Ski Gear

Review: Petzl RAD System

Review: Petzl RAD System

I wrote an update for this review that takes into account some recent changes including an update in Petzl’s published strength of the RAD line from 8kN to 12kN.  For this updated review click here.  The original post is below. Original post: Petzl recently released the RAD (Rescue And Decent) system which is […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Black Diamond, like many companies that make avalanche rescue equipment, has an avalanche shovel that can be set-up either as a hoe or shovel.  However, the elegant design of the BD Evac 7 make the conversion between the two modes simple and intuitive on a shovel that is still light […]

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

The Alpine Start has done a lot of pack reviews over the years but usually these reviews are of ice, rock or alpine oriented packs.  This year we decided to take this expertise and apply it to a comparison review of some newer mid-size ski packs.  We chose this size […]