The testers were back at it again on Friday at Powder Mountain, after a surprising array of songs and skits performed at the Gear Test’s Annual Talent Show on Thursday night. As the day heated up, the group took advantage of the corn and tested the faster and lighter skis of the BCM selection. By the end […]
Day 3 of the Gear Test Week was another welcomed day of bluebird skies and warm temperatures. Before the snow turned slushy, a group of testers dropped into terrain typically accessed by the Paradise Lift, which is currently closed due to snow conditions. The crew took turns in the Powder Chambers—untracked, north-facing slopes—and after a quick […]
Since 2008, approximately 50 testers from around the U.S. have congregated in Powder Mountain to shred on and evaluate next year’s bindings, boots and skis. Some testers make it back every year, putting their home mountains second for a week with Backcountry and their fellow testers, many of whom are now like family. And each year […]
As testers rolled into Powder Mountain for Day 2 of Gear Test Week, they were greeted with sunny skies and warm temperatures, a total 180 from Tuesday’s blustery dumpage. Skiers snagged their picks for the second round of fat ski-testing and were mowing through Tuesday’s accumulation as quickly as their bindings could be adjusted. Before the powder turned heavy from […]
Powder Mountain lived up to its name today, with 9 inches of freshies accumulated over the past 48 hours. Given the sunny forecast expected for the rest of the week, testers took full advantage of the new snow and tried out the fattest of the 200 Gear Test skis, most of which were 105 underfoot or […]
Backcountry’s Gear Test kicked off yesterday, as 200 skis, 50 boots and 40 testers began trickling into Powder Mountain through out the afternoon. And before the testers were able to hit the slopes today, the BCM staff put them to work sorting and organizing the gear: earning your turns can have more than one meaning. Here’s a […]
Gear Test Week 2014 was a blur of 200-plus skis, boots and bindings, plastic flamingos and one family-friendly talent show. For a week last March at Powder Mountain, Utah, Backcountry’s editors and more than 50 testers evaluated some 200 hardgoods, highlighted in the 2015 Gear Guide. Testing it all is quite hard work, but we manage to have a little fun on the side.
Backcountry’s annual Gear Test Week brings together more than 50 testers from around the country, many of whom have been returning year after year for as long as they can remember. As a result, the annual event has become a family reunion of sorts. Here’s a look at what it means to be part of the Gear Test Week family.