All-metal bindings under 100 grams? You betcha (pending weigh-in)! Designed for those folks looking for every edge in competition, the Plum 99 is the new pinnacle of race-binding minimalism. It also adds a new twist to the concept of adjustable release. C..
A third Alien has landed! And this one is not cheap like the 1.0. That’s because SCARPA used 100% carbon fiber in both the upper and lower shell, shedding hundreds of grams in the process. The result is a skimo racing machine, built for serious competitor..
Expanded polypropylene (EPP): that's the magic fairy dust used to make this helmet. This material along with a webbing retention harness translates to the Petzl Sirocco being the lightest climbing helmet made and infinitely adjustable to ensure a comforta..
$129.95 From $99.95
What a partnership! Hand-crafted by the world-renowned Pierre Gignoux, the carbon DNA racing boot is distributed by world-renowned Dynafit. Long the most dominant player on the European racing scene, Pierre has taken weight and performance to a new extrem..
Before using the Stratos³ Cube boots in a World Cup race, be sure to weigh them and make sure they are over the 500g (17.64 oz) minimum weight mandated for shells plus dry inners by the International Ski Mountaineering Federation. The smaller sizes with t..
The DyNA Evo is the latest iteration of Dynafit's racing boot that started turning heads in 2009 and quickly set the standard by which other skimo boots are measured. Using the same basic one-motion buckle / lock system that propelled it to fame, the late..
Plum invested 5 more grams into the ol’ reliable race 145 binding. The primary return on that investment is a new toe lever that is smoother and easier to operate. Gone are the fiddly-to-mount striker plates that previously decided whether you were in wal..
By matching an improved heel piece to their newly-patented toe piece, Ski Trab has a completely revamped platform. Calling this a “release” version of the Gara Titan is, however, a bit of a misnomer. The subtle-yet-important changes under the red cover of..
PDG is short for Patrouille des Glaciers, a famous ski mountaineering race hosted by the Swiss Army. Designed for such races, the Dynafit PDG alpine touring boot could be the perfect blend of weight, price, and skiability. At just 125 grams (4.4oz) more t..
$849.95 From $599.95
This could be the one. The skimo race boot that you wouldn’t hesitate to use on your other adventures. Borrowing features from their award winning Stratos line of world cup race boots, La Sportiva has made the most complete and affordable race boot yet. W..
One of the lightest and most ventilated helmets in the world, the CAMP Speed helmet is quickly becoming a popular fashion accessory on the skimo race circuit. This should not be surprising as the helmet is designed for competitive ski mountaineering (and ..
We’re not sure whether Dynafit named this jacket after the ski or the race. It seems to be suited for either. Speaking of being suited, wearing the PDG Jacket will have you half way to being fully suited. With the stretch pockets in front for stashing you..
Fischer doesn’t actually call these high-end race bindings version 2.0, but we need some way to differentiate them from the previous year’s model since they are completely different. These bindings are made by Dynafit, and folks familiar with the non-auto..
The SCARPA Alien Boots employ some radical technology to obtain a race weight at a reasonable price. With walkability similar to hiking boots and skiability similar to heavier kit, the Aliens are quickly becoming a go-to boot for skimo racers and light an..
Similar to the jacket, the Dynafit PDG Pant offers race level efficiency without the unwanted coolness associated with full body lycra. Smooth Dynastretch on the exterior and softer fleece on the interior make for comfortable tours with race level efficie..
$229.95 From $149.95
Light and comfortable, the Edelrid Shield Lite helmet uses an in-mold construction to shield your brain bucket from rockfall. The helmet is well ventilated with a minimal pack size, great for working hard in the mountains. The interior is ergonomically sh..
Using the same multi-layer glue found in the Hybrid Mix skins, the Pure version offers the premium glide of 100% mohair. Contour is an Austrian company known as the mohair experts, so these are built with some of the finest fibers and weave in the industr..
Colltex has taken mohair to the extreme. They did this by naming their 100% mohair skins “Colltex Extreme” and by coloring the skins red which is the fastest color (at least in cars). If that isn’t enough to scare you off then you will be extremely please..
$219.95 From $149.95
When we saw the design drawings and early prototypes for the new GT binding, we knew Kreuzspitze was onto something good. As is their style, the small Italian machine shop quietly worked to refine the binding while paying no attention to marketing and ass..
La Sportiva is turning things upside down. This time, we are talking about ski walk/mode levers. The new Speedfire™ closure system incorporates a rear lever that latches at the top instead of the more-familiar bottom where it can become packed with snow w..
$898.95 From $698.95
While not the lightest, the BD Ascensions are the most reliable climbing skins on the market. The durable nylon weave offers maximum grip in icy conditions. The glue is the strongest on the market, made with a recipe that only key Black Diamond employees ..
Plum describes the WEPA as a perfect match between the lightness of a race binding and the release-precision of a Guide. This makes it “perfect for vertical junkies who are looking for efficiency”. Sure enough, the Plum WEPA has just the features you want..
Atomic pulled out all the stops for the new Backland series of touring boots. This figurative expression not only refers to pipe-organ knobs, but also to financial constraints, production impediments, and reasons that may stop you from buying them. This i..
$749.00 From $579.95
Carbon fiber bindings? “Why not,” says mad boot-scientist Pierre Gignoux, now working with the mad binding-scientists at Dynafit. Designed to work (only) with the RC1 boot, the binding easily wins the weight crown. At 66 grams without screws, it is border..
G3 took its lightweight (LT) backing material and affixed some supple mohair. Turns out lightweight mohair is just up our alley! These are nice skins that use the G3 Alpinist connection system, with reliable metal tip grabbers and a long reaching tail str..
