The Maestro ski uses the same 14-layer construction sandwich found in Trab’s Gara Aero race skis, but in a wider alpinist platform. Ski Trab calls the construction the most technologically advanced on the market, and they back it up with a 3-year warranty. While being silly light, the Maestro skis well with an Aramid honeycomb core wrapped in quadriaxial carbon fiber and other stif..
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“The Ultra is ultra awesome”, says Hagan. Since it’s an improved version of the awesome Cirrus, we’d have to agree. Hagan added mini ABS sidewalls to the Ultra for improved edge hold and durability. They also tweaked the shape to increase the effect edge length and directional stability. The ski maintains its prior charms with a low weight, generous rocker, and impressive carving a..
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The Sintesi is lightweight mountaineering ski with a long-ish radius that has great handling on steep ice. It also handles the variable conditions your throw at it due to the Attivo progressive shape and flex. The Sintesi is offered with a couple stiffness ratings, with the "70" being more appropriate for bigger skiers or for carrying a heavy pack. The extra stiffness versus the "6..
Fish grow bigger when they eat other fish. X-Fish grow bigger when Movement bows to the demands of addicted skiers who want even more. The “race plus” line of skis from Movement might someday have the biggest Fish in the sea. For now, we are psyched to have an even more versatile tool in our arsenal. Expanding the waist of the highly-acclaimed (and highly useful) Gold Fish, the Big..
As the successor to the Big Fish, The Race Pro 77 is the girthiest option in Movement’s Race Pro lineup, yet still has a head-scratching light weight. The Race Pro 77 is a full-blown mountaineering, corn-hunting, couloir-skiing tool that weighs less than some race skis. Movement uses a top-secret construction (using multi-axial carbon and Karuba) that allows them to achieve a surfa..
Atomic changed the name, but not the singular purpose. The Backland UL 78 is a ski mountaineering weapon. The ski is capable of slicing and dicing on hard snow, while remaining playful in soft snow due to the lightly rockered tip. The double-carbon construction is reliable on the steeps and the ultra-light wood core helps you get it done. The Backland UL series features the same St..
Virtually guaranteed to put a smile on your face, the Aski Verglas is stable, precise, and confidence inspiring in variable conditions and steep terrain. A carving skiers dream, the Verglas probably could hold an edge on glass. The skis are built with a skeleton of thermoplastic infused with carbon to make a strong ski with a buttery feel. Tip and tail rocker keeps it above soft sn..
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Salomon’s X-Alp Series of gear represents sophisticated light and fast alpinism in all regards. Up until now, the revered line of gear has been missing a mountaineering ski capable of standing up to the reputation. The designers at Salomon’s S-Lab center (motto: Play and Progress), have changed that. At 950g per ski, the X-Alp is designed to be used as a light and capable tool anyw..
Fischer has stepped it down a notch. Building on the success of the Transalp 88, the alpine ski company shrunk the molds and created a slimmer version. While its bigger brother hits the sweet spot for all-around backcountry use, the 80mm Transalp marks the sweet spot for mountaineering. The skinnier version is confidence inspiring on the steeps while shedding a good amount of weigh..
Black sheep are a disgrace to their families. Black apples are evidently the opposite. Movement is very proud of this 80mm mountaineering and touring ski, both for its versatility and performance. With a longer-than-average radius, the Black Apple excels at arcing long turns and hugging the walls of couloirs. It has an easy-rocker tip and a sufficient underbelly to keep you afloat ..
Let this be the first apple a backcountry-beginner tastes, that sure would spoil them. If we all had Movement skis right out of the gate, the world would be a happy place. The First Apple is a lightly rockered ski with a generous sidecut to make it easy to handle. The combination of a light wood core and multi-axial fiber makes for a lightweight ski with a smooth flex, just what yo..
The Sweet Apple could be the perfect ski for avid female ski tourers. With a light rocker tip and a healthy 80mm of width underfoot, the Movement ski easily stays above powder and crud. And the dynamic tri-axial carbon fiber wrapped around the light Karuba wood core gives it enough rigidity to grip well on hardpack. Best of all, the Sweet Apple weighs in at just over a kilo so you ..
