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Salomon MTN Tech Binding

90

2017

Salomon MTN Tech Binding

The MTN is Salomon’s entrance into the world of tech bindings with a clean and solid design.

G3 Ion LT Review

87

2017

G3 Ion LT Review

The Ion LT is the G3 lightweight, brakeless version of the proven Ion binding.

Dynafit Superlight Touring Binding Review

85

2017

Dynafit Superlight Touring Binding Review

The Dynafit Superlight is a binding designed to bridge the gap between the race world and the recreational touring world.

Deuter Rise Tour 45

86

2017

Deuter Rise Tour 45

The Deuter Rise Tour 45 is a very durable, albeit heavier ski tour pack.

Dakine Poacher RAS 46

88

2017

Dakine Poacher RAS 46

The Dakine Poacher RAS 46 provides good seasonal versatility with the safety functionality of a removable airbag system.

Gregory Targhee 45

89

2017

Gregory Targhee 45

The Gregory Targhee 45 is an easy to use, feature rich touring pack without a ton of extra frills.

Ortovox Peak 45

91

2017

Ortovox Peak 45

The Ortovox Peak 45 leaves very little to be desired with solid durability and ease of use from well thought out features and good access.

Black Diamond Cirque 45

85

2017

Black Diamond Cirque 45

The Black Diamond Cirque 45 is a minimalist and lightweight overnight touring pack and is compatible with the Black Diamond Avalung Element.

Uvex p2us WL

93

2017

Uvex p2us WL

The Uvex p2us WL is a lightweight helmet that provides comfort and security with easy-to-use features in a bright color scheme.

POC Auric Cut

89

2017

POC Auric Cut

The POC Auric Cut is a comfortable helmet with a unique, multi-vent system and wind-proof ear pads.

Giro Stellar

87

2017

Giro Stellar

The Giro Stellar MIPS is a lightweight helmet that uses a two-piece outer shell construction to ensure the most comfortable, secure fit.

Pret Lyric X

86

2017

Pret Lyric X

The Pret Lyric X is an extremely lightweight helmet that provides comfort and security with easy-to-use features, all at a low price point.

Bolle Millennium

83

2017

Bolle Millennium

The Bolle Millennium is ski and snowboard helmet that uses a hybrid shell to ensure maximum impact protection at a lower weight and price point.

Fischer Travers Boots

76

2017

Fischer Travers Boots

The Fischer Travers Boots are an ultra light weight dedicated ski touring boot with an 80° cuff rotation and a ‘buckle-less’ design, they are ideally suited for backcountry skiing and randonee racing.

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

78

2017

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots

The Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Boots are a mid weight freeride ski touring boot with a built in ski/walk mode and a customizable C.A.S. shell.

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

86

2017

La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots

The La Sportiva Spectre 2.0 Boots have a 60° cuff rotation and are the lightest 4-buckle alpine touring boot available.

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

74

2017

Dalbello Lupo Carbon Ti Boots

The Lupo Carbon Ti Boots have a have a 130 flex rating and a 67° cuff rotation and are the lightest freeride touring boots to date from Dalbello.

Bolle Gravity with Modulator Light Control Lens

82

2017

Bolle Gravity with Modulator Light Control Lens

The Bolle Gravity is a fixed-lens goggle that adapts to changing lighting conditions.

Oakley Flight Deck XM with Prizm Torch Irid Lens

86

2017

Oakley Flight Deck XM with Prizm Torch Irid Lens

The Oakley Flight Deck XM is one of the larger "medium-sized" goggles with rimless lens design and a large nose opening.

REVO Wordsmith

82

2017

REVO Wordsmith

The Revo Wordsmith is a frameless goggle design with a panoramic photocromatic lens that adjusts to light and dark conditions.

Spy Raider

82

2017

Spy Raider

The Spy Raider is a flexible-frame goggle with a good ventilation system and moisture-wicking.

Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn Lens

83

2017

Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn Lens

The Optic Nerve Cortez with Nastek Saturn lens is an oversized fixed-lens goggle with an impressive venting system. 

Dynafit Meteorite

90

2017

Dynafit Meteorite

Dynafit’s Meteorite is a super-light, synthetic insulated jacket with 2-layer waterproof-breathable fabric for on-resort or backcountry days.

Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket

89

2017

Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket

The Helly Hansen Sogn is a lightly insulated, full-featured ski jacket with practical design elements and a nice feel.

Columbia Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket

89

2017

Columbia Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket

Columbia’s Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated jacket is a full-featured ski jacket insulated with 800-fill down. 

Marmot Starcross

84

2017

Marmot Starcross

Marmot’s Starcross is a well-priced classic synthetic-insulated ski shell with good style and plenty of function.

