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WildSnow Weekend — Snow, Snow, Snow!

By Lisa Dawson | January 22, 2017  
Snow!

Lou testing Mammut Light 30 airbag backpack.

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!

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Arva Reactor 18 Avalanche Airbag Backpack

By Lou Dawson | January 19, 2017  
This is WildSnow Field HQ, airbag backpacks welcome.

This is WildSnow Field HQ as of a few days ago, airbag backpacks welcome.

This is an Arva Reactor  18, neccesary equpment at WildSnow HQ with 2+ meter of snow on the ground and more coming.

This is an Arva Reactor 18, necessary equipment at WildSnow HQ with 2+ meter of snow on the ground and more coming.

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.

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Testing G3 and SCARPA — Part 2: New G3 SENDr Ski

By Louie Dawson | January 18, 2017  
Oliver Steffen of G3, enjoying the perks of owning a ski company.

Oliver Steffen, president of G3, enjoying the perks of owning a successful ski touring gear company.

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.

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