Between significant advances in product technology, increased access to backcountry terrain, and an ongoing global pandemic, there’s quite literally never been a better time to get into backcountry skiing. But where do you start? We’ll be honest, the world of backcountry ski gear can be a bit confusing at first, even for the most experienced resort skiers. Fortunately, once you have your head around some basic concepts, it’s really quite simple. In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the features that make alpine touring gear unique, while pointing out some key considerations you should make when buying your first backcountry ski setup. If you’ve got the interest but lack the knowledge, we encourage you to take a look at this guide for first time tourers!
Do you struggle to keep your toes warm while skiing? If so, it might be time to consider investing in some heated socks. While utilizing toe warmers and spending extra time in the lodge is a viable option for some, it's certainly not for everyone. If you're tired of making compromises as a result of stubbornly cold toes, it's probably time to solve the problem once and for all. Enter the Lenz 6.0 Heated Socks. The latest version of the heated sock from Lenz offers comfort, warmth, and convenience through a range of well thought out features. If this description has piqued your interest, check out our full review of the Lenz 6.0 Heated Socks!
Imagine for a moment that you're on an episode of "Family Feud," and the question, "What's the worst part about skiing?" is asked. What's the safest answer? "The cold." Let's face it, skiing is a cold sport, particularly for those whose extremities tend to cool down especially fast. Fortunately, there's been a trend in recent years of manufacturers offering heated gloves, mittens, and socks. In this product highlight, we'll check out one of our favorite offerings from this category: the Seirus Hot Touch Hellfire Mittens. If you suffer from chronically cold hands while skiing, check out this product highlight and learn one way to solve the issue for good!
After bringing their revolutionary Phantom permanent ski "wax" (it's actually a base treatment, but we'll get into that), to market last year, the team at DPS is already back with an upgraded version that they're calling the Phantom 2.0 Permanent Base Glide System. Rather than simply applying a topical coat of wax to the base of skis, as is tradition, the DPS Phantom 2.0 base treatment actually penetrates into the base material, providing a substantially longer life. To get the full scoop, and to learn how to apply it to your skis, click through!
Although it may seem pretty straightforward, there are actually a number of things to consider when buying a new ski helmet. In addition to general fit and style, there are also considerations to be made in regards to ventilation, weight, level of protection, and even FIS requirements. To help cut through the noise, we've put together a convenient guide highlighting some of our favorite helmets from POC. If you know you need a helmet, but don't know where to start, then this is the guide for you!
Here at SkiEssentials, we recently decided to expand our product offering from one of our favorite brands: Scott. As a brand whose history in skiing dates back 60 years to 1958 when they invented the first tapered aluminum ski pole, Scott's Wintersports division has grown immensely in quality and size. Now, the brand offers products in nearly all categories, including skis, outerwear, goggles, poles, and more! Click here to learn more about the brand, as well as some of our favorite products from them!
Continuing our series of previews for 2018 ski, this week we dive into one of our favorite brands: Volkl. For the 2018 season, Volkl has decided to keep what works, expand on some ideas from the past, and even introduced some new skis to their lineup! From the all new 2018 Volkl RTM 76 Elite, to perennial favorites like the Mantra and the Yumi, we've got the full scoop on all of Volkl's 2018 skis. So what are you waiting for? Jump in and find out all there is to know about the 2018 Volkl lineup!
Let's be honest with each other: with so many different ski goggles and lens options on the market, it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out exactly what you need. It's a decision that starts with understanding the different types of lenses on the market, and how they interact with different types of sunlight. From VLT percentages to lens tints and mirror options, we'll take your through a crash course in goggles so that you can figure out which option is best for you. Find out all about goggle lenses right here!
One of the ideologies we've been known to trumpet here at SkiEssentials is that there are a ton of great skis out there, meaning there's likely a ski suited perfectly to your style. That's why we're so excited about Nordica's 2018 ski lineup: it's incredibly diverse with multiple skis offerings within each category. Whether you're just starting out or you're a hard charging powder hunter, Nordica's latest offering for 2018 is sure to have you covered. Check out all your options right here, in this comprehensive gear guide to Nordica's 2018 ski selection!
Here at SkiEssentials.com, we're absolutely thrilled to have recently added Sweet Protection to our helmet offerings. Based out of Europe, Sweet Protection's been a popular name overseas for years as their promise to make "Stronger, Lighter, Better" helmets has proven to be more than just hollow words. By utilizing innovative design techniques, such as the integration of carbon fiber, Sweet Protection has become one of the highest quality helmet brands out there. Find out more about the company's history as well as their current offerings in this brand highlight!
As you might recall, last year we received a special visit from the head honchos at Blizzard to give us a special preview of their 2017 skis. This year, it happened again and we're excited to bring you a full preview of the 2018 Blizzard ski lineup! From their all new Carbon Flipcore D.R.T. technology to the update Men's and Women's Freeride lines and the all new Alight series, there were a ton of update and introductions to this year's Blizzard lineup. Click through to find out all you need to know!
Running with scissors, juggling flaming knives, skiing without a helmet. What do these activities all have in common? Well, they're all equally dangerous and terrible ideas. While we can't help any scissor running or flaming knife addictions, we can help when it comes to ski helmet safety. Nowadays there are plenty of great ski helmet options out there, but MIPS is the latest and arguably greatest new technology on the market. Find out all about it right here!
As October looms, it could only mean one thing: ski season is right around the corner and it's time to start getting serious about your gear for the coming year. If you're in the market for new skis, chances are you're a bit overwhelmed with all of the options. To make it easier, we've been breaking down the latest offerings from different ski manufacturers, and this week we're highlighting what's new from Rossignol for 2017. If you've been eyeing their line of Experience or 7 Series skis, then you'll definitely want to check this one out!
If you're shopping for new skis, chances are you've noticed that some pairs of skis have metal in them, while others don't. If you're not sure what you prefer, check out this article and find out what metal does to the characteristics of a ski!
This year, Rossignol is introducing a revolutionary new technology in a handful of their skis. It's called, "Air Tip," and it's light weight and low density approach to powder skis is bound to be a game changer. Find out more in our comprehensive overview of Rossignol's new Air Tip technology!