The proliferation of new tech bindings this past season is proof that the system has gained mainstream appeal. That’s right, the masses have finally figured out the advantages of the lightweight, tech-pivot for backcountry skiing; and the binding design has progressed far enough to appease much of the criticism non-users have weighed against it. Of course, all the new options are… Read More
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The Fritschi Vipec 12, having weathered a few initial glitches last season, hit the market in 2015 refined and I’ve spent the past couple months logging hours on the current model in the backcountry and at the ski resort. The bottom line is that Fritschi has set themselves up as a viable player in the tech-binding market and the Vipec offers… Read More
Burnie Glacier Chalet Spring is underway in the valleys, but the mountains still harbor a taste of winter and that’s exactly what I got while visiting the Burnie Glacier Chalet outside of Smithers, British Columbia at the end of March. Located in the Howson Range on the east slope of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains, Burnie delivered cold snow in the alpine… Read More
I spent the day testing a pair of handcrafted Paranormal Skis in Smithers, BC up at the local ski hill, Hudson Bay Mountain. James at Paranormal has been designing and building skis for about four years in his self-built workshop. His passion for the design/build process is as impressive as the equipment he has created in his shop. From his ski… Read More
G3 ION Binding Review Although we skied the new G3 ION binding a little last spring and liked it, it wasn’t until this January that I’ve been able to mount and ski a pair for long-term use. The ION represents a full redesign of G3’s first tech binding, the Onyx, and it’s proving to perform well. Upon first glance, the G3… Read More
Binding Inserts There are a couple of solutions available for skiers looking to swap between two sets of bindings on a single pair of skis or use one set of bindings on two pairs of skis, Binding Freedom and Quiver Killers. I recently installed a set of Binding Freedom inserts to accommodate Marker Tours and Dynafit Radicals on a set… Read More
Our 2015 backcountry ski review is a fixture in the first issue of the season (due out Oct 15) but, to help fuel some winter dreams, we thought we’d share some of the details about a few favorites skis from testing. These are our official Editors’ Choice boards. Subscribe now to get the October issue with our full reviews and lots… Read More