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 ..
All-metal bindings under 100 grams? You betcha (pending weigh-in)! Designed for those folks looking for every edge in competition, the Plum 99 is the new pinnacle of race-binding minimalism. It also adds a new twist to the concept of adjustable release. C..
As the bottom half of a Crazy Idea Repeat detachable suit, the pants can be used shirtless or affixed to the jacket. They certainly stand on their own two legs when compared to other pants. Made with the supernatural PowerKler fabric, the pants are sleek ..
Kudos to Ski Trab for an innovative new race toe! With a patented design that doesn’t require coiled springs, the Gara Titan approaches the 100 gram weight barrier that only recently seemed implausible. With the toe lever angled against your ski, the pins..
$499.95 From $429.95
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 Tr..
What a partnership! Hand-crafted by the world-renowned Pierre Gignoux, the carbon DNA racing boot is distributed by world-renowned Dynafit. Long the most dominant player on the European racing scene, Pierre has taken weight and performance to a new extrem..
Please meet the new Hagan ZR Race binding! At 116 grams (4.1 ounces), it is now the lightest binding available in North America. The ZR is made by ATK, an Italian company with a proven track record of making award winning tech bindings. But now thanks to ..
Before using the Stratos³ Cube boots in a World Cup race, be sure to weigh them and make sure they are over the 500g (17.64 oz) minimum weight mandated for shells plus dry inners by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation. The smaller sizes with t..
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..
The DyNA Evo is the latest iteration of Dynafit's racing boot that started turning heads in 2009 and quickly set the standard by which other skimo boots are measured. Using the same basic one-motion buckle / lock system that propelled it to fame, the late..
Good protection, light, well vented, adjustable fit. The Millet Expert checks all the boxes for a skimo helmet. It also features a magnetic chin-strap closure and a cool new look. The Expert helmet can be used for racing, alpine climbing, and even sport r..
Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in wal..
SCARPA says that never before has anything this lightweight provided this much performance. At Skimo Co, we tend to agree. Liberal use of carbon fiber and a cleverly designed minimalist buckle system allows these boots to cross the finish line at a scant ..
The Dynafit Low Tech Race binding may not sound very high tech, but names can be deceiving. Low tech in this case actually refers to the binding's weight and not its ranking amongst technology products. The weight is indeed low, at only 127 grams without ..
PDG is short for Patrouille des Glaciers, a famous ski mountaineering race hosted by the Swiss Army. Designed for such races, the Dynafit PDG alpine touring boot could be the perfect blend of weight, price, and skiability. At just 125 grams (4.4oz) more t..
$849.95 From $599.95
Using the same multi-layer glue found in the Hybrid Mix skins, the Pure version offers the premium glide of 100% mohair. Contour is an Austrian company known as the mohair experts, so these are built with some of the finest fibers and weave in the industr..
The Dynafit Broad Peak is one of the lightest two-piece poles on the market, weighing in at just 186 grams (6.6 ounces) without baskets. Wth a 100% carbon fiber shaft, the telescopic ski pole has a unique Safety Snap adjustment system that is safe, smooth..
The Plum 170 binding is the 150 with a built-in 20mm adjustment plate. If you plan on using more than one boot with your setup, this is the version for you. The re-designed toe pieces feature smooth-operating lock levers that have clear stops for skiing a..
The SCARPA Alien Boots employ some radical technology to obtain a race weight at a reasonable price. With walkability similar to hiking boots and skiability similar to heavier kit, the Aliens are quickly becoming a go-to boot for skimo racers and light an..
Colltex has taken mohair to the extreme. They did this by naming their 100% mohair skins “Colltex Extreme” and by coloring the skins red which is the fastest color (at least in cars). If that isn’t enough to scare you off then you will be extremely please..
$219.95 From $189.95
La Sportiva is turning things upside down. This time, we are talking about ski walk/mode levers. The new Speedfire™ closure system incorporates a rear lever that latches at the top instead of the more-familiar bottom where it can become packed with snow w..
$898.95 From $798.95
The Gara Titan Release Adjustable is, you guessed it, an adjustable version of the Gara Titan Release binding. Adjustability in this case refers to the boot sole length (BSL), since you can slide the heel piece forward and back within a range of 28 millim..
When Arc’teryx hired Federico Sbrissa away from Dynafit in 2012, it was with the Procline in mind. Of course no one knew how the project would turn out, but the gamble was on a man largely responsible for the iconic DyNA and TLT5 boots. The result speaks ..
We’re not sure whether Dynafit named this jacket after the ski or the race. It seems to be suited for either. Speaking of being suited, wearing the PDG Jacket will have you half way to being fully suited. With the stretch pockets in front for stashing you..
When we saw the design drawings and early prototypes for the new GT binding, we knew Kreuzspitze was onto something good. As is their style, the small Italian machine shop quietly worked to refine the binding while paying no attention to marketing and ass..
Also known as the Pomoca Climb Pro, these 100% mohair skins give you natural glide. However unlike untreated mohair that can get waterlogged, the Pomocas feature an EverDry treatment that helps prevent glomming and a waterproof membrane to keep moisture o..
