The 2014 Buyer’s Guide—your one-stop shop for the best skiing gear of 2014—is now available on newsstands across the country ($5.99 U.S.), and also on the iTunes newsstand. We’re also excited to announce the iTunes pricing has been adjusted; single issues will be available for download at $2.99/issue. You may also opt for a one-year subscription for just $5.99.
Packed inside The Buyer’s Guide’s 210 pages you’ll find reviews of the best skis, boots, bindings, outerwear, goggles, backcountry gear and loads more. In addition to our gear reviews, we present our Editor’s Picks for 2014—the true cream of the crop. The Editor’s Picks represent the gear you’ll find our staff using day-to-day on the hill; these are the goods we’ll recommend to friends, family and readers alike.
Among the 600+ products we tested were hundreds upon hundreds of skis. Between our All-Mountain Ski Test at Aspen, our Microbrew Ski Test at Snowmass and our Park Ski Test at Breckenridge, our elite ski testers narrowed the field down to the absolute greatest. How this information is passed on to you? In the form of 132 skis, all stamped with our Editor’s Pick seal of approval and reviewed in detail—along with scores, ranks, stats, photos (profiles, too), pricing and more.
Plus, find the right set of boards for exactly how you ski, using our sophisticated “Freeskier Skier’s Guide.” After following the flow chart on page 36, you’ll find your match in one of the following categories: Powder freeride, powder freestyle, big-mountain freeride, big-mountain freestyle, all-mountain freeride, all-mountain freestyle, crossover and park.
Furthermore, we present our “Dropping Knowledge” sections: your intro class to ski terms and technologies. Additionally, you’ll dig our editors’ setups, where the folks who bring you the mag break down the most essential pieces of their kits. Not to mention the 50-page Brand Guide, the detailed accounts of our ski testing experiences, and more.
So go forth, fellow skiers, and get your hands on the 2014 Buyer’s Guide—start piecing together your ideal winter setup, because the season’s first big dump is not far off.