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Backcountry Magazine September 2014 – Gear Guide

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Our Gear Guide is different….

While other mags spout marketing copy or gloss over the details, we review gear differently. It all starts with our tests—two weeks on snow between Powder Mountain, Utah and Crested Butte, Colo.—where almost 80 testers ski and ride more than 300 new skis, boots, bindings and splitboards, producing a mountain of feedback.

We pair that beta with details on the latest technical features—new rocker profiles, tech binding innovations and hyperlight, carbon upgrades—to bring you quality, credible and understandable reviews. And inside the Gear Guide, you’ll find it all—130 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings including 30 top-performing Editors’ Choice winners.

Also inside, Editor Tyler Cohen explores Japan’s rise to backcountry-skiing prominence, Lynsey Dyer talks about her new film, Pretty Faces, and Biff America ponders the complexities of owning a quiver.