When diverse sports like skiing progress, the gear often lags behind the trends and is outdated by the time it’s introduced.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..
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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..
Due to its high cost, it is wise to use Polartec® NeoShell® fabric in only strategic places. That is exactly what Millet did with the LTK Hybrid Neo jacket. The most breathable shell material on the market is used on the hood and shoulders to offer protection from the elements. The core of the jacket uses Millet’s impressive XCS 100 material that is tough, flexible and also fairly ..
The TLT 3L is a hard shell that is so light, packable, and breathable that you might actually want to use it when moving efficiently. 3L stands for 3-layer, which is a specific subtype of proprietary Dynashell™ fabric. The three layers can be thought of as waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Dynafit accomplishes this with a top secret weave of nylon and spandex. The 3L jacket ha..
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Zip on and off this superlight hard shell pant in a hurry. The TLT 3L is the perfect extra pant layer for keeping at the bottom of you pack. It’s so light and packable that it won’t hold you back, and if you actually need to use it, it still won’t you back. That’s because it’s a four-way stretch weave with impressive breathability ratings. This is exactly what you want in a hard sh..
When the king of high-tech outdoor apparel designs a jacket specifically for ski mountaineering, you can rest assured that it’s going to work. The Arc’Teryx Procline Comp Jacket is mostly comprised of Gore Windstopper fabric, a breathable yet wind-stopping shield that isolates you from the elements without bogging you down. This allows for complex moves in technical terrain no matt..
The Karpos Lastei Vest capitalizes on the secrets of physiology and Italian design. If your core stays warm, your extremities are magically less likely to get cold as well. If you use the right materials, you won’t get bogged down with sweat or bulk. If you go sleeveless, pack-space requirements are kept to a minimum. Karpos took advantage of all these ideas with the Lastei Vest. K..
What did Goldilocks say? "Not too hot, not too cold, but juuusssttt right!" We say the same thing every time we don the Dynafit Mezzalama Alpha 2 Jacket. Ski mountaineering is undeniably an aerobic activity, and therefore doesn't usually demand all the layers of thick insulation a resort skier may opt for. However, winter in the Wasatch isn't exactly tropical, and most days still r..
The Women’s Mezzalama is lined with Polartec Alpha, making it the lightest and most breathable insulated Dynafit jacket. This is perfect for a backup later for races, tours, or ski mountaineering. If the weather stays nice and you don’t need the protection, having the lightest item in your pack is ideal. If the temps drop and you need the insulation, having the most breathability i..
Full disclosure: here at Skimo Co, we chose the previous version of the Mezzalama jacket as our (now world-famous) shop jackets, so of course we are somewhat partial to it. Each and every member of our team has one, and we ski, run, eat, sleep, love, shower, and work in them on a nearly daily basis. Perfectly insulated (in our humble opinions) for skinning in cold, windy, or really..
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Whether you're racing, training, missioning, or just hanging out, the Mezzalama Alpha 2 pant from Dynafit is here to save your bacon when the temps drop lower than the forecast promised. Updated to be stretchier, warmer, lighter, and more breathable than the older Mezzalama pant, the Mezzalama Alpha 2 has the same targeted insulation and weather-proof outer that made the original m..
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..
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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..
The Mezzalama Pant from Dynafit is a zip-on insulation layer designed for its namesake high-altitude race. Known as the white marathon, the Mezzalama is a long, arduous, often-cold affair. In such races and/or places, it’s nice to have a pant you can whip on without taking off your skis. The pants are made with a rip-stop nylon that is strategically (and lightly) filled with Polart..
The Extreme Rutor Alpha Compo Hoodie is the kind of jacket that you find yourself never wanting to be without. Worn over a baselayer or light softshell, this Millet hoodie will take the teeth out of a biting cold wind while leaving your freedom-to-move intact. Eighty grams of Polartec Alpha in the chest and shoulders provide just the right amount of warmth without overheating while..
A common observation we hear from women is that their clothing and gear is not given the same design consideration and respect as men's equipment. The Millet Women’s Extreme Rutor Alpha Compo Hoodie does not fall into the "shrink it and pink it" design process. In an effort to create an ideal balance between warmth and breathability in an all-around touring jacket for women, Millet..
The Crazy Idea Half Blade jacket is a packable and zoned insulating layer designed for fast movement in biting cold, warming up for a race, or widening your margin of error on a long traverse. The lightweight construction won’t make an impact on your potential top-end speed by weighing you down or causing you to overheat. It is meant to be an accessory piece for travel through chal..
Sometimes you actually need more protection than “checklist” pants that most folks carry during skimo races. If you’re expecting an especially long or cold race or tour, consider adding some Polartec Alpha insulation. The latest in breathable warmth, Alpha is a revelation when it comes to highly aerobic activities in cold weather. The Crazy Idea Half Blade pants feature full-length..
