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Ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers are not known for ski maintenance. Most would rather be skiing! If you identify with that sentiment, you’ll love the Phantom permanent base treatment from DPS. The rocket-surgeons in charge at DPS promise that Phantom will give you the greased lightning feel of a fresh wax that will never, ever wear off. Gone are the late nights of scraping w..
While exploring nature’s mighty splendors, it’s easy to venture out of shouting distance or lose sight of your partners. Backcountry Access solves the problem with the BC Link 2.0 radio. Compatible with any pack with shoulder straps, the BC Link 2.0 has a six-mile usable range and thanks to the upgraded wattage, this upgraded version will reach up to 40 miles if the need arises. Bo..
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 ..
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..
Finely crafted ski poles like the Vertical Carbon QC poles have evolved drastically from the rough hewn sticks early humans used, but they still serve the same basic purpose. Lighter, stronger, and more niche-focused, these 100% carbon poles have a low swing weight, quick-change efficient baskets, and comfortable cork grips and adjustable wrist straps. While cavemen used their roug..
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..
$159.95 From $114.42
The Vapor Carbon 1 is a simple, strong pole that has an extended grip for choking up on skin tracks. Made with carbon and glass fibers, 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. The handles have a lip that is handy for manipulating binding risers ..
$149.95 From $112.46
“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..
While Movement has made their mark in the ski industry with some of the lightest skis known to man, their focus with the Race Pro Carbon Pole was a bit different. Making one of the most cost-effective race poles on the market was seemingly the focus here. Weighing only slightly more than most other carbon race poles, the Race Pro costs much less. Lower cost doesn’t necessarily have..
The Kohla Evolution Attack might be the perfect touring pole. Here’s why: It’s light, durable, and it brings the best of a race pole and a touring pole together into one. The asymmetric aero basket is offset for the highest hard snow performance, but the oversized platform offers plenty of flotation in soft snow. The 2K-Picco handle has a tab to manipulate risers, toe levers, or bo..
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 designed..
$99.95 From $79.95
Standing atop the podium on race day isn't a stand-alone event. Months of training runs that start in the daylight and end with a headlamp, solo dawn patrols, and many thousands of vertical feet climbed all go into winning a race. All those funny off-balance falls, pounding on your boots to clear the packed powder, and celebratory pole taps with your friends can take its toll on yo..
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..
Ski poles draw their origins from sticks that our early predecessors picked up off the ground to either help them walk or to hit something. Today, ski poles are adorned with lavish trappings like wrist straps and baskets, but the guiding principle remains the same-- a stick to help us walk or to hit stuff with. Well, the Dynafit Carbonio 2 ski pole is one of the nicer sticks you wi..
The Magico poles are hybrid adjustables that are stronger than most. Ski Trab integrated Kevlar into the coiled carbon fiber lower to add a second layer of strength where you need it most. The coiled design is meant to provide these poles some give before they catastrophically snap, like some fiber poles, and the dual construction offers the benefits of two ultralight and strong fi..
"One ski pole to rule them all, one ski pole to find them, one ski pole to bring them to the summit, and in the deep snow, you'll not fall in..."
Isn't how that how the quote from Lord of the Rings goes? Either way, if Dynafit had a retail dealer in Middle Earth, Sam and Frodo definitely would have taken the Speed Vario 2 pole with them on their trek to Mordor. Features like hig..
How many features can you pack into a pair of poles without sacrificing simplicity? The Kohla Evolution Feather Pro answers the question: a lot. The Feather Pro is a two-section adjustable pole with an aluminum upper and a carbon lower. The carbon lower substantially reduces swing-weight while the 7075 aluminum keeps things reasonably affordable and high on the durability charts. T..
The Salomon MTN S3 pole is a highly versatile pole that can quickly adapt to any terrain you might find yourself in. The carbon fiber construction promotes light ‘n fast movement and has an exceptionally low swing weight, even for a carbon pole. Quickly adjust the length of the poles when booting or side-hilling using the reliable tension-adjustable clamp system. The articulating b..
If you like strong, lightweight backcountry ski poles with lots of amenities, G3 nails it for you. The Via Carbon is an adjustable pole that is durable enough for big adventures and handy enough for daily touring. With a Quick Flick utility tab on the handle, you can easily adjust your riser positions. Ergonomic handles and side-hill grips make you want to not let go. The Asymmetri..
Suggestive of a good match with the Maestro skis, the poles with the same name are similarly designed to be reliable tools when you find yourself deep in the hills. 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, and the three-quarter baskets provide supp..
$74.95 From $47.52
A good piece of gear should just fade into the motions of the day, working well for its designed task and not complicating things. With the Razor Carbon Pro ski pole from Black Diamond, you're going to forget that you even have a pole in your hand-- just don't forget to toss them in the car in the morning. An upgraded classic BD feature, the FlickLock Pro adjustment mechanism is on..
The new Whippet-less Whippet! It is often said that the best pieces of gear are the ones that can disappear while using them. That doesn’t mean you should be chucking your poles off ridges and peaks in the hopes that they’ll work better. The statement really means that if a piece of gear is engineered well, you shouldn’t ever have to take the time to think about it in the field; th..
After assembling our wish-list of features for what we thought to be the ideal training, mountaineering, and all-around light 'n fast pole, we were surprised to find all those features manifested in the shape of a Kohla Evolution Feather pole. Since a pole is essentially a high-tech tree branch, it's difficult to make a pole that distinguishes itself head and shoulders above the re..