The Tour Randos are fun and affordable backcountry skis. Because they are made by Ski Trab, they have arguably the most advanced construction in category. Not quite as many layers of technology as in Trab’s high end models, but there is still quite a sandwich of layers in the Tour Rando. A light wood core is surrounded by multi-directional fiberglass and rubber and then capped with..
Sometimes written as the Se7en Summit, this affordable combination of new and old school design is a workhorse in spring conditions. While Dynafit has had a ski with this name for some time, this year’s model incorporates technology from the high-end Cho Oyu / Nanga Parbat / Denali line of skis. In light of the inclusion of flex-tips, micro-sidewalls, carbon-stringers, and the trip..
It’s about time someone focused on making decent touring gear for kids. Hagan is a family-owned Austrian company that understands how to spend quality time with your kids: skiing uphill! The Sky Force skis are specially tuned for juniors, with an easy sidecut and 200mm of rocker in the tip. Also the price is right for the little ones. You no longer have to be chained to the resort ..
We love the name almost as much as the ski. Voile designed this mountaineering tool to help you succeed in those alpine missions with a specific goal, AKA an Objective. While it can’t guarantee success, you can rest assured it won’t cause a failure. The impressive weight will let you take it far, on your feet or on your back. The easy-skiing nature of the construction won’t give yo..
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A dedicated touring ski tuned for kids finding their stride in the backcountry. Cut from the same cloth as Hagan’s big-human skis, the Ride Jr sports a proper weight, shape, and tune specifically for small humans. A lightweight Poplar core keeps weight down while Hagan’s Diamond Edge Cap, found on the infamous Y-Series skis, seals the deal. The sidecut has been tuned specifically f..
Built with the same technologies as Ski Trab's Gara Aero WC race ski, the Magico is targetting those skiers who want to maximize their fun with big days. With the Attivo progressive shape, flex, and shock absorption on a wider board with a longer tip, you will find great performance and ease of handling in almost all conditions (if you can ski breakable crust well on any ski, let u..
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The Women’s version of the Alp Tracks 84 uses a slightly different mix of carbon fibers to adapt the flex to female skiers. Not quite as stiff, the ski is still light, damp, and reliable. Movement’s most advanced construction process is labor intensive, involving special squeezing steps to get the skis so light and robust. This ski is made in a limited edition run that top female a..
The 84 is the mountaineering specialty ski of the Movement Alp Tracks line. Using the same advanced construction techniques found in the 94, 100, and 106, this steep skiing weapon is built to perform on the up and the down. Amazingly lightweight yet stable, the Alp Tracks 84 is a ski you can rely on to travel far and get back home. For edge hold on the steeps, Movement added an ABS..
The Vertex is built with the same versatile shape and profile as the Vertex-X, but with a beefier construction. If you’re big, strong, or plan on carrying a heavy load, the Vertex is a great companion for steep skiing. The ski has the ultimate mountaineering shape, easy to turn while reliable to edge and slide. When you’re skiing above exposure and don’t want to take any shortcuts,..
The Vista is a nimble and stable backcountry and mountaineering ski for women. It has a tapered tip and a tail to make it easy to initiate and release out of turns. The integrated light rocker tip and tail help with float and prevent unwanted hookiness in variable terrain. This a reliable shape for steep skiing and just plain fun for playing in powder. If you’re looking for a light..
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Still the widest platform in Atomic’s high-end backcountry lineup, the Backland UL 85 is the ticket for all-season usage. From deep powder in the winter to those spring corn harvests, the 85mm waist will perform. Atomic redesigned the tip from the Ultimate version to make it slice through soft and variable snow. Otherwise, the Backland UL remains the same reliable platform with a d..
Seemingly out of left field comes some impressive new lightweight skis. That is, if left field were defined as the Blizzard factory in Austria and you gloss over the fact that Blizzard manufactured many skis stamped with other, well-known, backcountry brand names. Now showing off their clandestine experience, Blizzard added a three-dimensional layer of carbon fiber across the enter..
