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..
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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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 allows some give before snapping like some fiber poles, and the dual construction offers the benefits of two ultralight and strong fibers. The upper shaft is 16mm of worry-free ..
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..
Fischer has built a robust Titanal pole for use anywhere on the mountain. Titanal is a high-strength aluminum alloy which is less likely to break due to the addition of titanium. Of course, titanium is low-density, resulting in a very light, stiff pole shaft. The Fischer Vario Ti is a two-piece, telescoping pole topped with extended EVA foam for gripping in various hand positions. ..
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. Once you get over the mental hurdle of skiing with a sword in your hand, you begin to discover the wisdom. Post-discovery, you begin to carry two.
Designed as a self-arrest device, the Whippet is moderately capable of stoppi..
A better name for this product would be 3-Piece Whippet. Sure the lower two sections are made of carbon fiber, but that just serves to save some grams, allowing for an extra segment without much change in overall weight. The pole still has as many uses as the iconic Whippet, it just collapses down smaller so you can stow it more easily on/in your pack.
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If you’ve spent sleepless nights thinking about minimalist skimo packs (like Ultimate Direction did), you will end up designing the Skimo 8. At just 8 liters, the trail-inspired racing vest is the fastest way to fly. Weighing next to nothing and hugging you like a daughter, the “eight” might as well not even be on your back. But if you’re forced to carry a few items (see race check..
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..
The World Cup Aero Pack is Ski Trab's lightest race pack, designed as a minimalist system to shave weight. Despite that constraint, the form fitting pack is actually featureful enough to tour with on those farther and faster days with a ski carry system, external skin pocket, and a comfort elastic shoulder system. The pack is designed to fit very closely to your shoulders so it doe..
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..
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..
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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.
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..
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..
Inspired by trail vests, the Touring LTK 18 is designed for modern ski touring and mountaineering. As a bonus, it can be converted into a summer-time trail pack whereby the ski carry is used to carry poles. Millet clearly thought everything through on this pack. The LTK 18 has a clean-cut performance shape and flawless zippers with easy-grip cords. You can stow a good amount of ite..
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 18 is Ultimate Direction’s middleweight skimo vest, with more storage space than the ultra-minimalist 8, yet slimmer than the bubba 28. It might be called the default option for those used to skimo race packs. Competing feature-for-feature, the Skimo 18 can carry everything you need for basic day tours and most races. It is also “vest-style”, which is the specialty of Ultimate ..
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..
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 with all the features and quality you’d expect. Follow in the footsteps of Reinhold Messner, who used a Millet backpack on the f..
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..
A rather complete lightweight day pack from Mammut. The Spindrift is an ultralight backpack for ski touring that has a number of race-inspired features. The ski attachment system can be operated without removing the pack, and the separate side compartment provides quick access for crampons, hydration, or a backup layer. Mammut added a couple nice twists, such as removable back-padd..
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, ..
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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..
Finally a bigger Dynafit race pack. As you could guess, the RC28 is 8 liters more voluminous than the RC20. It shares the ultra-fast ski carry system, breathable mesh shoulder straps, and other features with its litter brother. But you can just put more in. Enough for the Grand Traverse? Someone will try. Until then, we can say it’s big enough for bigger days in the backcountry.
Ultimate Direction packed everything you need for ski touring and mountaineering into the Skimo 28 vest. It is one of the most full-featured packs out there, with access from the top, bottom, side and back. Avalanche gear has a special compartment with probe sleeve that you access from the bottom. A crampon side-door lets you stash ‘pons or anything else. Back-access lets you cushi..
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 ..
Made with ultralight Dynex (Dyneema) fabric, the Black Diamond Cirque 30 is a workhorse pack for bigger daily missions. Although less voluminous than the 35, it has enough usable space and extensions to handle just about anything, including the Grand Traverse race. The Cirque line features a slick lid closure system that is fast to operate with one hand, even blindfolded (why are y..
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..
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 ..
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..
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 ..
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Now the award-winning SuperFlow system is available in a more affordable goggle. The Airflux sports the same amazing ventilation found in the Aerospace, but without the chromatic lenses. Instead the goggles are fitted with an assortment of Julbo Spectron lenses, each adept in different lighting conditions. If you’re headed uphill to ski, pop the lens away from your face with a simp..
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The Attivo Goggles are simple glasses geared for uphill skiing and mountaineering. Choose from single or double lens configurations to keep the snow and wind off your eyeballs. The goggles come with both standard straps and shorties that plug into receptors found on the Attivo helmet. The receptors are a secure hold that lets you move the goggles between your face and the front of ..
If you can’t see, you can’t ski. Avoid that problem with the Downhill 2000 goggles. German industrial giant Uvex makes the best lenses in the industry, in terms of break-resistance, anti-fog technology, and distortion-free vision. Because of this, Downhill 2000s are great for racing, touring, and ski mountaineering. The goggles feature Supravision® anti-fog treatment, which has dou..
$189.95 From $142.46
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 Trek sunglasses are the go-to eyewear for general and ski mountaineering. Transition lenses keep the light transmission optimal and a wrap-around style blocks the U/V light from melting your face. The glasses feature air vents on the lenses to prevent fogging, and also allow airflow underneath. In addition, you can remove the side wings to further increase the venting on warm s..
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..
Gloworm is a New Zealand company making high-end LED lights. The more light you have the faster you can ski since you have more time to react to whats coming at you. With Gloworm's Alpha and X2 headlamps you can get all the light you need at the press of a button.
Alpha - 1200 Lumens - The kit includes 2 interchangable optics: Spot/Flood, and Spot/Wide. There are also 2 programm..
The new Petzl Bindi puts the power of 200 lumens in the palm of your hands. Actually make that around your head, since it’s a headlamp. Or neck, because it’s also a necklace? That’s right, you can wear the Bindi around your neck and still have it point out and illuminate your general direction. With an ultralight, 35-gram weight, the Bindi is the perfect backup or emergency headlam..
The original Tikka from Petzl is back. Just as small and light as before but now with more lighting power. In an 88 gram package with 3 settings plus a red light, this little guy will keep your life lit up before the sun comes up (or after it goes down!). The Tikka is a great to keep in the car so you don’t forget it when you’re groggily preparing for a dawn patrol. At 200 lumens i..