2023 Editors’ Choice: Sport Touring Skis, Boots and Bindings

Sport touring bridges the gap between free skiing and skimo—the result: powerful performance that’s still lightweight. Check out the skis, boots and bindings that topped the category.

2023 Editors’ Choice: Splitboards, Boots and Bindings

Now that splitboarding has entered the mainstream, riders can buy specialized boards to match any backcountry goal. Welcome to the Quivercene.

2023 Editors’ Choice: Apparel and Accessories

Though our testers spend much of Gear Test Week in denim, sequins and fur, they’re well versed in denier, down and wool. Here are their top choices.

2023 Editors’ Choice: Speed Touring Skis and Boots

Fast is light, and light is expensive. But the miles go by fast and easy. If that’s what you’re looking for, speed touring gear may be for you. See what skis and boots shined in this category.

2023 Editors’ Choice: Free Touring Skis, Boots and Bindings

Whether taking a chairlift bump, firing up the snowmobile or hitting a skintrack, those who free tour prioritize an aggressive, tough (if heavy) kit for a dominant descent. Inspired by big mountain competitions and freeride style, free touring gear focuses on sturdier materials for downhill-focused performance.

Gearbox: Sunglasses

From high-pressure weather to over-cast storm cycles, these six sunglasses balance clear vision with stylish looks.

2022 Tester Profile: Galen Parke

As a Teton County (Wyoming) Search and Rescue member and powerhouse of a skier, second-year tester Galen Parke has one trait he looks for in a touring ski: reliability.

2022 Editors’ Choice Awards: Snowboards, Boots & Bindings

Used to be that you strapped a plate on your resort bindings and used your resort boots for backcountry snowboarding, but now we have lightweight touring-specific gear that performs well on the up and the down. Our splitboard testers celebrated that fact by highlighting their favorite boards, boots and bindings.

2022 Editors’ Choice: Apparel

Our testers have always pushed apparel in harsh conditions, and last season was no exception. After all, the folks who make the cut as BCM testers aren’t scared of skinning in sleet, heavy snow and blistering sun—sometimes all on the same day. Here, you’ll find the cream of the crop of jackets, pants, puffies and midlayers.

2022 Tester Profile: Chris Cloyd

As a fitness junkie who’s also an ace in the terrain park, Chris Cloyd wants a board that will take him far into the mountains and jib like a solid.

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