Here it is, the best gear for this winter—the 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards. Last March, 80 of our most trusted testers rode and ripped around Utah’s Powder Mountain and Crested Butte, Colo., testing more than 300 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings from which we picked these standouts for your quiver.
Want to see in-depth tester feedback on these products? Check out the 2017 Gear Guide, packed with reviews of all the Editors’ Choice winners, plus more than 100 other must-have skis, splitboards, boots and bindings.
2017 Gear Guide
More than 100 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings reviewed, rated and recommended.
Black Crows Anima Freebird
$850 - black-crows.com | SIZES (cm): 176, 182, 188 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 143/115/128 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.9 lbs. (188)
With its bigger dimensions and low weight, this Black Crow rules the bc roost. —Eric Tiffany
Salomon QST 106
$850 - salomon.com | SIZES (cm): 167, 174, 181, 188 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 140/106/124 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 8.4 lbs. (181)
A pedal-to-the-metal touring ski that's stiff and damp enough to really send it. —Carter Snow
Rossignol Soul 7 HD W
$850 - rossignol.com | SIZES (cm): 162, 170, 178 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 136/106/126 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.9 lbs. (170)
Combines all of my favorite characteristics into one ski: fun, poppy, stable. —Cat Ambrose
$695 - voile.com | SIZES (cm): 171, 178, 185 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 140/106/124 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.2 lbs. (178)
Near perfect mélange of float, dampness, versatility and tourability. —Shaggy Bailey
$835 - 4frnt.com | SIZES (cm): 184, 190 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 120/104/112 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 7.8 lbs. (184)
A go-anywhere, do-anything ski that is lightweight and born for the backcountry. —Henry Yu
DPS Wailer 112RP2 Tour1
$999 - dpsskis.com | SIZES (cm): 168, 178, 184 | DIMENSIONS (mm): 141/112/128 | WEIGHT/PAIR: 6.2 LBS. (178)
Possibly the best and most well-rounded touring ski on the market. —Jason Layh
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