La Sportiva tried selling racing suits in North America a few years ago. Unfortunately the suits were too awesome for the nascent local market, which couldn’t stomach the nearly $600 price tag. Not a company that accepts failure, La Sportiva has managed to produce almost-as-awesome suits (just missing the previously included hood and gloves) at a *much* better price.
The Syborg ..
$298.95 From $187.76
The picture says it all. This is the hippest race suit ever made with leopard skin up top and jeans on the bottom. Made with a sleek Elité fabric, the Skinny Suit by Crazy Idea never has to be taken off. It’s fully function while skiing with boot buckle cutouts, stirrups, and a host of pockets. It’s fully stylish everywhere else.
Before you reach for your keys in your jeans pock..
If your skis are Stealthy your race suit should be too. Sneak up on the competition in the Aski Race suit. Hide your skins in two large skin dumps on the outside. Hide you baby kangaroo in the stomach pouch. Two flapped pouches inside will hide what you put in them. Stirrups, scuff guards, and a buckle cutout area adorn the cuffs while a hood adorns your head. The Aski race suit is..
The term “vanguard” refers to a position at the forefront of development. La Sportiva is positioning the Vanguard pant to serve those at the forefront of ski mountaineering. The focus of the pant design was on comfort and fit, and Sportiva nailed this with a combination of brushed tricot lining and stretch-woven soft shell fabric. The Vanguard pants are designed to hug your legs an..
$158.95 From $119.95
If you have one Crazy Idea pant, you want them all. The Sideral is another comfortable touring and general mountain pant to add to your collection. The breathable Crazy Endurance fabric is hard-wearing enough for regular use while repelling dirt and water. The Sideral features a clean look with a heat-bonded polyurethane film decorating and reinforcing the cuffs and outer knees. It..
These bottoms hold the title of “pant of the century”. If someone points out that’s not a real competition, we’ll just say there must have been a bad translation from the original Italian. In any case, the Century Pant from Crazy Idea builds on centuries of Italian leadership in clothing design. An athletic cut with reinforced knees and bonded zippers make it a great mountaineering..
The Sideral pant for women is a comfortable all-around mountain pant that you will want to ski in every day. Made with Crazy Endurance fabric that is stretchy and breathable, the Sideral pants are great for earning your turns. The fit is athletic and you can cinch the drawstring on the waist for a snug hold. A stylish polyurethane reinforcement pattern is heat-bonded to the cuffs f..
A new minimalist jacket in the Pierra Ment’ line from Millet. The Speed version is a soft Vueltex® Knit like the others, but in a trimmer X-Fit cut and a lighter overall package. The thumbhole cuffs and non-slip gripper elastic in the hem hold the jacket in place while you’re on the move. A comfortable adjustable collar and full-zip closure make the Speed Jacket a pleasure to wear...
The Viper is Crazy Idea’s Goldilocks mountain pant. Not too snug, not too baggy, it’s just right. Not too much fuzzy backing inside for spring skiing, just enough to keep you warm in the winter. The waist itself is elastic and has an elastic drawstring going through it, to ensure a stylish fit no-matter your waistline. Two zippered front pockets secure cargo-like Voile scrapers, in..
Similar to the pant, the TLT is Dynafit’s new namesake jacket. Featuring Silvershell material woven in way that doesn’t require a membrane, the jacket is more stretchy and breathable than similar kit. The weave still provides a good amount of wind-resistance and water-repellency with some bonus abrasion resistance. The TLT jacket features and active cut and has skin pockets up fron..
If there is one product that epitomizes Dynafit’s approach to the mountains, it is the TLT 2 pant. Ready to adapt to whatever you throw at it, the TLT 2 Women’s Pant is another top-notch product from Dynafit. Trim but not restrictive. Warm enough for cold weather skiing, but not too insulated to take out in the spring. Enough water-repellency to keep you dry while still exceeding b..
Dynafit’s TLT lineup has been the mainstay touring gear, suited to all kinds of conditions and adaptable across various various terrain. The TLT Dynastretch is the latest iteration of the TLT line and has set a new standard for what a lightweight touring and mountaineering pant should look like. The majority of the pant is comprised of a lightweight Dynastretch fabric, which allows..
