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Check out Off-Piste Magazine’s expert ski gear reviews including backcountry skis, tech bindings, avalanche beacons, avalanche safety gear, avalanche shovels, ski jackets, backcountry ski pants, ski packs, headlamps, AT ski boots, crampons, climbing skins and more. We use the gear we write up and the reviews here represent the best of the gear we have tested.

Dynafit Speedfit binding Voile SuperCharger ski

Dynafit TLT Speedfit Binding

Dynafit TLT Speedfit Binding As the snow stacks up in the hills, so does the test gear in the Off-Piste Mag shop. The latest new tech for testing is the new Dynafit TLT Speedfit binding. The Dynafit tech binding design has seen a steady evolution from the original Dynafit TLT to the now feature-rich Radical 2.0 and Radical ST bindings…. Read More

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Voile SuperCharger

Voile SuperCharger

Voile SuperCharger Ski Review As ski season approaches, we’ve got a few more ski reviews to share. First up is the Voile SuperCharger. It’s a carry-over ski from last season, but it would be crazy to leave the SuperCharger off our list of favorite backcountry powder skis. Voile launched the SuperCharger last season and Off-Piste chose it as one of… Read More

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Outdoor research trailbreaker pants

Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants

Outdoor Research Trailbreaker Pants Review As the song goes, “you gotta get up to get down” and breaking trail tests more than just your legs; it tests your outerwear, too.  Backcountry ski pants need to breathe while you go up and protect from the elements on the up and down. I’ve long been an advocate of softshell materials for backcountry skiing… Read More

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G3 SENDr 112 Ski

G3 SENDr 112 – Ski Review

G3 SENDr 112 – Ski Review We have been fans of the G3 Empire for several seasons. It’s lightweight carbon build plus healthy width and rocker combined to deliver a surfy and playful ride in any soft snow conditions. Well, the next evolution is here and it’s a lot of fun, too: the 2018 G3 SENDr 112. The SENDr 112… Read More

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Osprey Snow Kit Gear Duffel

Osprey SnowKit Duffel

Osprey SnowKit Duffel The joys of air travel for skiing – it’s a mix of anticipation for the adventure to come and the possibility that your gear may not arrive when you do. It only takes getting skunked on arrival without some piece of critical gear – like your boots or skins – once to appreciate the ability to carry… Read More

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Dynafit Skis

Dynafit 2018 Backcountry Skis – Speed 90, Tour 96, Beast 98

Dynafit has revamped their ski lineup to include three distinct categories: Speed, Tour, and Beast. Speed, as you might guess, is the lightest category and targets the light-is-right crowd. The Tour category is the do-it-all ski for general backcountry skiing. And the Beast category is for skiers most concerned with damp predictability and speed on the descent. We picked a… Read More

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black diamond cirque 30

Black Diamond Cirque 30 Backpack Review

Black Diamond Cirque 30 Pack Review Finding the right ski touring backpack is a combination of balancing personal preference, primary use and fit. Personally, I’ve long subscribed to the less-is-more philosophy when weighing design options and choosing a ski touring pack. The fewer zippers, buckles and accessory pockets, the better in my opinion. The clean top-loading style of the Black Diamond… Read More

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roller ski bags

Roller Ski Bags

Roller Ski Bag – the only way to travel A minimalist at heart, I have travelled for many years with the most basic of ski bags for air travel; a single zip bag with shoulder strap. I’ve looked on with envy at those with a roller ski bag as they effortlessly negotiate the airport and car rental counters but have… Read More

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mt hood spring ski testing

Spring Ski Testing – Elan RipStick 106 and more

Elan Ripstick 106 and Elan Ibex carbon 94 xlt Theres a healthy snowpack in the Northwest and it’s been a great spring for ski testing.  We’ve been putting skis from Voile, DPS, Black Diamond, Salomon, Elan and others through the paces on Mt. Hood. Yes, you heard that right Elan is entering the backcountry ski market.  It’d been decades since I jumped on… Read More

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Arc'teryx proton lt hoody

Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody – more active insulation options

Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody – Active Insulation  In my quest to test and understand active insulation, I’ve been putting the Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody through the paces backcountry ski touring. The Proton LT falls right in line with the Patagonia Nano Air and the Outdoor Research Ascendant hoodies. If you missed what I’ve said about the Ascendant or the Nano Air,… Read More

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outdoor research ascendent hoodie

Active Insulation – Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoodie

Active Insulation – Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoodie One of the more interesting outerwear innovations in the last couple of seasons has been the advent of active insulation. This year’s OR show was abuzz with the term. What is active insulation, you ask? Well, it refers to insulated jackets that maintain breathability and air permeability, giving you the ability to wear them… Read More

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Fritschi Tectron binding

Outdoor Retailer 2017: Tech Bindings

Tech bindings have evolved quickly over the past few years and the 2017 Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Salt Lake offered a glimpse of the latest innovations on the tech binding front. Dynafit and Fritschi unveiled new AT tech bindings at OR, while G3 and Salomon continue to refine their offerings. Here’s quick overview: DYNAFIT: The brand that literally invented the… Read More

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Scarpa Maestrale RS and Maestrale Ski boots

Outdoor Retailer 2017: SCARPA Maestrale RS AT Boots

Following up the last post about an industry ski day spent testing the latest SCARPA Maestrale RS AT boot and the new G3 SENDr 112 ski, lets look at the latest edition of the SCARPA Maestrale. Testing new gear is always a good time, but being able to test gear with the very people who helped bring the product to market is… Read More

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G3 SENDr Scarpa Maestrale RS

Outdoor Retailer 2017: G3 SENDr 112

Outdoor Retailer, the annual gathering of outdoor gear/clothing manufacturers and industry pros, was held in Salt Lake last week. We checked out a wide variety of cool new and upcoming products at the show, but one of the highlights was a day of skiing in the Uintas Mountains with SCARPA, G3 and Park City Powder Cats to test the new… Read More

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patagonia stretch nano storm

Insulated Jackets – Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm vs Nano Air

Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm vs Nano Air An insulated jacket is on the must-have list for backcountry skiing. It’s the layer that keeps you warm during breaks or transitions and offers a safety margin should you end up having to wait out a repair, deal with an injury or adjust to changing weather. I’ve developed a preference for synthetic insulation… Read More

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