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The new Zero G series from Blizzard is a sleeper. Somewhat secretly, Blizzard has been making backcountry skis for other brands and it shows on their first lightweight self-branded skis. With a 3D carbon layer and a full-length sidewall, the skis can hold an edge on the steeps. And with subtle rocker and 85mm waist, they perform in variable conditions and of course you’ll smile in ..
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As lightest and skinniest ski in the DPS touring lineup, the Cassiar 87 Tour1 is likely to get picked on by his peers. We like to stick up for such poor souls because they will probably have the last laugh. The 87 is a classic touring ski with a medium waist that seems to handle whatever is under it without complaint. Tougher than it looks, the 87 carves up corn and eats through ch..
Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. The Dynastar Vertical Eagle is the tool of choice for “ski mountaineers of prey” of the family Skimo Co. Full sidewall construction ensures its beak will bite, no matter the snow conditions. The feather-weight offers the capability of flying deep into the mountains. The Vertical Eagle wants to sink it..
As the lightest and skinniest member of the Helio family, the 88 is the fastest to the top and the quickest to turn. It’s the ideal choice for long-distance or high-altitude winter tours, plus spring mountaineering season. It shares the Sidewall Dampening System of the other Helio skis which is what makes them feel like a beefier ski. The full length ABS sidewalls improve the impac..
The Carbonio 88 is a limited edition speed touring ski with a stiff carbon construction. Available only at select dealers, the Carbonio series features micro sidewalls, flex tips, and a souped-up carbon layup that maximizes downhill performance. The skis are on the stiffer side, so better suited towards big or aggressive skiers. The 88mm-wide version of the Carbonio is the light-n-..
Designed as a lightweight women’s backcountry powerhouse, the MyTransalp ski is the quintessential do-it-all ski that’s confident here, there, anywhere, and everywhere. It’s built with an Aeroshape top-sheet which is curved to save material weight, but it also coaxes snow to slide off and further reduce weight in the field, meaning you arrive at the top fresher than ever. The light..
The Fischer Transalp 88 hits the sweet spot in width, weight, price, and skiability. The 88mm waist is the sweet spot for do-it-all backcountry skis. The 1215 gram weight  is the sweet spot for up versus downhill performance. The $600 price tag is the sweet spot for affordable quality. The rockered tip on an excellent carving ski is the sweet spot for fun. Kudos to Fischer on ..
Movement judged that the Nexus ski had enough improvements over the Balance to warrant a new name. We trust their judgement. The Nexus has the ABS Shock Absorbing sidewall the Swiss company has started to install in all its lightweight skis. This adds shock absorption, edge hold, and impact resistance underfoot where it’s needed most. Movement also went with the new metal edges tha..
Maybe you’ve ever hesitated to explore a lightweight touring setup because you have heard words like “flimsy,” “delicate,” and “can’t ski hard enough” used to describe gear. Salomon’s MTN Explore 88W is here to prove every nay-sayer wrong. One of the most advanced skis on the market, the Women’s MTN Explore provides an unbelievable level of ski-ability for the weight. Total Edge Re..
Not long ago, finding a touring ski that could confidently lay down a turn at high speeds and maintain some competence on a technical climb was an impossible task. Oh how were are blessed to live in the now. Cut from the same hard-charging cloth (Karuba) as the Explore 95, the MTN Explore 88 is the lightest and skinniest ski among Salomon’s MTN lineup. Don’t let the relatively slen..
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Taking on the flagship "Carbonio" title is no small task. Being the successor to the Carbonio 88 is an even bigger task (by 1 mm!). Luckily the Carbonio 89 turned it up a notch (by 1 mm!) and delivered. A limited-edition series built with the highest-quality materials from one of the most renowned names in backcountry skiing begs for attention. However, the understated carbon top s..
Cho Oyu means "Turquoise Goddess" in Tibetan. However, the sixth tallest mountain in the world, named Cho Oyu on the Tibet / Nepal border, is mostly white with snow. Dynafit gets close to the proper translation with the Cho Oyu ski, a blue ski designed for expeditions with deep white snow. The mid-fat ski has a high-altitude weight coupled with a rockered, 125mm-wide, floaty tip. I..
