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Adventure Ride Essentials – Gravel Tires

Adventure Bike Gravel Tires Reviewed So many choices, so little time. Choosing the best gravel tire is a bit like choosing the right shoes for the day. It's all about the terrain and surfaces that are on the agenda. And when adventure riding is on the table, maximum volume/width is key. Tread is important too. But volume is directly related to overall handling (and your comfort) in rough terrain. As long as your focus is where the pavement ends, go as wide as your frame allows. Rolling resistance plays a bigger role if you plan on long paved road miles. But the focus here is adventure riding, so let's consider colume and traction primary concerns and rolling resistance to be secondary. With a 100-200-mile-a-week gravel habit, I've…

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Adventure Ride Essentials – Camelbak Chase Review

Camelbak Chase Bike Vest Review One of the big limiting factors when setting out on an extended adventure ride is water carrying capacity. It takes a lot of water to stay hydrated on a 100+ mile ride. The obvious solution is a hydration pack. But when traveling light is your goal, most hydration packs are overkill. The Camelbak Chase bike… Read More

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Adventure Ride Essentials – Club Ride Mountain Surf Shorts

Club Ride Mountain Surf Shorts – Adventure Ride Ready I don’t need to remind anyone that ski season came to an abrupt end in late March this year. The upside has been an early start to the adventure pedaling season here in the Pacific Northwest. With mountain bike access limited, the gravel bike has taken center stage. In other words,… Read More

G3 Minimist Climbing Skins

G3 Minimist Climbing Skins

G3 Minimist Climbing Skins I’m a minimalist by nature. Less is more has proven to be a solid motto for most things backcountry skiing. Well, maybe not when it comes to the width of my skis, but today’s wide skis help fuel the less is more mantra, because if you’re gonna slide around on 110-130mm underfoot, you better lighten your… Read More

DPS PHANTOM

DPS PHANTOM

DPS Phantom I’ve always enjoyed the ritual of waxing of skis. In the fall, it marks the approaching ski season. During the season, it harkens the call of a powder day or the anticipation of an extended trip deserving of fresh glide. Ski waxing can be a social event or a good reason to dissappear into your workshop. So when… Read More

Ogso Schwarztor Ski

Ogso Skis – The Schwarztor – A Quiver of One

The Ogso Schwarztor – A Quiver of One – 135-104-120 Choosing one pair of skis to do it all in the backcountry is a big ask. There’s no shortage of good skis. It’s finding the one ski that blends playful powder skiing with confident control while keeping it light underfoot that’s the hard part. I typically spend my winter on… Read More

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The Best Ski Socks

The Best Ski Socks Ski socks may be low on on the gear glamour scale, but a fresh pair of good quality ski socks feels mighty nice sliding into a pair of boots. And high-quality socks can actually mean the difference between a good day and a bad day of ski touring. From comfort to durability, high-quality socks outperform cheap… Read More

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adventure bike gravel tires

Adventure Ride Essentials – Gravel Tires

Adventure Bike Gravel Tires Reviewed So many choices, so little time. Choosing the best gravel tire is a bit like choosing the right shoes for the day. It’s all about the terrain and surfaces that are on the agenda. And when adventure riding is on the table, maximum volume/width is key. Tread is important too. But volume is directly related to overall… Read More

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Wacaco Nanopresso – Portable Espresso Maker

Wacaco Nanopresso – Portable Espresso Maker Strong coffee and adventure go hand in hand. When traveling and backcountry trips require packing your own coffee making supplies, you can go as basic as a cone filter or upgrade to the popular Aeropress. Both methods offer a solid approach to brewing a stout cup of coffee with its own merits. For those who… Read More

DPS Lotus 124

DPS Lotus 124 2.0

DPS Lotus 124 2.0 – Alchemist Edition For the most part, backcountry ski waist widths have settled into the 100-115mm zone the last couple of seasons. You can confidently grab a pair of skis with a waist in the low hundreds for just about any day of touring. Between rocker, sidecut and lightweight core materials, these skis are agile, light,… Read More

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What’s in Your Pack – Backcountry Ski Packing List

Backcountry Ski Packing List What’s in your ski pack? It’s a good question and one that I occasionally ask myself as I heft the weight of my pack to my shoulder in the morning. There’s no sense in carrying more up the hill than you need to, but there are key items you should always have with you in the… Read More

Avalanche Safety

BC Link Radio 2.0

Backcountry Access BC Link FRS Radio Review

Backcountry Access BC Link FRS Radio Review Good communication in the backcountry means many things. But on the most basic level, communication is about actually being able to talk to each other. Two-way radios are a great tool to facilitate communication when the terrain splits the group. Whether it’s simply to make sure you get a photo set up just… Read More

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Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry

Avalanche Safety – Communication in the Backcountry The freezing levels in the Northwest have been on their typical fall rollercoaster ride and, with the ride, the snow has come and gone and come again. Early season skiing has its attraction, but I like to remind myself that there is no rush. That said, plenty of skiers have seized the moment… Read More

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DPS Skis – Shadow Campaign – Lonely Star

DPS Skis – Shadow Campaign – Lonely Star DPS Cinematic is back with Volume VI of the Shadow Campaign ski film series. Skiers Santiago Guzman, Piers Solomon and Zack Giffin inspire winter adventures with their snow sliding skills from Mt Baker to Revelstoke. Here’s what DPS Skis has to say . . . An ill-fated explorer finds himself marooned on… Read More

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The Art of the Uptrack

The Art of the Uptrack Larry Goldie – Owner, Lead Guide at North Cascade Mountain Guides First, there was the epiphany. It was a deep day, sixteen inches of new and still snowing. The hookup began as many do, spontaneously meeting at the trailhead with the same objective in mind. I was with my two most regular ski partners. Our… Read More

Dream Job Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster

Dream Job – Avalanche Forecaster An Interview with ChugachNational Forest Avalanche Center Forecaster Wendy Wagner by David Waag We all appreciate the value of our regional avalanche forecast centers and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t dreamed of working as an avalanche professional. It’s all face shots, field observations and free gear right? Well, it turns out there’s a lot more… Read More

The Backcountry Skier’s Magazine

Off-Piste Magazine - the backcountry skier's magazine and website. Backcountry skiing resource: gear reviews, avalanche safety information, feature stories, mountain culture, ski films and more! Check out our back issue archives and backcountry skiing resources ranging from ski and gear reviews to avalanche safety and backcountry huts and lodges directory.

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