The acronym TLT (Tour Lite Tech) is synonymous with Dynafit. It was the name of the original tech binding and has since been passed down to worthy successors. The company also uses it for their signature touring boots, now up to series six. Now comes their signature touring pants. The TLT softshell uses a double weave construction to achieve wind resistance and water repellency, wh..
The Nitro is a lightweight ski mountaineering jacket made with breathable Crazy Endurance fabric. That means it’s also abrasion resistant and repels dirt and water. Just what you want in a jacket for ill-defined mountain adventures. The Nitro has an ergonomic cut and the fabric is stretch woven so it won’t inhibit your progress. The jacket has modern Italian styling and matching fu..
The Nomix is a fitted ski touring & mountaineering pant that could be the ultimate combo of style and function. Reinforced knees are articulated for free movements and decorated with reflective piping. Instead of a small/medium/large size run, Crazy Idea used standard Euro sizing so you can get a perfect fit. The integrated elastic belt is adjustable to snug up comfortably agai..
Winning awards as one of the most advanced cold-weather speed-touring jackets on the market, the Karpos’ Alagna Plus jacket is here for your warming pleasure. Body-mapped as a tattoo artist, the Alagna Plus incorporates 60g of Polartec Alpha insulation in strategic areas. That’s just enough insulation to take the bite off those cold dawn patrols and mid-winter mornings without gett..
For those of us that sometimes wear spandex and use normal-size skis (often called “skinny”), the fashionable touring apparel is too bulky to get where you’re going. On min-winter foul-weather days, however, the only thing warm enough might be the aforementioned bulky apparel. Not anymore. Introducing Karpos’ magic pants, the Alagna Plus. Unlike the Alagna Lite pant, the Alagna Plu..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket is the best of both worlds: protection and breathability. The main chest, shoulder, and bicep panel is made of Gore Windstopper which takes the bite off even the most ambitious gusts. The fabric is also extremely abrasion resistant, which makes it great for the main panel and shoulder section. It’s not optimal for the lower torso, elbow and hoo..
Dynafit’s debut of the Speedfit Dynastretch Pant has been anxiously awaited by fence-sitters everywhere. If you can’t decide between weather protection and mobility, you’re in luck because you no longer have to. Stitched with Hybrid Construction, the Speedfit pant is split into two main sections. The front-half is Dynastretch, an abrasion-resistant and weatherproof fabric that is a..
Dynafit’s Speedfit Windstopper Jacket, this time in a cut and fit specifically for women. Stitched with an advanced body-mapping design that Dynafit calls Hybrid Construction, the Speedfit Windstopper Jacket combines the best of the best. The Jacket offers breathability, protection from the elements, and freedom of movement. Gore, the makers of world famous Gore-Tex, toned down the..
Protective, breathable, and stretchy: just how all pants should be. The Speedfit Dynastretch Pant is built with a body-mapping design called Hybrid Construction which maximizes weatherproofing without sacrificing mobility. Dynafit accomplished this by splitting the pants into a front and back half which are controlled by your left and right brain, respectively. The front half is bu..
When your equipment is literally a life line, it’s good to know you can count on your gear. The Karpos Mountain Jacket is a workhorse designed for daily life in the mountains. It’s efficiently constructed to be weatherproof and durable without sacrificing too much breathability. The Mountain Jacket is the complete package for skiers looking to extend their scope of practice beyond ..
When diverse sports like skiing progress, the gear often lags behind the trends and is outdated by the time it’s introduced. Luckily, there are a few companies like Karpos that have their ear to the ground and are interested in the progression of ski-mountaineering. The Mountain pant is a protective pant for moving fast in harsh conditions. K-Shell fabric is a warm, wind-proof, and..
The quality and attention to detail that Karpos presents is almost unmatched, which is why the versatile Mountain pant is one of the mainstays of their lineup. Sporting a top-to-bottom DWR finish, the Mountain pant will repel water, dirt, and other contaminants which means your pants stay clean and breathable. The main fabric used is K-Shell, a lightly insulated and breathable wind..