Movement’s Alp Tracks line has been the go-to for skiers that want a high-performance ski at a silly light weight. Now available in the “goldilocks” size, the Alp Tracks 89 is Movement’s way of contending for a one-ski-quiver. With enough tip rocker to downgrade challenging conditions into simply “conditions,” the Alp Tracks 89 floats well above what its waist width would indicate...
Replacing the venerable Response-X is no easy assignment. The Session-X is up to it, however. Improved with mini-ABS sidewalls that reduce shock, increase edge hold, and offer impact resistance, this ski becomes the default flagship of the Movement X-series. It keeps the same light rocker profile and medium radius shape that made the previous iteration so popular. Also added to the..
The Speed 90 is Dynafit's contender for the title of Best-Lightweight-One-Ski-Quiver. It's a good one. The Speed 90 is designed to appeal to just about every skier out there in just about every condition. True to Dynafit design, the ski uses a shaping method called 3D tech to reduce weight in areas that aren't critical for durability and performance. A full-length micro-sidewall is..
After seeing the joy on the co-owner of Ski Trab’s face while making smooth turns in the Wasatch during low-tide, we knew we had to have what was under his feet. The Trabucchis truly love their craft, and the new Mistico is the latest product of that labor of love. It’s a wider version of the venerable Magico that excels in variable conditions, according to Adriano (both verbally a..
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A great one-ski-quiver, the Maximo from Ski Trab is designed to work well in all conditions. This is achieved through the Low Omega Profile, meaning they vary the thickness of the core and stringers along the length of a ski to regulate the flex. A softer flex in the tip allows for easy turn initiation and float in powder. A thicker, thus stiffer ski in the mid-section gives a reli..
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As the true all-mountain width in the Alp Tracks line, the 94 is a daily touring machine. With a crazy light yet robust construction, the AT series of skis are sure to gain some converts to the Swiss ski movement. The Alp Tracks 94 is part of a limited hand-made ski series whose build-process involves squeezing fiber layers around a Karuba wood core. The result is an impressive wei..
Versatility, easy and quick turning, excellent edge grip. Those were the primary concerns when developing the Apex ski. If you’re looking to charge in difficult terrain, but don’t want a huge weight penalty, the Movement Apex could be for you. The light tip and tail rocker makes turn initiation a breeze. Multiple axes of carbon wrap the Poplar wood core for a stable ride at speed. ..
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Rare is the time we sacrifice peak-bagging prowess for pure power on the descent, but luckily with the Backland 95, you don’t have to. Borrowing geometry cues from Atomic’s larger powder skis and core construction secrets from its lighter-weight brethren, the Backland 95 is a big mountain ski put on a substantial diet. Or maybe a mountaineering ski that was put on a fattening diet?..
The Helio construction is Black Diamond’s next step in carbon-fiber evolution. Noticeably more damp than BD’s prior carbon skis, the Helios have a layer of rubber in the sidewall near your heel to reduce vibration. The torsional stiffness and progressive flex come from a carbon fiber wrap around a balsa flax core, protected by a full ABS sidewall. As importantly, the Helios are eas..
The 95 is the flagship touring width of the new Zero G series. Designed with heaps of secret experience building skis for other brands, these are no introductory models. A unique 3D fiber layer called Carbon Drive spans the entire ski, offering torsional rigidity and stability throughout. Full-length sidewalls offer some durability and dampness to the ultralight Paulownia wood core..
The Cassiar 95 is an all-mountain shape that often tricks us into thinking it’s a big-mountain ski. Of course, we’re used to race skis and not the 138mm wide Lotus Spoon which put DPS on the map. Maybe one day Stephen Drake (DPS founder) will return our helicopter he borrowed.
In the meantime, we will ski with confidence on these planks. They are stable and fun. Another hit shap..
If your objective with skiing is to go as light as possible without sacrificing even a bit of the ability to rail turns like your alpine gear, then look no further. Salomon’s MTN Explore 95 is the carving, floating, smile-inducing ripper designed to charge in any terrain. A 3D Full Woodcore construction reinforces the ski where it’s needed and drops weight in superfluous areas that..