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Head i.Supershape Titan Ski Review 2017

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2016

Head i.Supershape Titan Ski Review 2017

Best in Class last season, Head's i.Supershape Titan got a little more competition this year.

Fischer RC4 The Curv Ski Review 2017

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2016

Fischer RC4 The Curv Ski Review 2017

Fischer's Curv is a speed demon that likes grabbing hold of a long hard carve and not letting go until the snow runs out.

Elan Amphibio 14 TI Ski Review 2017

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2016

Elan Amphibio 14 TI Ski Review 2017

Elan's Amphibio 14 TI is starting its own design revolution in frontside skis.

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 TI Ski Review 2017

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2016

Dynastar Speed Zone 12 TI Ski Review 2017

Dynastar's Speed Zone 12 TI dominated the Frontside category with incredible edge hold, superior stability and non-stop carving performance.

Blizzard Quattro RS Ski Review 2017

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2016

Blizzard Quattro RS Ski Review 2017

Blizzard's Quattro RS is a responsive, easy turning frontside ski that takes the stress out of the carve.

Atomic Redster DD XT Ski Review 2017

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2016

Atomic Redster DD XT Ski Review 2017

Atomic's Redster DD XT is a race style frontside ski with no speed limit and incredible edge hold.

Fischer RC7 Skate My Style

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2016

Fischer RC7 Skate My Style

The women-specific, NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Fischer RC7 Skate My Style boot is part of Fischer’s “premium class” line, a stiff-flex boot for casual or racing performance with an array of user-friendly features.

Madshus Metis S Boots

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2016

Madshus Metis S Boots

The NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Madshus Metis S is a women-specific XC skate boot offering solid performance and rigid ankle support at a great price point. 

Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro

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2016

Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro

The SNS-Pilot-binding-compatible Salomon S-Lab Vitane Skate Pro is a top-of-the-line performance boot for elite women racers looking for a perfectly dialed fit and maximum power transmission.

Rossignol X-10 Skate FW

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2016

Rossignol X-10 Skate FW

With a new women-specific fit, the NNN/NIS-binding-compatible Rossignol X-10 Skate FW boot is engineered for precision, power and anatomical comfort—perfect for both racing or longer workouts on the corduroy.

Fischer Transalp Boots

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2016

Fischer Transalp Boots

The Fischer Transalp Boots are a relatively light weight three buckle alpine touring boot that offers up good support and power transmission. It uses a simple overlap design and provides a comfortable fit.

Salomon MTN Explore boots

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2016

Salomon MTN Explore boots

The Salomon MTN Explore boot is a light weight alpine touring ski boot. It has plenty of cuff rotation for ski touring, but is also able to ski in bounds as well as it does out of bounds.

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

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2016

Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots

The Atomic Backland Carbon AT Boots are an ultra light, dedicated alpine touring ski boot that has more cuff rotation than the human ankle.

Rossignol Delta Skating Ski

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2016

Rossignol Delta Skating Ski

Designed for competitive athletes, the fiercely cambered Rossignol Delta Skating ski is built with a honeycomb core and fiberglass laminate for forgiving flex and easy handling.

Madshus Terrasonic Skate Ski

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2016

Madshus Terrasonic Skate Ski

Excelling on cold snow, the Madshus Terrasonic is a sleek, mid-range skate ski designed for fast workouts and long skate tours.

Scott Superguide Carbon

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2016

Scott Superguide Carbon

The Scott Superguide Carbon is a four buckle alpine touring boot with tech fittings and lug soles. 

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

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2016

Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum

The Fischer TransAlp TS Vacuum is a light, three-buckle alpine touring boot best used for hunting powder stashes deep in the backcountry.

Dynafit Khion Carbon

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2016

Dynafit Khion Carbon

The Khion Carbon is a four-buckle alpine touring boot that melds freeride performance with daylong touring ergonomics.

Salomon MTN Lab

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2016

Salomon MTN Lab

The MTN Lab is high performance two-buckle alpine touring boot by Salomon.

Tecnica Cochise Pro

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2016

Tecnica Cochise Pro

The Tecnica Cochise Pro is a three-buckle freeride boot with a hybrid power-strap fourth buckle.

Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130

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2016

Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130

The Rossignol Alltrack Pro 130 is a four-buckle freeride boot with walk mode.

Lange XT 130

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2016

Lange XT 130

The Lange XT 130 is a four-buckle freeride boot with a walk mode and replaceable toe and heels. 

Dalbello Lupo Ti

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2016

Dalbello Lupo Ti

The Dalbello Lupo Ti is a three-buckle freeride boot designed after award-winning Krypton, but with lug soles and tech fittings.

Scarpa Freedom RS 130

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2016

Scarpa Freedom RS 130

The Freedom RS is a four-buckle freeride boot with tech fitting, lug sole and walk mode.

Outdoor Research Sequence Boxer Brief

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2016

Outdoor Research Sequence Boxer Brief

An all day comfortable fit positioned these boxers into our weekly rotation, whether we were planning a workout or not.

Lululemon Lock ’em Down Boxer

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2016

Lululemon Lock ’em Down Boxer

When it comes to a pair of boxers for getting sweaty and maybe a little crazy these are the ones we’d want on. They were the fastest drying boxers in the test, soft next to skin with no irritating seams or tags and were by far the most supportive.

Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief

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2016

Ibex Woolies 1 Boxer Brief

We balked at the idea of wool next to our important bits too, but in the name of testing we gave it a go and emerged happily surprised. Not only were these boxers soft next to skin, but they wicked moisture and dried fast while remaining one of the most comfortable pairs we tested.