$209.95 From $169.95
Similar to the jacket, the Dynafit PDG Pant offers race level efficiency without the unwanted coolness associated with full body lycra. Smooth Dynastretch on the exterior and softer fleece on the interior make for comfortable tours with race level efficie..
$229.95 From $179.95
The legendary TLT has earned a higher number. While it’s a mathematical axiom that 7 > 6, in terms of weight the opposite is true. Dynafit moved away from the removable tongue system towards a streamlined design that sheds a couple hundred grams per bo..
Light and comfortable, the Edelrid Shield Lite helmet uses an in-mold construction to shield your brain bucket from rockfall. The helmet is well ventilated with a minimal pack size, great for working hard in the mountains. The interior is ergonomically sh..
Plum describes the WEPA as a perfect match between the lightness of a race binding and the release-precision of a Guide. This makes it “perfect for vertical junkies who are looking for efficiency”. Sure enough, the Plum WEPA has just the features you want..
The F1 is back! This time with a standard ski/walk mode switch. When the first edition of this boot was recalled due to over-innovation, we had a hard time getting all the boots back from customers (in fact some still have them). That’s because the F1 wal..
In the battle for lightweight head protection, Black Diamond has moved a-head with the Vapor helmet. With a head-turning weight of 199 grams (7.0 ounces) [M/L], the Vapor can already be seen atop the heads of many skimo racers. It’s packed in the back wit..
The updated version of the Sideral boot provides 2.0 times the refinement. La Sportiva borrowed its slick Pegasus buckles from the Spectre to refine the lower buckle closure. A new lower-shell mold has a refined shape, allowing more feet to fit in. Sporti..
Exactly one-half of the La Sportiva Syborg suit, the Racing Jacket still features full quality. If you are too modest to wear skin-tight pants, you can still benefit from all the handy features found in the upper portion of race suits. That includes skin ..
$178.95 From $149.95
Carbon fiber bindings? “Why not,” says mad boot-scientist Pierre Gignoux, now working with the mad binding-scientists at Dynafit. Designed to work (only) with the RC1 boot, the binding easily wins the weight crown. At 66 grams without screws, it is border..
We’re not going to call the Arc’teryx Procline a ski boot because it’s so much more. Sure you can ski in them. But you can also do some serious climbing. That’s because the upper cuff splits into two sections while in walk mode, offering lateral ankle art..
G3 took its lightweight (LT) backing material and affixed some supple mohair. Turns out lightweight mohair is just up our alley! These are nice skins that use the G3 Alpinist connection system, with reliable metal tip grabbers and a long reaching tail str..
$194.95 From $155.96
The Expedition version of the TLT7 features a Custom Ready liner that is warmer and takes up more space within the shell. This makes it a better fit for skinny-to-average width and cold feet. All feet will appreciate the toe fittings being moved closer to..
If you lie awake at night thinking about the perfect skin glue formula, the new Colltex acrylic solution just might help you get some Z’s. Three of them in fact. The Mix Whizzz could be the solution to all your climbing skin anxieties. Attaching and remov..
$219.95 From $179.96
Fischer doesn’t actually call these high-end race bindings version 2.0, but we need some way to differentiate them from the previous year’s model since they are completely different. These bindings are made by Dynafit, and folks familiar with the non-auto..
Ease your way into skimo formal wear by just wearing pants. But not just any pants, start with the Syborg Racing model from La Sportiva. These have one of the most important skimo features, which are reinforced cutouts for race boots. Stop fussing with pa..
$168.95 From $144.95
While many ski mountaineers prefer to use a well-ventilated climbing helmet, others prefer a helmet certified for both skiing and mountaineering. Everyone likes one that’s comfortable and holds goggles and/or a headlamp. The Mammut Alpine Rider satisfies ..
While not the lightest, the BD Ascensions are the most reliable climbing skins on the market. The durable nylon weave offers maximum grip in icy conditions. The glue is the strongest on the market, made with a recipe that only key Black Diamond employees ..
The Hybrid glue system from Contour solves the stickiest skin problem. That is designing a glue strong enough to adhere to the backing but not so strong that you can’t separate a skin from itself. Contour achieved this goal by using multiple layers of glu..
$229.95 From $189.95
The Arc’teryx Procline is designed for the new generation of female alpinists that prefer to bring their skis. With a revolutionary split cuff design, the Procline is a ski boot that climbs like no other. With a rigid Grilamid & carbon fiber shell, th..
Look, a jacket for women with skin pockets. The Dynafit PDG is a casual racing, training, and touring jacket that is comfortable and functional. The top has a performance fit with 4-way stretch fabric that moves with you. It has an elastic hood so you can..
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..
$109.95 From $84.95
Colltex invented the adhesive climbing skin in the sixties, and they continue to produce amazing skins that are chosen by guides and companies such as Atomic, Movement, and Ski Trab. The Mix formula is a workhorse blend of 65% mohair and 35% nylon that ge..
$209.95 From $179.95