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The Winter 2018/19 Peak Gear Awards

The Winter 2018/19 Peak Gear Awards

Twice annually we ask our secure of core contributors to appoint the gear that they really exit and use most. We ask them: “What was one of the best gear you used over the previous yr? What gear can’t you reside with out? What gear modified your life?” Meet the gear we liked, beat up and relied on out within the wild. These are the winners of Elevation Outdoor’ Winter 2018-2019 Peak Gear Awards.

CONTRIBUTORS: Aaron Bible, Rob Coppolillo, Liam Doran, Roxy Harbitter, Chris Kassar, Peter Kray, Cameron Martindell, Doug Schnitzspahn, Tyra Sutak, Tom Winter, Scott Yorko

Dynafit Hoji Professional Tour

Why It Gained: This backcountry touring boot represents years of collaboration and design testing and tinkering between freeskiing beast Eric Hjorleifson and Low-Tech binding inventor Fritz Barthel—and it has been closely promoted as a gamechanger as a result of a lock system that pulls collectively the easy-touring shell and higher to ship all of the efficiency of a full-on alpine boot. Out within the wild that declare proved true. The sunshine boot shimmies up the pores and skin monitor after which battens down—by way of a consumer pleasant back-of-the-boot flip lock that tightens your complete boot—to offer a assured and cozy 120-flex journey that may break by way of the worst crud.

The place We Took It: The Indian Peaks backcountry, uphill and downhill at Eldora Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain, Hidden Valley


DPS Phantom

Why It Gained: DPS’s new everlasting wax system is a godsend to these of us who… um, by no means hassle to get our skis waxed. The one-time remedy bonds to the underside of your base and retains issues sliding beneath for the lifetime of the ski (or snowboard). That’s excellent news in your glide in addition to the surroundings because it retains wax out of the snow. Don’t need to do it your self? Retailers like Boulder’s Neptune Mountaineering have a Phantom remedy station and may apply it professionally in 15 minutes.

The place We Took It: In all places from Austria to Eldora to spring ski mountaineering on fourteeners—on the underside of our skis


Romp Pin tail

Why It Gained: Colorado model Romp presents customized efficiency. At 146/110/124 in 184 cm, the inventory model of this ski excels in backcountry pow and day-after stash-seeking on the resort—however it will possibly maintain a secure, enjoyable edge when banging groomers, too. In fact, the great thing about the factor is that you would be able to additionally work with Romp’s designers to craft a customized ski within the Pin Tail form that works greatest the place you propose to be snowboarding most—for us that’s far off within the wild.

The place We Took It: Crested Butte, Indian Peaks, Rocky Mountain Nationwide Park, Eldora, Breckenridge

$750 (inventory), $1,050-$1,450 (customized);

Thule Upslope 35L

Why It Gained: This backcountry pack impressed with sensible design and options together with large hip belt pockets (large enough for a water bottle or skins), back-panel entry for straightforward packing and side-zip entry—and a helmet carry system that goes on the surface of the pack or beneath. The light-weight board/ski carry system proved extremely efficient, and the highest fleece-lined pocket retains goggles and sunnies shut for straightforward entry. Better of all, it additionally accommodates the Mammut Detachable Airbag System ($400).

The place We Took It: A month-long ski touring journey within the Alps; Chamonix, France; Morocco; the fjords of Norway and all throughout the Rocky Mountains


Salomon S/LAB Shift MNC 

Why It Gained: Regardless of the producer’s claims, a touring binding can’t present the arrogance and security of an precise alpine binding. With a DIN certification of 6-13, the Shift really does—reworking a pin binding right into a locked-down winner.

The place We Took It: A-Basin and the Indian Peaks backcountry


Enterprise Carbon Paragon Splitboard

Why It Gained: Constructed completely of carbon fiber, the board is each stiff and supple, a key superpower for the calls for of a cut up. It merely doesn’t sacrifice efficiency as a result of it breaks in half, as an alternative retaining a flex as clean as any board. And the sunshine weight of that carbon (6 kilos, 11 ounces) makes for skis that motor proper up the pores and skin monitor.

The place We Took It: San Juan backcountry, Crested Butte backcountry


Blizzard Firebird WRC

Why It Gained: It has no velocity restrict. Measuring in at 115.5/68/97.5 and sporting a quick 16.5-meter flip radius, Blizzard’s top-of-line, race-inspired frontside carver gives up pinpoint accuracy and confidence-inspiring stability regardless of how briskly you rail it. Fact be advised, it’s the ski you want on most days on the resort, as it’s going to get you to the underside in a rush.

The place We Took It: Copper Mountain, Colorado; Snowbird, Utah; Massive Sky Resort, Montana


Whitedot Altum 114

Why It Gained: A powder ski that we’ll journey typically and all yr lengthy has to carry out on the best way to powder. It has to rail on groomers, deal with some bumps and make it straightforward to get by means of tight timber and crud. These European skis do all of it: They’re fast and agile, but can hit velocity with ease. Briefly, they’re the right journey for superior skiers who like the entire mountain however love powder. 

