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The 5 Best Mens Backcountry Skis of 2022

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Introducing: The best skis for alpine touring. You can't fly up the skintrack and whip around kick turns on bulky, planky skis. Okay, you can. But who wants to? Getting the best backcountry skis is all about balancing weight with performance. These skis do it best.

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Best Backcountry Skis: Powder7's Top Picks

Black Crows Camox Freebird | Kastle TX103 | DPS Pagoda Tour 106 C2 | Volkl Blaze

Best Backcountry Skis: Customer Favorites

1. Black Crows Camox Freebird $739.95

Black Crows Camox Freebird s
Dimensions: 129/96/113
Weight: 3030 grams
The basics: In developing the Freebird family of backcountry skis, Black Crows didn't follow the playbook of gram-pinching minimalist nerds. That is to say, they built a line of alpine touring models that ski downhill a lot like regular alpine skis, rather than sacrificing skiability for weight savings. The Freebirds have exploded because of it, becoming some of the most popular touring skis in the ... learn more

2. Black Crows Orb Freebird $729.95

Black Crows Orb Freebird s
Dimensions: 126/90/110
Weight: 2910 grams
The basics: A breath of modernity has arrived to enrich the orb freebird, a ski which shouldn't be missed. Without demeaning its safe and versatile character on which its reputation has been built , it benefits from a general reduction in weight while maintaining an excellent skiability. Weight gain due to redressing the ABS and the refinement of the rocker lift offering it a better base and even better ... learn more

3. Atomic Backland 117 $799.99

Atomic Backland 117 s
Dimensions: 141/117/130
The basics: If powder touring be the game, lightweight fat skis are the cheat codes. The Atomic Backland 117 is one of the best backcountry skis in the world for earning your face shots. We have always admired how well the Backlands handle the descent. Over the last few seasons, Atomic has managed to maintain that top-of-the-line skiability while also shedding grams. The 2022 version, which features no ... learn more

4. Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite $799.00

Icelantic Nomad 105 Lite s
Dimensions: 140/105/130
Weight: 3500 grams
The basics: Like the Nomad 105, but lighter!  Made from a Paulownia wood core, the ski is significantly lighter than its poplar counterpart making it ideal for longer uphill endeavours. The almost symmetrical profile makes for a playful ride, so your skiing style doesnt have to take a backseat in the backcountry. Powder7 staffers recommend mounting with a Salomon Shift, Marker Kingpin or any Dynafit ... learn more

5. Armada Tracer 98 $699.95

Armada Tracer 98 s
Dimensions: 130/98/121
The basics: Whether you ski out East, in the Rocky Mountain West or PNW, or somewhere in between, you probably like the sound of an everyday off-piste ski. That is how Armada describes the Tracer 98, back for the 2021-22 season with just a topsheet update. So let us unpack the claim. As an off-piste ski, the Tracer 98 is more versatile than zip-off shorts (not to mention way cooler). It is light enough ... learn more

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