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If you’ve graduated from shredding at the resort and are ready to start breaking trail, you’ll need to be as prepared as possible. Don’t fret, we've spent thousands of hours testing the necessary safety and communication equipment you’ll need for the backcountry. We’ve also bought and tested the best ski jackets, pants, and boots in order to get you dialed for any and all of your upcoming ventures. Best backcountry skis? Of course, right here.

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Best Backcountry Skis of 2022

Best Backcountry Skis of 2022

We bring decades of experience to a test protocol that demands dozens of thousands of vertical feet on every backcountry ski we test. We've got authoritative conclusions that stand out as...
Best Backcountry Ski Poles of 2022

Best Backcountry Ski Poles of 2022

We purchased the top backcountry ski poles currently available and tested them head to head. Whether you are a backcountry skier or snowboarder, we have options that will work for your...
Best Backcountry Ski Boots of 2022

Best Backcountry Ski Boots of 2022

Our testing is thorough and we take pains to understand exactly how you are skiing, how you should be skiing, and what you need for all of that. The result is a comprehensive comparison of...
Best Backcountry Ski Bindings of 2022

Best Backcountry Ski Bindings of 2022

Our authoritative, thorough review of 15 backcountry ski binding models is communicated here with an educated eye toward not only what you want, but what you need. Those two things might...
Best Splitboard Bindings

Best Splitboard Bindings

What's the best splitboard binding of 2021? We evaluated the market and purchased the top 11, testing them side by side to find the best.
Best Splitboard Climbing Skins

Best Splitboard Climbing Skins

Our expert team purchased and extensively tested 7 models of skins side by side to sort out the distinctions in key metrics.
Best Gaiters of 2022

Best Gaiters of 2022

We tested a dozen pairs of the top gaiters on the market to help you choose which ones to take on your next trail run, trek, or mountaineering adventure. After rigorous hands-on testing...
Best Avalanche Beacon of 2022

Best Avalanche Beacon of 2022

An avalanche beacon is an essential part of a backcountry ski kit. But which one is best for you? We purchased 14 of the top beacons available and put them to the test across several...
Best Avalanche Airbag of 2022

Best Avalanche Airbag of 2022

To find the best airbag packs, we researched over 48 models, and tested the top 6 for over three months in the backcountry. We selected packs that were lightweight, easy to travel with...




Recent Gear Reviews in Backcountry Skiing

Contour Hybrid Mix Review
Editors' Choice

Contour Hybrid Mix Review

Given our definition of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering, these skins seem to nail a sweet spot in a variety of ways. The performance is carefully tuned for optimum performance...
Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro Review
Editors' Choice

Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro Review

Excellent all-around ski touring and ski mountaineering boots. Performance is balanced for the vast majority of backcountry skiers. Only those that aim for higher volume or faster ascents...
Atomic Backland Carbon Review
Best Buy

Atomic Backland Carbon Review

Featherlight, relatively affordable, with a fit that accommodates many and excels for those with wide feet. The way Atomic balances uphill and downhill performance is perfect for light and...
Marker Alpinist 12 Review
Editors' Choice

Marker Alpinist 12 Review

We are reasonably sure that you, yes you, are looking for this binding for your backcountry skis. You might think you want something different, but you could be surprised and settle on...
Atomic Backland Tour Review
Editors' Choice

Atomic Backland Tour Review

Granting this binding our highest honor might surprise you. We hope it will challenge your thinking and open your eyes to what's important in AT bindings. With extensive testing, we...
K2 Wayback 106 Review
Best Buy

K2 Wayback 106 Review

All-around, familiar, predictable touring skis at an affordable price. These are your backcountry "quiver of one" skis. Use them for ski mountaineering, powder skiing, fitness skinning and...



Backcountry Skiing Learning Center

How to Choose Backcountry Ski Boots

How to Choose Backcountry Ski Boots

Backcountry ski boots bear the weight of a heavy task. Not only do they need to be lightweight and flexible on the up, but they need to be responsive and stiff for the downhill. We also...
How to Choose Gaiters

How to Choose Gaiters

Love 'em or not, there is a lot to know about this simple outdoor accessory. If you are thinking about trying them for the first time, or looking to expand your compliment of gaiters, then...
How To Choose an Avalanche Beacon

How To Choose an Avalanche Beacon

How do avalanche beacons work and what features should you look for in your next one? This article will explain the current technology available and point out what key features you'll want...
How to Choose AT Bindings

How to Choose AT Bindings

Planning to spend time in the backcountry this season? Where do you start your in searching for the best pair of at bindings? We've got you covered.
How to Choose Backcountry Ski Poles

How to Choose Backcountry Ski Poles

Are you getting into backcountry skiing or snowboarding? Then you are probably wondering if backcountry ski poles are worth the investment. The short answer is yes, they are. Read on to...

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