$194.95 From $149.95
Perfectly matching the Pierra Ment’ Jacket or Hoodie, this technical pant from Millet betrays its intended purpose. That is, ski mountaineering. Articulated knees, reinforced scuff guards, elastic cuffs with side zips, and general awesomeness make this a ..
With pockets to stash your skins and a lycra stash hood, the Pierra Ment’ Jacket is perfect for skiing your secret stashes. Millet focused on abrasion resistance and breathability, choosing the Vueltex Knit fabric to get there. It’s a combination of nylon..
The World Cup Aero Pack is Ski Trab's lightest race pack, designed as a minimalist system to shave weight. Despite that constraint, the form fitting pack is actually featureful enough to tour with on those farther and faster days with a ski carry system, ..
The Hybrid glue system from Contour solves the stickiest skin problem. That is designing a glue strong enough to adhere to the backing but not so strong that you can’t separate a skin from itself. Contour achieved this goal by using multiple layers of glu..
$229.95 From $139.95
Colltex invented the adhesive climbing skin in the sixties, and they continue to produce amazing skins that are chosen by guides and companies such as Atomic, Movement, and Ski Trab. The Mix formula is a workhorse blend of 65% mohair and 35% nylon that ge..
$209.95 From $149.95
With the young Speed Turn already turning 2.0, we officially say goodbye to the Dynafit 5-hole toe pattern. This new iteration of the Speed turn features a simpler toe piece modeled after the Radical toes. With an elongated mounting pattern and forged alu..
Exactly one-half of the La Sportiva Syborg suit, the Racing Jacket still features full quality. If you are too modest to wear skin-tight pants, you can still benefit from all the handy features found in the upper portion of race suits. That includes skin ..
$178.95 From $139.95
Ease your way into skimo formal wear by just wearing pants. But not just any pants, start with the Syborg Racing model from La Sportiva. These have one of the most important skimo features, which are reinforced cutouts for race boots. Stop fussing with pa..
$168.95 From $129.95
The XS version of the Guide binding is tailored towards lighter skiers. Plum used softer springs to achieve release values appropriate for smaller skiers, but otherwise the binding is just as robust. It is fully featured with multiple risers, locked/unloc..
The Starlet is becoming the default choice for female ski mountaineers. The updated 2.0 version promises to continue that trend with a host of tweaks designed to improve your daily adventures. Pegasus buckles were added to fine-tune your ability to lock y..
The updated version of the Sideral boot provides 2.0 times the refinement. La Sportiva borrowed its slick Pegasus buckles from the Spectre to refine the lower buckle closure. A new lower-shell mold has a refined shape, allowing more feet to fit in. Sporti..
Atomic did not forget about the fairer sex when developing its new line of alpine touring boots. The Women’s Backland is packed with most of the same technology as the carbon version, but with a softer flex and better colors. The boots ascend like a dream..
$648.95 From $438.95
The Hagan Core Women’s boot is loaded with acronyms you don’t need to know. The important facts are: it’s simple, walks well, and skis well. The lower buckle uses a smart wiring system that acts like a toe buckle and an ankle buckle, locking your foot in ..
It’s about time there was a major innovation in climbing skins. The Fischer Profoil skins look and feel nothing like what you might be used to. Instead of being make of countless fibers shorn from the back of real or synthetic animals, these new skins are..
Why bother trimming skins when you can get Pomoca-quality Speedskins precut for Dynafit skis? The climbing skins include a patented clamp system designed to work effortlessly on non-race model (i.e. other than Dy.N.A. and PDG) skis. Designed to be ripped ..
$189.95 From $139.95
The Women's version of the Dynafit TLT6 Mountain boot is no less robust than the men's. Although it has a Custom Ready liner with a women's specific fit and slightly lower profile, the TLT6 Mountain Women's CR uses the same shell mold, cuff, and sole. A s..
The La Sportiva HiGlide climbing skins use a 70% mohair / 30% nylon blend to achieve an optimal combination of grip, glide, weight, and durability. Unique to La Sportiva skins, a special HiGlide process is used to treat the fibers for lifetime gliding per..
$189.95 From $164.95
Ultralight, extremely packable, plug into tech fittings on rando boots. What more could you ask of a crampon designed for competitive ski mountaineering? Not much, as the CAMP Race 290 is the go-to crampon for technical rando races in Europe. The amazingl..
The latest iteration of the iconic TLT boot from Dynafit has new plastic, liners, power straps, and colors. Switching to Pebax from Grilamid stiffens the lower shell and allows for more stretching if you need an advanced boot fit. The new Custom Light (CL..
Ready-to-go skins precut for Movement skis, complete with simple attachments and a cool apple logo. The Extreme Camlock skins cut for Alp Tracks and X-models are 100% mohair, while the rest of the skins (e.g. Apex, Vista, Apples) are mohair-mix. The Fish-..
$169.95 From $139.95
As one of the most popular race suits in Europe, the Crazy Idea Top NRG (short for energy) is about as accomplished as a suit can get. It provides some light compression benefits such as increased blood flow, oxygen transportation, and lactic acid flushin..
If you want a simple backcountry touring boot that walks and skis well, check out the Hagan Core. Loaded with marketing acronyms (below), the Core boots aren’t loaded with complexity. A micro-adjustable lower buckle uses a wire to get the effect of multip..
Going fat doesn’t have to mean going heavy. If you prefer wide skis (e.g. DPS 112s) and aren’t competing on the freeride world tour, the Plum Yak will take you to your happy place. Lightest in category, the touring binding features an extra-wide mounting ..
$549.95 From $399.95