Next Tuesday hundreds of pairs of skis and dozens of ski boots will arrive at Powder Mountain, Utah. Over the following five days, more than fifty hand-picked testers will hit the slopes to evaluate each and every piece of gear. After months of planning, logistical work and thousands of test runs, we'll publish the resultsBackcountry and Outside Magazines’ backcountry gear reviews.
At last year's Gear Test Week—our ski test at Powder Mountain, Utah, and snowboard test at Crested Butte, Colorado—we evaluated well over 400 products. Many simply got the job done, but the true standouts were innovative products that made riding easier, or more fun, or both. Here are the 2012 Editors' Choice winning products, the very best in backcountry hard goods, available now.