POWDER – The Best Touring Boots of 2021

From Powder.com

SCOTT – Freeguide Carbon

Breeze uphill and rail down with these featherweight beasts

Flex: 130
Last: 101.5
Weight: 1430g
Price: $900

The Scott Freeguide Carbon has a progressive flex, which, combined with a solid forward lean and, and heel hold results in an extremely skiable touring boot. It’s comfortable and its wide last will fit a good range of skiers. The boot is lightweight at 1430g, given it’s designed as a touring boot, the Freeguide Carbon has a great balance of weight and power for a higher-end ski boot.

SCOTT’s new boot has a unique design, called cabrio hybrid construction, which combines typical overlap construction with a three-piece cabrio and tongue. I appreciated the intelligently-placed toe and instep buckle locations. The BOA feature on the liner allows for a snug fit, though skiers with lower-volume feet may find they have to over-tighten a bit.

The Freeguide Pro is a touring boot for intermediate skiers looking for something with medium stiffness. Don’t be deterred by the stated 130 flex. For advanced skiers, it can handle most conditions—it just needs to be finessed and perhaps updated with some aftermarket adjustments. —Erme Catino

For more of Powder’s picks check out the full list HERE.

Amie Engerbretson Presents – SNOW PONY

An exploration of the powder filled wonder of North America with the help and thrill of a throttle. I used to ride in the Truckee Rodeo and I always dreamt of being a rodeo queen. I wasn’t allowed to throw my hat in the ring because I didn’t own my own horse. I happily settled for the beer flag carrier between events atop a borrowed but trusty horse. Where do my skier and rodeo queen dreams meet? The moment I handed a country boy a stack of cash in rural Wyoming and got myself a snow pony… The trill of the ride, buck and wild, all to land atop untouched perfect snow, without a soul around.

I am always looking for ways to take things, especially my skiing, to the next level. Launching into snowmobiling for me is all about access. A way to a get to terrain to push and progress my skiing. The caveat? I had to learn something totally new first. Luckily, I have patient, funny friends that are willing to join me for the ride. Snow Pony follows myself and my friends as we sled and ski around the mountains of western North America, from Wyoming, to Revelstoke, to home in Tahoe. It’s an adventure, and I am a novice, but the snow, the skiing and the smiles are plenty! Let’s giv’er a whirl!

BACKPACKER announces Fall 2020 Editors’ Choice Awards

By Eli Bernstein From Snewsnet.com

SCOTT Superguide Freetour

For over a decade, BACKPACKER has sent a team of expert gear testers to a far-flung wintery zone for an intense week of ski touring, camping, and debate to bring you the season’s best products with our annual Editors’ Choice Awards. 

“It’s always challenging,” said Gear editor Eli Bernstein. “Winter camping is rarely easy, but this year threw us another curveball: the inability to safely undertake a group backcountry trip.”

To meet the challenge, BACKPACKER adapted by leaning on its team of more than 100 testers and category managers who hiked, climbed, and skied through whiteouts and over muddy trails while editors in the Boulder, Colorado, home office in vetted their picks on individual trips around the state.

Bernstein and the rest of the crew determined six deserving winners of the coveted awards. 

“These products represent the best the industry has to offer in terms of keeping outdoorspeople warm, safe, and confident on cold-weather adventures,” said Bernstein.

“We’ve never doled out awards in pre-designated categories, nor do we aim to fill a quota for number of awards,” said editorial director Shannon Davis. “BACKPACKER awards an Editors’ Choice based solely on that special, intangible quality where innovation, ergonomics, weight, price, design, utility, and plain old cool factor come together in just the perfect way.”

Fall 2020 Editors’ Choice Award Winner – SCOTT Superguide Freetour

SCOTT Superguide Freetour

No matter what type of terrain you’re in, this ski will keep you confident and in control.

Click here to check out the rest of the winners

Conquer the Elements with SCOTT this winter

2020 SKI Magazine Editors’ Choice – SCOTT Vapor & Symbol 2 Plus D

SKI Magazine editors used, abused, and reviewed a lot of gear this season. Here’s what stood out on a trip to Sun Valley.
By: SKI Magazine Editors Dec 13, 2019

Every season, SKI’s editors take a break from their desks to practice what they preach—skiing. Our annual Editor’s Choice trip is an opportunity for our staff to put boots on the ground and do some in-depth gear testing, as well as preview new and exciting things that are happening at ski resorts around the world. These trips have taken our staff to some pretty far-flung places, including Chile and Japan, but this year we headed somewhere closer to home: Sun Valley, Idaho.

Why Sun Valley? Because it’s got everything, from classic resort slopes ideal for testing carving skis to accessible backcountry that beckons to powder hounds and ski tourers alike. We did our best to sample a little bit of everything Sun Valley and Ketchum have to offer and put a plethora of new gear through the wringer in the process. Here are our editors’ favorite pieces of gear of the season.

