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Never leave home without your avalanche gear unless you plan on sticking to low angle terrain. Move on rock and ice safely with crampons, ice axes, and harnesses. Don't forget your helmet!

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Atomic has really upped the ante with the technologically-infused Backland UL CTD helmet. Sharing the same AMID and holocore safety features--plus swappable liners and 360 degree fit system--with the standard UL helmet, the CTD also features Shocksense impact technology. This means the helmet analyzes its five different impact zones following a crash to determine whether it is dama..
$359.95
Atomic’s Backland line has long set the standard for precise and reliable ski touring equipment, from bindings to boots to skis. This pattern has continued with the Backland UL helmet, made for lightweight touring yet jam-packed with an unrivaled feature set. Triple-certified for biking, skiing and climbing, this helmet is ready for year-round outdoor adventures. Just as exciting i..
$259.95
A triple-certified helmet that fits well and looks good! The Movement 3Tech Alpi has alpine-skiing, mountaineering, and biking certifications to meet European and International safety standards. It’s even certified under the American body (ASTM). The only thing more surprising than having a helmet that is certified for basically any outdoor activity is how Movement achieved it all ..
$238.95
Movement’s 3Tech Alpi is a racing and touring helmet that has alpine skiing, mountaineering, and biking certifications. Yes, triple certified for triple the pleasure! More surprising than being certified for basically any outdoor activity is how Movement made it so light and compact. With multiple sizes to choose from, it’s bound to fit comfortably and securely. The helmet is well-..
$238.95 From $219.95
CAMP's Voyager helmet. Cool name for a cool helmet that keeps you cool. 17 (go ahead and count them) vents are just one of the upshots of this brain bucket. Don't worry, it will keep you warm as well. A removable liner and removable ear flaps will have you comfortably skiing and well protected from mid-winter, to spring all the way through volcano season. When those ski days become..
$139.95
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 ..
$119.95
The dual-certified Couloir Mountain Helmet by SCOTT is a lightweight and low-profile helmet that is great for both winter and spring conditions. Its dual-padding configuration is ideal for either skiing or mountaineering. Because climbing is hard and sweat-producing they have equipped this dome-protector with a Coolmax moisture management system along with a passive venting system ..
$179.95
A Skimo helmet that is certified for skiing - what a concept! This is Ski Trab's second dual certified helmet, proudly and appropriately named the Aero. Ski Trab utilizes their Hollow Core Technology to cool your head with two different front air-intakes that funnel air through 6 different channels - hence the name "Aero." The clean-cut design looks less like an 80's bike helmet an..
$164.95
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..
$199.95
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 ..
$119.95
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..
$149.95
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..
$109.95
Rocketing through the atmosphere, Petzl's updated Meteor helmet seems to appear only as a brief flash of light whizzing past on the skin track. This is the first CE-certified "ski touring helmet", combining light weight protection and ventilation into one package. With the Meteor, Petzl has pioneered a cutting edge race helmet with side, front, and rear protection that will keep yo..
$89.95
Ski mountaineering can be risky business. Most routes are comprised of some combination of cracks, dihedrals, chutes, couloirs, or steep-but-not-quite-vertical rock faces that inevitably hold potentially day-ruining hard chunks and blocks. Water is routinely melted and refrozen as the temperatures change from day to night and back again, and this cycle is notorious for encouraging ..
$179.95
Offering just the right amount of protection, especially when considering their weight and breathability, climbing helmets are increasingly being pressed into service by many backcountry users looking to cash in on these qualities. Seeing this trend, companies like Mammut and Petzl have devised a “ski touring” standard that recognizes the unique protective considerations ski tourin..
$119.95
Ski mountaineering compounds the risks of typical backcountry travel. With the potential for falling rock and ice, steep terrain, and all sorts of rope shenanigans, keeping yourself safe involves finding a great helmet. Protect your head from the unexpected with the Black Diamond Vision MIPS helmet. The Vision uses a classic dual-foam construction to ensure daily durability as well..
