PHOTO: Maggie Kaiserman
PHOTO: Maggie Kaiserman

Four New Backcountry Products For Touring Faster

Touring equipment continues to shed weight. These are the best new products to keep you cruising through the backcountry this winter.

G3 SENDr 112
MSRP: $929
D: 139-112-127mm
1850 grams

The SENDr is a big mountain ski in a lightweight, backcountry-specific package. Its power—and weight savings—comes from a signature core construction made up of poplar and paulownia wood, four layers of carbon fiber, and two full layers of titanal. Simultaneously stout and lightweight, the SENDr tips the scales at just 1850 grams, making it a breeze on the skin track. Extra durable, full PU sidewalls keep the skis damp and forgiving, while the wide platform underfoot helps them shine where you really want to be: skiing deep powder in the back of beyond.
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Black Diamond GlideLite Mix STS Climbing Skins
MSRP: $180
680 grams

Having set the bar for climbing skins with the widely popular Ascension, Black Diamond's newest skin takes its trusted performance and makes it lighter by a full two ounces. The supple, easily packable skins offer traction in all types of conditions, thanks to a blend of 65 percent mohair and 35 percent nylon, and adjustable tip and tail attachments offer versatility in sizing, meaning they'll work for just about any setup.
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Dynafit TLT Speedfit Boot
MSRP: $600
1190 grams

Save the bells and whistles for another day, the TLT Speed's minimalist two-buckle design gives you all you need for devouring the skin track, and little else. Intuitive features—like a buckle near the calf that toggles between ski and walk mode as it is flipped either open or closed—make transitioning quick, and a lightweight liner brings just enough cushion and warmth for frigid mornings. The Pebax tongue is soft, allowing for extra flex (and namely comfort) while traveling uphill, and a Grilamid upper cuff offers more rigidity on the descent—but it's still primarily for going up, so keep it cool on the down.
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Dynafit TLT Speed 12 Binding
MSRP: $500
Release Value: 6-12
283 grams

At just over half a pound, you won't even notice the TLT Speed Binding when you're crushing uphill. Its streamlined design and aluminum components bring only the essentials into play. Both toe (to lock into tour mode) and heel pieces (to change height) feature updated designs to make adjusting them with a ski pole a cinch. The slight pivot in the toe piece absorbs lateral energy on the descent to keep you from double ejecting, and a wide drill pattern helps with power transfer.
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This story originally appeared in the November 2017 (46.3) issue of POWDER. To have award winning stories and the best in gear reviews sent right to your front door, subscribe here.