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..
Purple is the new pink! The Colltex PDG race skins are top of the line Swiss technology. Found underneath the skis of many European champions, the PDG skins are 100% mohair with a special glide treatment. They weigh in at 20% less than other mohair skins ..
$144.95 From $114.95
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..
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
Manufactured by Pomoca, the Dynafit race skins feature a easy-to-grip rubber tip for hassle free application and removal. The race skins are 59mm wide and ~160cm in length, but racers usually trim off the back 10-15cm. The plush is 100% mohair that has be..
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..
Atomic’s Ultralight Rocker skins are designed for the Backland UL series skis: the 65, 78, and 85. They are 100% mohair and equipped with bungees designed to be use with race-style tip notches. The Backland UL skins feature the unique Atomic Rocker design..
$169.95 From $99.95
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..
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
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
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 $159.95
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..
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 $159.95
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..
Welcome Fischer to the skimo boot club. And what an entrance! The Travers Carbon is a compelling ski boot that weighs barely a kilo. It has the torsional stiffness of an alpine boot, due to the placement of a carbon fiber sheath in the sole. It has an inc..
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 ..
In the battle for lightweight head protection, Black Diamond has moved a-head with the Vapor helmet. With a head-turning weight of 199 grams (7.0 ounces) [M/L], the Vapor can already be seen atop the heads of many skimo racers. It’s packed in the back wit..
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
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
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..
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
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 ..
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
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..
Look, a jacket for women with skin pockets. The Dynafit PDG is a casual racing, training, and touring jacket that is comfortable and functional. The top has a performance fit with 4-way stretch fabric that moves with you. It has an elastic hood so you can..
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..
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..
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 $149.95
Black Diamond skins are coming around to the light side. The “UltraLight” construction is 20% lighter and more packable than previous iterations. In addition, BD renovated the tip attachments into a simple Dynex™ cord and pipe that is light, secure, and f..
$179.95 From $139.96
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, ..
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
There is still plenty of room left for innovation in climbing skins. Just a little less room, however, after the advent of Atomic’s Rocker skins. Since most of the grip when skinning comes from underneath and behind your feet, looking for weight savings a..
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..
Take a proven design, add higher release values and more adjustability, and you get the Plum Guide binding. Crafted in France with extremely accurate CNC machines, the binding echoes the classic TLT Speed that has proven itself reliable for more than a de..
$479.95 From $399.95
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..
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 flushi..
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 GlideLite mix skins are 65/35 blend of mohair and nylon. They are lighter, faster, and more packable than the equivalent Ascension skins. The glue is BD Gold Label, a secret formula that arguably works too well. GlideLite skins are held to your skis w..
$179.95 From $149.95
Now you can get your I-on without brakes. After a successful, virtually problem-free, introduction of the ION in 2014/15, G3 is now offering a cornucopia of I-options. The LT 12 version is basically the same impressive platform as the original, just witho..
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 $439.95
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..
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 ..