$139.95
Lightweight backcountry ski gear has been a revelation to many skiers, but new technologies in the school of fast-and-light have mostly stuck to the three main categories: skis, boots, and bindings. Recently, however, we've seen a surge in innovation in other pieces of ski-mountaineering kit, with an exciting new option coming in the form of a Vision. BD claims the Vision is their ..
$99.95
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 ..
$124.95
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 ..
$139.95
Should you accidentally find yourself riding a lift or skinning in frigid temps, the CAMP Ear Protection will quickly earn a place in your heart and helmet. Feed the buckles through the straps, pop the plastic tabs into the helmet, and go skiing. Turn your Speed Comp helmet into a weather-defying brain-bucket that shields you from cold and your own speed with the help of a simple a..
$29.95
Goggle Clips - Elastic bungee retention system that installs on the Ski Trab Race Helmet to secure your goggles. Also works with headlamps. GoPro Mount - Use this to bolt directly into your Ski Trab helmet for mounting cameras or compatible lights. Aero Goggle Straps - Straps to connect the Aero goggles to the attachment points on the Attivo helmet. Winter Ear Pads - Fuzzy..
From $24.95
Outfit your Kong helmet with bells and whistles. Or more appropriately, ear pads and liners. Look here for Kong helmet accessories. Kosmos Ear Pads – Warmth and protection for your listeners. Available in white and black to match the helmet colors, these pads pop into place so you can have both winter and summer modes. With the dual-certification nature of the Kosmos helmet, you..
$17.95
If you make a living teaching avalanche courses or otherwise value squeezing the most utility out of your avalanche transceiver, the ARVA Neo BT Pro is here to push the envelope. Boasting a massive 80 meters of search strip width, the search range can be pushed even further to 90 meters in analog mode (complemented by automatic sensitivity calibration). Other high-end capabilities ..
$399.95
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..
$449.95
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 sw..
$384.95
Professionals in the ski community have trusted Mammut for years due to their reputation for making the highest quality products that manage to be packed full of important features while still being quick and easy to use - the Barryvox S is no exception. Despite its simplistic design, the Barryvox S is packed full of useful features. One of the more handy and important features is ..
$549.95
Race weight and ready for reconnaissance! The BD Recon LT beacon is the ticket for light and fast alpine missions and skimo races. Ostensibly replacing the Pieps Micro, this adorable beacon features Bluetooth connectivity so you can stay on top of staying on top. A 50-meter range isn't for guides but suffices for lots of touring, missioning, and certainly racing. One battery keeps ..
$349.95
Lighter means faster, right? In a skimo world where weight is the new measure of worth, the Arva Evo5 Beacon is worth its weight in spandex. This light and compact beacon made by the French wizards over at Arva, the Evo5 is a fully functional 3 antenna beacon with a range of 50m, and it fits in the palm of your hand (unless you have really, really small hands). With features like G..
$339.95
ARVA is in a continuous search for perfection when it comes to their avalanche safety gear and the newest Neo Pro Beacon is sure getting there! It has maintained all the same excellent features of its predecessor, the Neo+, but with a few extras added on. In addition to the already vast 70m search radius, the new Neo Pro can switch to analogue mode to get a maximum search range ..
$359.95 $287.96
Increasingly, many airbag owners are discovering the benefits of a battery-operated system. That is, the ability to travel on an airplane, multiple deployments on a single charge, and forgoing the hassle of needing to refill a canister after a single use. Recognizing this, Ortovox and Arc’teryx collaborated to create the Avabag Litric platform. Taking this platform, Ortovox made th..
$1199.95
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..
$729.95
Here at Skimo Co, we have been hesitant ot jump on the airbag train because of their excessive weight. Enter the Mammut Ultralight with the Removable Airbag 3.0 system. The pack is nearly race-weight without a cannister, and still comes in under 2kg with the cannister. That means you may not have to sacrifice much speed for the additional avalanche safety. The compressed air system..
$499.95
Say goodbye to constantly refilling airbag canisters and the hassles of traveling with them and say "Hello" to the SCOTT Patrol E1 30 Avy Pack! The E1 Alpride Airbag System is the lightest electronic airbag yet and is simple to use, simple to charge, easy to travel with, and extremely reliable. It’s powered by 4 supercapacitors that don’t use a chemical reaction to store energy so ..
