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Dynafit Radical 2.0

87

2015

Dynafit Radical 2.0

The Dynafit Radical 2.0 makes some big and significant changes from its predecessor, moving it closer to perfect binding. 

Fritschi Vipec

84

2015

Fritschi Vipec

The Vipec makes going from ski to tour to ski a breeze, without ever stepping out of the binding.

G3 Ion

86

2015

G3 Ion

The G3 Ion is a very clean take on a standard tech binding. It offers a few nuances that make it stand out from its competitors and its one of the best looking binders on the market!

Bolle Nova II

88

2015

Bolle Nova II

The second edition of Bolle’s popular Nova frame, the Nova II has a large frame, one lens, Flow-Tech venting, plus anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment.

Oakley Canopy

83

2015

Oakley Canopy

The Oakley Canopy is a large-frame goggle that comes with one lens but has many customizable options.

Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens

82

2015

Zeal Forecast with Automatic Lens

The Zeal Forecast is a low-profile, single-lens goggle fitted with an “Automatic lens” that adjusts to light conditions.

Marker 3D+ OTIS

79

2015

Marker 3D+ OTIS

The Marker 3D+ OTIS is an interchangeable lens goggle with impact-protection foam and “3rd eyelid” coating.

Trew Tempest Pant

89

2015

Trew Tempest Pant

The Tempest is Trew’s freeride-friendly pant for resort and sidecountry skiing.

Black Diamond Vapor Point Pants

93

2015

Black Diamond Vapor Point Pants

The Vapor Point pants are designed for touring or spring skiing and are streamlined and very lightweight. 

Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs

93

2015

Patagonia Women’s Powslayer Bibs

The Powslayer bibs are a modern-take on high-waisted pants with suspenders, designed by female Patagonia athletes.

Eider Aoraki Pant

87

2015

Eider Aoraki Pant

The Aoraki Pant is stylish and warm and is perfect for the resort or for short sidecountry runs.

Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

95

2015

Arc’teryx Azetta Pant

The Arc’teryx Azetta is a touring pant perfect for resort or backcountry use thanks to articulated patterning and stormproof material. 

Marmot Women’s Spire Pant

89

2015

Marmot Women’s Spire Pant

The Marmot Spire pant works for various winter activities including resort skiing, touring or ice climbing.

Dalbello Kyra 85

75

2015

Dalbello Kyra 85

Dalbello’s Kyra 85, which first came out in 2013 and has undergone a few updates since then. It is a three-piece, three-buckle ski boot designed for intermediate to advanced women who choose comfort above all else. 

Fischer Zephyr 11 Vacuum

72

2015

Fischer Zephyr 11 Vacuum

Fischer’s Zephyr 11 Vacuum, which first came out in fall 2014, is a high-performance, downhill-driven boot for advanced to expert women.

K2 Minaret 100

78

2015

K2 Minaret 100

A three-buckle women’s freeride boot from K2, the Minaret 100 is for the girl who wants it all: comfort, downhill performance, and walk-ability. 

Nordica GPX 95 W

74

2015

Nordica GPX 95 W

Brand new for fall 2015, Nordica’s GPX 95 W, part of the company’s new heritage-inspired GPX collection, doesn’t look or ski like a women’s boot. It’s a powerful low-volume ski boot for inbounds shredders who don’t mind sacrificing a touch of comfort for downhill performance.

Lange XT 110 W LV

79

2015

Lange XT 110 W LV

A freeride boot for expert-level women, Lange’s XT 110 W LV has a powerfully stiff 110 flex for charging big-mountain lines and a surprisingly supple walk mode for hiking for your turns.

Smith I/O 7

80

2015

Smith I/O 7

The I/O 7 is Smith’s top-of-the-line goggle updated for the seventh anniversary of the original I/O.

Electric EG3

85

2015

Electric EG3

The Electric EG3 is an oversized goggle with lenses that exchange without any knobs, switches, or clips. 

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lens

90

2015

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lens

The Oakley Flight Deck is Oakley's oversize, rimless, single-lens offering with optional game-changing Prizm lens. 

Bishop 2.0 telemark binding

75

2015

Bishop 2.0 telemark binding

The Bishop 2.0 telemark binding is the most torsionally rigid telemark binding made for duckbilled boots.

Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon

92

2015

Arva Neo Avalanche Beacon

The Arva Neo avalanche transceiver features three antennas using state of the art digital technology to operate as a homing beacon should the wearer be caught and buried in an avalanche, or make locating burial positions as easy and simple as possible.

Scott Off-Grid

84

2015

Scott Off-Grid

Scott’s single-lens mid-size goggle with the frame-adjusting “Fit System” distinct settings on each side of the goggle to provide a customized fit.

Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle

80

2015

Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle

The Bosky Bioplastic Snow Goggle features a plant-based biourethane frame and hemp ventilation system. This is Bosky’s first entry into the snow goggle market.

