Et cetera is Latin for “and other things”. Hydration, padding, ski bags, scrapers, straps, you name it. Here lies the uncategorized gems that might just alleviate your pain.
While exploring nature’s mighty splendors, it’s easy to venture out of shouting distance or lose sight of your partners. Backcountry Access solves the problem with the BC Link 2.0 radio. Compatible with any pack with shoulder straps, the BC Link 2.0 has a six-mile usable range and thanks to the upgraded wattage, this upgraded version will reach up to 40 miles if the need arises. Bo..
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 ..
If you've already solved your bottle holding issues, you might be in the market for a spare water bottle. The CAMP Action Bottles dispense water through either a drinking tube (118 grams) or a spout (98 grams). The drinking tube is nice for days where it's not too cold (it can freeze) as you can take a sip without pulling the bottle out of the holder. The spout is a standard pull-o..
There comes a time in every person’s life where their soft flasks just aren't quite as high, accessible, and perky as they used to be in the past. Whether from too many miles with sagging shoulder straps, pungent base-layers, or breaking trail in depth hoar, soft flasks start to sit a bit lower than they should, making hydration inaccessible. Those of us that have low-hanging soft ..
Ultimate Direction’s beloved soft flask, this time for gels! After everybody realized the benefits of full-size soft flasks intended for hydration purposes, a startling revelation was made: hydration is cool and all, but no matter how much you drink you will still need calories. And thus, a new way to fuel was born. However, the Body Bottle 150G is much more than just a wee-size ve..
With good reason soft flasks have been increasing in popularity. If you haven’t already tasted the Kool-Aid, let us enlighten you. When fully loaded with water, soft flasks maintain their shape just like a hard bottle. After a few sips, however, the contents won’t slosh around; instead it’s a quiet and air-tight blob that conforms to your body and moves with you. When it’s empty, t..
Soft Flasks are a nice hydration option since they get smaller the more you drink!! CAMP’s version, aka the Soft Flask CAMP (SFC), comes in a range of sizes to suit all of your hydration needs. The 150ml and 300ml flasks are good for gel, which is much easier to consume when mixed with water and put in a flask, as well as for shorter tours where you don't need as much water. The 60..
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The Body Bottle is a soft flask that hugs your body and fits seamlessly into your Ultimate Direction packs or vests. This means less sloshing and bouncing compared to a hard bottle. The Body Bottle holds 500ml of water and is clear so you can see how much fluid remains, fits any UD vest or skimo pack, and is even dishwasher safe for those who have machines do their chores. These th..
If you’ve made the switch to squeezable fuel, you’ve probably found that rigid bottle holders just won’t do. As the soft flask decreases in size as you drink, the fit becomes sloppy and the flask falls out when you bend over. The CAMP Soft Flask holder, however, lovingly cradles your water, gel-water, or water-gel. The stretchable mesh holder attaches to your shoulder strap and kee..
CAMP Bottle Holders are perfect for attaching to your backpack straps and having hydration right in front of you at all times. Designed to attach to just about any pack with a chest strap or horizontal loop, the holder will alleviate the need to take on and off your rig just to get to some water or energy drink. The bottle holders weigh just 32 grams (1.1 ounces) and include a bung..
A well-designed reservoir is worth its weight in water. The Ultimate Direction version is super easy to fill, drink, and clean. That’s about all you can ask of a hydration flask. The top closure folds over to prevent leaking but can be opened fully for cleaning. It can even be turned inside out to scrub away the results of your latest powder-alchemy. All this while the hose remains..
As you may have heard, we at Skimo Co are fans of the light ‘n fast method and enjoy gear that enables efficient travel through the mountains. Manufacturers are constantly innovating and streamlining, but Katadyn just considerably upped the ante. The Micropur MP1 tablets are not only one of the lightest ways to gain access to the other 71% of Earth, but also one of the easiest ways..
That’s the most excitement a lot of folks get out of this sleeping pad. As the lightest and most compact pad that meets the (lengthy) checklist requirements for the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, the Light Mat from CAMP certainly suffices. As a bonus, if you happen to remove it from the bottom of your pack and sleep on it, winter or summer, it’s actually fairly comfortable...
The Attivo ski bag will almost surely fit your skis. Ski Trab made it adjustable for different ski sizes, so you don’t have any sad empty-sack. Using a unique set of spiral zippers, the bag can be 171, 186, or 205cm long. It has a nice shoulder strap for easy toting through an airport, and an end-strap for hanging or dragging (dragging not recommended). The Attivo is built with dur..
