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Take a sneak peek at some ski mountaineering products that will be coming available in the future.
The Revolution World Cup binding by ATK is their ultimate race binding - pushing double digits of grams per ski. But while other ultralight race bindings go as simple as possible to reach that coveted 100g mark, ATK rose to the challenge and produced a race binding that is competitively lightweight AND packed full of ATK's patented technology. With that in mind, which features shou..
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Certain inventions are acknowledged as the peak of human innovation and excellence. Fire, democracy, the automobile, and now, with the addition of the Scarpa Alien 4.0, that list has grown. Coming off the legendary platform from the Alien 3.0, the new Alien 4.0 has made minor improvements for those who like to go uphill fast while having a stiff and reliable boot on their feet. Wit..
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When speed is ingrained in your DNA and you've got your eyes set on the podium, the Dynafit DNA is going to be your partner in speed. Carbon cuffs reduce weight and add downhill performance which combined may end up being the difference between taking first instead of second. The Twistfit closure system gives you full control of your fit so that you can have full confidence and con..
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Big races, 10,000 vertical foot days, and fast ski mountaineering missions - the Dynafit Mezzalama boot is built with these adventures in mind. Borrowing some of the DNA from the DNA lineup, the Mezzalama is a workhorse boot for those with quick intentions. This featherweight is made with a carbon/grilamid shell and a grilamid/glass cuff so that these boots can ascend like a butter..
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Equally at home rallying a Tuesday night skimo race as it is doing a 12,000-foot day of climbing in the backcountry, the Atomic Backland Ultimate boot is a versatile tool for those looking to cover ground with speed and efficiency. The newly stiffened lower encourages straight lining to the finish line while the frictionless pivot won’t hold you back when you’re redlining up that c..
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Historically, race binding selection was based on an individual's needed release value and not much else. So even though the metallic hue of that one binding was calling your name, too bad! At least until now, that is. With the Trofeo, ATK has made the same great, race binding but with the option to choose between release values of 4,6,8, and 10. Now, everyone can enjoy the smooth,..
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With the introduction of the F1 LT, many were forced into a state of introspection as they struggled to cope with just how powerful such a light boot could be. For the upcoming season, Scarpa is equitably bringing the same kickass performance of the F1 LT and combining it with a women’s specific fit. After much market research, rumor has it they’re cleverly calling it the F1 LT W. ..
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The original Kreuzspitze GT Binding impressed the ski touring world with its race weight binding that had adjustable vertical and lateral release values. So you can imagine our excitement to see Kreuzspite up their game with a further refined version of this binding, logically named the GT 2.0. Upgrades include new toe piece that features a revised geometry over the original, which..
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Does a dawn patrol mean at least 4-5000 feet of climbing? Do you want to ski lines in multiple drainages in one day? Weighing in around the 200-gram mark, the ATK Kuluar 9 LT should be the lightweight speed tourer's weapon of choice. As you begin your day, you’ll notice the efficient race flaps. When the skinner gets steep, you’ll happily enjoy the fact that such a lightweight bind..
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The middle ground. This oft-forgotten principle takes the good from the extremes and combines them into a solution that is often better for all involved. Imagine that! It was with this thoughtful approach that ATK created the Kuluar 12 LT. Turns out, the middle ground between race and touring bindings is a winner. By combining lightweight reliable U-Springs, adjustable lateral rele..
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A beacon that talks to you? Yep! Well, technically the Ortovox Diract Voice is only a chatty Cathy during search mode. Nonetheless, as the world's first beacon featuring voice navigation, Ortovox built the Diract Voice with the intent to create an even more intuitive beacon. Imagine for a minute that you're in the beacon park taking the time to educate yourself. As the drill begins..
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Long and hard traverses are, as they sound, long and hard. To make these traverses less hard, though not less long, appropriate equipment selection is critical to shave grams where possible without jeopardizing the durability required to traverse large swathes of wilderness. Whether through nefarious means or otherwise, ATK has seemingly been at the forefront of creating wickedly l..
