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..
When your quests are of a more technical nature, you can call on the La Sportiva Tech Gloves. Designed for ski mountaineering and mixed climbing, the technology-laden gloves have movement-mapped fabrics designed for maximum articulation. Velcro wrist-closures keep the snow and ice out while sticky pads keep you attached to the rock. Leather reinforcements strategically reinforce yo..
As awesome as the waterproof Tech Dry glove is for spring snow scrambles, it can get a little chilly to use in the dead of winter. CAMP, never one to shy away from making a well-fitting glove for every occasion, answered those concerns with an insulated version. With the same breathable Hipora® membrane, the G Hot Dry is a great all-around glove for ski mountaineering. The Thermoli..
A women’s version of the G Hot Dry glove, the Lady has cut specific to women’s hands and light blue highlights specific to women’s tastes (ladies please verify this). It features the same waterproof and breathable Hipora® membrane which gives credence to the “Dry” part of the name. The “Hot” part is covered by Thermolite® insulation that will keep fingers warm during various ski to..
Though not named after our store, the La Sportiva Skimo gloves fit right in. They are designed for alpine touring and work great in the dead of winter. The gloves feature a light layer of Polartec Alpha insulation, the most breathable kind. This allows you to have warm hands that don’t get too clammy when moving fast. A light Merino wool lining makes them comfortable for all day us..
As active ski mountaineers know, layering is key to dealing with unpredictable weather. This applies to gloves as well. The CAMP Drymit'N is a handy companion for thin and dexterous skimo gloves when it gets colder or you'll be touching a lot of snow. Simply slide the waterproof mittens over your lightweight gloves to give your hands respite from the weather.
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Lobsters have claws and now you can too. Really soft and warm claws that is. The Ski Trab Lobster gloves fit over a thin glove, adding insulation in a pinch (pun intended). Your Middle and Fore fingers will be mated in one half of the overglove, with a safe separation from their shady little cousins Ring and Pinkie. This is a good balance between group warmth and dexterity. If you ..
Sometimes a thin sheath of nylon isn’t enough. If you want serious backup protection for your skimo gloves, check out the Crazy Idea Over Gloves. They pack up small but contain a healthy amount of insulation to stave off frostbite. Just slip them on and the elastic wrists will hold ‘em in place. Use the palm window as necessary to operate any finicky equipment. The Over Gloves are ..
"Ultralight" is starting to become an overused marketing word. However if any product can justify its use, it is the CAMP Windmit'n. The nylon shells weigh in at a scant 12 grams (0.4 ounces) per pair and pack down to the size of a tea bag. These are great mittens for slipping into your pack or a pocket and forgetting about until the wind picks up. When it does, having some protect..
The Dragon Beanies from Ski Trab are lightweight polyester hats that fit under a helmet and breathe well enough to race in. Woven with fun Italian colors, the Trab caps demonstrate your love of both fashion and function. The beanies have a sleek feel and are deep enough to cover your ears. Plus wearing Dragons on your head instills fear in your enemies.
This is the go-to hat for most racing and speed touring. It’s basically the Dynafit Performance headband with a light mesh lid covering the top of your head. The mesh traps about half your heat which is about perfect when going fast. It’s super thin so fits easily under a helmet. Your ears are covered by a soft brushed lining that prevents frostbite without risk of overheating. The..
Designed for either touring or skimo racing, the aptly name Millet Beanie is a strong contender. A stretch-knit construction with quick-drying fibers is just want you want on your head when you’re fighting external cold and internal heat. The lightweight, tight-fitting beanie fits under a helmet and breathes well. The brushed lining and flatlock seam make it comfortable to wear. Th..
What is a SKUBE you ask? It's what you get when you cross-breed a SKully and a neck tUBE. With a simple drawstring attached, the flexible SKUBE can either vent heat or store it. In other words, it's a perfect system for back country skiing when your are hot on the way up and cold on the way down. Worn as a hat, you can open the top to vent and then close it for the down. Or slide i..
Skimo racers don’t sweat nearly as much as 1980s tennis players. Dynafit consequently designed a band with different characteristics than the old white-cotton sweatbands. The Performance Dry Band has a comfortable brushed lining and wicks away moisture while protecting ears from frostbite. The headband is perfect for days when full head coverage is too much but no protection risks ..
A lighter and thinner cut than the Dragon, the Dragon Race headband is designed for skimo racing and other highly aerobic winter activities. The stretchy blend of polyester and spandex is just enough to stop your ears from freezing when you’re going hard. Fits comfortably under a helmet while letting excess heat escape out the vents. Join the Dragon Race club with the signature ..
The Crazy Idea Fast Cut Thermo headband is a simple piece of Vuelta, a soft, moisture-wicking, bacteria-resisting fabric. If you’re lazy about washing your head gear, the “bacteriostatic” treatment should delay the onset of “stink”. The band is designed for skimo racing and other highly aerobic winter sports. Choose from two sizes (men: think large) and plenty of colors to fit styl..
