Take a sneak peek at some ski mountaineering products that will be coming available in the future.
Similar to a power meter on a bicycle’s crank arm or a foot pod on a running shoe, the Pomocup lets you measure your skimo effort. Capturing a mind-boggling 1200 data points every second, the Pomocup can be used with or without a smartphone or compatible smartwatch. That means you can choose to geek out during a tour or after. Download the Skilog app or plug it in to your computer ..
If “VO2 Max,” “heart rate monitor,” or “I wish I had done more base training” are frequent phrases you utter, then the PDG Binding likely has a place in your quiver. The same technology as the top-end Low Tech Race 2.0, the PDG is Dynafit’s “budget” race and training binding. The same lightweight toe piece found on the fan-favorite Superlite 2.0 and LTR 2.0 is employed here, this t..
When preaching the benefits of lightweight race bindings to your side-country ski buddies, it’s best to avoid showing them your new Ultra binding. As minimalistic as they come, the Hagan pincers don’t instill a ton of confidence in suspicious-folk and you’ll likely be laughed at. Only after skiing such bindings regularly in sticky situations will you come to rely on them like we do..
With enough versatility to satisfy guides and pole-enthusiasts, the Speed Vario is light enough that even racers will jump for joy. This Dynafit stick does it all and does it well, the epitome of a high-performance ski touring pole. The EVA grip is ergonomic and carries an extension for choking up or side-hilling while still at full-length. The quest for reliable length-adjustment ..
Fischer doesn’t call this the 3.0, but rather the Tour Race Lite. However, after three entirely different versions of the Tour Race Lite, we are here to help you differentiate. The “3.0” is essentially the Dynafit Low Tech Race 2.0, but with a manual locking lever and a lower price. This means the binding is fully ISMF and wallet compliant. The heel piece is Pierre Gignoux’s brain-..
Atomic has taken a new approach to just about everything related to ski-touring: skis, skins, bindings and boots. The Backland Ultimate is no exception. It’s a skimo race boot that incorporates Memory Fit, a revolutionary molding-technology that has made Atomic famous among skiers with ugly feet. The entire boot, including the shell, can be thrown in an oven for a few minutes (do n..
Carbon fiber and Titanal® assemble in joyous union to offer a lightweight and durable pole built for speed and reliability. The Dynafit Speed pole is designed around high-end training and racing but burly enough for the local skimo adventures. The Speed is a fixed-length poker made of two sections. The upper is light & stiff carbon fiber and the lower is a robust metal designe..
Feel free to open the throttle a little further with the Salomon Mountain (MTN) Lab helmet. The ‘Lab is certified to both alpine skiing and mountaineering standards, so you are better protected if you sketch out. Plus, Salomon was listening to its backcountry team when they explained no one will wear it if it’s heavy, cumbersome, or hot. They innovated with a new 4D EPS constructio..
Far and wide, women have searched for a skimo race boot built specifically for them. Alas, the search has ended. The Sytron W is a breath of fresh air and takes the title of the first ever female-specific boot in this category. Built upon the same platform as the Sytron, the Women's version flaunts refreshingly-simple usage, fuss-free performance, and a weight that tips the scales ..
Pomoca’s race formula with a twist. The Race Pro Grip is designed to be the secret weapon when the skin track freezes over and everybody starts to slip, or when the slope angle increases beyond all reason. Pomoca usually reserves their famous Grip treatment for touring skins, but when it’s applied to the fastest Race Pro formula you end up with the Race Pro Grip. While it may be sl..
Skimo boots are taking a jump-turn for the better! The La Sportiva Sytron is the epitome of next-generation race-weight boots, capable of much more than previous iterations. The svelte kickers offer improved ski-performance and durability versus the Syborg. This includes a beefed-up gaiter and a ski/walk mechanism that flips up completely to avoid getting snagged when booting. The ..
Meeting both climbing and skiing certifications, CAMP's newest skimo race helmet lets you rest assured that your noggin is protected. The Speed Comp has been beefed up to account for side-impacts that are more likely when skiing versus pure mountaineering. Complementing the added safety features, the Speed Comp helmet improves comfort as well. CAMP uses a glove-friendly adjustment ..
