Ski Testing – 2015 Backcountry Ski Reviews

Ski testing season is here at Off-Piste Mag. And though no one seems to respect how much work it really is to test backcountry skis, boots and bindings, we’ve been hard at “work” checking out 2015 gear. Mount Hood has served up a classic mix of spring powder, bluebird days and everything in between. There’s nothing quite like six inches of maritime, wind affected snow to put a ski or a touring binding through the paces.

Carbon fiber is the name of the game in skis for 2015. G3, Sportiva, Black Diamond and Volkl have embraced the light-is-right carbon fiber construction in their new touring skis. Basically, skis are lighter and more capable than ever. The bulk of the new boards in our test quiver fall into the 95-115 mm underfoot window and  here a few highlights:

Preliminary top backcountry ski picks:

Voile V6 – think V8 fun with 100mm waist for more versatility

Black Diamond Carbon Convert – takes last year’s standout Convert to new lightweight

Volkl BMT 94 – high-tech German carbon fiber design delivers precision power

La Sportiva Vapor Nano – wicked light and remarkably fun and capable in pow and mixed conditions

G3 Synapse 101 – all new pow slaying tapered shape and carbon construction 

K2 Coomback 114 – proven Coomback versatility meets wider dims and new tail shape

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