Backcountry Ski Reviews
Ski testing season is upon us. 2011 is our twelfth season of testing and reviewing backcountry skis. We have already been able to get on a few skis, but the bulk our testing happens in late March and early April. I will post more information about our ski line-up as they begin to arrive, but the list includes backcountry skis from Voile, Black Diamond, K2, Volkl, La Sportiva, Dynafit, G3, Armada, Faction, Prior, Movement and more. We just got word from the crew at Backcountryskiingcanada.com that they have been out on a variety of the new G3 skis and posted beta on some of G3's new skis here
There are a surprisingly large number of new backcountry skis for the 2011-12 season and quite a few holdovers from this season. We conduct most of our testing up at Mt. Hood with a dedicated crew of experienced skiers. A handful of select boards then head up to BC for a final hut trip of the season where we put the them through rigorous field testing and discuss their merits on the uptracks. Yes, it is a difficult job, but we manage.
We get more requests for our ski review issue than any other copy of the mag all season (it is always in the October issue). We always hold off on setting the review loose on the web until our publishing season comes to a close. The idea here is that you subscribe to get the mag - thereby supporting our dedicated efforts. We definitely appreciate your support.
1. Jonathan Shefftz said...
Looking forward to the review, and really liked the most recent issue’s climbing skin review.
Speaking of which, one attribute that wasn’t covered is whether G3's little bilateral toe clips interfere with removing skins while keeping your skis on? I saw one skier having trouble with this, as the little clips seem rather tenacious.
looks like the voile charger on the sled. you like?
what kind of snowmachine is that?
RE: 'fat' waxless skis. I like your mention in the ski review of uphill grip, as well as downhill glide and turning. But I wonder if there are differences in kick and glide efficiency apparent? (for next year's review) Like, the Fischers seem to be designed for good K&G.
Not a concern for many of us of course.