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Tested Gear: Cameras

The ideal ski camera works in any kind of weather or lighting. All of these—two point-and-shoots, two digital SLRs, and four camcorders—are as close to perfect as we could find.

This year's version of the Scarpa T-Race is the burliest telemark boot on the market: four buckles, a stiff Booster Strap-style power strap, and no walk mode. Next year's version? The same stiff four-buckle construction but with a walk mode and a revised, lighterweight power strap—and it's returned to its former cherry red.

Next Year's Gear: A Sneak Peek

We covered the floors at last week's Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, to bring you some of the coolest new gear for next year—from goggles with a built-in speedometer to snowboard pants that look like jeans.

John, Chris, and Jeremy in the backcountry sporting their Trew Gear.

Trew Gear (Gallery)

Tripp Frey and twin brothers John and Chris Pew grew up skiing and snowboarding together on garbage-mound mountains just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Though life often took them in separate directions, they’ve recently found each other back in the snow.

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Life-Saving Gear

Skis and boots will only get you so far in the backcountry. Don’t forget all the other stuff you’ll need to get you in and out safely.

When Marker introduced the Duke, they revolutionized the alpine touring market. We think they'll do it again with this lightweight, 10-DIN AT binding, which is lighter, stiffer and less expensive than comparable models.  And it sits lower on the ski for better energy transfer and performance. [$475; markerusa.com]

SIA: New Gear for 2011

The annual Snowsports Industries America trade show, a gathering of the ski and snowboard industries’ athletes, retailers, media, and manufacturers, is taking place right now in Denver, Colorado. We've been walking the floors to check out all the best gear for winter 2010-11, including a jacket with doughnut graphics and ski socks covered with eggs and bacon.