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GEAR OF THE YEAR

In selecting our ‘Gear of the Year’ winners for each season, we are looking for things with a little special sauce. Gear that stood out and made for better days in the mountains. Though we were pretty happy with most of the stuff we tested, our winners for this past year were exceptional in their design and materials. Stay tuned for the springtime when we’ll add another batch after this season winds down.

OFF SEASON GEAR OF THE YEAR 2014


Mont Bell Down Hugger 900 Sleeping Bag MONT BELL DOWN HUGGER 900 SLEEPING BAG
Date: May 5th, 2014
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mont Bell

Read the full review here.

 


Sierra Designs Lightning 2 UL Tent Gear of the YearSIERRA DESIGNS LIGHTNING 2UL TENT
Date: May 24th, 2014
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Sierra Designs

Read the full review here.

 


Platypus GravityWorks 4L Water FilterPlatypus GravityWorks 4L Water FilterPLATYPUS GRAVITYWORKS 4L WATER FILTER
Date:
 Aug 15th 2014
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Platypus

Read the full review here.



Marmot Artemis Jacket Review Gear of the YearMARMOT ARTEMIS JACKET
Date: May 19th, 2014
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Marmot

Read the full review here.

 


Sea To Summit Spark SP  III Sleeping Bag Sea To Summit SparkSP III Sleeping BagSEA TO SUMMIT SPARK SP III DOWN SLEEPING BAG
Date: May 16th, 2014
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Sea To Summit

Read the full review here.

 


Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX Boots Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX BootsSCARPA KINESIS PRO GTX BOOTS
Date: Aug 13th, 2014
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Scarpa

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

GEAR OF THE YEAR WINTER 2013 / 2014


Mountain Equipment Bastion Jacket ReviewBackcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2014MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT BASTION JACKET
Date:
 Mar 3rd 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mountain Equipment

Read the full review here.

 


La Sportiva Spectre AT Boot Review LA SPORTIVA SPECTREBackcountry_Skiing_Canada_Gear_Year_2014
Date: Jan 20th 2014
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: La Sportiva

Read the full review and view the video here.

 


Outdoor Research Floodlight Jacket ReviewBackcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2014OUTDOOR RESEARCH FLOODLIGHT JACKET
Date:
 Dec 13th 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Outdoor Research

Read the full review and view the video here.

 


Scott LCG Goggle Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2014SCOTT LCG GOGGLES
Date: Feb 4th, 2014
Reviewer: Ryan
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Scott

Read the full review here.

 


DPS Wailer 112RP Skis DPS WAILER 112RP SKISBackcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2014
Date: Mar 6th 2014
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: DPS

Read the full review here.

 


Mammut Element Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2014MAMMUT ELEMENT BARRYVOX TRANSCEIVER
Date:
 Nov 16th 2013
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mammut

Read the full review here.

 

 

OFF SEASON GEAR OF THE YEAR 2013


Sea To Summit Xt 2 Traverse 3D Down Sleeping Bag Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013SEA TO SUMMIT XT 2 TRAVERSE 3D SLEEPING BAG
Date:
 July 3rd 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Sea To Summit

Read the full review here.

 


Switch Vision Sunglasses Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013SWITCH VISION AXO, LYNX AND B7 SUNGLASSES
Date: Aug 8th, 2013
Reviewer: Vince Hempsall
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Switch Vision

Read the full review here.

 


Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SKYLEDGE 3 DP TENT
Date:
 July 12th 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mountain Hardwear

Read the full review here.

 


Chrome Industries Soyuz Laptop Bag Review Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013CHROME SOYUZ LAPTOP BAG
Date: Aug 29th, 2013
Reviewer: Henry
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Chrome

Read the full review here.

 

 

GEAR OF THE YEAR WINTER 2012 / 2013


Skilogik Yeti Skis Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013 SKILOGIK YETI SKIS
Date: Mar 26th 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: SkiLogik

Read the full review here.

 


Mile High Mountaineering PowderKeg 32 packBackcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013MILE HIGH MOUNTAINEERING POWDERKEG 32 PACK
Date: Jan 9th 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mile High Mountaineering

Read the full review and see the video here.

 


Suunto Ambit GPS Watch Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013SUUNTO AMBIT GPS WATCH
Date: Dec 15th 2012
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Suunto

Read the full review here.

 


Dynafit One PX Alpine Touring boots Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2013DYNAFIT ONE PX ALPINE TOURING BOOTS
Date:
 Feb 19th 2013
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Dynafit

Read the full review and see the video here.

 

 

OFF-SEASON GEAR OF THE YEAR 2012


oboze beartooth boot firebrand shoe Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012OBOZ BEARTOOTH BOOT AND FIREBRAND II SHOE
Date: April 26th 2012
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 10/10
Product Link: Oboz

Read the full review here.

 


Rab Kinetic Jacket and Rab Kinetic pants Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012RAB KINETIC JACKET AND PANTS
Date: June 16th 2012
Reviewer: Curtis
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Rab

Read the full review here.

 


Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32 Down Sleeping Bag Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012MOUNTAIN HARWEAR PHANTOM 32 DOWN SLEEPING BAG 
Date: June 12th 2012
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Mountain Hardwear

Read the full review here.

 


Salewa MS Firetail Approach Shoe and Salewa MS Rapace GTX Light Mountaineering Boot Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012SALEWA MS FIRETAIL AND RAPACE GTX
Date: Aug 30th, 2012
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 8/10
Product Link: Salewa

Read the full review here.

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GEAR OF THE YEAR WINTER 2011 / 2012


Volkl Nunataq Skis Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012VOLKL NUNATAQ SKIS
Date:
 Feb 23rd 2012
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Volkl

Read the full review here.

 


The North Face Patrol 34 Pack Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012THE NORTH FACE PATROL 34 PACK
Date:
 March 23th 2012
Reviewer: Marian
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: The North Face

Read the full review here.

 


Pieps DSP transceiver Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012PIEPS DSP AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVER
Date:
 Oct 10th 2011
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 10/10
Product Link: Peips

Read the full review here.

 


Dynafit Eruption Down JacketBackcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012DYNAFIT ERUPTION DOWN JACKET
Date:
 April 20th 2012
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Dynafit

Read the full review here.

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GEAR OF THE YEAR WINTER 2010 / 2011


Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012OUTDOOR RESEARCH NORTHBACK GLOVES
Date: Dec 27th 2010
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Outdoor Research

Read the full review here.

 


Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012WESTCOMB APOC JACKET
Date:
 Feb 15th 2010
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: Westcomb

Read the full review here.

 


Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012FIRST ASCENT FRONT POINT JACKET
Date:
 April 23rd 2011
Reviewer: Brad
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
Product Link: First Ascent

Read the full review here.

 


Backcountry Skiing Canada Gear of the Year 2012SCARPA MAESTRALE ALPINE TOURING SKI BOOTS
Date:
 April 23rd 2011
Reviewer: Andrew
Overall Rating: 9/10
Product Link: Scarpa

Read the full review and see the video here.

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