Almost every ski coming out for 2021 is better than the best skis made for 2014. While it’s hard to go wrong, this article will tell you how to go right.
The GooseFeet Gear Custom Down Jacket blows the hubcaps off the competition. Their custom down jackets have the highest warmth-to-weight ratio on the market… by a mile. Not only that, but each jacket is customized to your body measurements and your desired set of features. The owner is accessible, extremely easy to communicate with, and helpful. While the price is high, it is more than fair given the exceptional product that is delivered.
Backcountry.com is one of the most popular online retailers of clothing and gear for outdoor activities. They are known for their favorable customer service polices, extensive community of users, and enthusiastic sale representatives.
The Exos family of packs are ultralight, versatile and intuitively designed. The Exos is shockingly lightweight for a pack with a frame and doesn’t sacrifice much when carrying low to medium loads. Some recent updates may not be for everyone, so take a look at our review to see for yourself.
REI is the leading retailer for outdoor gear, clothing and footwear. Their brick and mortar stores are well designed and highly visited. Their website, while it may not have the inventory selection as some other online retailers, is still impressive and comes with REI’s strong customer service.
The Dynafit TLT Superlite 2.0 is an incredibly light, yet impressively durable, tech binding. The feature set is quite robust given its minimal weight, and the design is tried and true, providing a reliable, well-rounded, and very lightweight touring binding.
The Fritschi Freeride binding is a classic frame bindings that allows the backcountry skier to use their resort or backcountry boots. While tech bindings are lighter, the Fritschis are stronger and more versatile.
The Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Ski Pole is an invaluable tool for ski and splitboard touring in steep terrain with firm snow. The whippet allows for the axe to be easily removed and re-attached in the field, providing safety, security and flexibility.
The Jetboil Flash Stove is lightweight, efficient and easy to use. While not the best in cold and windy conditions, nor able to simmer, the Flash provides a reliable option for backpackers looking primarily to boil water quickly.
The Jetboil MiniMo Stove will be the best integrated canister stove for the majority of backpackers. It is well designed, easy to use, and efficient. It can suffer in strong winds but its overall feature set is superior to most competitors.