2011 Backcountry Ski Gear Preview

Walking the halls at a trade show is not my favorite pastime, but between ski days in Salt Lake, I managed a couple of days at this year’s Outdoor Retailer trade show. There is a lot of new product for Fall 2011 of interest to backcountry skiers.

From new Dynafit bindings to a host of skis from the usual suspects including BD, Volkl, G3, K2 and Voile there is plenty to talk about. There are some new names in the ski world too. La Sportiva (rock shoe and climbing gear company) steps into the ring with a new tech binding that is not just for the racing crowd as well as a line of skis that includes the Hi-5, a fat ski with generous tip rocker that fully breaks from the narrow Euro ski design stereotype.

Here is a brief slideshow that offers a window into some of the new gear. I will follow up with blogs by category: bindings, skis, boots, softgoods, transcievers and miscellaneous.