$1149.95
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 ..
$579.95
Not all airbags are created equal. Ideally, if you were to remove the airbag system from the pack, it would still be one that you enjoy skiing with. In the case of the ARVA R15 Ultralight, the excellent pack layout leaves little to be desired. The ultralight Reactor pack is a clean, low-volume pack for light and fast missions in avalanche terrain. It also has impressive reliability..
$649.95 $399.95
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..
$449.95
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..
$199.95
In the unfortunate situation that you reach for your ARVA Reactor trigger handle, you’re going to want a canister attached to the other end. These high-strength canisters are built to withstand the pressure necessary to inflate your airbag and durable enough to tolerate the rough handling brought on by mountain travel. The canisters are available in two versions: Steel Air cy..
$174.95
From new backcountry users looking to get their first avalanche safety pack to enthusiasts who need a full upgrade of their old, trusty gear, the Neo Pro Safety Pack is an ideal choice for anyone in the business of playing in the backcountry. The Neo Pro Beacon is one of the most user friendly, fully-featured transceivers with a vast search range of 70+ meters, a motion sensor that..
$469.95 $399.95
The Alpine Avy Safety Set from Black Diamond is a compelling set of light and fast backcountry skiing safety gear. The professional SKU makers at BD have combined the svelte Recon LT beacon with the impressive Transfer LT shovel and a Quickdraw Carbon 240 probe. If you prefer to travel on the lighter side, this package fits great in a lightweight ski pack and provides the tools nec..
$499.95
If you are new to the backcountry ski scene you will immediately hear that safety comes first. You can cover all your safety needs in one move with the ARVA Evo5 Safety Snow Pack. Including the amazing Evo5 avy beacon, Spark 240 snow probe, and Access TS shovel, your touring partners can feel confident that you have everything you need to help them out should anything go awry. I..
$439.95 From $399.95
Replacement holsters for ARVA avalanche transceivers with adjustable straps. Choose from Neo Pro or Evo5 beacons. These are the same holsters that ship with the beacons...
From $34.95
You can be racing uphill without being in a race. Whether you are spandex clad or not anyone can appreciate the weight savings of ARVA's Race Carbon shovel. Built specifically for the race scene, the shaft length and overall blade dimensions are optimized for low weight with high levels of functionality and performance. Comboed with ARVA's Race 240 probe you can fit everything you ..
$94.95
Race sometimes? Go fast all the time? If this describes your style, then ARVA built the Plume Carbon shovel just for you. Featuring a lightweight carbon fiber shaft, you can shave grams without sacrificing blade size; ARVA knows your shovel needs to move snow. The T-grip handle makes for easy handling while shoveling from either side when seconds count. The 24cm x 24cm shovel blade..
$79.95
Transfer lots of snow while your partners are green with envy. This Envy Green Transfer LT shovel from Black Diamond is a lightweight, all-aluminum backcountry shovel that values both weight and durability. The riveted blade design let BD engineers keep the metal thin so it can slice through set-up avalanche debris. Strategically placed holes drop weight without affecting the 550cm..
$99.95
A basic-yet-advanced aluminum shovel that won’t weigh you down. The Mammut Alugator Light features an anodized blade and telescopic 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 p..
$69.95
The Plume TS shovel has taken the ultralightweight Plume shovel and added a telescopic shaft making a good thing better. Like its predecessor, it is extremely lightweight, durable, and compact as the Plume but in the Plume TS, Arva has updated the shovel to incorporate even more surface area without adding weight. This creates a more efficient shovel without concerns for extra heft..
$84.95 From $74.95
In the lifetime of an avalanche shovel, how many times will it be used to uncover a buried person? Hopefully, if you take the proper precautions and have a bit of good luck, never. Ideally, this shovel will be used for more mundane tasks, like digging your stuck car out of a snowbank, building a sick jump, or scooping the occasional doggie surprise. However, if misfortune (or poor ..
$89.95

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