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Here at Skiing Mag, we spend a good chunk of our winters testing the next season’s gear so we know what works, what doesn’t, and what stuff you shouldn’t miss next fall. Sometimes, testing equipment can be taxing. Skiing unfamiliar gear in poor conditions isn’t the most enjoyable experience. But other times, like yesterday when we tested with calm and sunny Colorado skies in perfect corn snow, it can be one of the best days of the season. Here is a photo recap of the day.
Skiing’s Adventure Issue (December 2012) will include an Adventure Gear Guide that will provide you with the low down on all of the more backcountry-inspired equipment to check out next season. Be sure to check it out or subscribe to Skiing Magazine either in print, or on your iPad so you don’t miss anything next season.
The test gear for the day included the following:
- Ski Trab Stelvio—A lightweight backcountry ski with a 90-milimeter waist and full camber.
- Scarpa Maestrale RS—Scarpa’s new, stiff, high-performance touring boot.
- La Sportiva Spitfire—A new carbon-reinforced, two-buckle touring boot.
We decided to test on Mt. Toll in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness. The required two-mile bike into the trailhead provided even more feedback on the gear.
The approach to Mt. Toll is long but steady. It’s typical of Front Range backcountry skiing.
When we arrived at Mitchell Lake, we couldn’t help but get a little artsy.
The southeast face of Mt. Toll is the perfect canvas for testing adventure gear.
Editor Sam Bass does a little rock hopping at the saddle below Mt. Toll.
The Europeans have mountain food right. Salami, cheese, and bread are all you need.
Editor Sam Bass finds some slashable corn.
It wasn’t the smoothest ending to a great day of testing. We will be testing more adventure gear all spring. To get the low down on all of the best adventure gear, don’t miss the December issue of Skiing Magazine.
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