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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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Rocker Ski Racks

Rocker Ski Racks Skis have a way of cluttering your garage, hallway, closet or wherever it is you happen to store them. We all know what happens when you simply lean your skis against the nearest available wall – if they don’t fall over right away, they will fall over eventually – often taking a few other choice items with them on… Read More

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BCA SHAXE

BCA Shaxe – Shovel meets Ice Axe

BCA Shaxe The latest backcountry shovel innovation to come through the office is the BCA Shaxe. Shovel meets ice axe. Backcountry skiers need to carry shovels but never really want to deploy them for their intended companion rescue purpose. Fortunately, shovels are also handy for digging out your car, truck or snowmobile. Several manufacturers have worked to combine snow saws and… Read More

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MyCHarge portable battery charger

Portable Chargers – Backup Batteries for Backcountry Charging

Portable Chargers for the Backcountry Electronics in the backcountry are part of life. Apps like Gaia (GPS), Strava, Avenza and Ride turn our phones into worthy gps and map tracking tools for adventure in any season. However, keeping electronics fully charged and ready to go on a multi-day backcountry trip requires back-up power. There are many portable storage batteries on the… Read More

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ski mountaineering harness

Ski Mountaineering Harnesses

Ski Mountaineering Harnesses As a skier first and a mountaineer second, it’s not that often I use a harness while ski touring. But when the going gets technical or crevassed, you don’t want to be left wishing you had a harness with you. Here are two great ski mountaineering harnesses that give you no excuse to leave them at home…. Read More

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Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter

Fellow Prismo AeroPress Filter Review Portable AeroPress Coffee Maker Made Better For the dedicated coffee drinkers among us, little compares to the ritual brewing of the morning cup. We all have our favorite time-tested methods for brewing coffee in the backcountry or while on the road, and one of the best portable coffee makers around is the AeroPress coffee maker. This… Read More

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Uphill Athlete Book Review

Training for the Uphill Athlete

Book Review:Training for the Uphill Athlete:A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski MountaineersSteve House, Scott Johnston, Killian Jornet$35.00 from Patagonia Books Whether you are planning a week-long ski tour, a baccountry hut trip or looking to broaden your trail running horizons, your experience depends on your fitness. And whether you are looking to be competitive or simply enjoy the rewards… Read More

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summer ski climb hood

Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons for Ski Mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering – Ski Crampons and Boot Crampons Guide The days grow long and the snow grows firm. When your timing is right, spring ski mountaineering offers fast uphill travel and silky smooth descents. Come spring, climbing skins can only get you so far, especially if you have your sights set on summits and couloirs. From firm boot packs to… Read More

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patagonia-descenionist ski pack

Patagonia Descensionist 32L Ski Pack

Patagonia Descensionist 32L Ski Pack A good ski pack keeps a low profile. It needs to store avalanche safety gear and essential day trip supplies. But its presence should be subtle and fade away as we skin our way up or turn our way down the hill. The ideal ski pack size varies for everyone, but generally speaking, 30-40 liters… Read More

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Prior Husume

Prior Husume – XTC Carbon Construction – All-Conditions Confidence

Prior Husume – XTC Construction – A Balance of Float, Power and Weight Handmade in Whistler, BC, the Prior Husume ski has been serving up all-conditions float and control for many years. The latest version features a 109mm waist and the same hard-charging, big radius personality as earlier versions. Crossover Resort and Backcountry Feel I’ve been skiing the Husume XTC… Read More

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Dynafit Speedfit binding Voile SuperCharger ski

Dynafit TLT Speedfit Binding – Review

Dynafit TLT Speedfit Binding As the snow stacks up in the hills, so does the test gear in the Off-Piste Mag shop. The latest new tech for testing is the new Dynafit TLT Speedfit binding. The Dynafit tech binding design has seen a steady evolution from the original Dynafit TLT to the now feature-rich Radical 2.0 and Radical ST bindings…. Read More

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G3 Scala LT Climbing Skins

Climbing Skins – G3 Alpinist+ Glide

G3 Alpinist+ Climbing Skins – Glide Model I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; climbing skins are one of the most underrated pieces of gear we use. Yet without skins, we can’t do what we do, climb up to ski down. Having used nearly every type of skin available over the years, I have a strong preference for skins… Read More

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outdoor research deviator hoodie

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie – Breathable Warmth

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie – Breathable Warmth Balancing warmth and breathability on the uptrack is easier said than done. Everyday presents its own weather conditions and demands, but the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoodie handles the job of climate control on the uptrack by effectively wicking moisture and breathing to keep you dry, warm and on the move. More than just another… Read More

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Arc'teryx proton lt hoody

Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody – Lightweight, Breathable Warmth

Arc’teryx Proton LT Hoody – Active Insulation If you have not experienced the modern world of “active insulation,” it’s more than just marketing hype. It refers to an insulated jacket that maintains air permeability. In other words, it’s breathable. The idea behind active insulation is warmth across a wider spectrum of aerobic activity than a more traditional, less breathable jacket… 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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Altai leather ski Glove

Leather Ski Gloves

Leather Ski Gloves Put your skins on. Take your skins off. Buckle your boots. Loosen your boots. Fuss with your bindings. Open your pack. Eat a snack. Take a photo. A typical day in the backcountry asks a lot of our gloved hands – far more than a day at the resort. Good gloves for backcountry skiing need to be… Read More

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