Meeting both climbing and skiing certifications, CAMP's newest skimo race helmet lets you rest assured that your noggin is protected. The Speed Comp has been beefed up to account for side-impacts that are more likely when skiing versus pure mountaineering. Complementing the added safety features, the Speed Comp helmet improves comfort as well. CAMP uses a glove-friendly adjustment ..
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 comfortable fit. EPP, in addition to being very light, maintains the ability to be somewhat flexible. A lesser touted benefit of this hel..
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Doubly certified, doubly cool. The Ski Trab Race Helmet is certified to both skiing and mountaineering standards. The extra certification adds a touch of weight compared to climbing helmets, but having the right protection on the downhill is worth it for some. And soon it will be required for others, since the ISMF has adopted rules to mandate both certifications for sanctioned rac..
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 with head-cooling vents, while remaining head-lamp compatible. The fore-head is a smooth wind-blocking sheet, preventing head-sweat ..
La Sportiva designed the RSR helmet specifically for skimo racing. That means it is light, well ventilated, and works well with headlamps and goggles. The low profile dome won’t interfere with sunglasses and works well with hats and headbands. The helmet is certified for climbing so you can also use it for your rock adventures. The RSR helmet is fully adjustable and ready to race.
Good protection, light, well vented, adjustable fit. The Millet Expert checks all the boxes for a skimo helmet. It also features a magnetic chin-strap closure and a cool new look. The Expert helmet can be used for racing, alpine climbing, and even sport routes. Four headlamp hooks make it viable for dawn patrols and a plethora of side vents make it cool enough for moving fast. Smar..
The Attivo is a lightweight, ventilated skimo helmet lined with comfortable padding. Uniquely, it has implants designed to hold Ski Trab goggles, which can then be raised onto the brim as necessary. The helmet is built with high-density polystyrene for impact absorption and is covered with a smooth polycarbonate shell to improve deflection. The fit is adjustable, with an easy-turn ..
The Mulaz is a sleek-looking ski mountaineering helmet from La Sportiva. It’s constructed with a fairly standard layering system for mountaineering helmets: expanded polystyrene foam surrounded by a polycarbonate shell to reduce friction in an impact. This mold with the Sportiva logo is lightweight and well-ventilated so you can feel free to ascend fast. Of course it features headl..
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 climbing) and weighs just 263 grams (9.3 oz). With a fully EN-certified in-mold construction, the adjustable Speed helmet will pr..
The Kong Kosmos helmet might be our new favorite multi-purpose helmet (since most of our "ski" helmets are actually climbing helmets). While it's not the lightest around (385g for a S/M) it certainly has the functional know-how to back up the beef. The adjustment strap sits really low on your noggin' and provides a secure wrap all the way around your head. A single button operates ..
Feel free to open the throttle a little further with the Salomon Mountain (MTN) Lab helmet. The ‘Lab is certified to both alpine skiing and mountaineering standards, so you are better protected if you sketch out. Plus, Salomon was listening to its backcountry team when they explained no one will wear it if it’s heavy, cumbersome, or hot. They innovated with a new 4D EPS constructio..
While many ski mountaineers prefer to use a well-ventilated climbing helmet, others prefer a helmet certified for both skiing and mountaineering. Everyone likes one that’s comfortable and holds goggles and/or a headlamp. The Mammut Alpine Rider satisfies the comfort, functionality, and safety requirements of all groups. By changing the padding configuration, the helmet can be trans..
With the third design-iteration from Mammut, the removable airbag system is the most reliable yet. It centers around refillable compressed air cartridges that are capable of filling a 150-liter airbag in less than 3 seconds. A large “T” deployment handle is easy to grab and now can be adjusted to the height of a skier. The handle folds down for stowing in the shoulder strap for tra..
These aluminum cartridges store the life-blood of the Mammut Airbag system: simple compressed air. The cartridges can be purchased with or without a charge, noting there are transport restrictions on a charged unit (no air travel). Either one can be refilled using a compressed air source such as a SCUBA or paintball tank. To recharge a unit, you’ll need a tank, adapter, and a refil..
The perfect gift for your ski partner, the ARVA Axio Beacon might give them the best chance of finding you if you’re buried in an avalanche. Other beacons rely on a very short third antenna which is limited by the depth of the housing. This renders the antenna useful only in the final search phase: refining the area to probe. In contrast, the Axio’s third antenna is designed to be ..
Guides and serious backcountry skiers demand the most out of avalanche rescue gear. The Pieps DSP Pro is an example of a product that sets high standards for safety and is one of the first recommended by these power users. A large search radius, ample battery life, and multiple layers of redundancy are a few of the reasons why the DSP Pro is in the pouches of many avalanche experts..
Mammut Barryvox is a classic name in the digital transceiver realm. However, this beacon is not the same old transceiver your uncle used. It has been completely revamped with the intention of being the simplest and most user-friendly beacon to date. Mammut nailed it. The user interface has been improved so one button handles all navigation through the concise menus. The exterior s..
