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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.

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BD Couloir – An Ultra Light Ski Mountaineering Harness

  Guest Blog from Larry Goldie of North Cascades Mountain Guides The minute I saw Black Diamond’s new Couloir harness, I knew I needed one.  In the never ending quest to lighten my kit, it was immediately apparent that this harness would likely bump my current ski harness out of its favored spot.  I have spent the last month using… Read More

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2010 Ski Testing

It is ski testing season here at Off-Piste. Backcountry and powder specific skis are rolling into our office every day. The recent blast of winter here in the northwest gave us an opportunity to get out in some good deep snows on on the Armada JJ and the Voile Drifter. Both skis served up fine perfomances and both are incredibly… Read More

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Handmade Ski Movement

The boutique or handmade ski movement is gaining momentum. Numerous smaller manufacturers are popping up in North America. From Ski to 333 Skis to Wagner Custom to ON3p, small manufacturers run the gamut of variety and approach. I hesitate to use the term handmade skis because even the big ski operations use plenty of hand labor in laying up… Read More

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2009 Backcountry Ski Review

2009 ski review The holidays are upon us and it seems everyone is shopping for skis – at least given the requests for copies of our annual ski review. Well, here it is the 2009 Off-Piste Mag Ski Review. We have been doing an annual ski review for ten years. After looking over our current review and the reviews from… Read More

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Climbing Skins

Rule #1 –  Do not let the glue side touch the snow. Rule #2 – Keep them folded glue side to glue side when not in use. I fold them in half as best as the wind will allow. Rule #3 – If the glueside begins to ice up, tuck the skins inside your jacket on the descent, and or… Read More

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