Gear Guide 2010

Find the Right Skis

Consider where you ski most, factor in your ability, and pick the category that suits you best. Use the category descriptions below to examine the ski-width ranges and averages within each category of skis we review.

Essentials gloves

Find Your Glove Match

All gloves are not created equal. Neither are the hands that wear them. Here’s how to size up the perfect fit.

The Element has all the “basic” functions available on the more advanced, dual-platform Pulse (see sidebar), including a handy group test and a mark function that blocks located beacons. The large LCD display is easy to read and understand, and the software is upgradable, which means you don’t have to buy a new unit every few years to keep up with improving technology. [$350;]

Find a Beacon

A breakdown of new transceivers. Just be sure your rescue skills are as up-to-date.

Andy Campbell

Find Your Stolen Skis

Last winter, X Games Mono Skier X competitor Andy Campbell had two of his skis stolen in Steamboat, Colorado. Fortunately for Campbell, he’s an active member of Teton Gravity Research’s ski/snowboard forum.