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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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..
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..
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 tip-to-tail. This reduces the overall density of the ski and boosts surface-area-to-weight ratio. The long-turn radius and Sandwich Sidewalls are unique features that serve multiple purposes. High-speed stability, surefoot..
Fewer nanotubes! Well, we didn’t actually count them. But since it’s a skinnier ski, it’s reasonable to assume there are fewer nanotubes in the new Vapor Svelte as compared to the Nano.
It’s also reasonable to assume the new ski performs as well as its standard-setting elder. The Svelte shares the same impressive-yet-semi-secret manufacturing process that enables La Sportiva to ..
A ski made in North American called the Super Maximo would probably be 200mm wide. But this Ski Trab model is Italian so it measures less than half of that. And Super it is, with impressive float and steering due to the Low Omega Profile design. That means the thickness and flex varies along the length of the ski, offering stiffening edge hold in some areas and maneuverable flex in..
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..
Wide, ample rocker, generous power, and somehow still light enough to skin back up again and again. Movement’s Control ski sports Light Rocker 12, providing flotation in challenging terrain while not reducing stability in hard snow at speed. ABS Sidewalls are sandwiched underfoot to improve edge hold on technical lines and reduce chatter at high speeds. A trusty, lively, and lightw..
Hooray for women! The DPS Nina ski is now available in the Tour construction. That means one of the most popular downhill skis of all time should become one of the most popular touring skis of all time. For good reason: the generous rocker and PaddleTech geometry make skiing easy. The women’s lengths are appropriate for skiing and touring. The 99 refers to the waist-width, which is..
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..
Despite being a smaller mountain than Cho Oyu or Nanga Parbat, Denali won the naming rights to the biggest ski in Dynafit’s family of ultralight mountaineering skis. If you consider that prominence is often a better measuring stick than pure elevation, then the naming could be spot on. Denali’s 20,073 feet of height above its surroundings easily surpasses the others (7,677 and 15,1..
Similar in shape and size to the Denali, the Dhaulagiri is not the same ski. It is much more damp, playful, and forgiving. Built with a layup more similar to the Manaslu series, the orange screamers are fun and robust, at the expense of several extra ounces. The paulownia core has some poplar mixed in which adds a bit of rebound and strength. It also reduces vibration, as does the ..
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..
The term “one-ski-quiver” is a moving target, highly dependent on what you like to ski and when. The Voile V6 could be one of these select skis for backcountry touring in powder-ful areas of the West. Voile is known for making durable skis that retain their value, performance, and usability over the years. A lightweight aspen wood core keeps offers good flotation per gram without s..
Flaunting a generous number of accolades and winning multiple awards, the Supercharger represents the culmination of Voile’s 35+ years of ski building experience. Built using Voile’s Hybrid Rocker profile, the Supercharger likes to float, float, and float. The tip rocker contributes to flotation in soft snow, but also helps it stay in charge while skiing the more challenging condit..
Nanotubes! Now in skis! La Sportiva has raised the bar significantly with the jump in technology found in the new Vapor Nano ski. We are so impressed we made it our first ski wider than 100mm underfoot!
A pre-preg resin matrix reinforced with carbon nanotubes (the strongest and stiffest fibers yet discovered) allows for a revolutionary weight to surface area. The skis are litera..
The 105 is the fattest ski in the Helio lineup (except for one that is too fat). With the ample waist, it’s obviously more of a powder hound than the 88 and 95. That said, the ski has the same construction and dampening system found on the other skis in the line that make hard snow not just bearable but fun. The Helio 105 is a good option for a one-ski quiver for folks that hunt fo..
The 106 is not just a new width for the Wailer. It also features a new tip shape and profile designed to eliminate worry about your tip shape and profile. If you prefer to just ski and not think about your skis and how to turn them, check out the 106. It’s an easy-skiing ski with a smooth flex and a weight that won’t give your legs a hangover. The Wailer 106 Tour1 is a backcountry ..
The Legend of Zelda was an awesome video game from the 80s. The Zelda 106 Tour1 is DPS ski that may soon become legend amongst female backcountry skiers. That’s because it offers easy skiing performance in just about every condition story-tellers will encounter. The 106mm waist will keep it afloat in powder and crud, while the 18-meter radius keeps it nimble on harder snow and in t..
With the Alp Tracks line, Movement has levelled up in their quest for the perfect lightweight backcountry skis. Using a labor-intensive carbon fiber construction process, the Swiss company has managed to make skis much wider than their previously top-end X-series designs, which topped out at 89mm underfoot. The AlpTracks build process uses the highest quality carbon fiber arranged ..
Watch your waistline! It’s starting to creep up with the 108, which of course means you enjoy eating a lot of powder. Probably for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe even fourth meal. If you can’t get enough of the soft stuff, and want a ski to point right down it, check out the Zero G 108. Blizzard used the same impressive Carbon Drive construction as the other Zero Gs, but pushed..
Alchemy involves turning base metals into gold. The DPS Alchemist skis turn average skiers into great ones. It’s a pretty simple-yet-powerful formula: Wailer shape/profile + 112mm of width + dampened carbon construction = amazing skiing.
The Wailer shape has been a hit for years with its easy turn initiation and integrated rockered profile. The 112 underfoot version is fat enoug..
The Wailer 112 started a new comparison category for us called “excess fat”. Sure, DPS made the touring version of its iconic resort ski light enough to carry uphill. But skiing back down on it is cheating, pure and simple. The rockered profile perfectly integrated with the buttery sidecut makes skiing too easy. You can lean forward in powder as if you’re skiing groomers, and no on..
Ladies, if you’re a glutton for powder, please meet the Yvette Tour1. The ever-popular Wailer/Yvette shape can now be safely carried uphill and ripped back down on the deepest of days. DPS used it’s Tour1 layup, including the carbon and glass laminates, to make this version light and stable. The shape and profile is DPS’ signature: generous rocker integrated into an easy shape. The..
The Aski Blue Moon wants to be skied fast in powder and chop. At 116mm underfoot with a double rocker, the Blue Moon will float on the deepest snow. Yet the underfoot sidecut approaches the tip of the ski for ultimate edge hold. Weighing in at 1540g, the Blue Moon is light enough to save energy for crushing the down. Built with CarbonShell technology and lots of rubber and Kevlar l..
If you’re not content simply skiing powder and instead want to levitate down the mountain, the Vapor Float was made for you. La Sportiva has made the ultimate floater, aptly named. Using the same carbon nanotube construction as the Nano and Svelte, the 117mm underfoot monster has an unrivalled surface-to-weight ratio. The Float is a ski you can safely lift up and down the mountain ..