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We know what you're thinking. How can the Leki Haute Route Pole be superior to all other poles? Well, it is. Don't believe us? Fine, we'll let the features convince you. With the extended grip, you'll be able to handle all the steeps that you'd typically encounter on the actual Haute Route. Steeps also include the steep stairs to your delicious meal made entirely of raclette. The p..
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With decades of alpine binding production and a stout following, Marker entered the pool of tech-bindings with a glorious half gainer. With several models to choose from, the Marker Alpinist 10 nestles itself smack dab between the lower releasing 8 and the higher 12 so you can choose the value range best suited for your skill level and style of skiing. With a gapless heel, you will..
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“What goes up must come down.” This inescapable reality is what makes our sport so great, and at times, so cruel. Because of this, manufacturers have been hard at work searching far and wide to find the perfect ratio of uphill efficiency to downhill performance. With the Quantum 110, Dalbello has seemingly found the answer. The generous 65° range of motion will make the 4-hour appr..
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The Harfang Crampon from Blue Ice is one of the more innovative pointy accessories we've seen in recent memory. Featuring a three-part design, the Harfang is an extremely packable crampon that rivals the likes of the Petzl Irvis Hybrid. With front points made from steel and the rest being made from aluminum, you're bound to notice the weight reduction AND increased security. Blue I..
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The Kohla Space Pack combines one of the fastest race-pack layouts with the wonder material known as Dyneema*. Strong, light, waterproof, you name it. The Space Pack carries a spritely 20-liters of gear split between a main compartment and a crampon pouch. The main zipper houses all your safety gear, a hydration bladder, snow study equipment, and maybe a puffy jacket or extra glove..
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The original Ski Raptor Pack from CAMP toed the line nicely between a higher volume freeride pack but with the slick skimo features to make even the baggiest of pant wearing park rats feel like Kilian Jornet. Once again CAMP has outdone themselves with the new Ski Raptor 20 Pack, a sleeker lower volume version of the Ski Raptor 30 Pack built for shorter missions. New ventilated bac..
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Nothing goes better with those smile-inducing DPS skis than a pair of DPS bindings! From the factories of legendary binding manufacturer ATK, comes the DPS R-10 binding. Much like the acclaimed Pagoda skis, the R-10 is also fully featured without being a burden. Lightweight construction with three walk modes means you'll get to the top without a hitch. And the downhill? Well, let's..
$599.95
Historically, the lack of backcountry equipment designed for children was a convenient excuse to leave them behind for some much-needed alone time in the backcountry. Unfortunately (fortunately?), ATK is blowing this excuse out of the water with the introduction of the ATK Candy 5. While bindings designed for smaller skiers traditionally have been relatively clunky affairs, the Can..
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Why mess with a good thing? Well, Ski Trab has a good answer and it's called the Ski Trab Gara World Cup - Womens. They gave their classic race ski what we're calling the Maestro/Magico-2 treatment. By generously tweaking the shape - including more rocker upfront, longer tip and tail, and a raised camber - this race ski improves its performance on both the up and the down. In addit..
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Getting the perfect trim on a new pair of skins might seem like a daunting task, but thanks to Black Diamond’s Precut skins, you don’t have to worry about that. The Black Diamond Cirque Pre-cut skins are the same as their Ultralite Mix skins which feature a 65% mohair / 35% nylon blended plush material with a thin backing for ultimate packability. What does this mean for you? You g..
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Sometimes, it is necessary to let loose and get a little radical. While “radical” is an individualized term, Dynafit, with the introduction of the Radical Pro W, seems to think it means pillows, drops, and high-speed aprons in far out locations. To get there, the Hoji Pro W boasts an exceptional 60-degree range of motion, which certainly won’t hold you back while chugging uphill. O..
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With the launch of the Rotation 7, many lighter skiers were delighted to finally have a binding that provided reliable release at lower settings. Now, taking it a step further, Dynafit has built upon the reliable platform of the Rotation 7 to come up with the ST Rotation Lite 7. By utilizing an aluminum toe piece instead of one made from steel, Dynafit was able to shave off a littl..
