Light as Heli-o-um! Yet somehow stronger than your average carbon pole. The Black Diamond Helio Poles are inflation-molded into single, streamlined poling machines. The “grip” is simply part of the molded design, obviating the need for weighty or complex hand holders. Ditto for the touring rest that allows you to choke up on the pole when side-hilling or booting. The wrist straps a..
Piuma means featherweight in Italian. Vertical means vertical in English. Simple word math leads to a featherweight pole meant for skiing some vertical. The Piuma Vertical Pole is a 100% carbon fiber shaft appended with sleek Vertical race baskets. Ski Trab constructed the pole with a coiled ribbon of carbon fiber, which allows some flex to make it more durable. They were not afrai..
The Vapor Carbon 1 is a simple, strong pole that has an extended grip for choking up on skin tracks. Made with 100% carbon fiber, the pole is ultralight and stiff which makes it great for racing and efficient touring. The poles have adjustable hand straps and sharp, hardened tips for breaking through crust. Black Diamond includes two sets of baskets with the set of poles so you can..
Also known as the Gara Aero World Cup poles, these Ski Trab sticks are designed for race abuse. Made with Ergal aluminum, the poles have a bending resistance of 60kg / mmq, meaning they are more resilient than a typical carbon fiber pole. While not the lightest, they make up for it in price and durability. The race baskets are a new design from Trab, with equal parts powder push an..
Suggestive of a good match with the Maestro skis, the poles with the same name are similarly designed to be reliable tools in the high mountains. Built with tough Ergal aluminum, the single shaft poles have no moving parts and are built to just work. The extended grips allow for choking up when traversing across a slope. The three-quarter baskets provide support in the soft snow ye..
The limited edition Carbonio is a 100% carbon speed touring pole with a flexible aluminum basket. The pole is adjustable with an aluminum Safety Snap system that has hash marks on the carbon lower to prevent slippage. The grip is ergonomic and has a comfortable, supportive strap for really pushing it on the uphills. The Carbonio pole is available only in our SLC store.
Fischer has built a robust Titanal pole for use anywhere on the mountain. Titanal is a high-strength aluminum alloy which is less likely to break due to the addition of titanium. Of course, titanium is low-density, resulting in a very light, stiff pole shaft. The Fischer Vario Ti is a two-piece, telescoping pole topped with extended EVA foam for gripping in various hand positions. ..
We are forever indebted to Andrew McLean, designer of the Whippet. With dozens (hundreds?) of known uses, the iconic pole is a staple of ski mountaineering. Once you get over the mental hurdle of skiing with a sword in your hand, you begin to discover the wisdom. Post-discovery, you begin to carry two.
Designed as a self-arrest device, the Whippet is moderately capable of stoppi..
A better name for this product would be 3-Piece Whippet. Sure the lower two sections are made of carbon fiber, but that just serves to save some grams, allowing for an extra segment without much change in overall weight. The pole still has as many uses as the iconic Whippet, it just collapses down smaller so you can stow it more easily on/in your pack.
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If you’ve spent sleepless nights thinking about minimalist skimo packs (like Ultimate Direction did), you will end up designing the Skimo 8. At just 8 liters, the trail-inspired racing vest is the fastest way to fly. Weighing next to nothing and hugging you like a daughter, the “eight” might as well not even be on your back. But if you’re forced to carry a few items (see race check..
The World Cup Aero Pack is Ski Trab's lightest race pack, designed as a minimalist system to shave weight. Despite that constraint, the form fitting pack is actually featureful enough to tour with on those farther and faster days with a ski carry system, external skin pocket, and a comfort elastic shoulder system. The pack is designed to fit very closely to your shoulders so it doe..
The CAMP Rapid Racing Pack is built on the same beloved platform as the Rapid, one of the most popular race style packs around, only the Racing version went on a substantial diet to optimize for speed, speed, and more speed. The new version uses a superlight fabric and features two different ski carrying systems that lets racers attach and detach skis without removing the pack. The..