Cover your ears with pure Italian style. The Dragon headband from Ski Trab is an 80% polyester / 20% spandex blend that softly protects your hearing-flaps and forehead from frostbite. Heat can still escape out your lid so you won’t overheat. The Dragon band is a casual ski touring accessory.
The pink colored band runs small and best suited for smaller heads.
You know the days. The days that other protection just won’t do and you need a balaklava. The Xtrem edition from ARVA is a good choice for those days, with Windshield inserts and a mesh breathing panel to accommodate your high exertion. Made with Thermoline+ 4-way stretch material, the Balaklava is Xtremely comfortable and can be worn under a helmet or by itself. It’s also got a ne..
So extreme is this bandana that ARVA didn’t even have time to write all the letters in the word. Or maybe their marketing team just consists of poor spellers. Either way, the Thermoline+ Stretch face protection is a handy tool for doing laps. It’s secured with Velcro, so you can leave it off while you’re huffing and puffing, and then put it on before the down, when you need the ext..
Keep your neck, head, ears, any maybe other parts warm with the Skimo Neck Gaiter. This sleek tube of CoolMax fabric can be worn dozens of ways to enhance your appearance or temperature. CoolMax is breathable so you won’t overheat on the up, but provides a good level of protection on the down. The gaiter is elegantly styled with the Skimo Co logo and is guaranteed to attract the op..
Turn your forehead into a billboard with this adjustable trucker hat. Comes in skimo blue or emo black. Front panel in white adorned with the Skimo Co logo...
Sport your support of the Wasatch Backcountry with this hat featuring a prominent ski line. All proceeds from the sale of these hats go to the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, a non-profit organization working to preserve our most valuable human-powered ski terrain. Do the right thing, but try to ski mainly left off the peak of Monte Cristo.
As maybe the only socks designed for ski mountaineering, the Crazy Compression socks are a treat to ski and climb with. Labeled for left and right feet, the perfectly formed leg tubes are zoned to provide protection from blisters when skinning. The compression weave is designed to stimulate blood circulation which can help keep your toes warm. It also purportedly reduces the format..
RFL stands for Real-F’in-Light. They are woven thin-to-win, perfect for those performance race fits. The socks are part of Darn Tough’s Vertical series, which is designed for up and downhill skiing. The RFLs offer a superior fit within a ski boot liner and are breatheable for long uphill slogs. They are also antimicrobial so you can use them for many days without noticeable odor du..
A performance ski sock made for a women’s foot. The RFL’s are thin, ultralight Merino wool socks that work great in close-fitting ski boots. RFL stands for Real-F’in-Light, meaning these are the lightest, thinnest socks in Darn Tough’s Vertical ski line. But that doesn’t mean they are weak, since like all Darn Tough socks, they are covered by a lifetime warranty. The socks have ant..
The Vertical Light series is Darn Tough’s best weave for everyday ski touring. Featuring a snug fit and fun designs, the Light socks will get you up and down the mountain in comfort and style. The anti-microbial feature lets you use them day after day, while the toughness guarantee lets you repeat that season after season. The socks are breatheable and designed to secure your foot ..
The Vertical Light socks are Darn Tough’s most popular option for ski touring. The Women’s version has a comfortable fit for a female calf and a breatheable weave of Merino wool. The socks naturally repel bacteria which cause odor due to the antimicrobial properties of the yarn. Darn Tough backs up their socks with a lifetime guarantee, which helps establish their legendary durabil..
Swix is the most recogized ski wax in the industry. With an assortment of waxes for your skis and skins you can adapt to any snow condition. Yes, waxing skins can greatly improve glide as well as prevent glopping in the later part of the season. CH (Hydrocarbon) waxes are great for skis and skins alike. LF (Low Fluorocarbon) waxes work great on skins in snow with more moisture. F4 ..
If you've already solved your bottle holding issues, you might be in the market for a spare water bottle. The CAMP Action Bottles dispense water through either a drinking tube (118 grams) or a spout (98 grams). The drinking tube is nice for days where it's not too cold (it can freeze) as you can take a sip without pulling the bottle out of the holder. The spout is a standard pull-o..
Holy filtration! Katadyn just upped the ante for freedom of movement in the mountains with virtually unlimited water. With careful planning, this might be the only water you carry during an ultralight spring mission. It could also complement and slow the consumption of a bladder. Bring a bottle as backup on short day hikes. Use it for travelling in foreign countries. Give one to pe..
Soft Flasks are a nice hydration option since they get smaller as you deplete their contents. Thus they end up more streamlined as your get weary in the latter parts of big adventures. Easy to squeeze and re-fill, flasks take minimal effort to keep you going.
CAMP’s version, aka Soft Flask CAMP (SFC), comes in two sizes. 150 milliliters is good for gel, which is much easier to c..
A bigger version of the original, the Body Bottle Plus carries more life-source and has a wider screw-top to make it easier to add ice cubes or powders. It has a squared-off base which allows it to hold 17oz (500ml) of hydration concoction while still fitting in all UD vests. It’s still a soft flask which doesn’t slosh around and gets more compact as you drink. The cap even has a t..