The Salomon MTN S3 Aluminum pole is a versatile pole that can adapt to the mountains while reducing arm-fatigue over a long day due to the low swing-weight. The rugged aluminum construction makes short-work of long-life. The tension-adjustable clamp ensures bomb-proof adjustability for years to come. The offset powder baskets offer the flotation of a traditional powder basket while..
The Carbon Whippet is the high-tech big brother of the iconic Whippet. If you enjoy steep skiing and haven’t tried a Whippet yet, then you are missing out. If you have tried a Whippet, then you know handy they are in just about every situation. This iteration of the iconic staple of ski mountaineering features a totally removable Whippet head for unmatched versatility in any terrai..
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. The latest iteration features a totally removeable Whippet head, allowing you to adapt to the changing conditions at a moment’s notice. Using an easy-to-operate threaded wedge system to securely pair the reinforced pole and Whi..
Perhaps you are one of the brave souls who undertook the noble calling of parenthood. Or maybe you just have a friend or sibling who has a litter of their own. Either way, it's a widely known fact that every time you look away from a child between the ages of 6-12, they grow an inch. That's why we invented babysitters, so that kids would stop doing that pesky thing we call growing...
The Chamonix ski mountaineering pole. Coming to us from across the pond and made in the shadow of the great and icy Mont Blanc, these unorthodox ski poles offer many small yet meaningful solutions to many small yet meaningful problems ski mountaineers face in the mountains. Made by mountain guide Alain Desez, the 18mm aluminum poles feature long ribbed foam grips which extend nearl..
The benefits of skiing with a Whippet are undeniable and when you need it, it’s irreplaceable. When you don’t need it, it feels a bit like running with scissors. Sometimes you don’t know if you’ll need it until you get there. Is this going to be a high-speed corn lap or a side-slipping nail-biter? If it’s going to be a ripping corn lap it’s nice to not be skiing with a knife in you..
Whether you're pushing the limit in your own back yard, exploring a new mountain range, or simply want to be prepared for the unexpected, the Black Diamond Alpine Whippet Attachment has you covered. Using BD's ClickLock Dial, this head attaches to your Whippet Ready poles quickly so you can feel more secure when you find yourself in steep, soft snow. Shaped more like an adze than a..
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..
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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..
Take a look at any world-cup skimo podium and you’ll notice a pattern: there are more Ski Trab athletes than most other companies combined. In fact, they are so prevalent that they might be accused of sand-bagging the world-circuit. Trab also knows that packs are capable of making or breaking a clean skimo race. Imagine taking a digger and losing all your gear, botching an otherwis..
The Dynafit DNA 16 is a cut above the rest in the pack race, pushed by the rigors of elite ski mountaineering. Built on a similar platform as the Speed 20, the 16 is stripped down to a perfect volume and streamlined for bonus speed. It features a soft-yet-supportive harness system that becomes an extension of your torso and cinches down with a set of light, flexible cords inspired ..
Ultimate Direction is known for their super lightweight skiing and running packs, and the UD Skimo 20 is no exception. Sized to have enough internal volume for day tours and objectives requiring more than just skis and skins, the Skimo 20 has many of the classic Ultimate Direction features like shoulder strap compartments and a quick access ski hook for fast ski attachment. A hook ..
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..
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..
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..
Updated colors, materials, and streamlined operation. That is the name of the game for Ultimate Direction’s new race pack. Building on the success of the Skimo 18, the Race Vest has been optimized for speed, speed, and more speed. With less front pockets than a typical vest, the Race Vest enjoys freedom of movement and breathability without sacrificing easily accessible hydration a..
Getting accidentally mowed down by a snowcat at night sounds like a pretty terrible way to go, right? Avoid that sad fate with the Dynafit Speedfit 20 pack, which has a built-in LED light meant for safety during night time and low-light skiing. In addition to that nifty safety feature, an internal waterproof pocket will keep all the important parts safe, and as an added safety meas..
The Rapid is the brother of the world-renowned Rapid Racing pack, except this is built with a higher emphasis on day-to-day use outside of a race course. The Rapid is an excellent pack for everything from racing to long days accessing technical lines. A nifty velcro crampon pouch provides easy access to crampons (camera, overmitts, water bottle, etc) without removing the pack. EZ O..
Looking for a fully-functional, technical pack that is great for skimo racing and day touring? Look no further than the Movement SkiAlpi pack. At 24 liters, it is the perfect size and weight and has all the functionality you need for moderate technical ascents. Nothing on the pack is over the top as it rides well on your shoulders and back. No necessary component is forgotten for d..
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 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 Protecto..
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..
The CAMP Ski Raptor could be a trend-setter amongst technical freeride-oriented skiers that appreciate a fast-n-light personality. Far too often, 30-liter packs either resemble five-gallon buckets that swing wildly as you ski, or overly-compartmentalized mazes of heavier-than-necessary fabric. With the Ski Raptor, CAMP took matters into their beautiful Italian hands. Using an intel..
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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 ..
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..
Ultimate Direction is one of the top names in the endurance sports world, and they reached that position by creating products that work extremely well for a number of different tasks. The SCRAM-- Skiing, Climbing, Running, And More-- pack is the go-to pack of Anton Krupicka, the world-class trail runner, and if that isn't enough of a reason for you to buy this pack, read on. With a..