Layering is key with light and fast ski mountaineering. Look for highly breatheable materials with decent wind resistance for the up. Puffies come out of your pack while preparing for the down. Don't be afraid to dress up for the occasion with a full lycra body suit.
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
Think movement. The Alagna Lite jacket and pant is a “near suit” for racing and high-output touring. The front panel of the jacket is made of Karpos K-Shell which is windproof yet still soft and stretchy. The cuffs and medial side of the sleeves are made of Dualfit, an even more breathable fabric so you vent where you need it. The back is an even lighter fabric called Dualfit Light..
If moving fast is on your agenda, then so should be buying the Karpos Alagna Lite jacket. The Alagna Lite is a masterfully body-mapped jacket for racing, training, and even touring. Despite the focus on movement and breathability, the jacket offers decent weather protection. The majority of the jacket is built from Karpos’ proprietary K-Shell fabric which has excellent moisture-tra..
Built to keep up with the modern skimo woman, The Millet Pierra Menta II jacket confronts past industry-shortcomings of fast and light touring jackets for women. Make no mistake, this is one of the only jackets of its category to feature proper external skin pockets for fast transitions on the up and down. Designed for big days, hard training sessions, and distance ski-touring, Mil..
Choosing a Goldilocks pant that meets your needs for all skimo related activities can be an exhausting process. No worries, Dynafit is here to help. The Mezzalama Race 2 pant is the, "just right," of the skimo pant world, and stylish to top it off. Made with 4-way stretch materials and a fleece lining, the Mezzalama Race 2 Pant is a warm and form-fitting addition to any skimo close..
The Mezzalama Race 2 pants are the answer! Assuming that the question is, "where can I find an incredibly versatile pair of pants for race days, training days, and big objective days where I'm hauling backside?" These lovely leggings are smooth, lightweight, cozy, and designed with performance in mind. The Mezzalama Race 2 pants are extremely stretchy and breathable, made with flee..
If you've ever perused a Crazy Idea catalog, you may have noticed the amount of pride with which they describe their Cervino Jacket, and rightfully so! For more than 20 years it has been a staple piece of skimo apparel subject to annual iterations and improvements. Now revamped and renamed the Cervino Ultra, this version of an iconic jacket goes far above and beyond expectations fo..
If you want pants that are stretchy, windproof, and breathable, you should have them. "But how?" you ask. Check out the Dynafit TLT Touring pant, that's how. These are a great option for outdoor adventurers who are looking for something that can hold up against the elements from New Hampshire's wind-scoured Presidential Range to Oregon's snow-slammed Mt. Bachelor. The Dynastretch (..
What's breathable, stretchy, water and wind-resistant, and blue all over? If you guessed the Dynafit TLT Touring pants, you probably read the text on this page first. Either way, congratulations, you're spot on! These ski touring pants are a simple-yet-technical piece of attire that is suitable for any AT skier, telemarker, or splitboarder out there. Comfort-built with 4-way stretc..
The Karpos Marmolada jacket is a wonderful pick for anyone looking for a highly durable, highly water resistant touring jacket. If you're ready to ditch your hardshell, but not quite ready for a lightweight touring jacket, the Marmolada splits the difference and is a great introduction to the world of soft shells that do not compromise on performance. The Marmolada jacket is smartl..
Here at Skimo Co, we seek out pants that can kick butt and keep your keister warm at the same time. The Karpos Express 200 Evo pant is a mid-weight, wind resistant, comfortable outer layer that does just that - kick butt! With an abrasion-resistant K-Stretch fabric designed to let you be mobile, these pants are great for everyday backcountry touring. Not too sporty, not too baggy, ..
The Dynafit TLT Dynastretch Jacket is a perfect option for those who appreciate the light and fast ethos but aren’t quite willing to commit to the looks of traditional race-style tops. Much like other race tops though, this jacket is lightweight, breathable, stretchy, and provides minimal insulation. A hybrid construction effectively balances weather protection with high output ven..
While the TLT and DST acronyms make the name of the Dynafit TLT DST Jacket a bit ambiguous, the decision to use it as a daily driver for the fast and light ski touring crowd is clear as day. For the record, TLT means Tour Lite Tech and DST signifies the use of Dynastretch - a tightly woven stretchy fabric with a DWR finish. This fabric provides both wind and water resistance while ..
The Karpos San Martino Pant has everything a casual backcountry skier could want from a pant: elastic waistband, belt loops, gussets in the cuffs of the legs, two whole pant legs, and plenty of pockets! The Karpos San Martino Pant is made from two types of K-Stretch fabric, with a brushed fleece pattern on the top of the legs for warmth and a lighter and stretchier composition on t..