The photo makes it looks more like a purse, but it’s a ski bag! The Movement Alp Tracks ski bag unzips and becomes a full-length case made of ripstop nylon. Slip in your Alp Tracks skis and jet off to whiter pastures. When you’re home, zip it back up into a nice little rectangle and it won’t take up much space. The bag for Movement aficionados. Did we mention this comes free with a..
Capable of withstanding a nuclear bomb, the plague, or even some motivated ski edges, the Black Diamond Ski Strap is a simple invention with thousands of uses. For example, with the forked tongue, they fit perfectly over many instep buckles in the case you break a strap or cable on your boots. The straps are bit more stretchy than the Voiles, and feature a burly aluminum buckle. Us..
Not only can Voile ski straps hold a pair of skis together, they also come in handy for various unforseen circumstances. They've been used to hold skins onto skis when glue fails and hold boots onto feet when a buckle fails. They can also lash a broken pole together or be used to attach items to your pack. Many skiers won't leave home without a strap or two or four in their pack ju..
A field kit assembled by Plum, the tool box features a lightweight driver with multiple bits. Also included is grease, loctite, wax, and a scraper tool. The kit comes in a zipped pouch for easy storage...
DWR treated softshell jackets, pants, skin suits, gloves, and the like get stinky after a while. Throwing them in the wash with normal detergent can easily strip weatherproofing and render a perfectly good garment useless in inclement weather. Use the Nikwax products below to keep your soft goods performing as if they were new. All the garment care products come with easy-to-follow..
The skin-care products you are mostly likely to find in a skier’s possession involve water-repellency, glide-improvement, glop-reduction, and long-term storage. This skin product, however, isn’t for your climbing skins but rather is formulated for your epidermis. Dermatone Skin Protector protects your mug from the elements, so you can nail that Instagram shot without excess risk of..
The sun is almost as powerful as a toddler that ate too much sugar. But the sun is equally dangerous and has a similar detrimental effect with long term exposure. Fortunately, protecting yourself from the sun requires far less body armor and sippy cups than a toddler. In fact, protection can be applied topically from this little user-friendly tube. The Dermatone Sunscreen Lotion is..
Dermatone’s "No-Touch" Sunscreen Stick is the leader in the battle against greasy hands involved in sun protection. It also, of course, battles hard against said sun. At a whopping SPF 50, this moisturizing and fragrance-free sunscreen stick is applied like a glue stick. Except on your face. No need to take your gloves off to top-up your protection.
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The official lip balm of the US Ski team. Unfortunately the US Skimo team isn't recognized in that group yet but fingers remain crossed. While that one hand has crossed fingers, your other hand you can be applying Dermatone's Medicated Lip Balm, the superior defense against chapped lips. Widely regarded as the "best chapstick ever", the Medicated Lip Balm uses a really dense formul..
If you've ever been unexpectedly forced to spend a long winter night in the elements, you know that the Emergency Bivvy is one piece of gear that should always be in your pack! Reflecting a whopping 90% of your infrared heat and made with tear-resistant material to protect you from wind, rain, and snow, this is one thing you need to throw in the bottom of your pack and never take o..
Outside of your avalanche safety gear, this is the one piece of gear that should always be in your pack. Reflecting a whopping 90% of your infrared heat, weighing in at slightly more than a Tic-Tac (pending Tic-Tac weigh in), and packing to smaller than a deck of cards, the ARVA Rescue Blanket is a necessary adventure-buddy that might just save your adventure-behind. If things didn..
Open it, shake it, and let your worries dissolve away as the heat builds up. With a 5-year lifespan, these hand-warmers heat up to 135°F (57°C) and are odorless, battery-free, and have a place in every backcountry skiers backpack. The air-activated formula fits well in most gloves and mittens, and provides several hours of artificial heat. Placing the hand warmer into an overmitt p..
Some of us stop skiing earlier than we should when our hands get cold. For others, quitting starts with feet. After trying sweaty socks, inflexible liners, expensive electronics, and homeopathic remedies, it may be time for a simpler solution. Yaktrax toe warmers are air-activated packets of magic that add just enough heat to get you through a long day. You’ll find even more benefi..
If there is such a thing as an inverse of fun, it’s probably frostbite or frostnip, both of which are unpleasant. Sold as individual packets with four pieces (nose, cheeks, and cut-your-own), these small adhesive patches gently stick to your skin to prevent wind-burn and frostbite. Apply to clean, dry skin, then massage the patch onto your skin for the thorough adhesion, and then g..
Freeze-dried means ultralight. If skiing until your legs fall off and then eating until you pass out sounds like an average Saturday to you, then we invite you to keep reading. Fueling to an appropriate level (approximately 200 calories per hour) is important for sustained efforts in the backcountry, why not fuel effectively and keep your taste-buds happy at the same time? The huma..