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Sportiva Vanguard ski boot

La Sportiva Vanguard Ski Boots Review – Uphill Efficiency and Downhill Power

Lightweight and Powerful with a Wide-Ranging Walk Mode Alpine touring ski boots need to balance weight, power and durability with walkability, flex and comfort. Generally speaking, the more powerful the ski boot, the less walk-friendly and heavier the design. The new La Sportiva Vanguard ski boots break that trend by being lighter and more powerful than similar boots while setting a… Read More

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Best Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons for Ski Mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering – Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons Guide Climbing skins can only get you so far when it comes to summit attempts, climbing couloirs and spring ski mountaineering objectives. From firm boot packs to firm skin tracks, lightweight boot crampons and ski crampons are the ticket to efficient ski mountaineering travel. Ski Crampons Ski crampons are an underrated tool… Read More

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La Sportiva Synchro AT Ski Boots

La Sportiva Synchro AT Ski Boot

La Sportiva Synchro AT Ski Boot It’s no secret that we spend more time climbing uphill than we do skiing down when backcountry skiing. Nonetheless, downhill performance remains high on the AT ski boot requirement list for most backcountry skiers. As a result, our boots need to walk the line between being lightweight and uphill-friendly while maintaining the ability to… Read More

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scarpa f1 ski boot

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review

Scarpa F1 Ski Boot Review I’m no rando racer, but I still have a solid appreciation for the trend in lighter backcountry ski gear. Following design innovations pioneered in the randonee race world, alpine touring boots have benefited from the slimmed down, lighter designs born of the rando race world. These new svelte boots still offer strong downhill performance and are gaining momentum amongst the… Read More

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Scarpa F1 Ski Boot – Preview Look

Scarpa F1 Ski Boots Alpine Touring boots are lighter and more svelte in design than ever. The result is a growing collection of ski boots that challenge the status quo of what a ski boot feels like and is capable of doing. The latest boot to challenge the norm is the Scarpa F1. Following in the mold of the F1 Evo, the new F1 drops… Read More

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Arc'teryx Procline AT Boots

Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot Review

Arcteryx Procline Ski Boot Review Joshua Cole – Guide and Owner, North Cascades Mountain Guides – AMGA Ski Guide Notwithstanding the ski industry’s “quiver-of-one” marketing hype, most diehard skiers sport a quiver of skis – the rock skis, the powder skis, the spring skimo skis and probably a pair of straight skis you’re keeping for posterity. The new Arc’teryx Procline ski boot is… Read More

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sportiva spectre ski boot

La Sportiva Spectre AT Boots – Gear Review

La Sportiva Spectre AT Ski Boots 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… Read More

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Scarpa Freedom SL Ski Boot

  Scarpa Freedom SL Ski Boot If you are in search of one boot to serve your resort and backcountry ski needs, you’ll be stoked to see the new boots coming from K2, BD and Scarpa.  The past couple of seasons have offered a great selection of lightweight three- and four-buckle boots for dedicated touring and this upcoming season looks… Read More

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Gregory Targhee FT 35 Ski Pack

Made for Big Days Traditional backcountry ski packs get less attention in this age of avalanche airbag packs. Airbags certainly have their place, but so do regular ski packs. For example, the Gregory Targhee FT 35. It’s a ski pack that’s ready for big loads, overnight trips and technical objectives. Targhee Pack Design The Targhee FT 35 is a traditional top… Read More

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Scarpa Maestrale Review – Versatile and Utilitarian

The 2022 Scarpa Maestrale AT Ski Boots Renowned for balancing uphill walkability and downhill ski performance, the Scarpa Maestrale ski boot is like the Toyota Tacoma of ski boots. It’s versatile, utilitarian and appeals to a wide range of skiers. You can find bigger, burlier boots. In fact, too many people overlook the Maestrale in favor of the stiffer Maestrale… Read More

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Big Ski Mountain Products Climbing Skins Kit

Big Sky Mountain Products Climbing Skins – Made is USA

Essential Backcountry Equipment — Climbing Skins Climbing skins don’t get nearly as much attention as skis, boots and bindings when building out a backcountry ski kit. Nonetheless, skins are essential equipment for backcountry skiing and deserve some real consideration. The big questions when looking for skins are: What’s the best plush — nylon, mohair or a blend? What’s the glue reputation?… Read More

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DPS R10 Tech Binding

DPS R10 Tech Binding – Lightweight and Fully Featured

Featherweight Tech Binding DPS adds to their touring binding lineup this season with the DPS R10 tech binding. It’s a lightweight yet descent-minded AT binding that weighs in at a featherweight 260 grams (9 ounces) each. It’s a binding for all-day tours and quick skin track laps alike.  The R10’s weight and appearance might lead you to assume that it’s… Read More

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Backcountry Ski Gloves – Give’r Classic Leather Gloves

Give’r Leather Ski Gloves A typical day of backcountry skiing requires a lot of our gloved hands: open your pack, close your pack, put your skins on, take your skins off, buckle your boots, switch your bindings, take a photo, assemble your shovel. The list goes on. Good backcountry ski gloves need to be weatherproof, dexterous, durable and reasonably warm —… Read More

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Questionable Advice for Ski Trips and Storm Chasers

Hitting the Great White Highway – Questionable Ski Trip Advice by the Grumpy Old Shop Guy, aka Don Pattison It’s the inevitable and ponderous start to another ski season, and I’ve got a worried mind. Driving my old Jeep over the local pass last weekend, a couple of thoughts popped out – I need new wiper blades and the good… Read More

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