2012's best skis, boots and bindings

Even someone who skis 100 days a year and has the opportunity to try out as many pairs as possible will still flat out miss the mark on more than a few. First of all, there are hundreds of great products out there. Second, ski testing is highly subjective, as terrain, snow, skier size and style, and personal preference all create widely variable factors that may leave one skier pleased, and the other disenchanted.

For this reason we have provided the following section for the best ski brands in the world to showcase their top skis, boots and bindings for you, the POWDER reader. These companies know their products better than anyone, and they know that passionate skiers don't necessarily rely on shops, magazines or pros to tell them what to like. To that end, the 42 companies spread across the this buyer's guide have showcased what they believe to be their best offerings for hardcore skiers. If you see something you like, you can buy directly from our affiliates. Then, when all is said and done, don't forget to shred. - Matt Hansen