Ladies, welcome to the future of ski touring. The Fischer My Travers is a long-awaited women’s boot that skis like an alpine boot and yet walks like a running shoe. The My Travers brings the same beloved design, shape, and performance of the men’s Travers with a Thermoshape Lite liner that enhances the women’s fit. The result is a comfortable, warm boot that really performs. The BO..
Every so often a company will debut a category-shattering display of engineering that seems to break all kinds of rules, defy stereotypes, and spearhead a new generation of skiing. Behold: The Alien RS. Holding true to the da Vinci mantra "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," the Alien RS is a delightfully simple boot. A stiff carbon infused grilamid cuff is mated to a stiff..
Race skins for wide skis! The Pomoca Race Back Fix is the easiest way to apply the buttery glide of your race skins to bigger planks. Ideal for clocking the fastest powder laps and skiing objectives when time is crucial, but you still prefer to bring your wider skis. The Race Back Fix functions perfectly as a mid-winter skin for your powder boards or a supplemental skin for long a..
“AlpAttack” is Fischer for “top of the podium”. Be it a World Cup, local Tuesday night series, or F.K.T. attempt, the AlpAttack series aims for the tippy-top and encourages you to follow suit. The pole is no exception to this speedy pedigree. The grip is contoured for optimal propulsion and the soft cork insulates your hands in cold conditions. A long EVA foam extension is employed..
Maintaining Salomon’s X-Alp series theme, the X-Alp Carbon Boot is built for moving fast in technical terrain. This demands a lot from a ski boot, which the X-Alp Carbon proudly delivers. While the suspiciously similar Procline is geared more towards climbing, the X-Alp streamlined the design and stiffened the flex for skiing. Salomon dropped the rubber toe cap and the sole has als..
Cut from the same lean cloth as the Speed binding, the TLT SpeedFit also offers hassle-free performance in a lightweight package. The Speed Fit is built with heavier steel toe-wings and slightly lower release values, but otherwise is the same binding at a lower price. The whole kit only weighs 310g per side, which was not-long-ago only-achievable on a race course. But alas, the Spe..
The Dynafit TLT Speed binding excels at a variety of things. Allowing you to focus on the task at hand, rather than fiddling with gear, is its strong suit. An aluminum and composite toe piece strike a fine balance between weight, strength, and durability. The long toe lever and icebreaker pins provide extra toe socket clearing power for accurate binding retention. The heel features..
When an industry leader in lightweight, purpose-driven gear delivers a minimalist pack built for high-performance ski mountaineering, you bet we are going to be there for the unveiling. The Veloce is CAMP's lightest and most simplistic race pack, specifically designed for vertical and sprint race formats. Of course, we think the Veloce can also be used for fast dawn-patrol missions..
As resorts are allowing more and more human powered traffic on their slopes, the demand for a lightweight boot that walks well and skis even better is at an all-time high. Designed with in-bounds human-powered skiing in mind, the Dynafit SpeedFit boot is perfect for your new favorite hobby. However, a boot capable of ripping groomers and skiing powder within resort boundaries will ..
Guides and serious backcountry skiers demand the most out of avalanche rescue gear. The Pieps DSP Pro is an example of a product that sets high standards for safety and is one of the first recommended by these power users. A large search radius, ample battery life, and multiple layers of redundancy are a few of the reasons why the DSP Pro is in the pouches of many avalanche expert..
It’s fitting that some of the fastest skis on the block have some of the fastest skins available as part of a matching kit. The Colltex PDG is a fan favorite because of its astonishing gliding power, the ability to retain grip while others are slipping. It’s also the basis for Movement’s Race Pro series skin. The simple elastic tip kit is adjustable for a user-customized tip-rip ex..
Simple, capable, and user-friendly. The Backland Tour Binding has a combination of features that folks have been eager to see for a long time. Hauling around excess weight in an overly complicated binding isn’t anybody’s favorite activity, and Atomic is here to simplify things.
