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Cabela's Mock T-Neck

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2011

Cabela's Mock T-Neck

Cabela's baselayer collaboration with Polartec gets a full workout, and results in a fully impressed reviewer.

Atomic Crimson Ti

Atomic Crimson Ti

A strong ski with great edge hold and an ability to carve short turns in an instant—especially with a nice even feel in the bumps.

Stoic Breathe Composite

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2011

Stoic Breathe Composite

Fall is here. Which means Powderchaser Steve is right on time with his Stoic Breathe Composite midweight review.

Salomon Quest 14 (2011-12)

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2011

Salomon Quest 14 (2011-12)

The Salomon Quest is built for downhill performance in-bounds, with the ability to hike for those secret stashes. Jeff Burke tries a little bit of both.

Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12 Binding

94

2011

Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12 Binding

Talk about a test! Jordan White has hiked and skied about every kind of condition on snow while using the Dynafit TLT Vertical FT Z12 Binding. Here are his findings.

L.L. Bean Polartec Power Dry Base Layer

82

2011

L.L. Bean Polartec Power Dry Base Layer

Powderchaser Steve goes skiing, mountain biking, and then to the lab with L.L. Bean's Polartec Power Dry Base Layer. Here are the full results.

Scarpa Hurricane Pro (2011-12)

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2011

Scarpa Hurricane Pro (2011-12)

After a few days testing the Scarpa Hurricane Pro on the high slopes of Chile's Valle Nevado, Jeff Burke is crystal clear on what he thinks about this boot.

Black Diamond Quadrant (2011-12)

85

2011

Black Diamond Quadrant (2011-12)

Jeff Burke is back, testing the resiliency of Black Diamond's long-lasting Quadrant AT boot.

Rab's MeCo 165

90

2011

Rab's MeCo 165

Powderchaser Steve gives Rab's MeCo 165 high marks for its superior breathability.

Columbia Omni-Heat Baselayer

82

2011

Columbia Omni-Heat Baselayer

Powderchaser Steve takes Columbia's Omni-Heat baselayer to extremes, and returns to tell the tale of just how well it worked.

Dynafit TLT5 (2011-12)

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2011

Dynafit TLT5 (2011-12)

Light, stiff, and just a little pricier than anything else on the boot rack. Jeff Burke breaks down the uphill and the downhill features of Dynafit's groundbreaking TLT5 Performance boot.

Scarpa Maestrale (2011-12)

86

2011

Scarpa Maestrale (2011-12)

Jeff Burke spent more than a month testing the Scarpa Maestrale in the Teton Range of Wyoming. Here is what he thinks of the performance--and price--of the backcountry ski boot.

Voile Switchback Delivers Versatility in Backcountry Conditions

95

2011

Voile Switchback Delivers Versatility in Backcountry Conditions

Backcountry gear guru Craig Dostie reviews the Voile Switchback.

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