Standard heavy winter clothing has virtually no place in the backcountry. Full down jackets and thick three-layer Gore-Tex pants are fantastic when riding a chairlift in harsh conditions, but when you're moving through the mountains under your own power, light insulation and functional breathability is a necessity. Thin and breathable CLO material covers your back, sides, and the b..
Skiing in jeans has always been a way to make a statement to other skiers, but unfortunately, cotton just has no functional place in the backcountry. However, the Backslash pants combines the sought-after look of jeans while avoiding the use cotton, a fabric that is absolutely terrible for snow sports. Here's the thing-- skiing in jeans is cool. It takes a pretty confident and comp..
With signature Italian style and technical performance, the Crazy Idea Summit jacket is a must for cold locations and midwinter touring. Insulated with a blend of Primaloft Silver and a water-repellent down, the jacket is warm, breathable, packable, and durable. That’s everything you want if you’re keeping count. This latest version of the Summit Jacket is manufactured with Crazy I..
Down jackets are precious in the backcountry, despite too hot to wear while skinning. If you have an emergency, are belaying your partner, or simply waiting for the sun to come around, slip on the Dynafit Radical Down Jacket. It boasts one of the best warmth-to-weight ratios on the market and is a versatile piece of gear that every skier should own. The horizontal baffles form a co..
If you work a 9-5 job and also ski a healthy amount, then dawn patrols, late nights, and sub-optimal weather are part of your life. Having a warm, compressible, puffy jacket that lets you stay true to your lifestyle is crucial for enjoying those environments. The issue with most down jackets is that they’re heavy, bulky, not breathable enough, and don’t pack down small enough. Thos..
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Karpos is as synonymous with high-performance fashion as Ferrari is with fast cars. The Brendol jacket is a synthetic down puffy that’s amazingly functional with a flattering cut. Perfect for après skiing as well as staying warm when digging a snow pit or starting out on a frigid, February dawn-patrol. The body is made up of seamless K-Shell fabric, a breathable shell that blocks w..
The Trilogy Synthesis is a bit of a revolution in down jacket technology. Using a Seamless weaving technology, Millet was able to baffle the feathers without using a sewing machine. That means there are no holes through the nylon like in every other down jacket. Which means the jacket is warmer and significantly more waterproof than the competition. It’s also a bit lighter since th..
There’s a good reason why it’s called the Inspire jacket. Crazy Idea has designed this jacket to be a no-frills, no-worry tool to inspire you to new and exciting places. With honeycomb fur on the bust and back it keeps that heat in without derailing the transpiration caused by high intensity activities. The side panels and underarms have an elastic plush combo to reduce resistance ..
The Marmarole Jacket is a mathematical anomaly. Karpos describes it as 55% down and 55% fleece for a total of 110%. Well, it’s true, you definitely get your money’s worth with this one; but that’s due more to the awesomeness than the questionable math. In the body, Pertex Quantum 30D fabric houses baffles of K-Synthetic Down Micro, a synthetic down that’s primed for any activity or..
Even if you aren’t carrying much, you’re still likely wearing a backpack when you’re out backcountry skiing. Included in said pack should be an insulation layer that keeps you moving when the mercury plummets below your expectations. It can also stave off hypothermia if for some reason you are forced to a halt. The Dynafit Radical 2 Primaloft jacket is an excellent choice for that ..
If you are looking for a go-to layer for when the wind kicks up, the temps drop below forecast, and your dang partners are just moving too slow, the Womens Radical 2 Primaloft Hoodie from Dynafit deserves your attention. Its hybrid construction puts the right materials where you need them, with stretch woven inserts under the arms allowing freedom to wave goodbye to the boys as you..
A super warm puffy that is good for belaying or eating a hoagie.
90/10 700 Fill power european white goose down
2 Front hand pockets with invisible zip
Microfleece chin guard
Spirex construction with synthetic underarm insulation panel
20D ripstop (nylon)
When you're working hard and the temps are far below freezing, every single layer has to insulate as well as it breathes. The Dynafit Mezzalama Alpha women's shorts strike that perfect balance, and do so in an extremely lightweight and functional package. Built to flex and stretch with you, the Mezzalama shorts provide that extra bit of insulation you need to make it to the car aft..
The lightest and most breathable insulation available make this the most functional skirt available. Warm-up, race, cool down, and just hang out in the Dynafit Mezzalama Alpha Skirt. Zip it on over a race suit or pants with your skis on by using the full length side-zips. The skirt is stretch-woven nylon that is wind-resistant, water-repellent, and abrasion-resistant. It’s also stu..
Millet’s Pierra Menta Alpha Shorts are a fresh alternative to insulated skirts. Skirts have been the mainstay removable insulation for fast touring, offering warmth with very little bulk. Shorts offer the same benefits but with unlimited range of motion while skinning and booting. Keeping your core warm is the quickest way to boost your overall comfort and, with your pelvis being p..