Karpos has spared no effort in making the Karpos Express Evo 200 Pant - Women's an amazingly comfortable ski pant! As with many of Karpos' signature soft goods, the Express Evo 200 pants have a classic DWR finish to repel water and prevent the build-up of dirt. The Express EVO 200's are made with two kinds of K-Stretch fabric, which are designed for technical performance. The front..
When the visionary Jimi Hendrix sang about, "Purple Haze," he was clearly looking into Dyanfit's future and their creation of the Low Tech DST jacket. This phenomenal fairweather frock maintains its primo-standard in construction that is a staple of Dynafit apparel. The ever-mobile Dynastretch material will let you roll down the windows with ease as you send that spring cornice. Up..
I pity the fool who's still struggling to find the pant that can do it all - the good news is we're here to help with your endeavor. Meet Dynafit's Low Tech DST pant. Formulated in a top-secret science lab straight out of an 80's action flick, the Low Tech DST Pant is a phenomenal Goldilocks option for those who are hounding after a lightweight touring pant with that dynamic, stret..
Fans of versatile, stretchy material, perfectly suited for high output ski-touring, are you ready - hey - are you ready for this, are you hanging on the edge of your seat? Dynafit has released the queen of the Low Tech anniversary lineup with the Low Tech DST jacket. This masterfully microperforated masterpiece is perfect for those of us who like to get our energy out on the skin t..
As the Eurythmics once said, "Sweet Pants are made of these, who am I to DST?" These lyrics never made it onto their official release, but we know what we heard. Dynafit is celebrating their 30th anniversary by being ever industrious and showing off their fashion, function, and comfort forward standard for their softshells with the Low Tech DST pant. The Dynastretch 4-way stretch m..
The B-Side is the women’s version of the Century pant. That should be enough of a description to get you pumped on these pants, but we’ll continue since information is what we are all about here at Skimo. 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, these pants are ready for..
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..
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..
Together with the Jacket, the Falls Pant is a high-performance racing and training suit that will keep you energized when skiing up and downhill. That’s both due to the magic PowerKler fabric and the overall efficient design. The fabric-makers claim the fibers can reflect body heat in a way that affects muscle performance. We’re not sure but we know when you put one of these on you..
As the upper half of a skimo racing suit, the Falls Jacket is designed to keep you organized and encourage movement. The two-piece suit is made with PowerKler, the same thermo-sensitive fabric found in the amazing Crazy idea one-pieces. It purportedly reflects your body heat back as infrared light that can energize your muscles. Whether that works or not, the Falls Jacket feels fas..
No, they are not real denim jeans, but they do look pretty sweet. Most people upon seeing you wear the Crazy Idea Hugo Race Pants will think you are skimo racing in your street clothes. Add in the Hugo Race Top and they will definitely be looking twice. But, don’t be concerned by the appearance, the pants are made of Power Kler high-performance stretch fabric to keep you at the top..
To help with the constant battle of thermoregulation in the backcountry, Karpos made the Alagna Plus Evo Vest. Smartly using Polartec Alpha insulation, which was designed for U.S. Special Forces, the Alagna Plus Evo Vest is designed to be worn and forgotten about, providing juuuust the right amount of insulation when you need it. It’s able to achieve this by allowing for greater ai..
The Cervino Ultra Pant is the cooler, younger (updated) brother in the Cervino pant line from Crazy Idea. Made with an athletic fitting design, these pants offer great breathability, comfort, and warmth when you need it most. The waterproof gaiters zip tightly around your boots and have optional cutouts that can allow you to access your buckles and the ski-walk lever without having..
Many skiers take pride in owning a ski-quiver. Fewer take pride in their quiver of ski-touring pants. The Millet Extreme Rutor Shield pant is a defense against ski-pant quivers. It’s the right choice for 90% or more of the conditions you will encounter when ski touring. The Millet XCS 200 material is lightweight and breathable enough to keep you comfortable lap after lap. High leve..
A vest is ideal when just a bit of extra core-warmth is needed or when you’ve been hitting the weights too hard and your biceps no longer fit in sleeves. The Extreme Rutor Alpha Vest is one of the best we have seen for ski touring. The 80g of Polartec Alpha fill on the front of the body provides just enough warmth to stave off a chill without overheating you and causing a loss of e..
No one likes being soggy and moist. No one. Therefore, to keep these dreaded adjectives as just words and not realities, Karpos made the Grand Mont Skimo Pant which is designed for those who prefer to go light and fast. The Grand Mont features a light and breathable stretch fabric on the front with a soft and stretchy fabric on the back. The result? A highly mobile and breathable p..
