2020 Testers’ Choice: Hans von Briesen’s Picks

The 17 inches of powder that fell on Powder Mountain, Utah this past March didn’t distract testers at the 2020 Gear Test Week from logging hours on this coming season’s newest skis, splitboards and boots to find the standouts across crud, corduroy and deep blower fresh.

2020 Gear Guide: Splitboard Accessories

To get you ready for your cold weather pursuits, we’ve complied some of our favorite new accessories to streamline your splitboarding experience.

Celebrating 25 years, Backcountry Magazine announces promotions for seminal season

Jeffersonville, Vt., October 2019: With the annual Gear Guide hitting newsstands and mailboxes around the country, independently-owned Backcountry Magazine celebrates its 25th anniversary with a shuffling of its veteran staff that has become the most seasoned in snowsports media. Longtime managing editor Lucy Higgins has been promoted to editor in chief, replacing Tyler Cohen, who […]

2020 Gear Guide: Skinning Gear Part II

Beacon, shovel, probe—it’s the basic backcountry checklist. But there’s more to a comfortable day on the skintrack than those three essentials— here is our second installment of skinning gear to keep you moving in the right direction. Want tester feedback on these products? Subscribe now or pre-order in our online store to get a copy of Backcountry Magazine’s 2020 Gear Guide […]

2020 Gear Guide: Skinning Gear Part I

Getting the contents of your pack dialed for a long day on the skintrack can be an uphill battle, from tackling morning-of skin prep for better glide to bringing the right layering options to survive sweaty slogs and bone-chilling descents.

2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: STANDOUT OUTLIER SKIS

There is a time and a place for niche taste and from uphill-oriented speedsters to lightweight powder slaying, women’s specific and brawny freeride chargers, these unique standouts will help you with whatever quirky mission you can think of.

2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SPLITBOARDS

It was a brave new world for splitboard brands at this year’s Backcountry Magazine 2020 Gear Test at Powder Mountain, Utah. Five new companies submitted boards to be tested and reviewed, and three of those newcomers won the coveted Editors’ Choice Award.

2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: APPAREL

In its third year, the Backcountry Magazine Apparel Test is based on the in-depth reviews from our dedicated team tasked with skinning, sweating and shredding with the upcoming season’s apparel selects.

2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: SKIS 105-108 MM

This year at Powder Mountain Utah, testers gathered for the 2020 Gear Test Week to review 157 pairs of skis. Of those, there was a noticeable abundance of standout mid-fat chargers that boasted waist widths between 108 and 90 mm underfoot—so many, in fact, that we dedicated 15 pages of our September 2020 Gear Guide to this category.

2020 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS: BOOTS

The story behind many of the boots in this year’s 2020 Gear Guide is one of lightweight chargeability. With two Editors’ Choice-winning boots ringing in at less than 5 lbs. and two more under 6 lbs., speedy uptracks are on tap, but not at the expense of downhill prowess.

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