Backcountry Magazine 116 - The 2018 Gear Guide

Between our Powder Mountain Gear Test Week and Crested Butte Board Test, we left no standout hardgood untested. The best of it’s reviewed in vivid, credible and reliable detail in our Gear Guide, on newsstands September 26. But to satiate your gear thirst ’til then, we’re announcing our 2018 Editors’...
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Between our Powder Mountain Gear Test Week and Crested Butte Board Test, we left no standout hardgood untested. The best of it’s reviewed in vivid, credible and reliable detail in our Gear Guide, on newsstands September 26. But to satiate your gear thirst ’til then, we’re announcing our 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards right here.

This year, for the first time ever, we’ve doubled down on the Gear Guide, not just reviewing 145 skis, splitboards, boots and bindings, but nearly 100 jackets, layers, beacons, airbags and more. When it comes to buying softgoods, there’s a lot to wade through. But we’ve done the work, choosing the best, lightest and warmest in each category.

Want to see in-depth tester feedback on these products, plus two dozen other boards, boots and bindings? Check out the 2018 Gear Guide, packed with reviews of all the Editors' Choice winners and more than 200 other must-have skis, splitboards, boots, bindings, apparel and accessories

2018 GEAR GUIDE

THE SETUPS TO GET DOWN
Between our 10th anniversary Powder Mountain Gear Test Week and Crested Butte Board Test, we left no standout hardgood untested. The best of it's reviewed in vivid, credible and reliable detail beginning on p. 23—80 skis, 22 splitboards, 30 boots and a dozen bindings, plus the crème-de-la-crème Editors' Choice Award winners most worthy of your quiver.

Skis
AT & Telemark Boots
AT & Telemark Bindings
Fitness Skinning Gear
Splitboards
Splitboard Boots & Bindings 98 Splitboard Gear

THE LAYERED APPROACH
When it comes to buying softgoods, there's a lot to wade through. But we've done the work, choosing the half-dozen best, lightest or warmest in each category, seeding the gear with testers and gathering feedback on what really matters—like fit and functional utility. Find your essential kit upgrades beginning on p. 101.

Jackets
Layers
Pants
Camping Gear
Eyewear
Gloves
Puffies
Skins
Beacons
Safety Gear
Packs
Travel & Tech

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