Backcountry Ski Testing

Praise be to Ullr for providing us with outstanding snow conditions the past couple of weeks here in the Northwest for our annual testing of backcountry skis. Following a rather lackluster winter in these parts, Ullr stepped up to the plate with a great mix of cold storm cycles and bluebird ski conditions.

Surprise, surprise, skis keep getting fatter and more skis than ever are introducing rocker and early rise tips into the mix. After skiing so many rocker and early rise tip skis, it feels a bit odd to get back on a traditionally tipped ski. I’d say the evolving tip shape is here to stay. This year we have inlcuded skis from Faction, Drake Powder Skis, Icelantic, Volkl, and Armada, as well as  the usual suspects like G3, BD, Trab, Voile, Dynafit, etc.

We have also had a chance to get on a number of ski boots including the new Scarpa Mobe, the Dynafit TLT5, and the Garmont Radium. Another interesting addition to this year’s testing is a new race binding from Ski Trab (see image in slide show). It may not be the binding for your average ski tourer, but it is pretty slick and is sure to please the rando-race crowd.

I have not mounted them up yet, but will get a chance this week.

More on skis after we wrap up our testing.

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