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Check out Off-Piste Magazine’s expert ski gear reviews including backcountry skis, tech bindings, avalanche beacons, avalanche safety gear, avalanche shovels, ski jackets, backcountry ski pants, ski packs, headlamps, AT ski boots, crampons, climbing skins and more. We use the gear we write up, and the reviews here represent the best of the gear we have tested.

jones backpack

Jones 30L Ski Pack

I first took notice of Jeremy Jones when I saw the TGR film Deeper. Jones takes his passion for riding and applies it to the backcountry with the approach of a professional. His 2012 TGR film, Further, is also an example of quality earn-your-turns footage with a good perspective, not simply the normal go-big TGR attitude. Of course, Jones and… 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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DPS Wailer 112 – Backcountry Ski Review

The office ski fleet is flush with sweet backcountry powder boards this season and with a couple months of skiing under our belt, it’s time to offer some insights. The full run down of skis includes three models that measure in at 112mm underfoot.: The DPS Wailer 112, Voile Charger, G3 District. I have been a fan of the Voile… Read More

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The Alaska Factor – Backcountry Skiing in AK

On my first trip to Alaska, my ski partners and I began referring to the scale of everything in AK as the Alaska Factor. Distances are longer, the mountains are bigger and the commitment required to complete any goal just seemed to be greater than we were used to in the lower 48. And as Joe Stock, author of The… Read More

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Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids

Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids My kids are reaching the age where backcountry adventure is evolving from a tag-along activity to where they share the enthusiasm. They have reached the critical stage of needing functional backpacks as opposed to a glorified book bag. Enter the Deuter Fox 30 backpack for kids. The Fox 30 is a scaled down version of Deuter’s… Read More

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Summits and Icefields I Ski Guide

Summits & Icefields 1 – Alpine Ski Tours in the Canadian Rockies by Chic Scott with Mark Klassen 344 pages,, $29.95 If you’ve spent any time ski touring in Western Canada, or even day dreaming about the prospect of touring in the Great White North, you likely have a copy or at least have heard of Summits and Icefields by Chic… Read More

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