Tag Archives | Backcountry ski gear review

scarps freedom sl

Scarpa Freedom SL Review

I’ve run the Scarpa Freedom SL for a full season of testing now, and it continues to live up to its first impressions as an incredibly lightweight and touring friendly alpine ski boot. I do not see it as a dedicated touring boot for a devoted backcountry skier but rather as the best of the crossover boots that provide alpine… Read More

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La Sportiva Spectre Boot Review

La Sportiva Spectre AT Boot – Gear Review

Finding the right backcountry ski boot has a lot to do with good fit, but it’s also important to find the right combination of uphill functionality and downhill performance. La Sportiva nailed both in the Spectre alpine touring boot. The La Sportiva Spectre AT boot offers great walkability with the flick of a lever and excellent downhill performance without being… Read More

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Patagonia Knifeblade

Patagonia Knifeblade, OR Enchainment

Softshell Ski Jackets – Patagonia Knifeblade Jacket, OR Enchainment Jacket Having trouble regulating your temp on the up track? In addition to wearing too many layers or simply too warm a layer, too many backcountry skiers wear waterproof/breathable shells (top and bottom) for touring. I’m here to tell you that less is more and, more often than not, a fully… Read More

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CiloGear Pack Factory visit

CiloGear – Backpacks made in Portland Oregon

Continuing with our side project to visit and highlight local and regional ski related businesses, I recently made a trip to backpack maker, CiloGear, located in Portland, Oregon. The small, independent pack company is named after the Cilo Mountains, a remote range in southeast Turkey where Graham Williams, owner and founder, actually spent time climbing while living and working in… Read More

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TREW GEAR OFFICE

TREW Gear Softshell

In doing some research for upcoming soft shell ski jacket editorial, I took notice of a new Polartec Power Shield shell from TREW Gear called the Swift. I’ve seen TREW’s ski shells and pants around at the local hill here and there – their thumbs up logo on the left shoulder is pretty distinctive – but I’d never looked further… Read More

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