Archive | Gear Reviews

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.

Helmet cam - Gnarl ridge fire

Helmet cam – Gnarl ridge fire

I recently got a helmet cam for some testing. I have always been a still camera guy and know very little about video. The camera I have is a VIO POV cam, and it has proven to be nearly fool proof. Not only was it easy to use, but it was also painless to edit and upload. The video below… Read More

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the new G3 Onyx AT binding

G3 Announces new AT Binding

G3 Announced their new Onyx AT binding today with a fancy interactive website. The binding takes its basics from the Dynafit TLT binding and requires a Dynafit compatible boot. We have yet to use the binding, but it looks very promising. It weighs in at 1430 grams. check it out www.g3onyx.com

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08-09 Backcountry Ski Review

I’ve been getting a lot of requests to load our 0809 ski review on the web. Remember, you can always subscribe and request the October issue, but in the mean time; here is the oft requested 0809 Off-Piste Mag backcountry ski review. Our ski testing is not comprehensive, but we feel we offer a good cross section of the backcountry skis… Read More

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Gamont Veloce, Scarpa T-1 ( 1996 vintage), Garmont Synergy, Black Diamond Seeker

Telemark Boots

The weather is finally beginning to resemble winter around here. If the current storm system tracks as forecasted, we could be skiing any day. The NWAC forecast shows over 2inches of water equivalent in the next two days. We need it, I have boots to test. I have been telemark skiing for about 20 years. Having started in leather boots… Read More

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G3 Announces New Ski Program

G3 just announced a new ski program for next season. The program revolves around  their new relationship with ski designer Francois Sylvain.   ". . . Previously the lead designer of Line and Karhu skis, and most recently a consultant for K2, Francois comes to G3 with more than ten years of extensive ski design, construction, and manufacturing experience.    … Read More

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Telemark ski boots

I have been tele skiing for about 20 years. Having started in leather boots and experienced the plastic revolution first hand, I have skied just about every tele boot at one time or another over the years.   Right now, the gear room has four different tele boots: the Garmont Synergy, The Garmont Veloce (a discontinued model), a Scarpa T-1, and the new Black… Read More

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ski bench

Ski Quiver

Although we may not be making turns yet, we have had a good flow of gear in the office the past few weeks and I thought I would offer a look inside our gear room for the season. I will go through everything over the next couple of weeks, but I will start with the big one, skis. I field ski questions daily, and I… Read More

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New Off-Piste Stickers

New Off-Piste Stickers

Our new batch of Off-Piste stickers just arrived here at the office. We went for a new shape this year that is more elongated than earlier models. They are still the same high quality vinyl we have always used. For a limited time, just send us a self addresses stamped envelope (SASE) and we will drop a few in the… Read More

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Avalanche Transceivers from BCA, Barryvox, Ortovox, and Pieps

Avalanche Transceivers

We just received the Ortovox S1 avalanche transceiver with the updated software here at the office. It is a very interesting beacon, and we are stoked to check it out in the coming months. I have long used the Backcountry Access Tracker and still believe it is great beacon, but late last season I began testing several of the newer three antenna digital beacons…. Read More

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Black Diamond Seeker Telemark Boot

Black Diamond Seeker Telemark Boot

A pair of the Black Diamond’s new Seeker tele boots arrived at the office last week. Ski conditions are a bit marginal right now, but I thought I would give a quick heads up on the boot before we get a chance to ski in it. First, we chose the Seeker over the Custom or the Push (BD’s four buckle boots… Read More

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Ski Trab Stelvio Freeride skis in the factory in Bormio

Ski Trab Factory Tour

In April, I was able to visit the Ski Trab factory in Bormio, Italy. I was skiing in the mountains nearby and realized it was much easier to ski into the town than it would be to drive or take a train. Giacomo Trabucchi made his first wooden ski in 1946 and Ski Trab as a company was born. Today,… Read More

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alpinist tip

G3 Alpinist Skins

Climbing skins are an underappreciated tool. We spend more time using them than not using them on most days. However, without skins, ski touring would be a different sport. I have used just about every skin on the market over the years. They all do the job and many of them have had their bouts with bad glue or various… Read More

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karhu_guide

Karhu Guide Ski

  It was in January 1978 that Karhu introduced their original XCD ski – it was a marriage of Nordic construction and downhill performance into one ski, the XCD. A ski that subsequently launched a genre of skis for karhu. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of their XCD ski program, Karhu invited a group of skiers to the North Cascades… Read More

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100% Organic Cotton Off-Piste Ball Caps

Off-Piste ball caps

Finally, after years of being asked for them, we now have Off-Piste ball caps. In keeping with current trends these babies are 100% organic cotton and come in two earth friendly colors, brown and jungle. We have two styles, regular ball cap style and corps style. Git ’em while they last – $16 includes shipping order here

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Three-Pin Simplicity

We used the various "free-pivot" telemark bindings for a good part of last season and have continued using them into this season. I have been psyched with the results. Now that they exist, it is hard to believe that it took this long for free-pivot systems to evolve. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that free-pivot or touring bindings evolved because of beefy plastic… Read More

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