The Backcountry Magazine Gear Guide is nothing without its testers—a group of 40 skiers who congregate every year at Powder Mountain, Utah to give the coming season’s skis, boots and bindings a thorough shakedown. After completing up to three runs on a given product, each tester fills out a form with numerical scores and detailed insights. Skis are tested, at minimum, eight times; three for boots and bindings. So when it comes time to choose the products covered in the Gear Guide, we’re pulling from a deep well of tester feedback. To shed light on these individuals and their preferred tools, we present our Testers’ Choice profiles and picks.
Backcountry September 2016
2017 Gear Guide
More than 100 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings reviewed, rated and recommended.
5 feet 2 INCHES, 125 lbs.
Voile Drifter skis, Dynafit TLT6 boots, Dynafit TLT Classic bindings
“I like something lightweight with enough surface area to keep me aloft in the powder and [that] releases the turn when told; stiff enough to hold an edge but soft enough to be active. I focus on the width underfoot to balance float and responsiveness”