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BACKCOUNTRY 2024 GEAR GUIDE（スキー雑誌）
Backcountry Magazine 152 | THE 2024 GEAR GUIDE
SKIS, BOOTS & BINDINGS
Backcountry skiing peaked with the pandemic in 2020. As the world descends back to normalcy, one thing is clear: Our sport’s popularity—and the quantum leap in gear performance that came with it—is here to stay.
SPLITBOARDS, BOOTS & BINDINGS
Each year, the splitboard market atomizes, with more specific decks for specific conditions. However, this year our testers gravitated toward a bevy of all-mountain decks concerned more with versatility than selectivity.
Big Mountain Boards
Boots & Bindings
APPAREL & ACCESSORIES
From featherweight layers for the gram counters to do-it-all, warm, heavy-duty outerwear, this year’s apparel selections are as at home on the skintrack as they are fixing your snowblower or having an après drink.
Jackets & Pants
Puffies & Midlayers
Skier Piers Solomon and photographer Oskar Enander first teamed up over a decade ago to shoot around Engelberg, Switzerland. Over the years, the pair have gained fame as a photographer/skier duo, which has allowed them to travel the world chasing snow, light and steep mountains. While they’ve become ski household names, some things haven’t changed. Solomon still knows how to drag the hip, Enander continues to capture that magic and their top days together continue to take place right where it all began on the slopes of Engelberg.
[Photo] Oskar Enander
“At the end of our Gear Test this year, I asked newbie and Teton Valley, Idaho, resident Kailey McKenna what she thought of the week. ‘It was like a river trip, but we didn’t go anywhere,’ she said. After eight Gear Test Weeks, I’d never thought of comparing our organized chaos and the slowing of time with a flotilla, let alone a stationary one focused on catching up with friends. It gave me a new appreciation for my adult winter camp.” —Betsy Manero (from the 2024 Gear Guide Editor’s Note)
While this winter camp boasts the usual array of wild stories and fond memories, that’s just the bonus—or the core… I guess it depends how you look at it. Either way, by the end of the week, we tested 311 pieces of gear.
And so ended the “play hard” portion of the job. Next came the hard work. Writing, editing, rewriting and laying out the reviews (60 ski, 31 splitboard, 26 touring boot, 10 touring binding and 44 apparel reviews), plus curating all the imagery and determining what sets this slew of equipment apart from the rest.
The end product is 148 pages of expert-reviewed backcountry ski and snowboard gear, the 2024 Gear Guide.
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