At Skimo Co, we like to offer our customers a wide selection of skis, boots, bindings, and other gear to match personal preferences. When it comes to avalanche beacons, however, we think it's better to give only a select few options for backcountry use. This is because you're buying a beacon not mainly for yourself, but for your ski partners who might end up relying on you to find ..
The Micro Beacon is the smallest and lightest way to get past gear check at a skimo race. For the 2016/17 season and beyond, the ISMF is requiring three antennas in all avalanche transceivers. This is good news because folks may no longer make a big safety compromise when racing. Although somewhat limited in range, the Pieps Micro beacon is full-featured enough for use in the backc..
This ARVA combo kit is a great way to get started in the backcountry. You get all the gear you need at a discounted price:
Neo Beacon – An avalanche transceiver with the best range on the market that is simple to use. What more do you need?
Light 240 Probe – A lightweight aluminum probe with ample length that is quick to assemble. Done.
Ovo Access TS shovel – Big blade, st..
The Leopard is a lightweight, aluminum crampon with a unique linkage Petzl calls Cord Tech. By eliminating the metal linking bar that is traditionally used between the toe and heel of the crampon the weight, and especially the bulk, of the crampon are greatly reduced. These are the crampons you forget are in your pack and won't hesitate to have with you just in case. Much easier to..
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 amazingly light weight is achieved with a special heel attachment that fit into the tech inserts on your ski boot combined with a flexibl..
Solve your boot-to-crampon compatibility issues with the SkiMatic 2.0 attachment system from Grivel. With the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear, you no longer have to worry about a collision with ski/walk mode mechanisms on alpine touring boots. As a side benefit, it’s the fastest system for getting crampons on and off. The Race version of the crampon is li..
Weighing roughly 350 grams (12.5 ounces), the aptly named Tour 350s are the lightest rigid-frame crampons on the market. With 8 sole points and 2 curved toe points made of aircraft grade aluminum, the CAMP coltelli (lit. "knives" in Italian) provide much needed security when booting up steep, icy couloirs. The Tour 350 is an automatic crampon, meaning it's designed to snap easily o..
The CAMP XLC 390 Automatic Crampons are the lightest 12-point crampons in the world, perfect for light and fast ski mountaineers that appreciate a longer front platform with an extra spike on the side. Enjoy safer ascents when booting up icy couloirs and safer traverses when crossing exposed faces with bulletproof snow. The XLC 390 is built especially for ski boots, with a simple w..
CAMP bills the XLC Nanotech as the most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world. We think calling them sophisticated belies the simple, reliable security these add to ski mountaineering adventures. Even though they have innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points, they are still easy to put on and to kick into snow ice. Just be warned that they ..
The lightest way to get your steel on! The Irvis Hybrid crampons feature steel toes designed hold up against rock impact for those questionable routes. But Petzl also understands you don’t want to lug a massive crampon up a mountain. As such, they paired the toes with an aluminum heel and connected the dots with the ultralight Cord-Tec linking system. That means they are also super..
A beefier version of the Race 2.0 crampons, the SkiMatic 2.0 Touring edition features a steel toe and anti-balling plates. The novel attachment system is the same, with the levering bail at the front of the boot instead of the rear. This solves many boot compatibility issues due to collisions with ski/walk mechanisms and pivoting cuffs in general. The Touring model is equipped with..
It’s not uncommon for gear manufacturers to name a signature product after the iconic ski route between Chamonix and Zermatt. It’s a little more meaningful, however, when the company is based near one of the termini. The Haute Route crampons are designed to last the whole journey while not weighing you down.
Grivel uses carbon steel to make the toe piece, giving the points good ..
The CAMP XLC 470 is essentially the 390 with a toe bail that accommodates more boots. This means you can fit it onto boots with oddly-shaped or missing toe welts (looking at you TLT7). CAMP also used boot-length adjustment mechanism that doesn’t require a screwdriver so lets you quickly adapt to your boot quiver. At the expense of a few ounces, you’ll have a crampon that easily adj..
If your line of choice is where the water falls, then reach for the G20s. These “cramp-o-matics” are the epitome of light and fast when on blue ice. The single front-point G20s are tough and rigid underfoot for kicking into solid ice, yet weigh in at under 800 grams. The crampons feature wire front bails for quick attachment onto ski boots, and nylon speed levers in the rear. It’s ..
We have been loath to carry airbag packs since they’ve been so heavy. Enter the Mammut Ultralight with the Removable Airbag 3.0 system. Without the canister the pack is nearly race-weight, and it comes in under 2kg when all topped up. That means you may not have to sacrifice much speed for the additional avalanche safety. The compressed air system is the 3rd iteration from Mammut, ..
The Petzl Gully is the axe we’ve been wanting to see for a long time. It blends the minimalism of a lightweight axe with the features of a larger, heavier, more technical axe that can be necessary for successful objective completion. Multiple head options allow you to select the correct tool for the job. Take the hammer for more technical objectives or choose the adze for general m..