The place We Took It: Off piste within the Alps, on piste in Colorado


22 Designs Outlaw X and Lynx Binding

Why It Gained: Ever because the NTN (or New Telemark Norm) got here round a half-dozen years in the past, knee-droppers discovered all the arrogance, command and efficiency of their quick-to-scoff AT brethren. Tele pioneers 22 Designs dialed it to 11 with the revolutionary Outlaw X binding two seasons in the past—and this game-changer continues to be arduous to seek out on cabinets. The subsequent era, the Lynx Telemark Binding, goes one step additional by giving devoted (dare we are saying renegade) tele skiers a tech-pin toe—for silent, easy touring— alongside highly effective, step-in freedom within the heel for confidence on the downhill. Each the Outlaw and the Lynx present loads of flex, speedy springback and all of the lateral management of an alpine binding. That efficiency might help regrow the game.

The place We Took It: Eldora, Caribou, Vail, A-Basin, Breckenridge, Telluride, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Monarch Cross, Solitude, France, Italy, Japan

$399 Outlaw, $499 Lynx;

Outside Analysis Hemispheres Jacket

Why It Gained: It wraps you in cozy, athletic stretch, so that you simply by no means really feel as in case you are sealed up in a water-proof/breathable shell. The Gore safety infused with stretch know-how material, releases sweat earlier than shucking off precip and shifting with you as you schuss down (or up) the hill. Yeah, yeah, we’re all the time saying that concerning the newest, biggest shell—however the proof is in the truth that that is the one we hold grabbing out of our gear closet.

The place We Took It: A-Basin, Keystone, Vail, Eldora, Copper Mountain, Taos


Fischer Ranger Free 130

Why It Gained: This 130-flex, four-buckle overlap ski boot has the meat to tear in-bounds at Breck however it’s additionally mild sufficient (three kilos, 6 ounces) for straightforward touring, and contains a tour/ski change that by no means by chance flips between the 2. A luscious progressive flex performs in actual time extra like an alpine boot and doesn’t fold in half when actually pushed. It’s best for resort chargers who additionally spend a superb period of time incomes turns.

The place We Took It: In-bounds and out of bounds throughout Colorado, Utah and Canada


Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hooded Insulator Jacket 

Why It Gained: Light-weight efficiency: Helly’s cozy PFC-free lifaloft insulation is full of a ton of heat for such a light-weight jacket (11 ounces). It repelled snow and lightweight rain and by no means left us shivering, whether or not snowshoeing with the pup or skinning into the backwoods. All that comes with as small of a carbon footprint and the least water-use potential. 

The place We Took It: Throughout the mountains of Colorado from Boulder to Telluride and Helly’s personal turf—crusing and snowboarding the Arctic fjords of Norway


Garmin Fenix 5

Why It Gained: Light-weight and comfy on the wrist bone, this wrist-mounted pc is straightforward to make use of proper out of the field, nevertheless it additionally sports activities strong customization choices to fulfill a broad vary of tech geeks. The accompanying software program, Garmin Categorical for desktop updating and Garmin Join for net and smartphone use, additionally supplies stat-happy energy customers with loads of deep knowledge units.

The place We Took It: Biking round city delivering youngsters to actions, climbing the nationwide parks of the Western U.S., Arizona canyon backpacking, snowboarding in Colorado and Norway


DJI Mavic Professional 2

Why It Gained: One of the best a part of this drone is the small measurement. It’s constructed to stash in a backpack, and nonetheless offer you loads of room on your avy gear. Because it has an extended fly time, you don’t want a number of batteries to get that good shot. The 4K Extremely HD video at 30 frames per second isn’t too horrible, both.

The place We Took It: Hikes round Silverthorne, and from the Rockies to the East Coast and again


Stanley Go Tumbler with Ceramivac

Why It Gained: Not often can we attain for a stainless-steel mug whereas pouring a cup of scorching morning goodness when at residence. As an alternative we go for the luxurious really feel of a ceramic mug. Stanley jumped the queue by making ceramic out there (and sturdy) for that cup of joe on the go. A brand new love in your lips.

The place We Took It: On the path, to the rec middle and in all places we traveled throughout the nation

$30 (16 ounce);

Dynafit TLT Velocity Binding

Why It Gained: Loopy mild at simply 10 ounces, plus sturdy, useful and that includes adjustable launch worth, these bindings endured steeps, deep snow and even a little bit of corduroy with aplomb. We ran them at RV 9 with none issues and felt assured it doesn’t matter what we requested of them.

The place We Took It: Italy, Switzerland, France, Colorado, Utah


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