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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.

DPS Wailer 106 ski

Off-Piste Mag Editors’ Choice Ski Reviews 2017

Off-Piste Mag Editors’ Choice Ski Reviews 2017 – Round I Here’s our first round of Editors’ Choice ski reviews for 2017. We’ve got three boards that are worthy of quiver-of-one status for backcountry skiers: The Voile SuperCharger, The DPS Wailer 106 and the Völkl 90EIGHT. We’d gladly grab any one these boards as our go-to ski for a full season of mixed backcountry… Read More

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scarpa f1 ski boots

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot – Preview Look

Scarpa F1 Ski Boots Alpine Touring boots are lighter and more svelte in design than ever. The result is a growing collection of ski boots that challenge the status quo of what a ski boot feels like and is capable of doing. The latest boot to challenge the norm is the Scarpa F1. Following in the mold of the F1 Evo, the new F1 drops… Read More

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2017 backcountry skis

2017 Backcountry Skis – Beta part III

2017 Backcountry Skis Finally, a third installment previewing 2017 backcountry skis! The weather patterns shifted this week to yield a glimpse of fall. There’s nothing quite like the first dust of snow in the mountains to turn your thoughts toward ski season. The big picture for 2017 backcountry skis is lighter weights, modest widths and impressive performance through a range of conditions. Basically, skis… Read More

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Arc'teryx Procline AT Boots

Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot Review

Arcteryx Procline Ski Boot Review Joshua Cole – Guide and Owner, North Cascades Mountain Guides – AMGA Ski Guide Notwithstanding the ski industry’s “quiver-of-one” marketing hype, most diehard skiers sport a quiver of skis – the rock skis, the powder skis, the spring skimo skis and probably a pair of straight skis you’re keeping for posterity. The new Arc’teryx Procline ski boot is… Read More

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64 oz beer growler

Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growlers – Miir, Hydroflask

Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Beer Growlers The ever-evolving world of water bottles is heavily weighted toward metal, vacuum insulated bottles these days. The new breed of stainless water bottles are durable, free of chemicals and they keep cold liquids colder and hot liquids hotter than any of the basic single-wall designs we’ve all been using for years. The price is… Read More

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Outdoor Research Elevator Pack

Outdoor Research Elevator Pack

Outdoor Research Elevator Pack – A Technical Daypack for Mountain Scrambling For me, summer is a time to travel light in the mountains, a time to enjoy the simplicity of the warm weather and summit views. There is something very freeing about hiking and scrambling without the burden of skis or technical climbing gear. I’ve been on the search for… Read More

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backcountry ski review fleet

2017 Ski Test Beta part II

The opportunity to ski a wide variety of backcountry skis back to back for direct comparisons is the foundation of our ski testing program and our subsequent ski review write-ups.  This season’s fresh crop of backcountry skis includes a few highly regarded favorites like the Voile V6, the DPS Wailer 112 and the Volkl BMT 94 but it also includes… Read More

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black diamond couloir ski mountaineering harness

Ski Mountaineering Harnesses

As a skier first and a mountaineer second, it’s not that often I use a harness while ski touring. But when the going gets technical or crevassed, you don’t want to be left wishing you had a harness with you. Here are two great ski mountaineering harnesses that give you no excuse to leave them at home. They are so… Read More

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flyblow anderson shirt

FlyLow Anderson Shirt – anytime, anywhere

We interrupt our regular backcountry ski chatter to take a look at the Flylow Anderson shirt. It’s the summer shirt that does it all from the morning commute to the post workday tour-de-bar. You probably recognize the Flylow brand as the purveyor of some fine ski wear with a fresh look. Well, the Anderson shirt is the pick of the… Read More

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backcountry ski review fleet

2017 Ski Testing Beta

Spring ski testing is behind us! We tested and compared over 30 new backcountry skis in April. Everyone rolls their eyes when they hear how much work is involved with ski testing – kind of like saying, “. . . and then we had to try another beer to compare flavors . . .” Anyway, it is a fair bit of… Read More

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ski reviews

2016 Backcountry Ski Reviews

2016 Ski Reviews As winter fades, it’s time to release our 2016 ski reviews into the archives. If you’re still in the market for new skis, now is the time to score a deal on hold-over inventory. Take a look at what our ski reviews have to say and stock your quiver with an end of the season deal. We ski… Read More

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technical fleece layers

Lightweight Technical Fleece

Backcountry skiing is a highly aerobic pursuit. Finding the right combination of layers or lack there of is key to managing your temperature and breathability while ski touring. Beyond your base layer, you need to consider a lightweight insulation layer depending on the conditions of the day. I’ve been running several different lightweight technical fleece layers this season including a… Read More

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Brunton RESYNC 6000

Portable Chargers for the Backcountry

TECH TALK The use of electronics like phones and gps devices in the backcountry is no longer the exception; it’s the norm. Smartphones can be incredibly useful. With apps like Gaia (GPS) and Avanet (snow study/tour planning/map), a phone becomes a worthy gps and map tool. As we rely more heavily on electronic devices for everything from communication to navigation and… Read More

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patagonia reconnaissance pant

Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant Review

Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant review I spend nearly every day of the winter in softshell pants. Finding the perfect do-it-all pant is nearly as challenging as finding the perfect quiver-of-one ski. I’ve had my favorite pants over the years but, in the ever-evolving world of fabric and our newer-is-better culture, it seems like the shelf life of even the best… Read More

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minipresso portable espresso unit

Minipresso Portable Espresso Maker

Coffee fuels adventure and, whether you’re in the backcountry or simply road tripping, a good cup of coffee is part of the experience. Like a good addict, I’ve always got an eye out for new ways to get my fix. The latest coffee gadget to find its way into the office for testing is the Minipresso portable espresso maker. It’s a portable, hand-operated espresso… Read More

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