Straight to the point, this episode is about the gear we’re skiing and the items you might be on next season. In an upside-down world, we know that gear-speak is low on the priority list. As it should be: there are other real problems to solve. We acknowledge that.
We’re still testing and reviewing gear with one eye on global events and another on local snowpack as others prep for long race events like the Grand Traverse and potential speed ascents. Ready the Lycra, stir in the electrolytes. Some of us are are still thinking of shaded powder stashes before the reality of ski crampons and corn cycles become reality.
For those hoping Randy is along for this hour-long audio trip, he took a break—Jason Albert from WildSnow hops on the spare mic.
There’s talk of ATK’s emergence in the binding space, mid-phat and skinnier skis (and the death of uber-phat powder boards), 1kg boots, a beefier boot with pizazz from Scarpa, and some thoughts on the avy backpack market. So yeah, there’s gear-speak. Sandwiched in there is Doug’s vision of a speed skin-ski on Mt. Hood, a PR event in Silverton, CO. And as always, a “be safe out there” to end it all.
That’s always true: be safe out there.
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Lastly, a quick nod to a never-failing-to-be-stoked sidekick: Riley. She keeps one tester/reviewer on task.
While most of the WildSnow backcountry skiing blog posts are best attributed to a single author, some work well as done by the group.