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..
Behold the Plum Race Suit, Ladies Edition. Same suit, construction, and features as the men's suit but packed into a cut and color designed from the ground up specifically for women. Wickedly ventilated, built for speed, and slightly camouflaged with a few small flowers on the left shoulder to help you blend in with the Flora (we have a separately "camouflaged" suit to blend in wit..
Dynafit calls it a second skin. The DNA Women’s race suit is built with Nilit® Innergy, an energy-infusing fabric that will leave you excuse-less. The special nylon fabric technology purportedly increases performance by reflecting body heat as far infrared rays, infusing you with energy. But aside from the sorcery, the suit is decked out with all the features you need to get up, do..
Let’s face it: skimo race suits are not built for the cold. To warm up before a race or even have a warm yet ultralight layer to bring with you, the Mezzalama Polartec Alpha pant is an easy way to thermoregulate your all-important lower half. Instead of accumulating heat, Polartec Alpha Direct continuously disperses warmth and moisture while placing an insulating layer directly nex..
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..
The Ionic jacket from Crazy Idea is the perfect piece to take you from the skin track to drinks with the gals. Crazy has popularized this jacket with its cut for an athletic lifestyle while throwing in some Italian flare. This multifunctional jacket is made of Highperformance 3D (HP3D) fleece that has the warmth for those colder days touring, while having the breathability to preve..
Designed to follow the popular Century pant (remember the "pant of the century"?), the Crazy Idea Avenger pants have some updated trimmings and colors, but in form and function are essentially the same thing. The Avenger pants are designed for comfort and functionality while exerting yourself in a wide range of conditions, making these pants the favorite Skimo Co softshell bottom. ..
If you want to be fast on the uphill we have one universal tip to give you, our motto - Fast & Light. The DNA Polartec Alpha Pant is just that, and more. Made with Polartec Alpha, the pant offers a unique balance as a race pant between breathability, light weightedness, and master-crafted breathability all due to this magical fabric. Elastic hems on the waist and cuffs, in tand..
I once heard someone call a vest a, "sleeveless jacket." Hitting the middle ground is Dynafit's Speed Insulation Hybrid jacket. It’s got torso insulation for those cold days where a softshell just won’t cut it, combined with stretchy sleeves, sides and hood. Unlike down, the 100% recycled synthetic insulation will retain its warmth even when wet. Front pockets, meanwhile, are great..
When an unlined softshell won't cut it and a puffy might be too much, the Speed Insulation Hybrid Jacket is the fusion every skier wants to be in. A unique, 100% recycled insulation will keep you warm even when winter's doing its darndest to make those deep winter conditions cold and wet. The hybrid construction provides a DWR coating along your front torso and lightweight breathab..
When most people think of oxygen, they envision two oxygen molecules happily connected with two covalent bonds. When Skimo athletes think of Oxygen, they immediately think of a fast and light ski touring pant, created by Crazy Idea with an attitude of no compromise. Built using the “made in Italy” Vuelta fabric, the Oxygen pant finds the ideal ratio between thermoregulation and bre..
Was your New Year's resolution to go fast and look good? Well then, the Crazy Idea Resolution Pant might just be the solution to your resolution. Ideal for the person who is looking for high-performance ski touring pants without the skin-tight European look. DWR treatment repels moisture from penetrating the windproof, anti-pilling, and abrasion-resistant fabric. Two zippered front..
Forget cowbell, we want more merino! The Ortovox Col Becchei women's jacket is a juggernaut, a superstar, a windblocking, water repelling, merino wool constructed beautifully crafted piece that would be a welcomed addition to any wardrobe. Built to hold up to the elements, two pit zips can help you let off some steam if a snowstorm turns into a sunny day. Let it snow, let it blow, ..
Cargo pants have too many pockets, spandex bottoms don't have enough. Enter the Goldilocks of getup, the Col Becchei women's pant from Ortovox. Well placed thigh and hip pockets are just the beginning, these bomber bottoms have bells and whistles that will wake up the neighbors. An adjustable elastic waist make these the perfect pants for a late day tour on Thanksgiving and snaps a..
After much contemplation on the skin track, we collectively decided that while trucker hats and neck gaiters are useful, they don’t embody our values quite as much as skiing in tight spandex does. Our search for the perfect skinsuit to boldly go where no spandex has gone before ended abruptly when a clear winner emerged. After laying hands on the Ski Trab skinsuit, we knew it was t..