Once you have the ability to put your skis on you pack without removing it, it’s tough to go back to traditional systems. Simple shoulder-hooks are the fastest while the wrap-around cords are more secure. Runners will appreciate the vest-style packs with everything in front.
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..
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..
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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..
Here at Skim Co, we have been hesitant ot jump on the airbag train because of their excessive weight. Enter the Mammut Ultralight with the Removable Airbag 3.0 system. The pack is nearly race-weight without a cannister, and still comes in under 2kg with the cannister. That means you may not have to sacrifice much speed for the additional avalanche safety. The compressed air system ..
Not all airbags are created equal. 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 reliability..
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 ..
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..
Man, these avy airbags are really blowing up (pun intended). 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 t..
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 ..
The Black Diamond Cirque packs are plenty spacious, especially given their efficient sack-like design. However sometimes you just need that little extra bit to tack on. Add the Cirque Lid and the problem is solved. This ultralight SilNylon triangle weave quickly adds another few liters of space. This helps make the Cirque ski mountaineering packs some of the most versatile on the m..
Maybe you're using a pack that doesn't have a built-in helmet storage slot. Or maybe you're going on a ski vacation, and just want a versatile helmet storage case. Whatever the reason may be, the Mammut Helmet Holder Pro is a versatile storage bag that attaches to virtually any backpack. Four elastic hooks and a daisy chain on the bottom of the bag hook to a wide array of packs and..
Backpacks are like best friends that hug you and keep you safe. They've always got your back and, as long as you remember to bring them along, will be there for you no matter what. But when you're out breaking trail and your backpack is left to bring up the rear, who has your backpack's back? The ARVA Helmet Holder is one candidate. It keeps the lines of your backpack* tight for th..