Category: Gear Reviews

Liberty Sequence ski review

Liberty is 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…

Kelty Discovery 30 sleeping bag review

The first time I was invited on a camping trip in Utah my mood quickly went from stoked to scared. Did I want to get out in the mountains? Yes. Had I been dying to experience something John Muir would…

Outdoor Gear of the Year 2014

It’s that time again, where we look back at the best gear that we tested and reviewed for 2014. From sleeping bags to boots, skis and jackets, we put new gear through the wringer in Utah’s mountains and deserts. After…

Mountain Hardwear Compulsion OutDry Glove review

Gloves are perhaps the most important bit o’ gear you can wear when skiing. Why? Because if you have cold, wet hands, your entire day is ruined. Nothing will send you back to the lodge or scurrying to the heater…

Salomon Q-LAB ski review

Last year, I was over the moon for Salomon’s Q-105 skis. I found them to be awesome as daily drivers at Alta with enough float for powder days and carve-ability for groomers when it hasn’t snowed in a while. Well, the Q-105…

Last minute stocking stuffers for the outdoor gear head

Christmas is almost here, and if you’re like me, you haven’t bought a single present for anybody. Well if you really are like me, there’s a bunch of outdoorsy friends and family to shop for. So here are some last…

Osprey Kode ABS Compatible 22 +10 backcountry pack review

Avalanche airbag packs used to be an elusive beast; a rarely seen mountain specimen. But now, airbags are almost as common in the backcountry as beacons, shovels and probes. The packs are still expensive, but prices have been climbing down,…