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The Movement Race Pro 66 is a top-of-the-line race pedigree ski; if it were a show dog the Westminster would be a lock. Not just another pretty face though, the Race Pro 66 boasts a stable rocker profile and a square tip shape for better float and performance when charging through snow. With a focus on fast the P-Tex 5000 base is durable and holds on to race day wax like a toddler ..
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Small and light skiers know it can be hard to find a touring binding that meets all your needs without infringing on your safety. A lightweight, full featured binding with low release settings can be a rare gem, but thankfully ATK has excavated the gleaming sapphire that is the Crest 8 from the mines of touring technology. The fully adjustable lateral and vertical release values ca..
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Just as Sauron crafted one ring to rule them all, CAMP crafted the Speed Raptor 30 to rule all your pack needs. This intelligently laid out pack borrows the best traits from skimo and freeride-oriented ski packs to create an adventure-ready companion, eagerly awaiting your next ski mountaineering mission. While booting often feels like crawling up the fiery slopes of Mount Doom, th..
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You’ve earned it. The new Lange XT3 Tour is the perfect companion for missions where you truly earn your turns. You woke up while the roosters were still fast asleep, tucked cozily into their flannel sheets. You were the first to the trailhead, braving the icy roads before they were plowed. You broke trail, dealing with brutally cold temperatures and howling wind. The reward for yo..
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Like the renaissance in Europe, we too, as the backcountry skiing community, are experiencing a renaissance in technology after enduring the dark, dark years that saw the usage of such torture devices known as “frame bindings.” Front and center in this rebirth is ATK, whom with their introduction of the Raider series, delivered a durable and lightweight binding that could satisfy t..
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To the La Sportiva Vanguard, wide-open GS turns on a big face, and driving high-fat powder skis are in its nature. The rigid 130 flex will thrive on even your largest pow planks. However, it will surprise you on the way up with its generous 63 degrees of cuff rotation. Once you figure out the V-shape cuff and asymmetrical scissor closure system, booting up will be a breeze - even i..
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There are two types of pack-wearing individuals; those who use just one pack for all their backcountry needs and those that have a pack for every subset of touring (e.g., a race pack, mountaineering pack, freeride pack, beer pack, etc…). Never one to take sides, Dynafit, with the reimagined Free 30 W, has created something that everyone can be happy with. Its 30 L volume, quick ski..
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The Dynafit FREE 32 Pack seemingly takes from both the lightweight skimo world AND the definitely-not-skimo feature-rich world. Made out of the same, rugged material as the Expedition packs, this new pack is sure to hold up aganist almost anything that is thrown at it. Along with its burly fabric, it'll hold all of your sharp & pointy bits, including ice axes and razor-sharp sk..
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Chances are that your first few seasons of ski touring were spent on some extremely grippy, yet heavy, pair of orange skins that shouldn’t be named. Hopefully, you've learned from your mistake and are ready to pick a real set of skins, like the Kohla Freeride Air Skins. These are a great option for skiers looking to save weight and space in their packs for snacks, layers, or maybe ..
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DPS skis have been spotted drop big cliffs and charging big faces, so why shouldn't their bindings be just as capable? Don't worry, with the DPS R-14, they are. Much like their beloved touring skis, DPS made sure the R-10 can take care of business on the downhill - no matter how rowdy - while being light enough that multiple laps aren't out of the question. The high release value o..
$749.95
In a tale as old as backcountry skiing, the ushering in of summer means the ushering out of a trusty and reliable companion - your ski pack. Tired of seasonal specificity and the perennial heartbreak that follows, Ultimate Direction set out to create a pack that could tag along regardless of the season. With the introduction of the All Mountain, Ultimate Direction has solved the ri..
