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New for 2017/18, The Women now have their own version of the Fischer Travers, which is aptly named, MY TRAVERS. This boot is similar to the Travers Carbon but lacks the carbon sole and come in a white / black / blue color. One of the major differences is the liner. While the Travers Carbon is a super thin Palau Thermo Liner, the MY TRAVERS is a beefy stiff liner with a few welcomed changes: Improved tongue and calf loops make for easier entry Velcro patch for spoiler attachment More rigid material with slightly different padding and stitching (not sure how this will...

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Most Versatile Touring Ski for the East Coast.  I really don't get too excited about skis - they just have to hit that 1200-1400g weight class and I'm generally happy. It's not too difficult to adapt to a short ski or a narrow ski, but for touring the last thing I want is a heavy ski. That said, the redesigned Hannibals come with beautiful new graphics and a playful new shape to match. Instead of two models, Fischer has pared down to a one and four lengths - 162 (94mm), 169 (95mm), 176 (96mm), and 183 (97mm). In January I...

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Top 5 favorite pieces of gear for 2017.  The XLC 390 Crampon is one of the best and most used backcountry ski products. Go up to Tuckerman Ravine in the spring and watch the mayhem as skier and riders attempt to boot up the Chute or the Lip with no crampons. It's a disaster. There's really no excuse to not have crampons anytime you're looking to boot up a run. Even if there's an established booter, you climb much more efficiently. If you complain that they are too difficult to put on then you're doing it wrong. You'll save the 30...

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Best All-Around Backcountry Ski. For the 2015 / 2016 ski season I almost exclusively skied this model in the backcountry. It's the biggest (widest) ski in Fischer's tour-centric line and delivered exceptionally well for it's weight class.  I can vouch for it's ability to ski the classic east coast crud as I used it all over Mount Washington in the spring plus I can also speak for it's technical performance on groomers. It has a great turn radius to make resort terrain playful and the width underfoot will let you plow through most conditions.  Recently I had the opportunity to test...

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Best touring gloves on the market? I think so.   I have notoriously cold hands. They are always the first to go on a tour in sub 30ºF temps. The problem is that on long tours your hands tend to go from hot to cold to freezing. The CAMP G-Comp Warm gloves provide all the answers for winter touring.  For Hot Hands: I wasn't sure what this big loop was since these gloves were new to me but sure enough they are a mitt-keeper, or whatever you call that loop that goes around your kid's wrist so they don't lose...

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