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Featured articles
Light
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La Sportiva Kilo

We tested in preview the brand new La Sportiva Light skimo boot 

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Free
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Atomic Bent Chetler 120

The Bent Chetler family gets a refresh: discover the new 120 model, developed for deep powder

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Tecnica Zero G Tour Pro

After years without modifications, Tecnica has finally unveiled the new generation of their Zero G Pro, the long-awaited upgrade to one of the market’s top-selling boot

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Atomic Backland 102

The Atomic new ski designed for light freetouring

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Ski Trab Neve 104

The widest-ever Ski Trab has been unveiled, the natural evolution of the choices made two seasons ago with the creation of the Neve with a 93 mm waist

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DPS Carbon Pagoda Tour CFL 94

The historic Pagoda range — the Salt Lake City-based manufacturer’s most touring-oriented lineup — has been completely renewed for the 2024/25 season

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Majesty Superpatrol Carbon

Polish manufacturer introduces a new carbon line for technical touring

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Light
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Ski Trab Ortles Next 90

An easier, more playful iteration of the Ortles 90, courtesy of the torsion reinforcement wrap in basalt and glass fiber

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Free
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Atomic Backland 101 W

Atomic completely revamps the Backland FR line, updating all products for light freetoruing

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Ortovox Avabag Litric Tour 28S

Released two years ago, it’s been hailed as a real revolution in terms of efficiency, and has been extensively tested

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Instruction

Boot lab: flex test

Skialper's flex test of ski touring and freeride ski boots

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Instruction

Our awards

A few words on our revamped awards

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Intro

It’s not just about grip

Everything you need to know about skins

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Intro

How women's skis, boots and bindings are changing

The future is here

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Race
Intro

How race skis, boots and bindings are changing

Getting ready for the Olympics

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Tour
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The heart of the skimo world

How touring skis, boots and bindings are changing

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Explore other styles

Ski mountaineering
Race
Performance and lightness
Light
The ways of lightness
Tour
The heart of the skimo world
Free
Freedom of thought
Made for women
The future is here

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Selected by the editorial team

The best products tested and awarded by our team
151 Skis
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Skis
Light
Atomic
Backland 78 UL
Width Center: 79 mm
Weight: 850 g
preview
Skis
Light
Armada
Locator 88
Width Center: 88 mm
Weight: 1.125 g
preview
Skis
Free
DPS
Pagoda Tour 112
Width Center: 112 mm
Weight: 1.590 g
preview
Skis
Free
DPS
Lotus 117
Width Center: 117 mm
Weight: 1.950 g
preview
Skis
Light
Dynafit
Radical 88
Width Center: 88 mm
Weight: 1.300 g
tested
Skis
Tour
Ambin
Farinel
Width Center: 90 mm
Weight: 1.430 g
preview
Skis
Light
Elan
Lynx 82
Width Center: 82 mm
Weight: 1.240 g
preview
Skis
Light
Elan
Rispstick Tour 88 W
Width Center: 88 mm
Weight: 1.150 g
78 Boots
SMART
tested
Boots
Tour
Scott
Cosmos Pro
Buckles: 3
Weight: 1.380 g
OF THE YEAR
GREEN
tested
Boots
Tour
Scarpa
Maestrale
Buckles: 3
Weight: 1.380 g
PRO
tested
Boots
Tour
Scarpa
4-Quattro XT
Buckles: 4
Weight: 1.500 g
tested
Boots
Tour
Nordica
Unlimited LT 130 Dyn
Buckles: 4
Weight: 1.480 g
tested
Boots
Tour
Lange
XT3 Tour Light 130 MV
Buckles: 4
Weight: 1.400 g
tested
Boots
Tour
La Sportiva
Vanguard
Buckles: 3
Weight: 1.490 g
tested
Boots
Tour
K2
Dispatch Pro
Buckles: 4
Weight: 1.525 g
tested
Boots
Tour
Dynafit
Radical Pro
Buckles: 3
Weight: 1.400 g
48 Bindings
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Bindings
Race
Grizzly
GR 98 II
Type: full pin
Weight: 98 g
tested
Bindings
Race
Grizzly
GR 48
Type: full pin
Weight: 48 g
INNOVATION
tested
Bindings
Free
Ski Trab
TR1
Type: Hybrid pin
Weight: 685 g
preview
Bindings
Light
Tour
Ski Trab
Titan Vario.2 + Stopper
Type: full pin
Weight: 309 g
tested
Bindings
Race
Ski Trab
New Titan Gara WC + Stopper
Type: full pin
Weight: 160 g
tested
Bindings
Light
Tour
Plum
Pika
Type: full pin
Weight: 265 g
tested
Bindings
Light
Plum
Oazo 8
Type: full pin
Weight: 205 g
preview
Bindings
Light
Plum
R170
Type: full pin
Weight: 170 g
39 Poles
Poles
Race
Atomic
BCT Ultra QRS
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Atomic
BCT Touring Carbon SQS
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Free
Atomic
Backland FR SQS
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Light
Dynafit
Blacklight Pro
Type: fixed length
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Dynafit
Free Vario
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Dynafit
Tour Vario
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Free
Scott
Pure Adjust SRS
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Scott
Aluguide
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
20 Skins
Skins
Free
Tour
Pomoca
Free 2.0
Material: nylon
Dry weight: 218 g
Skins
Free
Tour
Pomoca
Free Pro 2.0
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 180 g
Skins
Tour
Free
Pomoca
Climb 2.0
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 202 g
OF THE YEAR
Skins
Tour
Light
Pomoca
Climb Pro S-Glide
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 226 g
Skins
Tour
Pomoca
Climb Pro Mohair
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 234 g
Skins
Free
Tour
Montana
Montamix Adrenaline Fusiontec
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 224 g
Skins
Race
Montana
Montarace High Speed
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 222 g
Skins
Race
Montana
Montarace Super Glide
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 120 g

Inside the brands

ATK Bindings
Just a stone's throw from the home of Ferrari, lies the birthplace of hi-tech bindings that have revolutionized modern ski mountaineering
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All you need to know
Explore our featured articles
Race
Intro
How race skis, boots and bindings are changing

Getting ready for the Olympics

Race
Intro
Skis: weight still matters

Performance first

Race
Intro
Race boots

More weight does not always mean better skiability

Race
Intro
Bindings: built around the brake

Absolute minimalism

Meet them all

Alpine guides, ski instructors, elite athletes. Heaps of skill and expertise. Add their immense passion into the mix, and you've got a dream team of testers.
Daniele
Molineris
Alice
Russolo
editorial board
Davide
Terenzi
Photographer
editorial board
Nicola
Damonte
Photographer
editorial board
Matteo
Agreiter
Photographer
editorial board
Giovanni
Danieli
Photographer
editorial board
Federico
Ravassard
Photographer
editorial board
coordinator
Michele
Guarneri
Editorial team