Archive | February, 2016

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Darkside Calling – Telemark vs AT

Darkside Calling – Telemark vs. Alpine Touring by Paul Butler Right before the end of the year, I went out skiing. After a week of torrential and monumentally depressing rain turned Christmas into Slushmas, cold from the east brought December back to the way it should be in these parts. Two friends and I began making our way up “the… Read More

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Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant Review

Patagonia Reconnaissance Ski Pant Review I spend nearly every day of the winter in softshell pants. Finding the perfect do-it-all pant is nearly as challenging as finding the perfect quiver-of-one ski. I’ve had my favorite pants over the years but, in the ever-evolving world of fabric and our newer-is-better culture, it seems like the shelf life of even the best… Read More

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Minipresso Portable Espresso Maker

Coffee fuels adventure and, whether you’re in the backcountry or simply road tripping, a good cup of coffee is part of the experience. Like a good addict, I’ve always got an eye out for new ways to get my fix. The latest coffee gadget to find its way into the office for testing is the Minipresso portable espresso maker. It’s a portable, hand-operated espresso… Read More

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Voile Climbing Skins

Voile Climbing Skins Reviewed Voile Equipment is well known for their backcountry skis, splitboards and bindings, but they also offer a variety of time-tested backcountry gear including climbing skins. As I’ve said before, your choice in climbing skins can make a big difference in your efforts to move uphill. Given the width of today’s skis, skin weight and glide are more important than… Read More

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The Elusive Quiver-of-One Backcountry Ski

It’s a luxury to have a ski quiver, so the search for the elusive quiver-of-one backcountry ski is always on our minds when testing skis. There are certainly skiers who will argue going wider but, generally speaking, a mid- to upper-90’s waist makes for a reasonable do-it-all ski width. Sure, you give up some flotation on super deep days, but you gain agility… Read More

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