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.

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Kastle TX 98 is fantastic each in its high stage of performance and in its uniformity of performance, all at an fantastic weight. These are actually ultralight backcountry skis that ride any and all prerequisites and terrain.

You will have to adapt some from your motel gear, but the variations will come quick, and the uphill advantages are significant. In greater than a full 12 months of testing and over 100,000 vertical feet of human-powered skiing on two continents, we noticed the full gamut of conditions and were able to intently evaluate the Kastle to all the other skis in our test. There are higher skis in each subcategory, however there are none that are as nicely balanced in downhill performance. There are no skis at this weight that ski as properly as the Kastle.