Alpina BC 1550 Backcountry Boot

The Alpina BC 1550 Backcountry Boot is an adjustable and comfortable ski boot, but has numerous technical issues which may make it unsuitable. The lack of support, issues of early wear-and-tear, and multiple reports of blisters forming in the toe area make us unable to recommend this boot.

Smith Vantage Helmet

The Smith Vantage Helmet is durable, has plenty of ventilation, is low profile, and looks good. The helmet is a nice combination of performance and affordability which is why it’s so ubiquitous on the ski slopes.

Smith Maze MIPS Helmet

The Smith Maze Helmet is a minimalist yet comfortable option for skiers and snowboarders not looking to break the bank. The helmet suffers from mediocre ventilation but can usually get the job done.

Backcountry Access BC Link

The Backcountry Access BC Link is a durable two-way radio with minimal frills and a long battery life. It provides users with the ability to reliably communicate in backcountry and front country settings for extended periods of time.

Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet

The Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet is durable, has plenty of ventilation, is low profile, and looks good. The helmet is a nice combination of performance and affordability which is why it’s so ubiquitous on the ski slopes.

Smith Maze Helmet

The Smith Maze Helmet is a minimalist yet comfortable option for skiers and snowboarders not looking to break the bank. The helmet suffers from mediocre ventilation but can usually get the job done.

Dynafit TLT Superlite 2.0 Binding

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.

Fritschi Freeride 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.

Black Diamond Carbon Whippet Ski Pole

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.

G3 Ion 10 & 12 Binding

The G3 Ion 10 & 12 Binding is a mid-weight tech binding that has a robust and reliable feature set. It’s biggest strength is the ease with which the toe piece can be stepped into. The Ion strikes a very nice balance between weight and performance.