Alpine Touring Gear

Recent Alpine Touring Product Reviews

Volkl Attiva Aurora

rated 4.5 of 5 stars "Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman" just like SECRET deodorant used to be! Ha Ha. If you read my intro and thought "Oh no, he's reviewing women's deodorant", you'll be sadly mistaken. In fact, I'm reviewing a pair of alpine (downhill) skis. Full disclosure: I'm a 6'1" and ~230lb adult man who proudly and confidently rides this pair of Volkl women's skis. I'll start with a little backstory for context: in the fall of 2014, I was not yet an alpine skier. I had attempted to ski on ONE… Full review

Rossignol BC 65

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good all purpose skis that will work back country and in track. I've had these for like eight years and use them four or five times a year. We like to hit some trails about 10 miles from the house and Yellowstone Cooke City area mostly. These work well in powder out in Yellowstone or in track when we have been there. Good skis, can't go wrong. Full review

Atomic Sugar Daddy

rated 4 of 5 stars The journey to find the elusive "one ski to rule them all" continues. About me I am an intermediate skier who skis the winters away on the groomed runs then take my skis to the mountains in the summer after the avy danger has mostly passed.  Tech specs 126-99-117 Regular camber 183 length The story When I saw these on Craigslist three hours away with Fritschi touring bindings on them for $150 I got in the car and drove. Does anything depreciate as quickly as skis? This setup would have been $1200… Full review

Black Diamond AMPerage

rated 5 of 5 stars Super playful skis. Stable, will never let you down. Those skis have been following me for five years now. Big mountain, backcountry skiing, skins, name it. They are stable and durable, very playful skis. I am able to go on powder as much as groomed resort skiing (great on ice too!). The only downside from my experience is that the aesthetic coating of the ski peels off on the ends where I clip my skins. But other than that, great product. Full review

Shred Slam Cap NoSeason

rated 5 of 5 stars A lightweight, all-season helmet featuring the latest in safety technology. This helmet has the best fitting system I have ever worn. Warm when needed with excellent ventilation. I was lucky enough to score a Shred Slam Cap NoSeason helmet early in the ski season in order to give it a through testing. I had been hoping for some time to get the chance to check out a helmet that featured the latest in helmet safety. This multi-sport helmet is certified to meet the latest US and EU regulations for… Full review

G3 Expedition Skins

rated 3 of 5 stars Decent traction but a bit less glide than other brands. Tip metal loops need RIVETING to stay attached! Tail clips are fine. My G3 Expedition skins are 10 years old but still work OK even though getting worn down a bit and needing seasonal re-applications of glue. My gripe is that the metal loops (which must be sized for your wide or narrow ski tips) tend to let go when the self-glued skin that doubles back to hold them lets go. I had to rivet my loops in place. Newer style "tip pockets" may be… Full review

Smith Men's Vantage Helmet

rated 5 of 5 stars Best helmet on the market in my opinion! The Vantage was designed for hard-core skiers/riders; it features an amazing ventilation system, BOA on the fly adjustment system, and Koroyd aerocore construction which makes it one of the lightest snow helmets on the market. Testing I purchased this helmet at the beginning of the 2016-17 ski season and have now used it for 22 days of skiing in conditions that vary from extremely cold (-15 degrees) to temps just below freezing. On a couple of occasions I've… Full review

Dynafit TLT Radical ST

rated 5 of 5 stars Very good bindings. Low price and good quality. Recommended 100%. Full review

Marker F10 Tour

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light-ish frame style tour binding for the rest of us. My first tour bindings. I ski 80% in bounds so solid downhill performance is important to me and I also need to watch my weight because I also go on dawn patrol and up mountains on occasion. I had heard that these rattle, but saw none of that.  Marker makes several frame-style tour bindings and I was not ready to shell out the coin for bindings that release at 12 and weigh more than the skis they are attached to. Plus I don't need that much… Full review

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Volkl Attiva Aurora reviewed Oct 6, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Rossignol BC 65 reviewed Dec 3, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Atomic Sugar Daddy reviewed Jul 6, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond AMPerage reviewed Jun 29, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Shred Slam Cap NoSeason reviewed Mar 24, 2017
$170 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
G3 Expedition Skins reviewed Mar 14, 2017
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Dynafit TLT Radical ST reviewed Sep 24, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marker F10 Tour reviewed Jul 14, 2016
$349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dalbello Sherpa 2/8 I.D. reviewed Jul 14, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Line Skis Mastermind reviewed Jul 14, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Blizzard Zero G 95 reviewed Apr 1, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Giro Range MIPS reviewed Mar 29, 2016
$125 - $249
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bern Baker reviewed Mar 9, 2016
$45 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Marker Baron reviewed Mar 9, 2016
$445 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Volkl Mantra reviewed Nov 30, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marker Griffon 13 Binding reviewed Nov 30, 2015
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Atomic Blog reviewed Sep 9, 2015
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Compactor Poles reviewed Oct 2, 2014
$91 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Armada JJ reviewed Aug 22, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Armada Magic J reviewed Aug 22, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Rocker2 108 reviewed Aug 22, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Atomic Tracker 16 reviewed Aug 21, 2014
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Guardian WTR 16 reviewed Aug 21, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rossignol SOUL 7 reviewed Jul 21, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Convert Ski reviewed Mar 19, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Deploy TR-3 reviewed Feb 19, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dynastar Cham 97 reviewed Jan 2, 2014
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
POC Receptor Bug Adjustable Helmet reviewed Dec 29, 2013
$40
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
K2 Shuksan reviewed Dec 22, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bern Muse reviewed Nov 2, 2013
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
K2 Kung Fujas reviewed Aug 8, 2013
$750 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit Mercury TF reviewed Jul 24, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
G3 Onyx reviewed May 29, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Backcountry Access Alpine Trekker reviewed Apr 8, 2013
$180 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Ascension Nylon STS Skins reviewed Mar 14, 2013
$41 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Traverse Pole reviewed Feb 23, 2013
$60 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Ranger Custom Air BT Helmet reviewed Feb 3, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Pro-tec Classic Snow Helmet reviewed Feb 1, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit TLT 5 Mountain TF-X Boot reviewed Jan 17, 2013
$400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Whippet reviewed Jan 17, 2013
$90 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
G3 Alpinist High Traction Splitboard Climbing Skins reviewed Jan 13, 2013
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
K2 CoomBack/GotBack Skins reviewed Jan 7, 2013
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Bern Macon reviewed Jan 3, 2013
$35 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marker Duke reviewed Dec 23, 2012
$495 MSRP
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Giro Nine.9 reviewed Dec 20, 2012
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
Black Diamond Aspect Ski reviewed Dec 14, 2012
$629 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Blizzard Titan Atlas reviewed Dec 13, 2012
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Prime reviewed Dec 7, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ski Logik Ullr's Chariot reviewed Oct 11, 2012
$750 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Line Skis Pin Ski Poles reviewed Sep 30, 2012
$48
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