March 25, 2017 Scarpa F1 Review Gear

Scarpa F1 Review

Maybe Scarpa’s F1 doesn’t quite fit into the “ultralight” Alpine Touring ski boot category, but at just less than five and a half pounds per pair, it’s very, very close (more...)...

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March 16, 2017 Pieps Micro Review Gear

Pieps Micro Review

With its new Micro avalanche beacon, Pieps has managed an impressive feat: they have added a genuine innovation to what would otherwise seem to be a fully-mature technology space. (more...)...

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April 17, 2016 Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1 Gear

Getting to Know You: Dynastar Mythic & Scarpa F1

Quick thoughts here on the Dynastar Mythic and Scarpa F1. The Mythics are mine—I bought them after trying them last year at WWSRA Mammoth. The boots are next year’s model, sans tronic mechanism, on loan from Scarpa (more...)...

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March 30, 2016 Salomon MTN Lab Review Gear

Salomon MTN Lab Review

Salomon continues its quest to transform itself into a major Backcountry/Freeride force with its new, tech-compatible (more...)...

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February 17, 2016 SIA 2016: Skis Gear

SIA 2016: Skis

On to Skis…Rossignol’s Soul 7 (in fact, the entire 7 line) sees its first major upgrade with the Fall 2016 debut of the Soul 7 HD (more...)...

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February 14, 2016 SIA 2016: Touring Boots Gear

SIA 2016: Touring Boots

For Backcountry folks, we have some auspicious boot news from this year’s SIA Snow Show: two very interesting new tech-compatible touring models (more...)...

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July 7, 2015 Enlightenment vs. The Marionette Gear

Enlightenment vs. The Marionette

If you suspect the world is racing toward Hell in a Handbasket in some vague but fundamentally new way, Joseph Heath agrees with you (more...)...

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March 25, 2015 Marmot Front Range Jacket Gear

Marmot Front Range Jacket

For cold but fair-weather Alpine skiing, I love wearing a windproof fleece jacket. But I’d gotten tired of looking like a fuzzy black puffball (more...)...

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February 26, 2015 The Kabookie Bids Adieu Gear

The Kabookie Bids Adieu

A sad bit of news I unfortunately have to report following the WWSRA demo at Mammoth Mountain is word the Kabookie will not return for the 2015-2016 season (more...)...

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February 17, 2015 2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain Gear

2015 WWSRA Mammoth Mountain

It’s been hard, these past dry years, to think much like a ski buyer, but the makers have continued their work notwithstanding, and, snow or not, they’ve made some fantastic skis. To see what’s coming for 2016, last week I attended the WWSRA (more...)...

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