686 GLCR Ether Down Thermagraph

77

2017

686 GLCR Ether Down Thermagraph

686’s GLCR Ether Down Thermagraph is a well-priced, full-featured, versatile insulated jacket for resort riding.

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

96

2017

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen’s Elevation Shell is a tough-sided ski shell built to withstand the rigors of skiing on resort and off with an innovative temperature control system.

Strafe Cham2 Jacket

93

2017

Strafe Cham2 Jacket

Strafe’s Cham2 is a no-nonsense, lightweight ski shell made of stretchy, waterproof-breathable Polartec Neoshell.

Outdoor Research Skyward

93

2017

Outdoor Research Skyward

The Skyward from OR is a do-it-all ski shell built from tough, stretchy fabric with plenty of features, including unusually large pit zips.

Trew Wander

90

2017

Trew Wander

The Wander from Trew is a minimal, superlight shell with an athletic cut, designed for backcountry use.

Bergans of Norway Norefjell

89

2017

Bergans of Norway Norefjell

The Bergans of Norway Norefjell is a classic ski shell with lots of features and an athletic fit that seemed to accommodate everyone.

Kulkea Boot Trekker

92

2017

Kulkea Boot Trekker

The Boot Trekker is a backpack style ski boot bag with side load boot compartments and several separate sections for additional gear.

Dakine DLX Cargo Pack 55L

89

2017

Dakine DLX Cargo Pack 55L

Dakine’sDLX Cargo Pack 55L is boot and helmet travel bag that can be carried as a luggage-style bag or a backpack with plenty of room for boots, helmets, and other gear.

Line Skis Slope Pack

84

2017

Line Skis Slope Pack

Line Ski’s Slope Pack is a backpack style ski boot bag with padded and ergonomically shaped shoulder straps and a fold out changing mat.

K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag

81

2017

K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag

The K2 Deluxe Boot/Helmet Bag is a backpack style upright boot bag with a separate divided compartment that is big enough for a helmet and other essential gear.

Salomon Extend Max Gearbag

77

2017

Salomon Extend Max Gearbag

The Extend Max Gearbag is a shoulder-carry boot and gear bag with a large compartment for ski boots and a separate section for a helmet and other essentials.

Bolle Virtuose

89

2016

Bolle Virtuose

The Bolle Virtuose interchangeable lens goggle features Bolle’s 1-Click change system.

Scott Linx

85

2016

Scott Linx

The Scott Linx goggle features a spherical lens, smaller-frame, and Scott’s adjustable Fit System.

Optic Nerve Boreas 3.0

85

2016

Optic Nerve Boreas 3.0

The Boreas 3.0 isOptic Nerve’s new interchangeable lens goggle with NASTEK lens.

Smith I/OS

83

2016

Smith I/OS

The Smith I/OS is Smith’ssmall-frame interchangeable lens I/O goggle with Smith’s new ChromaPop lenses.

Electric EGX

82

2016

Electric EGX

The Electric EGX goggleis a cylindrical goggle with Electirc’s press seal interchangeable lens system.

Spy Ace

81

2016

Spy Ace

The Ace is Spy’slower-priced interchangeable lens goggle with Happy Lens technology.

Mountain Hardwear Compulsion OutDry

75

2016

Mountain Hardwear Compulsion OutDry

Mountain Hardwear’s Compulsion OutDry glove is a short cuff, waterproof, all-leather glove.  

Mammut Trift Gloves

78

2016

Mammut Trift Gloves

Mammut’s Trift is a short cuff glove made from a combination of goatskin leather and a polyester/elastane blend with a waterproof membrane insert. 

Arc'teryx Fission Gloves

84

2016

Arc'teryx Fission Gloves

The Fission is a waterproof over-the-cuff glove made from softshell material with a leather palm and fingertips.

Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Gloves

86

2016

Outdoor Research Mute Sensor Gloves

Outdoor Research’s Mute Sensor Gloves are a short cuff goat leather glove with molded foam on the back of the gloves and touch-screen leather thumb and index finger.

Black Diamond Guide Gloves

87

2016

Black Diamond Guide Gloves

Black Diamond’s Guide Gloves are a long cuff glove with a nylon/goat leather shell and removable waterproof and wool liner. 

Hestra Fall Line Gloves

88

2016

Hestra Fall Line Gloves

The Hestra Fall Line is a short-cuff glove made from cowhide aniline with a neoprene cuff and polyester lining. 

Patagonia Men's Untracked Pant

91

2016

Patagonia Men's Untracked Pant

The Patagonia Untracked pants are well-constructed, comfortable, and simple. 

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