SCOTT Vapor Goggle With Amplifier Lens Technology

The best type of ski goggle is the kind you don’t notice wearing: no fog, no glare or visual distortion, and the world only seems less clear when the goggles come off—not while wearing them. The new Scott Vapor is this type of goggle, and it’s comfortable on the face to boot. $120

SCOTT Symbol 2 Plus D Helmet

The Symbol 2 Plus D helmet’s industry-leading RAS Fit System and integrated MIPS means it sits exactly where it needs to be when buckled up, and an intuitive ventilation system makes it easy to cool off—or warm up—without having to remove gloves. $220

For the full list check out: SKI Magazine 2020 Editors Choice

Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 3

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Understanding Weather

Jackie presents the importance of understanding weather and how it can affect avalanche risk, as well as keeping up to date on local forecasts and avalanche conditions before heading into the backcountry.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 2

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Human Factors

Elyse outlines how understanding and avoiding human errors and poor judgment in the backcountry, and maintaining good communication, is essential to making sure you and your friends enjoy the mountains safely.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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Safe As – Safety Series Present by SCOTT – Episode 1

SCOTT athletes Elyse Saugstad and Jackie Paaso present the SAFE AS Safety Series: an introduction to key tips, advice and knowledge for avalanche prevention and snow safety.

 

Getting the Right Gear

Elyse and Jackie run through the essential gear required to keep yourself safe in the backcountry – airbag backpack, transceiver, shovel, probe, helmet, and first aid kit – and the importance of knowing how to use it properly.

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Protect Yourself

Elevate Your Safety

We develop, test and re-test in order to perfect our products over years and years. Our helmets, body protection or bags give you that extra bit of safety in those crucial areas of your body when it counts. Regardless if you ride skis, snowboards, MTB or road bike, “ELEVATE YOUR SAFETY” with SCOTT- we’ve got you covered.

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SCOTT Sports: In the Meadows – Part 2

 

After a successful scouting mission to Golden Holiday Alpine Meadows, Sam Cohen decided it was worth a trip back with bigger objectives and a Strong supporting crew.

Directed by: Nate Cahoon

SCOTT Sports: In the Meadows – Part 1

 

Sam Cohen and friends embark on the ski trip of a life time to Golden Holiday Alpine Meadows Lodge in Golden, British Columbia for endless pow laps and good vibes.

Directed by: Nate Cahoon

Music: “Adventures in your own Backyard” By Patrick Watson

TGR – The Far Out Ones: Fabian Lentsch

 

See Fabian’s full Far Out Ones athlete feature: FabianLentsch Profile

Check out Fabian’s Kit: Fabian’s Kit

Teton Gravity Research The Far Out Ones

REI presents Far Out, the new ski and snowboard film by Teton Gravity Research. No two athletes in Far Out are the same, but Fabian Lentsch sure stands out from the crowd. He might be the new guy on the team, but the young Austrian sure shows he has what it takes to ski in the wildest places on the planet. Like so many of his friends, Lentsch started off on the competition circuit, but the free-thinking individual quickly decided to take a much more independent approach to his skiing. He quit the FWT and started roadtripping. Remember, this is Europe we’re talking about, and #vanlife hadn’t quite caught up to the levels we are used to seeing in North America, but Lentsch forged his own path ahead anyway. After spending nearly a year building out a custom-built RV, he packed it full of skis and friends, and headed East on a trip into the unknown. Over the next few seasons, what became known as the Snowmads crew ended up skiing some of the wildest places on the planet, but of course, Lentsch always wanted more. This year, he took some time off the road to film for Far Out, Presented by REI, joining Angel Collinson, Johnny Collinson, and Nick McNutt to explore the mountains of Albania. Check out his part in TGR’s upcoming ski and snowboard film, and hear what he has to say about pushing the limits in all corners of the globe.

 

Teton Gravity Research The Far Out Ones Tour

Tour tickets, dates, and film info at: tetongravity.com/farout

REI presents Far Out, a ski and snowboard film that embodies the imagination as much as it does a physical space. It is the quest to seek out undiscovered realms and inspire new waves of creativity, enlightenment, and progression. It is the quest to be blown away.

Join the TGR crew on one of its boldest missions ever. The film follows the perspective of an athlete as he embarks on a journey to one of the most remote and unexplored mountain ranges on the planet, the Albanian Alps. While the final destination appears to be the ultimate goal, it is the collective of athletes, experiences, and the array of locations around the world that inevitably drive the season’s adventure. Witness mind-bending pillow lines as the crew camps out deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. Experience urban madness in Kamchatka and the insanity of the Crazy Mountains in Montana. Join the crew in the Slovenian Alps for over-the-head cold smoke and watch an 11-year-old rip Jackson Hole. Discover the alien landscape of Girdwood, Alaska in January and see Sean Jordan ride into Crested Butte on a black stallion to shred the Southern Rockies. Find out if the wildest and most untamed mountains in Europe let us in, and if the ultimate destination became a reality.