The Dynafit classic Racing Windstopper Jacket has been revived. It combines Gore Windstopper™ on the front panel to shield you from your own speed, and flexible water-repellent softshell on the arms to help you stay frictionless and dry at any speed. While these materials breathe well, the true ventilation genius is on the back of the jacket, where mesh inserts allow for air flow w..
Crazy Idea made the Cervino pant for ski mountaineers used to going race speed. The outside weave is smooth and flexible for friction-free movement. The inside contains a light fleece lining to add a little warmth. Stirrups and boot buckle cutouts keep the legs in place over two-buckle boots. Two side pockets fit your hands and plans. An elastic waist, stretchy Vuelta knit, and fla..
The Cervino pants have a sleek feel on the outside and has a soft fleece lining within. One of the most comfortable ski pants around, the Cervino is optimized for speed. The Vuelta knit is stretchy and nearly friction-free. The cuffs are zippered to get around your boots, and have cutout zones for popular two-buckle boots. This means no messing with your cuffs during transitions, j..
The Dynafit Radical pant is either a more touring-oriented version of the PDG, or a more race-oriented version of the TLT. But regardless of how you try to classify it, the pant just works. It’s wind-resistant, water-repellent, breathable, comfortable, and just plain nice to wear. Nothing radical about that at all. The material is a blend of nylon, poly, and spandex that is stretch..
The Cervino kit from Crazy Idea is race-inspired top and bottom with a thin fleece lining that makes it a bit warmer that the Repeat. Sleek on the outside, soft on the in, the jacket is great for long training days, casual touring, and ski mountaineering. The shoulders and upper arms are Schoeller, which is a softshell material that offers a good level of weather protection. The ma..
Like the pants, the Cervino jacket is smooth to the touch and is designed to flow with you. It has a women’s specific fit that is locked into place with thumbholes on the sleeves and an elastic waist. Crazy Idea used a proprietary Vuelta knit to achieve the stretchiness, and flat locked seams prevent any chafing. Inside is a light fleece lining that is just enough to keep you warm ..
Jeans! The Sound pants from Crazy Idea are a ski touring pant with distinctive style. Well, outdoors at least. The best part is you don’t need to change when you go inside, since you’ll already be wearing jeans. Except instead of denim they are made from technical ITTTAI fabric, which is protective and breathable. These jeans feature ski-touring specific features such as zippered c..
Thankfully Dynafit didn’t leave women out when it came to the new signature pant. Designed to be fast and light, the TLT Pant is for women that like to get things done in the backcountry. The pant doesn’t have a water-trapping membrane so it remains breathable. Instead is uses a double weave construction to achieve the goals of water-repellency and wind-resistance. It also features..
The B-Side is the women’s version of the Century pant. That should be enough of a description but we’ll continue. The B-Side is an all-round mountain pant that is excellent for ski mountaineering and touring. With cuff reinforcements that extend up through the knees, the pants are ready for an uphill fight. The Magic Silver yarn fights bacteria which prevents odors. It’s woven into..
Millet designed the LTK XCS for “intense, top-gear, calorie-guzzling sport.” The fitted pant has meshed thigh vents for dumping heat and a sporty cut for unrestricted movement. The LTK is engineered with a special XCS fabric which is perfect for high-performance ski touring without the high price of a patented membrane. Strategic reinforcements in the knees and cuffs imply the pant..
The Mercury is a softshell pant made with Schoeller Dynatec fabric. It’s a protective, hard-wearing material that Crazy Idea assembled into a ski touring and mountaineering pant. The Mercury is a thin shell that keeps out the weather while you’re on the go. There is a soft lining under the reinforced knees, but otherwise is just the breathable shell. It has boot buckle cutouts so y..
The Col Becchei is an accessible peak in the Italian Alps that tops out just over 9,000ft, offering budding Italian skiers their first exposure to no-fall zones and technical spring skiing. Appropriately named after this peak, Ortovox’s ski-touring jacket is perfectly suited for those technical missions where breathability, freedom of movement, and durability is key for success. Th..
