Category: Gear Reviews

First Look: Salomon MTN LAB backcountry boots

The Salomon MTN LAB backcountry boots have gotten a lot of press lately. From Outdoor Retailer, SIA, and ISPO, the boots have won awards and are probably soaking wet from all the people salivating over them. What’s the big deal?…

Salomon MTN LAB at Outdoor Retailer 2015 Winter Market

Salomon has been making backcountry ski gear for a few years now, but it’s always been in the heavier sidecountry/freeride arena. Well, this year at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, they’ve unveiled a whole new line of touring gear including skis,…

Mountain Hardwear goes big with backcountry apparel at Outdoor Retailer 2015 Winter Market

Mountain Hardwear is once again stepping up their backcountry-skiing game at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market with new apparel that insulates and breathes for the up and the down. Micro Thermostatic Jacket Among the myriad of layering pieces that will be…

Liberty Sequence ski review

Liberty┬áis a small ski company based in Avon, Colorado. While they are relatively new (they were founded in 2003) they are rapidly growing. Their exclusive use of bamboo cores set them apart from the pack, and successful skis like the…

Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel review

Avalanche shovels are pretty utilitarian. You have a shovel blade, a telescoping handle and a grip. As long as your avalanche shovel is metal and not plastic, there’s nothing to see here… move along. Unless of course, that shovel is…

First Look: DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1 Skis

Big name, low weight. Salt Lake City’s DPS Skis are already known for their light weight sticks, which has made them a favorite for backcountry skiers. Well, next season, the company will release a new backcountry touring-specific version of the…

Mountain Hardwear Minalist Jacket review

Repels water and breathes – that’s all I want in a ski shell. Whether backcountry skiing in the Wasatch, or going bell-to-bell at Alta, a shell’s technical performance can make or break your day. So when I got the opportunity…