If you thought getting snow pants on your kid was tough, try buying them a full touring kit! Don't worry, we've got you covered like a one-piece snowsuit. Dynafit has taken the next step (or stride) towards making the buying process of ski packages as simple as possible. Skis, premounted bindings, and skins all in one place and ready to go for your miniature mountaineer. If it's ti..
As the 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 below without complaint. Tougher than it looks, the 87 carves up corn and eats through c..
Skeptics everywhere gasped when DPS released their original Cassiar 87, designed for hard snow and long-distance touring. What does DPS -- a company that made a name for itself with banana-rockered, water-ski-esque powder boards -- know about edge hold and camber underfoot? Well, it turns out that just because DPS tests their skis in the Wasatch doesn't mean that their mid-fat desi..
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..
Black coffee, black humor, black ops, film noir -- the word suggests subtlety, sophistication, refinement. In the case of Dynafit's Blacklight series, the skis reach their most refined in the form of the Blacklight 88, which infuses a layer of Skimo Blue (guaranteed to make you faster) over the blacks and greys of the ski's carbon fiber layup. Much more responsive and easy-to-ski t..
Some days, snow conditions are all over the place with no way of knowing what you'll find. The slightest change in aspect, elevation, or weather can cause you to end up nervously staring down an icy couloir with girthy powder skis. Or perhaps a neck deep powder run with the skinniest of skis. Neither are ideal. Rest assured that won’t happen to you on the Dynastar M-Vertical 88s. T..
K2’s entrance into the lightweight touring market certainly caught our attention (they previously made heavier touring skis). The Wayback 88 is a top contender for the title of Quiver-of-One. Factor in price, and it's a sure-fire winner. It’ll float in powder and pop while slashing corn laps, yet still flaunt relentless grip and stability on firm snow when laying ‘em down. Usually ..
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..
Movement’s Alp Tracks line has been the go-to for skiers that want a high-performance ski at a silly lightweight. 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. ..
What would happen if you bought just one ski that could do it all? Would you still use your other skis out of guilt? The best way to avoid this problem is to stay away from SCOTT's Speedguide 89. Not too little in the middle, this baby has the backing of a full-length paulownia wood core that also incorporates Carbon/Aramid fibers to increase stability and torsional stiffness while..
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..
The Transalp 90 Carbon ski is the widest offering in Fischer's popular Transalp line, with added Carbon Tex technology to decrease tip chatter, as well as an updated profile to improve skinning and turning. With a moderate sidecut, this Transalp model features a wider and more rockered tip that Fischer is calling 'tour rocker'. This added rocker leads to a slightly more playful tur..
Lightweight yet extremely performant, the Nevaio is an all-mountain bruiser. With a relatively long radius and a penchant for holding an edge at speed, this ski is a dangerous companion. The Nevaio is damp and ready to slay the mountain with its CarbonShell matrix, unique to Aski skis. The double rocker (multiple vertices of lift) gives you confidence to point ‘em and go. If you’re..
Like a spa day in motion, enjoy long outings in the mountains with the new DPS Pagoda Tour 94: powerful yet light enough to keep your legs fresh after a demanding approach. The Pagoda 94 is a versatile ski that is wide enough for soft snow, but excels in terrain and snow conditions that are less than ideal. While the DPS Pagoda 100 is in a similar category, but catering more toward..
The Elan Ibex 94 Carbon XLT has a unique feel that everyone should try. A smooth and easy longitudinal flex paired with a hook-free tip and solid torsional stability makes skiing fun again. The relaxed demeanor and Mountain Rocker tip come together in joyous matrimony to provide a lively, surfy feel in powder and corn. However, when the snow gets firm and slope angle increases, the..
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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?..
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Well, the design of the Zero G 95 definitely wasn't broken, but Blizzard still somehow found a way to fix it. The previous Zero G 95 was widely praised for being versatile and reliable across a wide range of conditions and skill levels, yet Blizzard wasn't satisfied. They took their fantastic Carbon Overlay technology and tweaked it to ensure a mo..
Many of history's greatest thinkers (Plato, Socrates, and 50 Cent alike) have asked in a variety of ways the same question; “Why mess with a good thing?” It is even reported Socrates went to his deathbed without ever finding an answer to this all-encompassing question. Tragic! Well, the Swiss philosophers masquerading as engineers at Movement have at long last stumbled upon the ans..
Designed to bridge the worlds of freeride and classic touring, the versatile Women’s Session 95 finds the right combination of weight, durability, and performance that is sure to leave a smile on your face whether going up or downhill. Borrowing the much beloved shape of the Alp Tracks 95, Movement added a 5-Axis Carbon weave to increase performance in variable snow conditions whil..
We all know what a difference an aspect can make, especially on those days that can change from blower fluff to wind-scoured stuff in a few turns. If you want the one ski to rule them all SCOTT has upgraded and revamped their Superguide line and the finished product is a top-notch shredder for all conditions! A new core construction for 2020/21 is made up of Paulownia and Beech woo..