Spy Bravo Goggles Review

85

2015

Spy Bravo Goggles Review

While not the best interchangeable-lens system on the market, the Spy Bravo Goggle performs admirably in most conditions.

Dynafit Beast 14

93

2015

Dynafit Beast 14

The Dynafit Beast 14 is less finicky than the original beast, and it’s proving to be a good, durable, freeride binder at a lower weight penalty from its big brother.

Fischer Ranger 106 TI Men's Skis - 2014/2015

86

2014

Fischer Ranger 106 TI Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Fischer's Ranger 106 TI loves wrangling packed snow.

Nordica Helldorado Men's Skis - 2014/2015

96

2014

Nordica Helldorado Men's Skis - 2014/2015

The Helldorado is your wingman for kicking big mountain butt and taking names this year.

Rossignol Soul 7 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

93

2014

Rossignol Soul 7 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Rossi's Soul 7 brings dreamy float to the powder, but can pack a punch in the hardpack too.

Atomic Vantage Ritual Men's Skis - 2014/2015

92

2014

Atomic Vantage Ritual Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Atomic's Vantage Ritual has a distinct 'advantage' in terms of big mountain versatility.

Armada Invictus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

76

2014

Armada Invictus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Armada's Invictus conquers when it comes to float and sluff-ability.

Ortovox 3+

77

2014

Ortovox 3+

The Ortovox 3+ avalanche transceiver is simple and reliable for use in single- and two-victim scenarios. On the downside, the Ortovox 3+ offers less accuracy in distance readings over its range than other transceivers we tested, and when there are multiple victims the 3+ can be easily confused. 

Pieps DSP Pro

88

2014

Pieps DSP Pro

With their Pieps DSP Pro transceiver, Pieps appears to have traded off a bit of range for improved reliability in multiple victim searches. The marking function is clearly improved, especially in the presence of older, noisy analog beacons.

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

85

2014

Tecnica Cochise Pro 130

The Tecnica Cochise is a great mid-weight, 4-buckle boot for skiers who want one pair to be stiff enough to handle charging in-bounds all day but which can double as an all day touring boot too. 

Volkl Nunataq Skis

94

2014

Volkl Nunataq Skis

The Volkl Nunataq skis are lightweight yet stable, fat yet responsive, and fun as hell. If I could only have one ski for the backcountry and the resort this would be it.

Voile V8 Skis

92

2014

Voile V8 Skis

The Voile V8, like the Voile Charger skis offer up great value and are the least expensive touring ski tested. 

Voile Charger Skis

85

2014

Voile Charger Skis

The Voile Charger skis are a successful combination of a fat ski with a lightweight touring ski, designed to provide float in deep snow without weighing you down on the up track. 

Skilogik Yeti Skis

85

2014

Skilogik Yeti Skis

Although the Skilogik Yeti is plenty wide enough for skiing backcountry pow it’s also light enough—at just 3300g (7.3 pounds)—that it can also master multi-day traverses. 

Skilogik Piton Skis

81

2014

Skilogik Piton Skis

The Skilogik Piton skis flirt dangerously close to the edge of that ever-important backcountry ski equation where lightweight meets wide dimensions. 

Atomic Bent Chetler Men's Skis - 2014/2015

93

2014

Atomic Bent Chetler Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Surfy and stable, Atomic's Bent Chetler is one fun ski.

Line Magnum Opus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

76

2014

Line Magnum Opus Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Line's Magnum is a fun ski for off-piste terrain, especially powder.

Kastle XX110 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

77

2014

Kastle XX110 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Kastle's XX110 is a fat ski that loves hard snow.

Fischer Big Stix 122 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

74

2014

Fischer Big Stix 122 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Fischer's Big Stix 122 is a smooth ride for powder cruisers.

Faction Chapter Men's Skis - 2014/2015

73

2014

Faction Chapter Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Faction's Chapter floats off-piste, with a big sweet spot to ride.

Dynastar Cham 117 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

91

2014

Dynastar Cham 117 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Dynastar's Cham 117 can float, arc and handle hard snow.

Black Diamond Megawatt Men's Skis - 2014/2015

70

2014

Black Diamond Megawatt Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Black Diamond's Megawatt is backcountry-born, and backcountry ready.

DPS Lotus Spoon Men's Skis - 2014/2015

67

2014

DPS Lotus Spoon Men's Skis - 2014/2015

The DPS Lotus 120 offers consistent float at a premium price.

Armada JJ 2.0 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

72

2014

Armada JJ 2.0 Men's Skis - 2014/2015

Armada's JJ 2.0 offers FLOAT for all.

Volkl Two Men's Skis - 2014/2015

87

2014

Volkl Two Men's Skis - 2014/2015

The Volkl Two doubles up your off-piste fun.

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