Skialper 2018 Buyer's Guide

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  1. Team Weasel

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    It's out now - worth the investment if you are a true AT gear whore. Doesn't seem as in depth as previous years, but still an amazing resource.

    Here's their fave picks in each category (skis then boots):

    Light Touring

    Elan Ibex 84 Carbon XLT
    Salomon S/Lab X-Alp
    Atomic Backland 85 UL
    Hagan Ultra 76
    Dynafit Speed 76

    Scarpa Alien RS
    La Sportiva Sytron
    Dynafit Carbonio TLT7

    Ski Touring

    Armada Tracer 88
    Salomon Mtn Explore 88
    K2 Wayback 88
    Black Crows Ova Freebird

    Arc’teryx Procline Carbon Lite
    Salomon S/Lab X-Alp
    Atomic Backland Carbon
    La Sportiva Spitfire 2.1
    Scarpa F1

    Free touring

    Black Crows Orb Freebird
    Dynasty Mythic 97
    K2 Wayback 104
    Atomic Backland 95
    Salomon Mtn Explore 95

    Scarpa Maestrale RS 2.0
    Salomon S/Lab MTN
    Dynafit Beast Carbon
    La Sportiva Spectre and Synchro

    Freeride

    4FRNT Arete
    Armada Tracer 118CHX
    4FRNT Hoji
    Atomic Backland FR109

    Dalbello Lupo 130
    Dalbello Lupo Factory
    Atomic Hawx XTD 130
    Scrap Freedom RS
     
  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan aussieskier.com
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    Thanks for that.

    I've got a good range of BC Freebirds in stock right now, and I was super impressed by next year's K2 touring skis so I've ordered a few of them as well. Can't say much until they are officially unveiled in the northern hemi at the end of January but they have really made some improvements.
     
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    Crows are definitely out and about more this season - great range of skis.

    I'm more interested to see which boots will make their way down here. Scarpa Maestrale 2.0 sounds like the bees knees...although there is also that new Hoji boot if you can wait another year.
     
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    CarveMan aussieskier.com
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    The Navis Freebird has been insane for us. We've had 3 drops from France this year and each time they have sold within 24 hours.
     
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    Alright! Skied the Wayback in France in Feb. Solid ski.
     
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    Tanuki Dedicated Member
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    Serious question; what's Skialper? I've googled, and even Binged and nothing comes up
     
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    It's an Italian skimo / touring magazine. They do a yearly buyer's guide, and for the past couple of years they've also published in English. Awesome level of detail. Most of my ski / boot / binding purchases have been due to their reviews, and they have been spot on every time.
     
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    Tanuki Dedicated Member
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    Cool, thanks. Do you have a link?
     
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