The ski-touring pant that indicates you mean business. Sexy enough for formal occasions, the Ortovox Cevedale is also a workhorse touring pant. The pants are made with lots of Cordura, an incredibly durable fabric made popular in military applications in which the quality of your gear can make the difference between life and death. However, Cordura is a relatively stiff fabric whic..
Piz Duleda is a popular 9,500ft peak that Italians scamper up using various ascent/descent methods: via ferrata, skinning, climbing, running, you name it. If your morning routine involves skiing a mountain like the Piz Duleda, you will need nerves of steel, proper gear, and reasonable avalanche conditions. The namesake jacket from Ortovox is perfectly suited as a technical ski-tour..
The Mercury 2 ski touring jacket retains the same functionality as the original, just with a better “hand”. To translate the apparel industry-speak, that means it just feels nicer. A light brushed lining is woven into the shell making it feel soft and inviting inside. Dynafit also changed the shell material-mix, adding a bit more flexibility and breathability. It remains wind-resis..
Dynafit streamlined the Mercury pant enough to earn it a new number (2). Switching up the fabric mix and weaving the light lining into the inside of the shell material, the designers managed to shave 100 grams of weight and make it even more appropriate for active touring. The Mercury 2 pants have mesh-backed zip-vents on the thighs for dumping excess heat. They feature active-cut ..
Dynafit’s Mercury 2 Jacket is considered core to their line of apparel. That means they are especially proud of the design that features a comfortable brushed lining woven into a weather-protectant shell. As they should be, the Mercury is a nice, lightweight jacket that helps regulate your temperature while ski touring. The stretch-woven fabric moves with you and breathes, while be..
The streamlined Mercury 2 Pant is now even more appropriate for active ski touring. The brushed lining is woven into the shell to give a sleek feel. This, coupled with an updated mix of materials, enables the pants to be several ounces lighter than the original Mercury from Dynafit. The pants are still designed for daily use, with an abrasion-resistant weave and durable scuff guard..
A unique blend of 88% nylon and 12% elastane gives the Mercury Softshell weather resistance and breathability without the use of an expensive membrane. Dynafit wove the light, highly-elastic fabric into an athletic cut softshell that is perfect for aerobic movement in cold weather. The designers even sprinkled in unique features such as pit zip vents strategically located behind th..
Amply lined with soft and breathable fleece, the Karpos Express 300 is the go-to pant for frigid skimo adventures. Run cold? Ambitious expedition? Midnight powder skiing in a January storm? The Express 300 has you covered. Literally. Touting one of the most impressive DWR (durable water repellent) finishes of any softshell pant, your pants will be drier and cleaner for longer. This..
Karpos’ has a long tradition in fashion-centric Italy, and once you wear the Express 300, you’ll realize why the company’s reputation is so strong. The pants sport a DWR finish from top to bottom that will readily repel dirt and water, meaning you’ll be clean and dry. The main panels on the Express 300 are K-Stretch, a breathable two-way-stretch fabric that can stand up to bad weat..
These could be the nicest sweat pants ever made. The Millet Touring Power Pant is designed for efficient human-powered ski touring. Made with Polartec® Power Stretch Pro, power is the theme and powder is the dream. The material is as comfortable and flexible as sweat pants, with bonus protection and breathability. The front of the pant is covered in a rip-stop nylon lining for wind..
The Mercury Softshell line is custom designed by Dynafit for active use in the mountains. Made of a proprietary Silvershell nylon blend, the pants are both weather resistant and breathable. The Mercury Pant matches the Mercury Jacket, but comes in neutral colors that go with just about everything. And with reinforced cuffs, snow gaiters, and huge zip vents, they definitely go with ..
Advance your ski adventures with the Crazy Idea Advanced pants. Built for both uphill and downhill skiing, the pants are constructed with Polartec Windbloc® fabric, meaning they can handle both harsh approaches and extreme descents. The material is stretchy and the fit is performant, which means not-baggy. The waist is adjustable with Velcro and the cuffs have an internal gaiter to..