Testers’ Choice: Atomic Charter


Road Dust, a 10-year tester, started racing at age 13, telemark raced at the national level during college and is now back on AT gear. He practices law, but dreams of a long-term vacation and is busy planning his revenge on fellow ski tester Shaggy. His pick of the test? The Atomic Charter

Tried & New: MontBell U.L. Super Spiral Down Hugger 0


A good cold-weather sleeping bag should compress to the size of a cantaloupe; it should be true to its temperature rating; easy to get in and out of and cinch well enough to keep cold out and warmth in. Beyond that, a sleeping bag is pretty simple. MontBell, however, would beg to differ.

Small is Beautiful: The Rise of the Micro Ski Brand


Niche ski brands are growing fast, and now might be the best time to jump on board with these small-batch companies. Here are five reviews of skis from tiny brands you may have never heard of.

Testers’ Choice: Atomic Automatic


Henry Yu | 5’10”, 170 lbs. Breckenridge, CO   Henry, a second-year tester, spent 10 years patrolling at Breckenridge. But last winter, he had a rude awakening, moving to Chicago for med school, and only skied 15 days. Now, instead of skiing, he’s training for the hotdog-eating world record. His pick of the test? The […]

Say Whaa?: Semi-SFW Gear Test Outtakes


The fact that we even allow these people to test skis for us is ridiculous, bordering on criminal. It’s a realization borne of reading this selection of sick tester comments, pulled from a selection of even sicker tester comments that we’re probably legally barred from sharing with you (sick meaning disgusting, not sick meaning cool, […]

Testers’ Choice: Scott Cruis’Air


Crista Seier has been telemarking for nine years, but recently invested in her first AT setup. Still, she says she loves dropping knees in “perfect powder on wide-open slopes.” She’s been testing with Backcountry for five years. Her pick of the test? The Scott Cruis’Air.

Testers’ Choice: Voilé V8


Bill was a freestyler in the ’80s, a racer in high school, a telemarker sometime after that and has been a ski tester for the last three years. He likes touring, but prefers to ski with friends—unless it’s a powder day. His pick of the test? The Voilé V8.

2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – Skis


This year we tested more than 200 skis from 30-plus brands. And it was the most innovative ski crop yet, with brands like DPS getting 3D and the money zone (100-112mm underfoot) exploding with refined shapes and lighter weights. Here’s just a teaser of this year’s Editors’ Choice winning skis. To see the full reviews, […]

2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – Snowboards


We’ve entered the Golden Age of Splitboards. What’s that mean? Splitboards are as innovative as ever, with brands introducing more than 60 boards this season. But game-changing technology has gone beyond the decks. This year, we tested a completely new binding system from K2 and the most impressive binding to date from Spark R&D. Here’s […]

2014 Editors’ Choice Awards – The best AT and Telemark Ski Boots

2014 Backcountry Editors' Choice Boots

Here’s just a teaser of this year’s best AT and telemark ski boots.