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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
Intro

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
PEOPLE
tested
Skis
Race
Dynafit
Mezzalama
Width Center: 64 mm
Weight: 790 g
PRO
tested
Skis
Race
Dynastar
Pierra Menta
Width Center: 65 mm
Weight: 700 g
tested
Skis
Race
Fischer
Transalp RC Carbon
Width Center: 65 mm
Weight: 690 g
tested
Skis
Race
Ski Trab
Gara World Cup 60
Width Center: 64 mm
Weight: 700 g
tested
Skis
Tour
Atomic
Backland 89 SL W
Width Center: 89.5 mm
Weight: 1.090 g
preview
Skis
Tour
Black Crows
Camox Birdie
Width Center: 97 mm
Weight: 1.475 g
tested
Skis
Race
Ski Trab
Gara World Cup 70
Width Center: 64 mm
Weight: 710 g
SMART
tested
Skis
Race
Ski Trab
Gara
Width Center: 64 mm
Weight: 760 g
78 Boots
PRO
tested
Boots
Race
Scarpa
Alien 4.0
Buckles: 2
Weight: 610 g
tested
Boots
Race
Dynafit
DNA by Pierre Gignoux
Buckles: 2
Weight: 510 g
PEOPLE
tested
Boots
Race
Scarpa
Alien 1.0
Buckles: 2
Weight: 785 g
SMART
tested
Boots
Race
La Sportiva
Raceborg II
Buckles: 2
Weight: 735 g
tested
Boots
Light
La Sportiva
Stellar II
Buckles: 1
Weight: 1.075 g
OF THE YEAR
tested
Boots
Race
La Sportiva
Stratos VI
Buckles: 2
Weight: 530 g
tested
Boots
Race
Dynafit
Mezzalama
Buckles: 2
Weight: 875 g
tested
Boots
Light
Tecnica
Zero G Peak W
Buckles: 2
Weight: 900 g
48 Bindings
preview
Bindings
Tour
ATK Bindings
Candy 7 AP
Type: full pin
Weight: 320 g
preview
Bindings
Tour
ATK Bindings
Front 12
Type: full pin
Weight: 380 g
preview
Bindings
Race
ATK Bindings
Revolution World Cup
Type: full pin
Weight: 105 g
preview
Bindings
Race
ATK Bindings
SL Brake World Cup
Type: full pin
Weight: 135 g
preview
Bindings
Light
ATK Bindings
Trofeo 6 Plus
Type: full pin
Weight: 204 g
tested
Bindings
Tour
Free
ATK Bindings
Raider 12 AP
Type: full pin
Weight: 345 g
BINDING OF THE YEAR
tested
Bindings
Free
ATK Bindings
Raider 13 Evo
Type: full pin
Weight: 370 g
tested
Bindings
Free
ATK Bindings
Freeraider 15 Evo
Type: full pin
Weight: 395 g
39 Poles
Poles
Tour
Cober
Freedom
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Cober
Pow Pow
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Cober
Crust
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Free
Cober
Subzero
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Komperdell
Descent Carbon Vario
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Race
Komperdell
Speed Tour Carbon
Type: fixed length
Weight: N/A g
Poles
Tour
Komperdell
Carbon C2 Ultralight
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
OF THE YEAR
Poles
Free
Komperdell
Fatso Carbon Team Vario
Type: telescopic
Weight: N/A g
20 Skins
Skins
Race
Contour
Race
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 110 g
Skins
Tour
Contour
Hybrid Pure
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 268 g
OF THE YEAR
Skins
Tour
Contour
Hybrid Mix
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 256 g
Skins
Tour
Light
Colltex
Tödi Crystal
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 208 g
Skins
Light
Tour
Colltex
Palü Crystal
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 212 g
Skins
Race
Colltex
Race Crystal
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 112 g
Skins
Race
Light
Kohla
Performance
Material: mohair
Dry weight: 122 g
Skins
Tour
Kohla
Peak
Material: mohair, nylon
Dry weight: 198 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.
tester
Silvia
Moser
Ski instructor
Race
coordinator
Denis
Trento
Alpine guide
Race
tester
Davide
Magnini
Professional athlete
Race
tester
William
Bon Mardion
Professional athlete
Tour
coordinator
Tommaso
Cardelli
Alpine guide
Tour
tester
Enrico
Mosetti
Alpine guide
Tour
tester
Andrea
Cismondi
Ski instructor and coach
Tour
tester
Matteo
Calcamuggi
Alpine guide and ski instructor