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TechCrampon 250 – Gear Review

Being more skier than mountaineer, the slogan, “If I can’t climb it, I won't ski it,”  helps keep me out of trouble. But there are situations when a steep slope may be too firm to climb, but in time will soften into good skiing. Climbing steep firm slopes just requires the right tools, namely boot crampons. But, for many ski–centric mountaineering adventures, a full 10- or 12-point technical crampon is overkill. Enter the new 5-point TechCrampon 250. It’s a half-crampon designed to interface with tech-binding compatible boots and offers ski mountaineers a lightweight alternative to a full crampon. The “250” in the name references the actual weight per pair in grams. I’ve been able to run the TechCrampon 250 on Mt. Hood several times this…

AvaTech SP1 Smart Probe

AvaTech SP1 Smart Probe

AvaTech, a new snow and avalanche safety company, announced an interesting new tool today, the SP1 – essentially a smart probe that can profile the snowpack as it descends through the layers. The 150cm long SP1 reads snowpack structure, slope angle and aspect in seconds and then geo-tags the data. The tool is designed to interface with software called AvaNet,… Read More

apocolypse snow

Tuesday Timewaster: Vintage Apocalypse Snow

This one is a bit long at 24 minutes, but it has some priceless vintage footage. Regis Rolland takes some amazing lines given he’s basically strapped into his board wearing what appear to be moonboots. And who can ever get enough monoboard footage . . . this must have been cutting edge for 1983 in so many ways. I’m surprised… Read More

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techcrampon03

TechCrampon 250 – Gear Review

Being more skier than mountaineer, the slogan, “If I can’t climb it, I won’t ski it,”  helps keep me out of trouble. But there are situations when a steep slope may be too firm to climb, but in time will soften into good skiing. Climbing steep firm slopes just requires the right tools, namely boot crampons. But, for many ski–centric… Read More

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2015 Ski Reviews – Off-Piste Magazine

Our 2015 backcountry ski review is a fixture in the first issue of the season (due out Oct 15) but, to help fuel some winter dreams, we thought we’d share some of the details about a few favorites skis from testing. Subscribe now to get the October issue with our full reviews and lots more fun skis. Voile V6 – 124/100/109;… Read More

scarps freedom sl

Scarpa Freedom SL Boot – Off-Piste Mag Review

I’ve run the Scarpa Freedom SL for a full season of testing now, and it continues to live up to its first impressions as an incredibly lightweight and touring friendly alpine ski boot. I do not see it as a dedicated touring boot for a devoted backcountry skier but rather as the best of the crossover boots that provide alpine… Read More

Marker King Pin AT Binding

Marker King Pin AT Binding

The King Pin, Marker’s new tech-style AT binding is making waves across the internet this week. And for good reason, it sounds pretty cool. The tech toe is similar to the growing crop of tech binding options, but it’s the heel unit that looks to set the King Pin apart. It’s got a full TUV Din certificate for one. Second, it’s… Read More

  • Off-Piste Magazine

    Issue 61 March 2014

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier’s magazine, Repair-Renew-Recycle, Zed Final, Hillmap, Rogers Pass 411

  • Issue 60

    Issue 60 January 2014

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier’s magazine, Wallowa History, Touring Jackets, Zed III, Daily Debrief, Origins of Telemark

  • Off-Piste Magazine

    Issue 59 December 2013

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier’s magazine, Issue 59 December 2013, ski pack reviews, ski cutting, Zed part II, Breathe

  • op58

    Issue 58 October 2013

    Off-Piste the backcountry skier’s magazine, 2014  Ski Reviews, Dirtbaggin, Kim Havell, GOSG, Zed part I