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Avalanche Beacon Testing

We've been practicing with an assortment of current model avalanche beacons for an upcoming article in the print magazine. The bulk of our testing has focused on mid-level beacons aimed at solid recreational users like the BCA Tracker 3, Barryvox Element, Ortovox 3+ and Pieps DSP Sport. All of these avalanche beacons feature three-antenna technology and a signal marking function (suppression in the case of the Tracker 3) for multiple burial scenarios plus a simple single-button user interface. As you might notice from the photos, we've also kept a few well-known models like BCA Tracker 2 and Ortovox Zoom+ and the Barryvox Pulse. We conducted our practice sessions with a BCA Beacon Basin up at Sol Mountain Lodge in British Columbia's Monashee Mountains. The beacon basin is…

Revenge of the Telemarkers

If you are old enough to have telemark skied in the ’80’s, you might remember the humorous and instructional film, Revenge of the Telemarkers. It showcased the best freeheel skiing of the era and helped spread the telemark gospel back in the day. If you’re too young or you’ve never telemark skied, you still need to watch this. You can… Read More

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Dynafit Vulcan Pant

The Dynafit Vulcan Pant arrived here at the office this fall. It’s a new softshell backcountry ski pant and part of a broader line of clothing that Dynafit launched in the US this year. While I haven’t had them on snow too much yet, I have put them through the paces this fall. I’m a firm believer in softshell pants for… Read More

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Avalanche Beacon Testing

We’ve been practicing with an assortment of current model avalanche beacons for an upcoming article in the print magazine. The bulk of our testing has focused on mid-level beacons aimed at solid recreational users like the BCA Tracker 3, Barryvox Element, Ortovox 3+ and Pieps DSP Sport. All of these avalanche beacons feature three-antenna technology and a signal marking function (suppression… Read More

dynafit vulvan pant

Dynafit Vulcan Pant

The Dynafit Vulcan Pant arrived here at the office this fall. It’s a new softshell backcountry ski pant and part of a broader line of clothing that Dynafit launched in the US this year. While I haven’t had them on snow too much yet, I have put them through the paces this fall. I’m a firm believer in softshell pants for… Read More

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS AT Boot

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS AT Boots

A fresh pair of Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS AT Boots landed in the office this week. The Transalp is a new tech-compatible boot from the Alpine and Nordic giant Fischer and is part of a dedicated jump into the backcountry market by Fischer. They’ve always made a range of skis, but the new Fischer Transalp line, which includes a handful of… Read More

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Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid Shell Review

The Black Diamond Dawn Patrol Hybrid shell walks the line between highly breathable softshell and waterproof-breathable three-layer jacket. I’m a longtime advocate of ditching full-on waterproof-breathable gear in favor of more breathable softshells, but new hybrid designs like the Dawn Patrol Hybrid let you maintain key storm protection in your bag of tricks. The shell uses highly breathable Schoeller stretch-woven… 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

    Off-Piste Mag Issue 58 October 2013

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

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