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smith vantage ski helmet

Gear Review: Smith Vantage Ski Helmet

I’ve been slow to adopt a ski helmet for the backcountry. As I’m fond of saying to those who question my lack of helmet, “My head’s not a vital organ, so why worry.” Joking aside, I certainly understand the value of wearing a helmet while skiing. I don’t get on my bike without one, and I’ve been known to wear… 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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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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powder skiing

Ski Testing – 2015 Backcountry Ski Reviews

Ski testing season is here at Off-Piste Mag. And though no one seems to respect how much work it really is to test backcountry skis, boots and bindings, we’ve been hard at “work” checking out 2015 gear. Mount Hood has served up a classic mix of spring powder, bluebird days and everything in between. There’s nothing quite like six inches of… Read More

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