While better known stateside for producing awesome clothing, Millet actually got their start making backpacks. And since the company is based in Chamonix, it’s not surprising that they make ski mountaineering packs. The Tour Comp 20 is a skimo racing pack with all the features and quality you’d expect. Follow in the footsteps of Reinhold Messner, who used a Millet backpack on the f..
$109.95 From $79.95
Pronounced “energy”, the NRG pack from Crazy Idea is anything but crazy. Non-garish colors, a full checklist of features, and an affordable price make the pack very sensible for skimo racing or light & fast ski mountaineering. We also give them props for taking an honest product photo (your race pack is more likely to look crumpled than stuffed with a pillow).
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We have been loath to carry airbag packs since they’ve been so heavy. Enter the Mammut Ultralight with the Removable Airbag 3.0 system. Without the canister the pack is nearly race-weight, and it comes in under 2kg when all topped up. That means you may not have to sacrifice much speed for the additional avalanche safety. The compressed air system is the 3rd iteration from Mammut, ..
$139.95 From $119.95
As the big brother of the Ultralight pack, the 30-liter version allows you to carry technical gear and a few more candy bars. The Light Removable Airbag 3.0 offers the same safety features since it’s also equipped with Mammut’s third iteration RAS. The bigger pack is still light by itself, but it’s built with an aluminum frame to better handle a bigger load. That is important when ..
$229.95 From $199.95
We search the world far and wide for skimo packs. Lo and behold, one just turned up in Colorado! Made by veteran backpack company Osprey, the Kode Race 18 is a local take on racing. Of course, locals now do it just like the rest of the world with plenty of ISMF sanctioned races. As such, you can find all expected features on the new, affordable Kode:
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The RC20 backpack is the patent pending culmination of Dynafit's rando racing experience. Recently reworked with improved materials, the race pack now weighs in at just 422 grams (14.9 ounces). Note that light doesn't mean weak in this case, as it uses 210D ripstop nylon which can handle a good amount of abuse. It's also not short on features, as you can see below:
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Inspired by trail vests, the Touring LTK 18 is designed for modern ski touring and mountaineering. As a bonus, it can be converted into a summer-time trail pack whereby the ski carry is used to carry poles. Millet clearly thought everything through on this pack. The LTK 18 has a clean-cut performance shape and flawless zippers with easy-grip cords. You can stow a good amount of ite..
The 18 is Ultimate Direction’s middleweight skimo vest, with more storage space than the ultra-minimalist 8, yet slimmer than the bubba 28. It might be called the default option for those used to skimo race packs. Competing feature-for-feature, the Skimo 18 can carry everything you need for basic day tours and most races. It is also “vest-style”, which is the specialty of Ultimate ..
A new concept for light and fast ski mountaineering, the CAMP Skin is a vest-style backpack that a trail runner might have thought was obvious. Light-yet-durable fabric is designed to hold close to your body and have lots of easy access storage in the front. Plenty of mesh and ventilation channels helps regulate body temperature as you move quickly through the mountains. Add in spe..
A rather complete lightweight day pack from Mammut. The Spindrift is an ultralight backpack for ski touring that has a number of race-inspired features. The ski attachment system can be operated without removing the pack, and the separate side compartment provides quick access for crampons, hydration, or a backup layer. Mammut added a couple nice twists, such as removable back-padd..
Finally a bigger Dynafit race pack. As you could guess, the RC28 is 8 liters more voluminous than the RC20. It shares the ultra-fast ski carry system, breatheable mesh shoulder straps, and other features with its litter brother. But you can just put more in. Enough for the Grand Traverse? Someone will try. Until then, we can say it’s big enough for bigger days in the backcountry.
The Raid is a 22 liter backpack that is fast and robust. Great for daily adventures, the new pack from Ski Trab uses stronger rip-stop nylon than a true race pack, but keeps the features you’ve come to expect. A quick carry system lets you access your skis without taking off the pack. Generous mesh pockets adorn the front and are good for skins, fluids, or layers. Shoulder strap st..