DWR-treated fabric, Primaloft insulation, and full side-zips aren't generally the first words that you'd think to use when describing a skirt, but thanks to Dynafit’s introduction of the Radical skirt, now we do. The TLT Skirt is an updated version that maintains the charms of the original. The full length side-zipper make it the perfect pre/apres ski apparel. Zip up and warm up.
La Sportiva calls the Athena a “tech-fashion” piece. That seems about right, considering the usefulness and wide assortment of colors. In fact, each skirt comes as two colors since the they are reversible*. This doubles your chance of matching while keeping important bits warm. The Athena 2.0 Skirt can be zipped on over ski pants or a base layer, adding a layer of Primaloft® insula..
If you’re planning on using your over shorts for more than just avant/après ski, consider getting the most breathable option. The entire Mezzalama line-- including the jackets, pants, and over shorts-- uses targeted Polartech Alpha insulation to transport perspiration away from your skin in order to keep you dry and warm without overheating or freezing. With 98g of premium lightwei..
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It’s a given than race suits are cool. Super cool. Sometimes they are a little too cool…more like cold. For those times, the Pierra Menta Alpha ¾ pant can save the day. Boosting your warmth with Polartec Alpha insulation, these pants are perfect for warming up, cooling down, and navigating blustery ridge lines. The insulation is targeted to specific areas so that your body warms up..
Backless is no longer just for elegant evening gowns at the ball! With the backless Flash Competition Anorak from CAMP, you can put on and take off a layer without removing your pack. Stowed in a mesh pocket that buckles around your waist, the anorak unfolds as you pull it over your head. Velcro it into place below your backpack and enjoy the bonus wind and water protection. When t..
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The ~90 gram Tempest Light jacket is Crazy Idea’s answer to skimo race requirements. As a bonus, the half-zip design also happens to function well in many other pursuits. Shield yourself from the tempest when the wind picks up, or stow the jacket in its own neck pocket when things calm down. An athletic fit (for a wind jacket) and a helmet compatible hood make this a great option f..
Simple descriptive name, simple functional pants. The Light Pants from Crazy Idea are a full-length thin-nylon wind pant. With zippers down the side they can be quickly donned over a skin suit or softshell to provide protection from the wind. And at an ultralight weight, they make a great checklist item for a race. The pants have an elastic waist and cuff and can be stowed in a hid..
Why Crazy Idea named this baselayer the Fahrenheit and not the Celsius is beyond us, but it definitely gets the job done. The super-top is designed with an ergonomic fit using a combination of merino wool and polyamide microfiber to create a comfortable next-to-skin layer. The Fahrenheit jacket is an awesome baselayer with Italian style measured in English units.
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The Trilogy Wool TS is a long-sleeve “transfer layer” from Millet. That means it transfers moisture away from you at a rapid clip, exactly want you want in a first layer. The Trilogy has a female cut of Carline XCL 150, which is a Merino wool blend with hollow fibers used as lightweight insulation. That means you’ll be warm and dry when ski touring and mountaineering. The Millet Tr..
A high-performance base layer, the women's Neptune 2.0 features the BeCool® yarn that virtually eliminates excess heat and moisture. Of course it helps that the long sleeve shirt is body-mapped with ventilation zones on the back and under the arms. The seamless construction offers all day, chafe-free comfort, perfect for under a race suit or touring top. La Sportiva went out of the..
We originally thought La Sportiva’s Saturn hoody was improperly named as women’s attire, since Saturn is not a Roman goddess, but a Roman god. However, we quickly stood corrected after learning La Sportiva's naming intention with the hoody. Saturn is the god of liberation and wealth, and liberation from the elements results in a bounty of powder and corn skiing. Now the name makes ..
La Sportiva calls it seamless construction with BeCool® yarn. We call it comfortable. The Troposphere base layer is built without any seams, using a 4-way stretch fabric that is body mapped with tactical ventilation zones. The Polygiene® fabric made with the new yarn is moisture wicking with an anti-bacterial / anti-odor treatment. The lightweight long-sleeve shirt is great for wea..
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You may not need to wait for New Years for your next resolution. The Resolution top by Crazy Idea is potentially the sexiest jacket of the year. Its unique design makes it an ideal jacket for both sport and leisure. Made of a high performance 3D fabric it will keep you warm when things get cold, but breathes enough to let that excess heat and moisture off when things get hot. Two l..
Karpos knows fleece. The Italian specialists crafted the Croda to be that perfect piece that you put on and don’t think about. The Thermo Fleece’s checkered design retains just enough warmth while emphasizing sweat-wicking and heat-venting. It’s the perfect base layer to extend the temperature-range of your expensive jacket, or it can be worn by itself on those beautiful bluebird d..
The Karpos Croda is a delightful layering piece from the fleece experts. Soft enough for a base-layer, warm enough for a mid-layer, and stylish enough for a spring outer-layer. The Croda can do it all and it’s optimized for temperature and climate control. The checkered thermo-fleece both allows for good thermal retention while also providing channels to move excess heat. The fiber..