The 2008-09 Gear Guide: Ski & Boot Review

from SKI and Skiing Mags

It's the moment you've all been waiting for. Here is our compilation of Skiing and SKI Magazines' annual gear guides, with reviews for the latest and greatest skis and boots on the market for the 2008-09 season. Use this guide to find your perfect ski setup and hit the slopes as soon as the white stuff starts falling. But first, you might want to check out these links:

>>>Trend Report
>>>Anatomy of a Ski
>>>Anatomy of a Boot
>>>Binding Glossary

Gear Finder 2009
Use our Finders to custom search for skis and boots.

>>>Ski Finder
>>>Boot Finder

SKI Magazine's Buyers Guide 2009
We gathered 41 professionals on three different mountains to test the latest skis and boots, head to head, on all types of terrain. The winners were obvious. And occasionally surprising. Here's all the advice you need.
>>>Learn more and check out the gear here.

Skiing Magazine's 2009 Gear Guide
It took eleven months to bring this to you. Last October, we began to plan the logistics, assemble the test crew, select the right venue, revisit our methodology, and assemble test entries. Not every ski you'll see in shops is reviewed here. Why? Ski companies submit only their best models. We test all of those, but review only the top performers - the best of the best.
>>>Learn more and check out the gear here.



Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.


Skiing Magazine: September 2008

Find everything from the September issue here: the 2009 Gear Guide, Avy stats, Cat-skiing, Get Schooled, and more.


Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Big-Mountain Backcountry Skis

You huck cliffs, ski thigh-deep powder, charge crud, and go on long out-of-bounds tours. Whether you're on alpine-touring or telemark bindings, these skis have you covered.


Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 All-Mountain Backcountry Skis

Can one ski do everything well? Climb skin tracks, carve groomers, and tackle big, steep lines? These come pretty close.


Gear Guide Sampler: Carvers

Award-winning frontside slayers from Skiing's 2013 Gear Guide.