Being at the foot of Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi, and across the ridge from Chamonix, Grivel’s mountain heritage is unparalleled and built into their day-to-day lifestyle. Their proximity to the epicenter of mountaineering allows them to thoroughly test the gear to its limits. The Ghost ice axe is as light as possible to keep your exposure to the elements at a minimum. When it’s s..
Take CAMP's ultralight race axe, the Corsa, sprinkle in some high-tech reinforcements, and you get the Corsa Nanotech. Sandvik Nanoflex® is a steel alloy that is 60-70% stronger than steel, allowing CAMP to dramatically increase the durability of the pick and spike without significantly increasing the overall weight. Also added is a single curve in the shaft which provides better c..
When the going gets steep, the Ride ice-axe from Petzl steps up to answer the call. Purpose-built for steep skiing, the Ride has a steel head, curved shaft, and a pick tapered to 3mm. These features ensure that you get a placement you can count on when you’re picking or plunging. The Petzl Ride axe is durable enough for daily ski mountaineering yet still impressively light. It will..
Grivel proudly touts the Air Tech Racing as the lightest forged-steel ice axe in the world. The ATR is a no-compromises mountaineering tool for serious adventures where weight is of utmost importance but strength and durability cannot be compromised, even a little. A slightly curved shaft facilitates greater leverage in the case of self-arrest. The Grivel Air Tech is a burly axe th..
The CAMP Corsa is the lightest ice axe in the world. It is perfect for technical rando races and light duties such as basic ski mountaineering, glacier travel and self-arrest. It can also be used in a pinch as an anchor. The Corsa meets all CE and UIAA requirements for strength and durability, and its clean design provides surprising performance in a super light package.
Sometimes you need a little more than a basic mountaineering axe. The Cassin X-Light is a transformer axe that lets you customize your tool for the route. If you’re not sure of the anchor situation and might need to pound a piton, the hammer head is perfect. If you might encounter some blue ice, swapping the handle for an X-Dry grip turns it into a serious ice tool. Designed for li..
Purpose-built for alpinism, the Grivel North Machine ice-tool is a dream come true for ski-alpinists. And that’s not just because of the extremely lightweight-yet-durable construction. The geometry of the shaft curvature increases pick clearance and usability in pure ice and mixed terrain conditions. The pick has been carefully shaped to allow for surgical placement in tight quarte..
There seems to be a direct correlation between anxiety levels and tools dropped during a climb. Our studies have also shown that, once safely off the mountain, the number of tools you drop also correlates.
When literally anything but an ego falls during a climb, everybody loses. Concerned you'll drop a leashless tool while climbing with cold hands? Not anymore. The Grivel ..
As the big brother of the Ultralight pack, the 30-liter version allows you to carry technical gear and a few more candy bars. The Light Removable Airbag 3.0 offers the same safety features since it’s also equipped with Mammut’s third iteration RAS. The bigger pack is still light by itself, but it’s built with an aluminum frame to better handle a bigger load. That is important when ..
The CAMP Touring Leash adds support while climbing and prevents you from dropping your ice axe. It consists of a simple rubber ring that holds up a strap of webbing, which you then put your wrist through. The strap can slide up and down the shaft above the rubber ring so you can switch between picking and plunging. Verified to fit the Corsa and Corsa Nanotech ice axes. 29 grams (1...
Due to its small 23x20 inch blade size, the Crest Shovel from CAMP would not be ideal in deep burial situations. However, given that the Crest is the lightest ISMF certified shovel on the market, it's perfect for skimo races when you have an army of blades for digging. It also has several options for condensing into or onto a pack so you can keep yourself streamlined during the rac..
A metal shovel light enough for racing? ARVA says yes, it's possible, with the new Ultra. Weighing just 302 grams (10.7 ounces), this ISMF compliant digger features a carbon fiber shaft that easily snaps into a svelt aluminum blade. When disconnected, the parts are slim enough to stow easily in a race pack. If you're not quite comfortable carrying a kids' toy during a race, the ARV..
A basic-yet-advanced aluminum shovel that won’t weigh you down. The Mammut Alugator Light features an anodized blade and telescope shaft for some serious digging. The automatic zipper-lock system allows for quick assembly and deployment. The blade has stabilization ribs for rigidity yet the back remains flat which helps when cutting a snow profile. There are also strategically plac..
The ARVA Plume is one of the lightest functional avalanche saftey shovels on the market. With a 46cm (18.1inc) carbon fiber shaft and a sizeable 24.5cm x 25cm (9.6in x 9.8in) aluminum scoop, the Plume will actually move some avalanched-hardened snow. But since it weighs right around 400 grams, you might not feel like you're carrying a true rescue device.
Full length carbon fi..
If you're serious about moving snow that might be on top of your ski partner, consider carrying the Rocket. With a telescoping handle that extends to 65cm (25.6 inches) and a sturdy 24cm x 28cm blade (9.4" x 11"), the CAMP shovel can move some serious snow. While heavier than some other shovels, the Rocket makes up for it by being very packable. A clever design features no protrudi..