SKI Magazine’s 2008-09 Gear Test: How to Shop For Gear - Ski Mag

SKI Magazine’s 2008-09 Gear Test: How to Shop For Gear

Get all sorts of gear-buying tips from the experts at SKI’s annual gear test, including hints on fitting a boot to your foot, dissecting the Buyers Guide, and using the “try before you buy” method.
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Check out more videos from the 2008 gear test at Deer Valley:

How the Test Works

How to Find the Right Gear For You – Intermediate Skiers

How to Find the Right Gear For You – Expert Skiers

To see the results of SKI’s gear test, check out the latest Buyers Guide for reviews of all the latest and greatest skis and boots.


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SKI Magazine’s 2008-09 Gear Test: How the Test Works

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Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

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