G3 EMPIRE SKIS: G3’s biggest ski to date combines stiffness and full reverse camber to achieve what testers called a “spirited and fun” ride. All that rocker means this behemoth scores high marks for agility and playfulness, even at top speed. “You can let ’em run, but it dumps speed instantly,” one tester said. As a bonus, even with a tough Titanal topsheet, the Empire is just light enough to haul uphill.
THE VERDICT: Bounce, slide, carve, and smear in the deepest snow. 183cm 154/127/138


~Laminated Tip Connector: Low profile, self-aligning stainless steel hands for a secure, lightweight connection.
~Tail Connector: With 16cm of length adjustment range, and 'pop up' feature to make it easier to remove your skins with your gloves on.
~Removable Rip Strip: Reduces skin-to-skin adhesion, making it easier to pull apart skins. New this year, if your glue gets contaminated on an epic traverse, you can remove the strip for extra adhesion.
~Premium Plush: Proprietary lightweight, fast gliding, supple yet super durable nylon plush.
~Non-Toxic Adhesive
~PFOA Free: G3's new skin waterproofing treatment exceeds environmental standards.

BLACK DIAMOND CARBON COMPACTOR SKIS POLES: The perfect blend of light weight, packability and durability, the Black Diamond Carbon Compactor Ski Poles are the ultimate tool for the eager mountain explorer, skier, or splitboarder. The Z-Pole 3-section shaft is easily folded and stowed on the outside of a pack, while the Compact Powder Basket provides extra surface area and support as you slog along in deep snow. The Touring Series grip and strap are designed to scrap unnecessary weight, and the extended rubber grip allows you to grasp a lower portion of the pole as you traverse across steep slopes.