The toe piece screams "work smarter, not harder", utilizing a long lever to increase leverage during t..
Charging uphill as Dynafit's flagship ISMF-compliant race pack, the DNA Race Pack has some large (carbon fiber) boots to fill. The DNA includes plenty of features and is built with a very lightweight material that is gear towards racing (versus the Speed 20 which is a tougher fabric also suited for touring). A shoulder strap mounted bottle holder encourages proper hydration habits ..
Designed by Dynafit with efficiency in mind, the Race Pro Pack is one of the lightest and most streamlined backpacks around. But weight doesn't matter unless it’s easy to use under pressure with a sky-high heart rate and cold hands. Luckily, Dynafit delivers on both accounts. One large side zipper provides access to the main compartment. Inside you will find a waterproof security p..
Holy stoppers: the Atomic Backland Tour binding with an innovative brake! Weighing in at a svelte 325g per side, the binding flaunts one of the highest feature-per-gram ratios we’ve seen. It includes all the creature comforts necessary to coax you into doing just one more lap. In addition to all the bullet points from the brakeless version, the Backland Tour + Brake offers five wid..
The Speed 20 is Dynafit's black-and-white answer to the difficult question: "what backpack should I wear?" Loaded with enough features to satisfy the demands of weight-conscious mountaineers and ergonomic enough to use for races, the Speed 20 is a viable retort. One huge pocket with side-zip access takes care of safety equipment, extra layers, and food. A Velcro side-pouch can hold..
Built on the same time-tested platform as the Speed 20 pack, the Speed 28 operates under the same philosophy as its lower-volume brethren. Except in this case, Dynafit argues that more volume is better. If you’re doing more touring than racing, you just might agree. Breathable shoulder straps, a luscious back-panel, and supportive hip belt ensure a comfy fit the entire day. The mai..
Building on the extensive engineering of the Vipec, the recipient of a Gold ISPO Award, Fritschi hath revealed the Tecton. It is instantly the new standard in the category of “alpine-like” tech bindings. It is the only tech binding to pair lateral-release in the toe with an alpine-style heel. This means the release profile is similar to alpine bindings and DIN certification was a s..
Salomon’s first tech binding, the MTN. If you think it looks an awful lot like the Atomic Backland, that’s because it is. The companies are related, meaning you can ensure proper color coordination on your setup with identical functionality. If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, your skiing will likely be just as good. The MTN binding is light, fully featured, and fool..
The Salomon Mountain Lab has done it again, this time it’s the MTN binding with a brake. The brake follows the “simpler is better” philosophy, which is a breath of fresh air for a lightweight ski touring binding. The toe and heel unit feature a wide mounting platform, which gives it stout and aggressive performance on wider powder skis, but because of this it will also readily take..
When gear from Salomon is labelled “Lab”, it’s safe to assume it’ll have the best-in-class performance for its intended application. The Mountain Lab ski touring boot is no exception. In fact, after amassing a generous number of accolades, the blue boot might be Salomon R&D’s (aka the “lab’s”) crown jewel. The skiing capability of the (relatively) lightweight MTN Lab is impress..
Salomon’s snowsports heritage is in alpine skiing, which shows in the MTN Explore touring boot. It’s evident in the way the boot skis, encouraging your progression as a skier into bigger terrain or higher speeds. Incorporating a more progressive flex than the Lab, the Explore is also lighter and walks better. The skiing is equally supportive. A lightweight, moldable Full Thermo C..
As a whole, Salomon is known for being friendly to the hard-charging athletes who want to push the boundaries a bit. Built from the ground up as a powerful women’s touring boot, the MTN Explore W is intended to do just that. But feel free to explore the mountains in any way you see fit. The generous 63° of articulation makes the furthest peaks and steepest slopes seem closer. At ..
Race material wide enough for your pow planks! Since more surface area means more friction while skinning, fatter skis should have faster skins. The Pomoca Race formula has been vying for the title of “fastest skin on earth”, and now it’s available for light and fast powder laps. Looking to ski that untouched bowl but it’s really far away and you’d rather not take race skis? No pro..
