The Attivo is a lightweight, ventilated skimo helmet lined with comfortable padding. Uniquely, it has implants designed to hold Ski Trab goggles, which can then be raised onto the brim as necessary. The helmet is built with high-density polystyrene for impact absorption and is covered with a smooth polycarbonate shell to improve deflection. The fit is adjustable, with an easy-turn ..
La Sportiva designed the RSR helmet specifically for skimo racing. That means it is light, well ventilated, and works well with headlamps and goggles. The low profile dome won’t interfere with sunglasses and works well with hats and headbands. The helmet is certified for climbing so you can also use it for your rock adventures. The RSR helmet is fully adjustable and ready to race.
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 routes. Four headlamp hooks make it viable for dawn patrols and a plethora of side vents make it cool enough for moving fast. Smar..
The Mulaz is a sleek-looking ski mountaineering helmet from La Sportiva. It’s constructed with a fairly standard layering system for mountaineering helmets: expanded polystyrene foam surrounded by a polycarbonate shell to reduce friction in an impact. This mold with the Sportiva logo is lightweight and well-ventilated so you can feel free to ascend fast. Of course it features headl..
One of the lightest and most ventilated helmets in the world, the CAMP Speed helmet is quickly becoming a popular fashion accessory on the skimo race circuit. This should not be surprising as the helmet is designed for competitive ski mountaineering (and climbing) and weighs just 263 grams (9.3 oz). With a fully UIAA and EN certified in-mold construction, the adjustable Speed helme..
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 shaped with soft, removable padding, resulting in surprisingly comfortable protection. It doesn’t look too bad either.
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 with head-cooling vents, while remaining head-lamp compatible. The fore-head is a smooth wind-blocking sheet, preventing head-sweat ..
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 the comfort, functionality, and safety requirements of all groups. By changing the padding configuration, the helmet can be trans..
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, ..
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 ..
With the third design-iteration from Mammut, the removable airbag system is the most reliable yet. It centers around refillable compressed air cartridges that are capable of filling a 150-liter airbag in less than 3 seconds. A large “T” deployment handle is easy to grab and now can be adjusted to the height of a skier. The handle folds down for stowing in the shoulder strap for tra..
These aluminum cartridges store the life-blood of the Mammut Airbag system: simple compressed air. The cartridges can be purchased with or without a charge, noting there are transport restrictions on a charged unit (no air travel). Either one can be refilled using a compressed air source such as a SCUBA or paintball tank. To recharge a unit, you’ll need a tank, adapter, and a refil..
The perfect gift for your ski partner, the ARVA Axio Beacon might give them the best chance of finding you if you’re buried in an avalanche. Other beacons rely on a very short third antenna which is limited by the depth of the housing. This renders the antenna useful only in the final search phase: refining the area to probe. In contrast, the Axio’s third antenna is designed to be ..
The Micro Beacon is the smallest and lightest way to get past gear check at a skimo race. For the 2016/17 season and beyond, the ISMF is requiring three antennas in all avalanche transceivers. This is good news because folks may no longer make a big safety compromise when racing. Although somewhat limited in range, the Pieps Micro beacon is full-featured enough for use in the backc..
At Skimo Co, we like to offer our customers a wide selection of skis, boots, bindings, and other gear to match personal preferences. When it comes to avalanche beacons, however, we think it's better to give only a select few options for backcountry use. This is because you're buying a beacon not mainly for yourself, but for your ski partners who might end up relying on you to find ..
This ARVA combo kit is a great way to get started in the backcountry. You get all the gear you need at a discounted price:
Neo Beacon – An avalanche transceiver with the best range on the market that is simple to use. What more do you need?
Light 240 Probe – A lightweight aluminum probe with ample length that is quick to assemble. Done.
Ovo Access TS shovel – Big blade, st..
Ultralight, extremely packable, plug into tech fittings on rando boots. What more could you ask of a crampon designed for competitive ski mountaineering? Not much, as the CAMP Race 290 is the go-to crampon for technical rando races in Europe. The amazingly light weight is achieved with a special heel attachment that fit into the tech inserts on your ski boot combined with a flexibl..
Solve your boot-to-crampon compatibility issues with the SkiMatic 2.0 attachment system from Grivel. With the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear, you no longer have to worry about a collision with ski/walk mode mechanisms on alpine touring boots. As a side benefit, it’s the fastest system for getting crampons on and off. The Race version of the crampon is li..
Weighing roughly 350 grams (12.5 ounces), the aptly named Tour 350s are the lightest rigid-frame crampons on the market. With 8 sole points and 2 curved toe points made of aircraft grade aluminum, the CAMP coltelli (lit. "knives" in Italian) provide much needed security when booting up steep, icy couloirs. The Tour 350 is an automatic crampon, meaning it's designed to snap easily o..
