Free Agents

The best of the rest

The hardest part about finding new ski gear in 2012 isn't avoiding the products that suck-because there aren't many of those-but in narrowing it down from such a diverse field to the product that's going to work best for you. There are so many good choices that an extra round is needed in our Fantasy Draft to highlight products that may have been overlooked.

Shop Rats

Five shop employees select their favorite gear for 2012

It's pretty much a guarantee that ski shop employees know gear better than you. For one thing, product manufacturers host demos at regional sites, allowing the rats to shred hard on a bunch of different product. In turn, they command a knowledge not privy to most. After selling product and turning screws all winter, the guys and gals on the shop floors know what does and does not work. They also know what works best for their particular region. Check out what five shop rats have to say about their favorite skis, boots and bindings for 2012 dominance.

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