higher-flexing boots typically were only available in skinny lasts. But manufacturers are starting to realize that people with high-volume feet who rip don’t want to ski in pain. Both the Fischer RC One HV and Salomon S/Pro HV are high volume (HV) versions of … More »

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1

Backcountry Gear 2020 Editor’s Choice pt 1 Less stiff = more fun Blizzard totally redesigned its Zero G line of skis, softening them up a bit to make them a little more fun and forgiving to ski without taking away too much performance. It started with construction, wrapping the paulownia wood core with carbon fibre … More »

Death to Plastics

    Plastic is everywhere. Literally. The average Canadian throws away about 85 kg of the stuff a year. And it takes at least 500 years for it to break down in landfill. In the meantime, it degrades into tiny particles that are polluting water and climbing the food chain. Pretty depressing stuff. Weaning ourselves off … More »

Dress for Success – Backcountry

DRESS FOR SUCCESS Innovations in fabric and insulation are making winter more comfortable than ever. Upcycled wool Making clothing results in plenty of scraps. Usually they end up in the garbage, but SmartWool is collecting off-cuts from its merino baselayers, turning them into sheets of wool insulation and then stuffing them into puffy jackets, like … More »

RYAN REPORT – gifts for her

Part of our week long series of Gift Guides, my picks for all the skiers on your shopping list. If you’re like me, you try hard to buy the right gift for the women in your life but usually manage to fail. I feel your frustration. I’d like to promise these are guaranteed winners. And … More »

Gear & Gadgets Winter 2017

1. Who needs another logoed team jacket or club T-shirt? How about a custom-knit, non-itch, 100-per-cent merino wool JYTTE toque? Made in Sun Valley, Idaho, by Canadian expat Jytte (pronounced “You-Tay”—that’s Danish for sweet-looking beanie), it’s definitely keeper-schwag. Add your own logo, colours and design for US$20 per lid (that’s half the retail price) plus … More »

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Just $5.00 an issue!

1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.