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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 $124.52
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 and sharp, hardened tips for breaking through crust. Black Diamond includes two sets of baskets with the set of poles so you can..
“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
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..
"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..
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 ..
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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 in the high mountains. 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. The three-quarter baskets provide support in the soft snow ye..
$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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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 ..
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..
$119.95 From $99.97
Pronounced “energy”, the NRG pack from Crazy Idea is anything but crazy. Non-garish colors, a full checklist of features, and an affordable price make the pack very sensible for skimo racing or light & fast ski mountaineering.
Ski carry system that can be used without taking the pack off your back.
Durable ripstop nylon feels like it will last longer than some others.
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 blinking LED meant for safety during night and low-light skiing. In addition to that nifty safety feature, the rest of the pack is built to last for years to come. All sorts of handy features make this pack..
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..
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 ..
Ultimate Direction is not afraid to think outside the box. Borrowing technology from award-winning running vests and fastpacking gear, UD now makes ski packs that let you move fluidly. But the Adventure Vest is much more than a big running vest with a ski carry attached to it. Starting from the top, the Adventure Vest features a roll-top closure and nylon-compression straps that zi..
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..
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, ..
Not all airbags are created equally. Ideally, if you were to remove the airbag system from the pack, it would still be one that you enjoy skiing with. In the case of the ARVA R15 Ultralight, the excellent pack layout leaves little to be desired. The ultralight Reactor pack is a clean, low-volume pack for light and fast missions in avalanche terrain. It also has impressive reliabili..
$649.95 From $552.46
If you’ve skied long enough, then you’ve forgotten essential equipment. CAMP has your back with the Snow Set, which is designed as a travel bag for skimo racers and adventure skiers. While the Dorais brothers somehow manage to shatter records after rolling into the trailhead with an unorganized pile of equipment, the rest of us need a bit more organization to succeed. The CAMP Snow..
Whether you are a wisened backcountry skier or a fresh greenhorn right out of your Level 1, you can appreciate a good airbag. They are a useful tool when paired with judgement, terrain management, and objective decision making. The ARVA Reactor Ultralight 25 is a sleek, lightweight, and effective airbag designed to help take you safely into the backcountry. The ”Goldilocks” 25L vol..
CAMP takes pride in making purpose-driven gear that’s perfect for a specific job. In this case, with the Be Safe, the idea was to create a stuff sack for safety gear that can be easily transferred from pack to pack depending on the day’s needs. The last thing you need when, say, preparing for a rescue, is to fumble about moving gear. The CAMP Be Safe is a moveable space designated ..
Finally, some goggles that work for uphill skiing. Julbo has an ingeniously simple plan for tackling the inevitable fogging that occurs if you ski with a typical goggle in the backcountry. All you do is pull the lens away from your face, which pops open to leave a sub-centimeter gap all around the glass. This is just enough to let your steam escape and a freshening airflow to work ..
$249.95 From $199.71