For years Ski Trab been on the front lines of forward thinking skimo gear and the Litepad Mountain Pack is no exception. Designed to be the durable everyday touring pack, the Litepad features a 3D Back Protector which functions in multiple roles. Foremost it offers ventilated back protection from obstacles all the sharp things that skiers tend to carry in their packs. The 3D Back ..
This is the Race Pro Grip skin off the roll. Buy just the amount of grippy goodness you need. Pomoca made this formula to ensure you have the most grip on icy courses. It’s also great for folks getting started with racing that are still working on their technique. Or for pros who want increased resistance when training and not worry about breaking rythym with a slip-out. This is th..
The Maestrale RS is one of the bestselling backcountry ski boots of all time. Generally, the rule of thumb for a time-tested classic is to not modify it much. That is unless you plan on making it lighter, increasing stiffness, and vastly improving the walking characteristics. Then of course it's a change approved by Skimo Co. The Maestrale RS 2.0 is another engineering marvel from ..
Finally, Pomoca mo-mix off the roll! Pomoca’s Climb Pro S-Glide has become a favorite among the ski tourers that like to ski a little bit of this, that, and the other because they do well in every type of condition that includes snow. A 70% mohair, 30% nylon mix ensures well-rounded grip and glide no matter the water content in the snow. If that wasn’t enough, the plush is treated ..
The Petzl Gully is the axe we’ve been wanting to see for a long time. It blends the minimalism of a lightweight axe with the features of a larger, heavier, more technical axe that can be necessary for successful objective completion. Multiple head options allow you to select the correct tool for the job. Take the hammer for more technical objectives or choose the adze for general m..
Your face is the most common place to forget the Julbo Aerolites. Built on the same platform as the Aero, the Aerolite is an equally high-performance optic, only slightly narrower and even lighter. A rimless lens design paired with massive ventilation cutouts on the sides come together to form a pair of glasses so light you’ll forget they're on your face while frantically searching..
The Julbo Aero is the high-performance optic of choice for mountain athletes the world over. No frame or lens detail was overlooked. The lens sits suspended within the frame to create a small gap perfectly sized for massive amounts of ventilation even at low speeds. The wrapping lens combats distortion and ensures crystal clear protection from the elements. The 3D Fit Nose piece an..
The knees to your bees, the carrots to your peas, or the pajamas that your cat wears for some reason. The Pomoca Back Fix Easy is the complete top-to-bottom kit designed to get your climbing skins off the roll and onto the mountain. Included is a simple tip assembly that adjusts for a personalized fit and an adjustable length tail kit that you rivet on with the hammer you already ..
Strong athletes from around the globe are flocking to skimo racing as a winter pursuit, which means that the specialized gear can become even more specialized. Higher levels of competition necessitate higher levels of performance. The Gara Aero Sprint ski is designed for the increasingly popular and increasingly competitive sprint and vertical racing formats. Ski Trab left no detai..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket is the best of both worlds: protection and breatheability. The main chest, shoulder, and bicep panel is made of Gore Windstopper which takes the bite off even the most ambitious gusts. The fabric is also extremely abrasion resistant, which makes it great for the main panel and shoulder section. It’s not optimal for the lower torso, elbow and ho..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket, this time in a cut and fit specifically for women. Stitched with an advanced body-mapping design that Dynafit calls Hybrid Construction, the Speedfit Windstopper Jacket combines the best of the best. The Jacket offers breathability, protection from the elements, and freedom of movement. Gore, the makers of world famous Gore-Tex, toned down the..
Ski Trab’s lightest headlamp is designed for 4 A.M. wake-up calls, Tuesday night races, or those afternoon ski adventures that don’t quite go according to plan. Weighing less than 100g, you won’t even notice the Sprint Lamp until you press the on button. That action releases all 800 Lumens from their cage, scaring unexpecting wildlife away. Trab chose enough battery to save your h..