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2017’s Top 10 Gear/Tech Stories

While many of us may head to the mountains to escape that dreaded and never-ending pull of computers and electronics, gear and technology are inevitably something we rely on. TGR has always been appreciative of cutting-edge technology, and we choose our gear very wisely, especially since our lives often depend on it. Here are our favorite 10 stories from the gear and tech world from 2017!

TGR TESTED: This Year’s Best Mountain Bikes

This summer, TGR invited a crew of six influencers in the mountain bike world to test 2017’s best rides. After a full week of riding and exploring the trails around Crested Butte, CO, we came up with our verdicts.

Patagonia Really Wants to Fix Your Shit

In a large warehouse located on the outskirts of Reno, Nevada, about sixty sewing workstations sit on an elevated workstation surrounded by shelves of boxed Patagonia gear. Each station is individually decorated with pictures of children, happy birthday signs, and old ads from Patagonia's famous catalogs (my personal favorite was a PFD ad for the now defunct Lotus Designs). Here, working diligently and with purpose, is a group of men and women whose main goal is to fix your broken gear.

Mountain Hub’s Latest Free App is A Must-Have For Any Backcountry Traveler

While some of us see technology as something to escape from in the backcountry, that phone in your pocket may be one of the most powerful tools you can pack. It can provide everything from maps and beta to real-time activity tracking and weather data. Sounds good, but what if that was all found in one free app?

Salomon/Atomic Release Revolutionary New Touring Binding

What’s that, another new touring binding? Yup, Atomic and Salomon have announced the release of the new SHIFT binding, their attempt to combine a tech-style toe piece with an alpine-style heel, and thus create the ultimate freeride binding for the backcountry.

Hoji’s New Dynafit Boot is A Leap Forward in Ski Touring Tech

Today, Dynafit announced the release of an all-new ski touring boot designed by brand ambassador and all-around badass Eric Hjorleifson. The first thought that comes to mind may be “did Hoji finally make that elusive boot so we can all ski like a ninja and send huge cliff drops in BC?” Well, not exactly. It is not another freeride boot, but rather something better: the most comfortable, warm, and efficient touring boot Dynafit has ever made.

Will CAST Touring’s New Binding Revolutionize the Market Yet Again?

Ever since the start of the backcountry skiing boom, skiers have been up in arms about what is the best option for riding aggressive lines in the backcountry that require uphill skiing to get to. The options are no longer as limited as they were say 10 years ago, with several different frame bindings competing with a huge selection of pin-tech style bindings for skiers’ hearts and wallets. There is one outlier in the constant struggle between skiability and weight. Enter the CAST Touring Pivot Freetour—the brainchild of professional freeskiers Lars and Silas Chickering-Ayers—which combines the use of a removable tech-style toe for touring and a full-on standard downhill binding for shredding the gnar.

These Ski Poles Let You Look Into The Snowpack

For better or worse the technology for skiing the backcountry has expanded greatly in the last five years. From new bindings, airbags, boots, beacons, almost every category of gear has been pushed by the needs of backcountry skiers. The one piece of technology that has stayed relatively stagnant has been the humble ski pole, until now.

What’s So Cool About the New Google Earth?

Last night my husband—who went to college for mapping—was sitting on our couch staring at his phone. Suddenly, he got up, grabbed a Coldsmoke Scotch Ale from the fridge, and sat down at his laptop with a big ass grin on his face. "What's up?" I asked. "A new Google Earth just launched," he told me with delight.

My map-obsessed husband was not the only one in a fit of excitement after the launch last night. The Internet was talking, so I logged in.

Pass Laps Vol. 1- Eric Porter the New Diamondback Release 5C

Living in Jackson sure has its perks. Very much an all-season ski town, there is just as much to do in the warmer months. The mountain bike trails, especially those found on Teton Pass, rival those found in places more famous for their biking. Earlier this month, Diamondback ambassador and adventure athlete Eric Porter swung by to get in some final testing laps aboard the all-new Diamondback Release 5c. We teamed up to take a spin down Lithium, an absolutely epic trail dropping nearly 3,000 feet from the top of Teton Pass all the way to the TGR offices in Wilson.

Ripping Fruita’s Finest Singletrack Aboard the All-new Rocky Mountain Instinct and Pipeline

Winter was slowly creeping into Jackson, with temperatures dipping and the mountains growing ever whiter as the days went on. While this meant that ski season was right around the corner, mountain biking was becoming harder and harder as the trails turned from perfect dirt to a wet, muddy mess.

Great list, thank you for sharing!

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Whistler is about to SCORE; 57 inches possible through Monday
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As we've written about–and as you're probably aware if you fancy yourself much of a skier or snowboarder–much of North America has had a pretty abysmal start to the ski season so far. One place that hasn't had a poor start, however, is Whistler Blackcomb up in British Columbia. And as the saying goes, apparently the rich get richer because a massive storm is rolling into the Whistler region that will potentially drop 57 inches of fresh snow by Tuesday morning, according to snow-forecast.com

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​Bro Destroys Pair of 2019 Skis, Jeopardizing Social Media Status
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Jackson Hole, WY- A distraught local "bro" told TGR Friday that–despite destroying a new set of yet-unreleased 2019 skis on a scree field–he is determined to ride the busted planks all season to capitalize on valuable social media exposure. Wilson, WY resident Julius Jenkins, 24, told TGR reporters he was searching for the "steep and deep" outside of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort boundaries this morning when he bombed through a barely covered patch of rock fragments, completely ruining his

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SheJumps Is Training the Next Generation of Female Ski Patrollers
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On Dec. 16, 32 lucky girls between the ages of 8 and 16 became ski patrollers for a day at Crystal Mountain in Washington as part of an inaugural SheJumps Junior Ski Patrol day camp. Taught by female ski patrollers and energized by a steady flow of hot cocoa, the girls learned about first aid, avalanche control, snow science, weather stations, driving toboggans, avalanche rescue techniques and patrol dogs. SheJumps–a nonprofit that encourages women in outdoor sports–was founded in 2007