The CAMP XLC 390 Automatic Crampons are the lightest 12-point crampons in the world, perfect for light and fast ski mountaineers that appreciate a longer front platform with an extra spike on the side. Enjoy safer ascents when booting up icy couloirs and safer traverses when crossing exposed faces with bulletproof snow. The XLC 390 is built especially for ski boots, with a simple w..
It’s not uncommon for gear manufacturers to name a signature product after the iconic ski route between Chamonix and Zermatt. It’s a little more meaningful, however, when the company is based near one of the termini. The Haute Route crampons are designed to last the whole journey while not weighing you down.
Grivel uses carbon steel to make the toe piece, giving the points good ..
CAMP bills the XLC Nanotech as the most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world. We think calling them sophisticated belies the simple, reliable security these add to ski mountaineering adventures. Even though they have innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points, they are still easy to put on and to kick into snow ice. Just be warned that they ..
A beefier version of the Race 2.0 crampons, the SkiMatic 2.0 Touring edition features a steel toe and anti-balling plates. The novel attachment system is the same, with the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear. This solves many boot compatibility issues due to collisions with ski/walk mechanisms and pivoting cuffs in general. The Touring model is equipped with..
If your line of choice is where the water falls, then reach for the G20s. These “cramp-o-matics” are the epitome of light and fast when on blue ice. The single front-point G20s are tough and rigid underfoot for kicking into solid ice, yet weigh in at under 800 grams. The crampons feature wire front bails for quick attachment onto ski boots, and nylon speed levers in the rear. It’s ..
The CAMP Corsa is the lightest ice axe in the world. It is perfect for technical rando races and light duties such as basic ski mountaineering, glacier travel and self-arrest. It can also be used in a pinch as an anchor. The Corsa meets all CE and UIAA requirements for strength and durability, and its clean design provides surprising performance in a super light package.
Take CAMP's ultralight race axe, the Corsa, sprinkle in some high-tech reinforcements, and you get the Corsa Nanotech. Sandvik Nanoflex® is a steel alloy that is 60-70% stronger than steel, allowing CAMP to dramatically increase the durability of the pick and spike without significantly increasing the overall weight. Also added is a single curve in the shaft which provides better c..
Sometimes you need a little more than a basic mountaineering axe. The Cassin X-Light is a transformer axe that lets you customize your tool for the route. If you’re not sure of the anchor situation and might need to pound a piton, the hammer head is perfect. If you might encounter some blue ice, swapping the handle for an X-Dry grip turns it into a serious ice tool. Designed for li..
Sometimes mountaineering axes just won’t cut it. If you need a proper ice tool for a route, check out the Quantum Tech from Grivel. They are an ultralight combination of aerospace grade composite shafts and hot-forged chromoly steel heads. No compromises were made on the Quantum Tech; extra care was taken in the orientation and reinforcement of the carbon fibers that make up the sh..
Due to its small 23x20 inch blade size, the Crest Shovel from CAMP would not be ideal in deep burial situations. However, given that the Crest is the lightest ISMF certified shovel on the market, it's perfect for skimo races when you have an army of blades for digging. It also has several options for condensing into or onto a pack so you can keep yourself streamlined during the rac..
You know you’re serious about skimo racing when you have a carbon fiber shovel in your pack. Merelli offers the lightest ISMF certified shovel in the world. Constructed onsite in the company’s high tech factory in Italy, the Carbon Shovel sets a new standard in lightweight safety. Safety in this case does not refer to the shovel’s ability to dig, which is limited by the blade’s 20x..
A metal shovel light enough for racing? ARVA says yes, it's possible, with the new Ultra. Weighing just 302 grams (10.7 ounces), this ISMF compliant digger features a carbon fiber shaft that easily snaps into a svelt aluminum blade. When disconnected, the parts are slim enough to stow easily in a race pack. If you're not quite comfortable carrying a kids' toy during a race, the ARV..
A basic-yet-advanced aluminum shovel that won’t weigh you down. The Mammut Alugator Light features an anodized blade and telescope shaft for some serious digging. The automatic zipper-lock system allows for quick assembly and deployment. The blade has stabilization ribs for rigidity yet the back remains flat which helps when cutting a snow profile. There are also strategically plac..
The ARVA Plume is one of the lightest functional avalanche saftey shovels on the market. With a 46cm (18.1inc) carbon fiber shaft and a sizeable 24.5cm x 25cm (9.6in x 9.8in) aluminum scoop, the Plume will actually move some avalanched-hardened snow. But since it weighs only 411 grams (14.5 ounces), you might not feel like you're carrying a true rescue device.
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If you're serious about moving snow that might be on top of your ski partner, consider carrying the Rocket. With a telescoping handle that extends to 65cm (25.6 inches) and a sturdy 24cm x 28cm blade (9.4" x 11"), the CAMP shovel can move some serious snow. While heavier than some other shovels, the Rocket makes up for it by being very packable. A clever design features no protrudi..