Ultimate Direction packed everything you need for ski touring and mountaineering into the Skimo 28 vest. It is one of the most full-featured packs out there, with access from the top, bottom, side and back. Avalanche gear has a special compartment with probe sleeve that you access from the bottom. A crampon side-door lets you stash ‘pons or anything else. Back-access lets you cushi..
Given the number of skiers happily sporting the X3 600 backpack, it's hard to imagine what CAMP could improve upon for the new Plus version. But improve it they did. Aside from the new color choices to set yourself apart from the crowd, the pack features an upgraded fabric, more solid ski carry, and the new CAMP EZ OP buckle system. The fabric is an even better combination of weigh..
One of the (very) few drawbacks of the amazing X3-600 pack is that gear on the bottom of the top loader can be hard to access. Well now CAMP has enabled you to go in through the back door. A secret zippered panel has been installed on the back for more direct access to that important stuff you accidentally packed first. And since the designers were already adding a few grams, they ..
Finally, some goggles that work for uphill skiing. Julbo has an ingeniously simple plan for tackling the inevitable fogging that occurs if you ski with a typical goggle in the backcountry. All you do is pull the lens away from your face, which pops open to leave a sub-centimeter gap all around the glass. This is just enough to let your steam escape and a freshening airflow to work ..
If you can’t see, you can’t ski. Avoid that problem with the Downhill 2000 goggles. German industrial giant Uvex makes the best lenses in the industry, in terms of break-resistance, anti-fog technology, and distortion-free vision. Because of this, Downhill 2000s are great for racing, touring, and ski mountaineering. The goggles feature Supravision® anti-fog treatment, which has dou..
$189.95 From $139.95
Made with ultralight Dynex (Dyneema) fabric, the Black Diamond Cirque 30 is a workhorse pack for bigger daily missions. Although less voluminous than the 35, it has enough usable space and extensions to handle just about anything, including the Grand Traverse race. The Cirque line features a slick lid closure system that is fast to operate with one hand, even blindfolded (why are y..
Turns out big packs don’t have to be heavy. Black Diamond solved the age-old problem by weaving Dynex (Dyneema) into the Cirque 35 pack. The ultralight material is not weak, since it’s the same life-saving material in many of BD’s quickdraws. The new backpack is designed for ski mountaineers that need to carry a lot of technical gear, which is supported by an active suspension syst..
Now the award-winning SuperFlow system is available in a more affordable goggle. The Airflux sports the same amazing ventilation found in the Aerospace, but without the chromatic lenses. Instead the goggles are fitted with an assortment of Julbo Spectron lenses, each adept in different lighting conditions. If you’re headed uphill to ski, pop the lens away from your face with a simp..
The Attivo Goggles are simple glasses geared for uphill skiing and mountaineering. Choose from single or double lens configurations to keep the snow and wind off your eyeballs. The goggles come with both standard straps and shorties that plug into receptors found on the Attivo helmet. The receptors are a secure hold that lets you move the goggles between your face and the front of ..
The Trek sunglasses are the go-to eyewear for general and ski mountaineering. Transition lenses keep the light transmission optimal and a wrap-around style blocks the U/V light from melting your face. The glasses feature air vents on the lenses to prevent fogging, and also allow airflow underneath. In addition, you can remove the side wings to further increase the venting on warm s..
Gloworm is a New Zealand company making high-end LED lights. The more light you have the faster you can ski since you have more time to react to whats coming at you. With Gloworm's X1 and X2 headlamps you can get all the light you need at the press of a button.
X1- This is the single-bulb option with the ability to program 3 different light settings, plus a special mode. Control..
We do a lot of racing and skiing at night. The more lumens a lamp puts out, the faster you can ski. The Trab Aero Headlamp projects up to 2000 lumens down your favorite chutes. That is enough to ski with confidence yet remain oblivious to the obstacles further below. Perfect for concentrating on the task at hand above a cliff band. The Aero lamp has a secure tripod mount that can b..