The Superguide 95 women’s ski is not overusing the word, "Super." These sticks have the same excellent balance of maneuverability and stability as the men’s version, but in different sizing options. SCOTT decided to make some updates to their Superguide line that dramatically improved stability and dampness. Featuring a full-length Paulownia and Beech wood core with Carbon/Aramid f..
The Hannibal is Fischer’s 96mm powder-hunting, ice-carving powerhouse. The Hannibal is built on a high-tech Paulownia wood core with carbon stringers that extend from tip-to-tail, thus reducing the overall density of the ski and boosting the overall surface-area-to-weight ratio. The long-turn radius and Sandwich Sidewalls are unique features meant to ensure high-speed stability, su..
A ski this awesome should not be limited to only average male dimensions. Voile, not being a company to discriminate when it comes to fun, has scaled down the Hyper Vector to accommodate skiers of smaller stature. Same amazing performance as it’s longer sibling, just shorter. The Women’s Hyper Vector is an awesome all-around backcountry ski. It handles powder, chop, crud, and even ..
The Traction Pattern bases of the Voile Hyper Vector BC allow the adventurous skier to quickly dispatch with long, flat approaches and rolling terrain with much more efficiency than using traditional climbing skins. This is due to the time saved on transitions as well as superior glide over climbing skins. When employed in the right areas, the Hyper Vector BC is the ski that will t..
If you aren’t having a good time skiing the Voile Hyper Vector, stop and consider whether you really like skiing. It doesn’t get any more fun than this. With a shape and dimensions to handle any condition, turn-initiation bordering on telepathic, and a personality allowing for uninhibited speed, this ski can do it all. Continuing the direction from the Vector to the Ultra Vector..
As a version of the esteemed Backland 100 designed specifically for lighter skiers, the Backland 98 jumps into the fray of powder-hunting, crud-busting skis in the competitive 95-105mm-waisted ski category. What makes this striped salmon of a powder board distinct from all the rest? Foremost in our testers' minds was the rocker/camber balance of the Backland 98, which makes the ski..
If you’re looking for an everyday touring ski that can get you far into the backcountry but can also say "hold my beer and watch this," then look no further than the Beast 98 from Dynafit. Since we were last introduced to the Beast 98 during the 2019/2020 model year, Dynafit implemented a strict training regimen for the new ski (cue Rocky Balboa soundtrack...) leaving us with a, sh..
The fatter and floatier brother to the Rise High 88, Volkl's new Rise Beyond 98 is a head-turning entrant to the category of high-fat, lightweight touring skis. Packed full of innovative technologies, this ski is equipped for the deepest and heaviest conditions, carving on corn or crud, and even mild alpinism should you feel so inclined. Full capped construction with a Tourlite Woo..
It’s now okay to indulge. Many folks have been waiting for DPS to make a touring line to complement their awesome resort skis. Thank you DPS for obliging. Slightly softer than the Pure3 line, the Wailer 99 Tour1s maintain a high degree of torsional stiffness and still ski like a dream. And now you don’t have to ride lifts or pay the price on the uphill. These are lightweight pow..
Dynastar aimed for the perfect on-snow feel with their new line of Touring skis. The M-Tour 99 is built with the Hybrid Core, which is Paulownia wood for rebound and energy mixed with Polyurethane sections for damping and a smooth flex. The result is a great all-around touring ski that can float in powder and showboat on hard snow. Using Adaptiv sidecuts, the 99s are easy to manage..
It might sound a little fishy (pun intended), but scales on a backcountry ski are quite practical. Your typical alpine touring ski setup requires skins, but the Hyper V6 BC eliminates that need for many climbs with Voile's Traction Pattern Base extending for roughly half the length of the ski directly under foot. When moving through rolling or low angle terrain, this ski increases ..
When the conversation about a “quiver of one” ski gets brought up in backcountry skiing circles, inevitably the Voile V6 is discussed as a contender. It’s well-balanced underfoot width, just the right amount of rocker for soft conditions, and ample camber for confident edge grip leave little to be desired in just about any snow condition. The only way it could really improve in our..
Long noted for manufacturing durable skis with reliable performance, Atomic has stepped up its powder-touring offerings with the new Backland 100. With a touch more rocker than its little brother the Backland 95, but plenty of camber for long days on the skin track, the Backland 100 brings a refined take on the rocker-camber-rocker profile. Up front, Atomic's unique HRZN Tech tips ..
DPS's ventures into the far ends of the randonnee galaxy began when founder Stephan Drake found himself chasing winter in the Chilean mountains, looking for a ski that would perform as well on re-frozen Portillo crud as it shredded in the Colorado blower that he knew from his college days. It wasn't long before Drake and co. were churning out uber-wide, uber-rockered, uber-playful ..
Alp Tracks is a limited ski series from Movement that requires a manual finishing process that squeezes fiber layers together to reduce weight. Never before has a 100mm wide ski been made this light and robust. The skis are lined with a mini-ABS sidewall that absorbs shock underfoot. Coupled with a special rubber/fiberglass mix in the tip, the Alp Tracks 100 is surprisingly damp fo..