Helly Hansen Warm Boxer

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2016

Helly Hansen Warm Boxer

With Helly’s wicking LIFA synthetic fabric on the skin side and a layer of merino wool on the outside, these boxers optimize the benefits of both fibers. 

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer

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2016

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxer

Fashion and function in your underwear. A tie with the Lululemon boxers for sexiest in the test—if we do say so ourselves—these boxers left nothing to be desired when buried under a pair of pants, either.

Osprey Kode 32L

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2015

Osprey Kode 32L

Simply put, the Osprey Kode 32 has it all for half to full-day forays into the backcountry. This was the single overall favorite out of all the packs in this test.

Dakine Heli Pro II 28L

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2015

Dakine Heli Pro II 28L

The Dakine Heli Pro II is an ideal size for half day tours around your local pass, or as the name suggests, those adventurous days dropping out of the chopper. There’s just something about Dakine packs that feels rock solid.

Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20L

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2015

Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20L

With a volume of 20L, the Mountain Hardwear SnoJo 20 is well-suited for carrying food and layers on days at the resort as well as short forays into the sidecountry and backcountry (don’t count on it for longer days out though). 

Ortovox Haute Route 35

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2015

Ortovox Haute Route 35

Ortovox designed the Haute Route 35L for half to full-day tours with versatility in mind. Of all the packs in this test, this one seems to cater to year-round use more effectively than the rest, although it is marketed first and foremost as a ski/winter pack.

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32L

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2015

Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 32L

The Dawn Patrol 32 is a lightweight ski pack designed for short tours around mountain passes or shredding sidecountry stashes. 

Gregory Targhee 32L

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2015

Gregory Targhee 32L

The Gregory Targhee 32 (designed for half to full-day tours) was the Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde pack of this test. The feel, comfort, and overall experience of using the pack was superb, particularly tours that didn’t require skis or an ice tool to be strapped to the pack.

Backcountry Access Stash 30

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2015

Backcountry Access Stash 30

The BCA Stash 30 is a shoe-in for fast and light day trips in the backcountry unless you’re a snowboarder or fond of back panel access.

The North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

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2015

The North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

Made of a bombproof fabric, the Brigandine 3L should last years. It’s also stretchy, so it affords dynamic riding. They got the details right, too. A truly great ski shell. It’s not a cheap ski coat, but the 3L should last longer than most, so there’s some justification for the price.

Obermeyer Capitol Shell

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2015

Obermeyer Capitol Shell

We like stretchy shells—they are quieter and less restrictive. The Capitol shell has a generous cut, making it a good choice for husky guys. Though a bit stiff off the rack, the Capitol Shell does get more supple with use.

Mountain Hardwear Hellgate

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2015

Mountain Hardwear Hellgate

Aimed at backcountry users, this lightweight shell is bomber enough to be a good choice for lift riding as well.

Eddie Bauer Telemetry Freeride Jacket

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2015

Eddie Bauer Telemetry Freeride Jacket

The Telemetry Freeride jacket is a loaded ski shell that performs well on the frontside or backside of ski resorts for a very reasonable price.

Black Diamond Mission

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2015

Black Diamond Mission

The Black Diamond Mission is avery well built and designed ski shell that performs well inbounds resort skiing and in the backcountry.

Volcom Pat Moore Insulated Jacket

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2015

Volcom Pat Moore Insulated Jacket

Volcom’s Pat Moore is a stylish insulated jacket aimed primarily at frontcountry snowboarders. It comes in at a reasonable price.

Strafe Highlands Jacket

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2015

Strafe Highlands Jacket

Built by a pair of hard-charging brothers from Aspen, Strafe gear is made for aggressive skiers who spend a lot of time on the slopes. The Strafe Highlands is the go-to jacket for cold conditions. The insulation breathes better than other synthetics, is light weight, and will never clump up like waterproof down. 

Millet Magic Stretch

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2015

Millet Magic Stretch

The Millet Magic Stretch is a classic frontside insulated ski shell at a good price. It is warm and fits well with lots of features like zip-off hood and a tethered goggle wipe.

Columbia Heatzone 1000

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2015

Columbia Heatzone 1000

The Columbia Heatzone 1000 is an extremely warm, very lightweight ski jacket containing some groundbreaking design technology.  This jacket is one of the warmest jackets in the test. However, while the jacket nails the heat, there are very few additional features in this jacket.

Arcteryx Fissile

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2015

Arcteryx Fissile

The Arcteryx Fissile, is an ideal ski coat for cold weather. The only downfall to this jacket is its hefty price tag—but you get what you pay for—and in the case of this jacket, you get a warm, comfortable, and durable jacket that will last a long time.

Volkl RTM 84 Ski Test Results 2016

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2015

Volkl RTM 84 Ski Test Results 2016

Volkl's RTM is a masterpiece of a frontside performance ski with superior precision and hold.

Scott Black Majic Ski Test Results 2016

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2015

Scott Black Majic Ski Test Results 2016

One the surprises of the Frontside category, Scott's Majic provides plenty of arc and hold, without losing any of its fun factor.

Salomon X-Max Ski Test Results 2016

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2015

Salomon X-Max Ski Test Results 2016

Like to make lots and lots of tight arcs on the hardpack? Salomon's X-Max is perfect for doing just that.

Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ski Test Results 2016

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2015

Rossignol Pursuit 800 Ski Test Results 2016

Rossignol's Pursuit 800 is a hardpack eating carving ski specifically designed to gobble up the groomers.

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