The Salomon Guardian MNC 13 Alpine Touring Binding is a technically-simple, versatile, and reliable option that is well-suited for beginners or intermediate backcountry skiers who want a clean and simple binding that is easy to operate. The durability, quick transitions, and sleek look all provide a solid binding. With that said, there is a severe weight penalty to these bindings compared to tech bindings, but for those looking to get into ski touring, this is a great starter option.
The Smith Quantum MIPS Helmet is one of the highest quality helmets on the market, with the attention to detail and technology typical of Smith. Significantly more expensive than other options, you get what you pay for with this helmet not only in terms of safety, but also in features, tech, and warmth. Its best features include the BOA fit adjustment system, warm earpads and adjustable vents that keep air out or let it in when ventilation is needed. For those who spend a lot of time on the mountain and are looking for something that will keep them comfortable and safe in any and all conditions, this helmet will certainly deliver.
The Smith Riot Chromapop Goggles for women are clear, comfortable, and stylish goggles that are well suited for skiers and snowboarders who want to see in bright colors and crisp definition. Those who want to look stylish on the slopes and see everything clearly, this is a great option.
The Intuition Power Wrap Liner for men is a responsive, comfortable, and stiff liner that works well with medium-body boots and those that are a little too big to begin with. For those whose boots are already a little tight, this liner could make it too snug to wear. The room in the toe box area, heat molding, and snug fit makes this a great upgrade for your ski boots.
The Yakima TimberLine Raised Rail Tower System is a strong, easy-to-install, and quiet apparatus that has a high compatibility with various bars and widths, making this a versatile and functional purchase. The high price may deter some, but for a high-quality, low profile, and solid tower system, this is a great choice.
The Smith Code MIPS Helmet is a breathable, adjustable, and protective helmet, that does a great job of combining ventilation with safety. The Koroyd and MIPS allow for protection and temperature control, while the functional features like the easy-to-use magnetic buckle and BOA system make this a good option for any level of skier or snowboarder, as long as you don’t care about the faulty audio integration system.
The POC Cornea Goggles are stylish, protective, and have technical properties to ensure high visibility in multiple conditions. The high price point makes it an investment, since the comfort, anti-scratch properties, and peripheral vision provided make this a great choice for any level of skier or snowboarder.
The Thule Traverse Foot Pack – 2 Pair is an easy-to-use, quiet, and durable apparatus that will prove to be long-lasting if you install it correctly. The higher price and effort it takes to get it onto your car will be worth it due to the longevity of the product, the stylish look, and the reliability.
The Smith Vantage Helmet for women is an adjustable, breathable, and comfortable option for those who want full customization over the fit and temperature of their helmet while skiing or snowboarding. The price and questions about durability may deter some, but the multiple positive reviews and ample ventilation will make this helmet a great option for skiers and snowboarders.
The Scarpa Maestrale RS Alpine Touring Boot offers a relatively lightweight feel going uphill with a sturdy ride going downhill, making them an admired boot for many backcountry skiers looking for reliability both in and out of bounds and in all types of snow. This boot offers an impressive range of motion and customizable fit, with well-loved liners that offer warmth and comfort throughout the day, and a sturdy sole that bootpacks as well as it skis. Although some durability issues have been raised on the shell and the walk-mode function, Scarpa has set out to address these issues, and many users have stayed loyal throughout, still preferring the ease and sturdiness of the Maestrale RS.