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If you can’t see the point of skiing unless you leave the ground or go at least a measly 50mph, the Dynafit ST Rotation 14 is your binding. Dynafit has taken their already super consistent, bomb-proof, TUV certified binding and cranked it up to 11 14. This binding is ideal for the skier who is getting super rowdy in the backcountry and cannot risk pre-releasing, but also might appr..
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Men aren't the only ones who want to go fast, confidently ski variable conditions, and descend technical lines! Sure, Dynafit could've created a women's-specific ski from the ground up for the rowdy lady skiers out there, but the design was already out in the world - known as the Blacklight 88. This new Women's Blacklight 88 version features the same materials and technology as the..
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After Volkl's Rise High 88 made an unexpected splash in the world of high-performance touring skis, Volkl could have sat back and just ridden the success of their new Rise line. Instead, they went back to the lab to make an even better ski, and indeed they did with the Rise Above 88 ski. Volkl claims this ski is the "most versatile ski" in its line of touring skis for the 21/22 sea..
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One of the first skis in the line of Rise touring skis to be made in lengths for women, the Volkl Rise Above 88 W is for the skier who wants to go uphill fast, enjoy a euphoric downhill run, and experience unwavering confidence in slick conditions. Boasting the same responsive maneuverability as the Rise Above 88, the Rise Above 88 W has a triple-radius sidecut, allowing you to sea..
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Volcano hopping with the possibility of powder skiing, corn cycles, or firm steep descents? The Movement Alp Tracks 90 will fill your niche for a truly light and fast stand-alone ski or the perfect slot in your quiver when you don't know what conditions will be. Movement has updated a staff favorite with this 90mm waisted version in their ever popular Alp Tracks line. These are ble..
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Airbags, contrary to their name, are not made of air, and thus are not known to be the lightest of protective systems. This abundance of extra heft, therefore, has traditionally left many airbags out of the quivers of those seeking to put in the biggest vertical days. Thankfully, the good folks at Arva realized the need and created the Tour 25 UL. This airbag is light on weight but..
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The Dynafit Blacklight 95 hits a sweet spot; light, damp, and stable with incredible versatility with a focus on soft snow. Dynafit’s new addition to their speed touring line-up, the Blacklight 95 is a confident and light ski that is right at home on the Kahiltna Glacier or deep in the Wind River Range searching for the remaining late season powder stashes. Its waist width is narro..
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Volkl has a reputation for making skis that can perform in just about any terrain for any level of skier and the Rise Beyond 96 Ski is no exception. New and improved model from the 20/21 season, the new shape is a touch narrower underfoot by 2mm and features a tighter turn radius for snappier turn initiation. But don't worry, the innovative 3D radius sidecut remains, which helps th..
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The Rise Beyond 96 Women's ski is a perfect example of Volkl's gold standard of hard-charging, powder-eating, and corn-slaying skis that are lauded by skiers of all shapes and sizes. The Rise 96 ski is the new and improved model of last year's Rise 98. Volkl has shaved off two millimeters from the underfoot, yielding a ski that is even easier to turn and more stable on hardpack. Th..
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Break a toe? Building a frankenbinding? Need some toes for a splitboard? Making an expensive Christmas tree ornament? Whatever your reason, we have the ATK toe pieces that you need. Sold individually. Binding Model Weight (g) Weight (oz) SL World Cup 65 2.3 Trofeo 83 2.9 Raider 12 140 4.9 ..
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If we had to use just one word to describe the new Hyper Manti W, it would have to be “exceptionally well-rounded.” You may now be wondering why we in fact used three words instead of the self-imposed one-word limit and to be honest, it's because one simply wasn't enough. With the shedding of an impressive amount of weight from the non-hyper Manti W, the Hyper Manti W will grant yo..
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The Plume TS shovel has taken the ultralightweight Plume shovel and added a telescopic shaft to make a good thing better. Like its predecessor, it is extremely lightweight, durable, and compact but Arva has somehow managed to update the shovel to incorporate even more surface area without adding weight. This creates a more efficient shovel without concerns for extra heft. Why decid..
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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..
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