The Grand Showing for 2021 Alpine Touring Skis
DPS has gone off and produced a few unique patents with the development of their Pagoda series (Tour and Piste). Black Crows redesigned a select few of their touring-oriented Freebird Series. Kastle has revamped their lightweight TX Series. Black Diamond fills out their quiver of touring skis with ultralight Cirque offerings. Scott is bringing their Euro-popular Superguide ski series here to the US. Even touring world giant Dynafit has debuted their Blacklight series sure to shake up the ultralight ski category.
There are a ton of new skis to salivate over, so we better get started. But first, kudos to all of these brands for pushing design and development within the world of ski touring. Backcountry skiing is the largest growing segment of the ski industry, so it makes sense that companies are fulfilling demand. But am I the only one who thinks that ski touring is getting easier every year? Is equipment really getting that much better? (yes) It's great to see more focus directed towards human-powered skiing. So let's get into the dirty details of 'what's up with this year's touring skis.'