$159.95 From $119.95
The original Tikka from Petzl is back. Just as small and light as before but now with more lighting power. In an 88 gram package with 3 settings plus a red light, this little guy will keep your life lit up before the sun comes up (or after it goes down!). The Tikka is a great to keep in the car so you don’t forget it when you’re groggily preparing for a dawn patrol. At 200 lumens i..
If you are aiming to break 100 ski days this season you'll have to ski more often than just Saturday and Sunday. That means alpine starts and dawn patrol will be your new favorite words. However, none of this is viable without some form of compact lighting solution. With 3 different lighting modes, enough lumens to make a grown man squint, and a detachable headband for apres-ski t..
The e+LITE headlamp from Petzl is perfect for those adventures which you don't expect to need or want a headlamp, but are smart enough to never go without. Chock full of features, the e+LITE weighs just 26 grams (0.9 ounces). Stuff it in your pack and forget about it. Just remember you have it when you’re caught out!
Included carrying case disappears into virtually any pock..
Gloworm accesories available to upgrade or add to your existing setup. Other parts available upon request.
Dynafit has entered the market for transformer gloves that harbor bonus wind mitts in the cuff. Just unfurl the Pertex overmitt on the Mercury DST glove and you’ll instantly add several degrees of warmth and protection. Insulated with Primaloft, the DST starts as a fairly warm yet flexible glove with large zones on the palm. And when you hit the windy ridgelines, you can prevent th..
CAMP describes the G Comp Wind as the ultimate glove for spring ski tours and randonee races. We think the hyperbole is justified. The basic glove is lightweight, flexible and grippy. It really starts to shine, however, when the wind picks up and your hands cool off. Hidden in the top of the wrist is a Windmit'N, which you can pull out and cover your fingers on the fly. This shield..
An upgraded version of the landmark G Comp Wind glove, the new Power version features a premium goatskin leather for enhanced grip and durability. This makes it possible to use your skimo gloves for cold weather activities that have even more intense hand usage, such as nordic skiing or winter biking. The G Comp Wind Power still features the innovative Windmit'N that optionally pro..
Designed for agility, the Dynafit Racing gloves are made from Polarlite® DYNAstrech, a polyester / spandex blend that is form fitting yet very flexible. They also feature a soft chamude front which, combined with special silicone printed zones in the fingers and upper palm, offers excellent grip. The Racing gloves are finished with a brushed interior and neoprene cuffs to keep out ..
The Gara Evo World Cups are lightweight racing and adventure gloves with retractable wind protection. Uniquely the wind covers stow into the back of the palm, as opposed to the wrists. This adds a bit of warmth to the back of the hand while stowed, and also prevents reducing circulation through the wrists. The glove body is built with lycra fleece and a breatheable Schoeller fabric..
The perfect spring glove. The G Tech Dry used a sophisticated Hipora® membrane make it waterproof yet breathable. This is ideal for ski mountaineering where you are in frequent contact with the snow while working hard. CAMP made the G Tech Dry with a flexible yet snug fit, and then added extra grippy pads on the palm, index finger, and thumb to give you ample dexterity while climbi..
A warm, protective glove for modern ski touring. The Millet Touring Training Glove is built with female ergonomics to be precise so you can operate your bindings, skins, and other mountain gear. The glove has a waterproof, breatheable insert so your hands won’t be frozen if you playing in the snow. Grip pads on each finger are perfect for holding poles or an ice axe. The Neoprene w..
What would make the popular G Comp Wind mitts even better, you ask? Insulation, that’s what. Now get your favorite transformer gloves with bonus warmth, via PrimaLoft® Gold insulation. When you’re working hard and it’s reasonably temperate, the breathable Lycra gloves are all you need. But if the temperature drops or you hit a cold wind on the ridge, simply pull the overmitt out fr..