Gear Review Policy

Wild Snow gear review policy

For the most part, Wildsnow.com only reviews gear which our reviewers use and like. We are an independent journalistic operation and the only business association we have with any publications or equipment companies is when they advertise with us. We do not trade advertising for gear. All our advertising is paid for with cash and we make every effort to separate our advertising sales operation from our editorial operation.

We also publish informational articles as well as articles known as “FAQs” (Frequently Asked Questions). While our articles and FAQs may include recommendations, they are not gear reviews and are not intended as a blanket endorsement for or recommendation against a given product. You can trust our gear reviews since unless stated otherwise we simply review products we use and recommend.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed guidelines for endorsements and recommendations on the web. (The European Union has issued similar rules.) This statement is in compliance with the proposed rule FTC 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

No author on this website is payed by a gear company for their writing (some of our authors are sponsored by gear companies, but not specifically for writing, and we make such relationships clear in their author bios). None of the products that authors on this website have written about, reviewed or endorsed were paid endorsements. Some products we review have been purchased at retail, some at a reduced price, some are on short or long-term loan, and some were received for free.

  Your Comments

  • Wintersmith: Anyone know if the TLT-7 problem with the Vipec Black also exists on the ol...
  • jbo: @Matti - Are you touring with the yellow buckle closed? If not there will ...
  • Allan: The Zero G's have an alloy binding retention plate. The core is Paulownia....
  • Truax: @andy Gonna say that Michael pretty much covered it to a T. I also sk...
  • andy: @Michael. Thank you. I thought that might be the answer based on other post...
  • See: Mounted the 108’s today, and there’s definitely some metal underfoot aside ...
  • Allan: I spend more time on my 171 Voile Charger BC's 110 UF with Telemark Tech bi...
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  • Ray: Avalanche condition are dicey in the Backcountry of South eastern British C...
  • VT skier: Kristian, I meant ATK Raider 12s !!...
  • VT skier: Thanks Kristian, I will probably buy the ATX 12 2.0 bindings now with that...
  • Robert V. Coppolillo: My dirty little secret? LaSportiva Hi5--108mm underfoot, surfy shovel, hamm...
  • Lou2: See, my weakness is for that light feeling on the feet, you all know that. ...
  • See: Actually, I think I may know the answer— in the interest of science. Thanks...
  • Kristian: I confess that I still am not sure what types of skis are best for challeng...
  • See: So Lou, I’m guessing you have one of the best quivers of touring skis on th...
  • Michael: I thought the Helio was a bit grabby in the tail compared to the Zero G. I...
  • Lou2: Ok, thanks Jana, we tracked that when we were in Utah for OR show, but then...
  • Jana Novakova: Just trying to reach out to the community to help out Bob. Thanks! http...
  • Dan: Thanks for the reassurance Jim, that is exactly what I did. Most of the r...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Errrr, not quite there Robert. I will admit, everyone he is admitting... to...
  • Robert V. Coppolillo: Ultimate truth, indeed, is that almost any ski is a frickin' blast in deep ...
  • Klaus: I've just bought some G3 momix skins for Movement shifts and do not like th...
  • Jim Milstein: Dan, just whittle the slots in your boot soles so the pins fit in. That's w...
  • Dan: Hi Lou, A Vipec 12 cautionary note. I just had a new pair of Vipec 12 b...
  • Ernstig: I really like the design of the power strap on the proclines. Would like to...
  • Noah: About a year late Lou and Jksprint, but they're out there... https://you...
  • See: Yeah, after years of using mostly 115+ skis for powder I've been thinking a...
  • andy: Truax and Michael: Awesome beta! Thank you! Curious: What didn't you like a...
  • Matti: Have been now touring for 6 days with these including 1/2 day testing at re...

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