Once again acting as the glue between your pack and hydration, CAMP now offers to hold your soft flasks. If you’ve made the switch to squeezable fuel, you’ve probably found that rigid bottle holders just won’t do. These elastic mesh holders attach to your pack with Velcro and lovingly cradle your water, gel-water, or water-gel. Simply uncradle, point at your fuel-hole, and squeeze...
CAMP Bottle Holders are perfect for attaching to your backpack straps and having hydration right in front of you at all times. Designed to attach to just about any pack with a chest strap or horizontal loop, the holder will alleviate the need to take on and off your rig just to get to some water or energy drink. The bottle holders weigh just 32 grams (1.1 ounces) and include a bung..
A well-designed reservoir is worth its weight in water. The Ultimate Direction version is super easy to fill, drink, and clean. That’s about all you can ask of a hydration flask. The top closure folds over to prevent leaking but can be opened fully for cleaning. It can even be turned inside out to scrub away the results of your latest powder-alchemy. All this while the hose re..
The replacement filter for the Katadyn BeFree filtration bottle. Good for up to 1000 liters on average (may vary depending on sediment levels), this filter removes 99.9% of protozoa and 99.9999% of bacteria. To clean it, just shake, swish, swoosh, dip, or backflush with some clean water and you're good to go. Screw on, screw off, and screw being limited by the amount of water you c..
The Alpini is quite possibly the lightest, smallest, most packable-est shelter that squeezes by the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse checklist. Alpini refers to a historical Italian infantry division who dominated the high mountains using light-n-fast tactics. The shelter is essentially a frameless tent, providing protection from the wind and rain while trapping some heat. If you need t..
That’s the most excitement a lot of folks get out of this sleeping pad. As the lightest and most compact pad that meets the (lengthy) checklist requirements for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, the Light Mat from CAMP certainly suffices. As a bonus, if you happen to remove it from the bottom of your pack and sleep on it, winter or summer, it’s actually fairly comfortable...
The Attivo ski bag will almost surely fit your skis. Ski Trab made it adjustable for different ski sizes, so you don’t have any sad empty-sack. Using a unique set of spiral zippers, the bag can be 171, 186, or 205cm long. It has a nice shoulder strap for easy toting through an airport, and an end-strap for hanging or dragging (dragging not recommended). The Attivo is built with dur..
Tote your ski boots in the clearly identified Ski Trab bag. Keep them safely tucked away from all the dangers found on airplanes and in your car. The stiff bottom gives the bag some structure, and an external pocket allows for extra storage. The shoulder strap comes in handy when you don’t feel like paying the extra baggage handling fees. This is a ski boot bag designed for transpo..
Also known as the Wasatch Steep Skiing Bible, the Chuting Gallery by Andrew McLean is a must have resource for aspiring and accomplished adventurers. The author’s irreverent wit will guide you through the gnarliest terrain in the Wasatch Mountain, predominantly around the Salt Lake area. Bring some fitness, avalanche training, and requisite gear to enjoy the best that the Wasatch h..
If you like skiing or mountaineering and you like books that also have to do with skiing and mountaineering, this should be on your must read list. Packed with over 200 photos, detailed instruction, and diagrams this book will help you understand everything about everything that has to do with skiing in the backcountry.
The life of Doug Coombs, the legendary steep-skiing pioneer, is told through the eyes of Robert Cocuzzo in this epic biography. Complete with words like fall line, beacon, Napoleon complex, and a breakdown of avalanche science, this book is sure to intrigue anyone interested in learning about the life of one of the greats.
Avalanche Essentials, a snow safety guide written by Bruce Temper, breaks down the technical science of avalanches in concise and easy to understand terms without watering down the technical aspects. Supplement or refresh your avy training with this book.
Referred to by many as "The Bible of Mountaineering," this all-time bestselling guide written by over 40 climbing instructors is the preferred reference when you can't ask Siri how to properly self-arrest on a glacier.
Glacier travel can be a very fun and rewarding way to spend your time. However, glacier travel and a lack of education should never go hand in hand. Not designed to be a replacement for any safety courses, but instead a supplement for your knowledge, this book is a wonderful refresher for any questions you may have about getting something out of the deep end of the crevasse.
This detailed safety guide, written by the former Director of the Utah Avalanche Center, Bruce Temple, is a must for anyone that spends time out-of-bounds. Complete with a staggering 180 photos and diagrams, this book is not a replacement for an Avy Safety Course, but should be used by everyone to supplement their knowledge of safe travel in dangerous terrain.
Martin Volken, is an IFMGA certified mountain guide and AMGA skimo program examiner from Switzerland, so high altitude snow sports pretty much flow through his blood. Because of his oxygen-rich Swiss mountain blood, it was an eventuality that he would write the comprehensive backcountry guide for his current home state of Washington. Martin expertly breaks down 80 different routes ..