6/11/2017
 
I was initially attracted to the Kosmos for its triple certification. If it is burly enough to pass all three certifications, then it must provide more protection over a typical climbing helmet, right? The Kosmos has been a burly companion from the dead of winter, all the way through spring and into the summer mountaineering season. It is one of the best fitting, most comfortable helmets that I’ve ever worn (for any sport). It is ventilated enough to wear uphill in place of a beanie without overheating o...
6/9/2017
 
When a company like Arcteryx decides to enter the game, you can be assured they want to take things to the next level. It’s what they are known for. This is the company that brought seam welding technology into the fray and made it a staple of their designs. The cut and stylings their softgoods define elegant simplicity and compliment the form of the human body while remaining consummately functional. The Procline Carbon boot is their initial attempt at putting out a “game changer” in the ski boot marke...
6/8/2017
 
I was super excited when this airbag was announced. Prior to this pack, I carried a 30L BCA Float airbag for my personal use and a Black Diamond Jetforce 40L pack while patrolling. I highly value the extra margin of safety airbag packs can provide, but the weight of other packs really cuts into the enjoyment of trying to move quickly. When I saw the specs on the Mammut Ultralight 3.0 I was blown away, and in a bit of disbelief. This pack is nearly 50% lighter than my BCA. It’s a smaller volume, but as I’v...
6/8/2017
 
I’ve been very pleased with the performance and compact storage of these crampons. Choosing to take crampons has always required extra planning due to their bulk. Usually I need to bring a bigger pack or find a way to lash them to the outside. With the Leopard, I find myself throwing them in my normal pack even if there’s only an off chance of needing them. No need for extra accommodation. They are so light and so compact that in the pack they aren’t any more noticeable than my ski crampons. The Dyneema ...
6/8/2017
 
Good skins that are durable, provide decent traction, decent glide when broken-in, have decent glue, and are decently compact when stowed. I also like that they are green. After 60+ days of use in all conditions/temps, they are still in excellent shape and the glue is as good as it was new. Fitting is very quick and easy with the supplied edge trimming tool and the supplied storage bag is a nice touch.