The ARVA Carbon 240 Light is the lightest probe on the market that complies with International Ski Mountaineering Federation regulations, weighing in at a scant 115 grams (4.1 ounces). However, being a full 240 centimeters (7 feet, 10.5 inches) in length, it is also long enough to carry on tours with people you actually care about finding under the snow.
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A race-weight probe from Mammut with a robust tensioning system. The Carbon 240 Light has stable, lightweight segments that snap together with a telescopic locking mechanism that is easy to use with gloves on. The tip is drop-shaped to help save energy when probing, and the sides are marked with precise scales so you know your target depth. The Mammut Carbon 240 Light probe is ligh..
As light and awesome as the Carbon 240 Light probe is, the one drawback can be its length. The 43cm folded length can make it awkward to fit in shorter skimo race packs. Disliking drawbacks, ARVA decided to make a compact version which has a folded length of just 33cm. This is accomplished by having eight sections instead of six and making the probing point sit flush. The tradeoff ..
CAMP's lightest, the Carbon Fiber Avalance Probe is great for competitive ski mountaineering or everyday touring. Weighing only 133 grams (4.7 ounces), the six section probe is 240 centimeters (7' 10.5") in length, making it compatible with ISMF racing regulations and deep burials. The probe is connected with strong Dyneema® cord, a tug and cinch of which makes for quickly assembly..
Long, strong, light, inexpensive. All these good qualities can be found in the ARVA Light 240 Probe, often used as a benchmark in the backcountry safety market. Featuring 7075 alumimum sections and a strong kevlar cord, the Light 240 deploys quickly and locks with a simple tension locking system. And with the ISMF standard 240cm of length, you will have a great shot of finding your..
A sturdy aluminum probe with a focus on assembly speed. Mammut recognized that time is of the essence when probing, and the last thing you need is to waste time assembling your probe. The Fast Lock system is easy and secure, matching well with the stable aluminum segments. The tensioning cord is durable and the system can be used with gloves or mittens. The Mammut 240 Fast Lock pro..
The Black Diamond AvaLung has been proven to extend lives of buried avalanche victims. The system redirects your exhales away from your mouth so the nearby snow won’t ice up into a suffocating wall. That means more air from the snowpack is available to you in a dire situation. The Element is a removable AvaLung that works with several BD pack lines, including the ultralight Cirque ..
If you're looking for a minimalist harness for via ferratta or to safely rappel during ski tours, look no further. The Alp Racing harness by CAMP weight just 92 grams (3.2 ounces) and packs down to the size of a small fist. Don't look for lots of gear loops and thick padding that would be comfortable climbing in all day, but this harness will get you through a race course or down a..
The Edelrid Huascaran is a minimalist harness that doesn’t skimp on security. It has a beefy belay loop and a padded webbing waist that provides just enough comfort for long, light-n-fast missions. The harness is ultralight and packable, yes has decent gear loops and adjustment buckles. The leg loops have side buckles so you can put it on and take if off without removing your skis ..
If you’ve ever stood on a peak or at an anchor and struggled to get a harness on or off, CAMP’s new Alp Mountain harness was made for you. Proprietary Sicura buckles on the waist and legs offer the security of steel autolockers but open and close quickly. The overall design of the Alp Mountain is perfect for ski mountaineering and light and fast alpinism in general. Simple load-web..
The Blitz is a lightweight harness with all-mountain features that is also great for glacier travel. A bit more rugged than the Alp Racing Harness, the Blitz features thicker straps, hydrophobic materials, and additional durable gear loops. The true highlight, however, is a clever design that lets you strip off the harness without removing your skis. Simply unbuckle the clips on th..
Multi-use gear is bonus for ultralight enthusiasts and G3 offers one with the Rutschblock cord. The coated steel cable is designed for isolating snow columns but is also great cutting small cornices. No need to carry dynamite and a snowpack tool, just carry the G3 Rutschblock cord. The cord is dotted with stiff metal springs that create slicing friction while you saw like a lumb..
The worst time to try to remember how to rig a pulley system is when you or your buddy is dangling in a bottomless crevasse. The RescYou system from Mammut is a no-brainer, just attach the two rope clamps and start pulley-ing. The all-in-one kit attaches to your harness in a neat case, ready for deployment if you’re struck by misfortune. In such a scenario, just loosen the cinch-to..
If only everything were this easy to acquire and use. Mammut has packaged an ultralight rap cord with an appropriately proportioned biner and rap device. It comes with a throw bag that you can attach to your pack, using the aforementioned ‘biner if necessary. The rope is a 60 meter length of 6mm aramid line that is light and strong enough to rap on. The Nano 8 is small eight plate ..