The backcountry ski market has exploded in recent years with a seemingly infinite array of options, but for actual powder hounds, DPS Skis stand out from the rest. The superbly crafted Wailer T106 C2 puts collectively the brand 's strongest traits: the ski is impressively lightweight at 6 pounds 6 ounces for climbing, has a first-rate form for easy operation on the downhills, and a top rate building that's constructed to last. These skis are made for gentle snow, but in the 106 millimeter waist as properly as the slimmer 99 they're additionally rather versatile.
Blizzard 's updated Zero G line reaches as vast as a hundred and five millimeters, however we love the performance and fee from their thin, 85-millimeter version. Obviously, the narrow construct cuts weight, and at 5 pounds 3 ounces, it 's an perfect accomplice for very long treks or ski mountaineering. But what 's most wonderful is how confidently the 85 tackles technical terrain. The ski is fairly stable through variable snow and its minimal camber outperforms expectations off-piste. All told, the Zero G 85 is well equipped for either first-time backcountry skiers or as a first-rate ultralight addition to an enthusiast 's arsenal.
Armada Tracer 98 Armada Tracer line offers a pleasing combine of all-mountain and backcountry design. Their 108-millimeter ski is popular among soft-snow enthusiasts, but we decide upon the barely narrower and nimbler Tracer (and women 's Trace) ninety eight to preserve weight down and raise its hybrid nature. The ski has camber underfoot and Titanal reinforcements around the binding for stunning electricity and stability for lodge days, however the lightweight development and softer the front cease make it dance well in powder.