Though Shakespeare wrote that "black was not counted fair," Dynafit is prepared to prove the Bard wrong with its new Black Light line. Bringing together everything the ski designers in Snow Leopard-land have learned from the older Carbonio and Nanga Parbat skis, but in a new construction that calls to mind the forgiving, easy-turning Tour and Speed series skis, the Black Light 74 i..
Black Diamond’s roots in alpinism have finally made it to their ski line, and the Helio 76 is a winner. The designers set out to make a mountaineering ski that made no compromises on the descent. Utilizing the same DNA found in the rest of the Helio series skis (prepreg carbon layup, ultralight balsa flax wood core, sidewall construction, mellow but noticeable tip and tail rocker),..
The updated Dynafit Carbonio 76 is elegant, refined, and ready for miles of uphill hammering followed by all the downhill shenanigans you can think of. In previous models, Carbonio skis featured carbon woven from tip to tail rather than edge to edge, and some folks found that flex pattern to be too stiff and unforgiving. This updated model has unidirectional carbon which gives it a..
When it comes to ski mountaineering and alpinism, if the Europeans are doing it, it won't be long before the rest of the skimo world is doing the exact same thing. For many years, the Euros have been zipping up and down their glaciers and peaks in funny Lycra suits, drinking good coffee and eating even better cheese, perfecting the art of the skimo ski. The Speed 76 ski from Dynafi..
Found in a product description deep inside the 19/20 Ski Trab product catalog is a line of text that quietly affirms their commitment to their craft-- "Well begun is half done". With its origin going back to a time long before Aristotle lived, this idiom is a simple yet powerful commentary on how committed a good craftsman will be to every detail of their work from start to finish...
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..
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-scratchingly 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 sur..
The redesigned Backland UL 78 is the culmination of years of Atomic working to perfect the tech that goes into a good lightweight ski. Tracing its roots to freeride and skimo racing skis, the 78mm-wide mountaineering ski incorporates all the unique Atomic tech that we love while staying light, obedient, and responsive. This updated model features the classic Atomic rockered tip, wh..
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..
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..
The days of mounting your old bindings on your kid’s old resort skis are a thing of the past. Maybe you convinced them to go touring with you on a setup that weighs 1/3 of their body weight, and maybe they even pretended to enjoy it. But now, thanks to the Dynafit SL 80, your kids have access to a proper backcountry ski that checks all the boxes: light, durable, fun, inexpensive, a..
If the roads are still closed and the approach to your line has 4 miles of undulating, gently rolling terrain that will be a nightmare of skins on/skins off transitions, you need a ski that functions as much as an approach tool as it does a steep skiing scalpel. If this scenario sounds familiar, you need the Voile Objective BC.
All of the awesomeness of the Objective, but with s..
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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Dynafit markets the Speedfit 84 an uphill fitness tool, but what we see is a well-designed and versatile ski at a great price that’s super fun to cruise on consolidated or unconsolidated snow. Compared to other skis in the mid-80’s waist width category, the turn radius on the Speed 84 is long, which, combined with the tip and tail rocker, offers incredible versatility. While comfor..
The Elan Ibex 84W ski is built specifically for the slaydies, the gals who are full-time backcountry fiends. In that role, the Women's Ibex performs exceedingly well. Rather than simply 'pinking and shrinking' a ski built for heavier (male) skiers, Elan took into account their desired market and tailored the core construction (and therefore the flex pattern) for lighter-weight skie..
The Elan Ibex 84 Carbon XLT is the antithesis of unforgiving or twitchy carbon skis. A buttery smooth flex-pattern contributes to a drastically fun, worry-free attitude with pleasant flotation in soft stuff. Modern torsional rigidity and dampening qualities make it a fine performer on firm snow and a ripper on corduroy. If you have been put off by the idea of skiing nervous lightwe..
As is so often the case in the skimo world, we get really excited about the little things. So when we heard that the redesigned Atomic Backland UL 85 was 10% lighter and made in hard-to-find lengths, we got pretty excited. Integrating several of their proprietary technologies, the witches and warlocks at Atomic were able to shave grams from an already light model. This while mainta..
The quintessential ski mountaineering and touring machine is back and better than ever. For years, words like reliable, stable, and bomber have been used to describe the Zero G 85. Now, with an updated carbon overlay and sidewall construction, those words are more accurate than ever. Edging into a steep and narrow chute always feels intimidating at first, but after a turn or two yo..
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..
The Alp Tracks 85 is Movement's specialty tool for the ever-changing game of ski-mountaineering. The ski is designed for those longer, steeper, and faster missions. Every Alp Tracks ski is handmade using an advanced carbon/karuba layup to keep the weight low while optimizing ski performance and control. The core construction combined with an ABS sidewall and Movement’s Race-Edge gi..
The Alp Tracks 85 Women is that high-performance tool to get you farther and higher than ever. Movement has continued to hone their mid-80s underfoot line and with each iteration they get closer to the perfect tool for big ski objectives. All of the Alp Tracks skis are handmade in limited numbers with a carbon/karuba core to give the lightest and highest performing ski possible. Th..
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On the surface, the Movement Race Pro 85 is simply a ski that took the lightweight construction of their podium-topping Race Pro skis and applied those methods to a wider and more friendly touring shape of the Alp Tracks 85. Take a deeper look, though -- Movement poured every bit of mastery they could muster into this ski, tweaking every detail they could possibly think of to provi..
When Golden State signed Kevin Durant in 2016, dub nation wondered if another superstar was what the team really needed. Many fans worried that management was trying to fix something that wasn’t broken, but in the end, this gamble would pay-off big time. The Warriors went on to win the NBA title back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, proving that the adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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...
Built for the dream backcountry tour, the Movement Session 89 is the perfect tool for those perfect days. Movement is known as one of the top names in the lightweight ski building game, and their Session line is jam-packed full of skis that are strong enough to ski hard and light enough to walk far. This Session 89 is built for women and specifically caters it towards lighter, tech..
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..
Ski Trab set out to create the best all-around touring ski possible. The impressive result is the Maximo. From the inside out, the Liwood box core is energetic and will stand up to more than its fair share of abuse while the longitudinal air-channels keep it light. Thanks to the fiberglass reinforcements and quadraxial Piuma (Italian for “feather”) cap construction, the torsional s..
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..
Long admired for its reliable performance in the not-so-pretty conditions that ski mountaineers encounter in the high alpine, the BMT 94 was Volkl's idea of a versatile ski that was stable at speed, but precise and confident when edging. Blending the reverse-camber profile of new-school girthy powder skis with Volkl's signature carving-ski personality, the BMT 94 brought a new sash..
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. ..
Snow falls softly, quietly, and blankets the ground in a (hopefully) deep layer that stays soft and airy only so long as the icy wind and hot sun stay away. But after a few days of powder skiing, all that soft snow may have changed; windboard, breakable crust, and even isothermic mush are possible next steps in the snow cycle. The Vertex 94 is wide enough for deep days and powerful..
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 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..
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..
The Mythic 97 is like getting two skis in one! Essentially a hybrid of an alpine carver and a backcountry floater, it has a special feel. Turning on edge feels very solid on hard snow as if it’s running on rails. Get into soft or mixed snow and the generous tip with ample rocker will keep you going fast. It’s nimble through trees due to the short radius yet doesn’t have a problem o..
The Movement Session 98 is not a ski that will stay shelved for long. Designed for high-performance skiers looking to push bigger, steeper, and faster, the Session 98 is a free-touring ski that will more than satisfy. With a light Karuba core and a 5-axis carbon layup, the Session 98 will perform almost magically in demanding snow conditions without emptying the energy reserves on ..
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