WildSnow HQ is turning into a winter Valhalla with deep snow and more on the way. At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market we saw lots of new, innovative gear for backcountry ski touring. Now we have the perfect testing ground in our home mountains. Psyched!
French company Arva comes up with nice gear. Witness, their Reactor 18 L balloon backpack. While a bit heavy at 2672 grams, 5.9 pounds (with sweet little 536 gram argon cylinder), this bag yields a nice compromise of features some shoppers will consider essentials. The “file cabinet” effect may be somewhat excessive, but you organized types out there will like the 4+ zippered layers in the main body, along with an incidentals pouch on the waistbelt.
I jumped at the chance to join G3 and SCARPA for a day of “testing” at Park City Powder Cats, up in the Uinta Mountains. We skied multiple laps in beautiful Utah powder. I reviewed SCARPA’s redesigned Maestrale RS boot here. Now, my take on G3’s new backcountry ski, the SENDr.OLDER POSTS »