Is Your Skimo Helmet Legal for Racing? New ISMF Rule and the EN 12492, EN 1077 and UIAA 106 certifications


Several weeks ago, we hinted that some new ISMF rule changes will affect the gear skimo athletes will need to use at ISMF sanctioned races starting … [Read more...]

In-depth La Sportiva shoes review and comparison: Akasha vs Bushido vs Helios SR


Overview: Suitability: Akasha - long distance trail and mountain running (lots of cushioning) Bushido - technical mountain running and … [Read more...]

Important Changes to 2017 ISMF Race Gear Rules


Several important rule changes were adopted in that will impact racers competing on the World Cup and at World Championships level in the upcoming … [Read more...]

Review of Free Range Equipment Raven Pack

Climbing steep neve on the Coleman Headwall. (Nick Elson Photo)

Quick overview: Usual full price: $169 USD Weight: 540 g (one size) Volume: 25 L Pros: versatile, durable, spacious, lightweight, 2 ice axe … [Read more...]

Review of Adidas Terrex Skychaser Trail Running Shoes


Quick overview: Usual full price: about $160.00 USD Weight: 325 g (single shoe) Pros: Traction and Grip, Built quality, … [Read more...]

Fischer Profoil Skins Review: New way of skinning


Overview: Usual full price: $225 USD - ( Weight: 230g/pair (for Fischer TransAlp 80 skis at 170cm) Compatibility: Fischer TransAlp, … [Read more...]

New Ski Mountaineering and Skimo Racing Skis: La Sportiva, Fischer, Black Diamond, Dynafit, Salomon, Atomic, Hagan, Voile


During my recent visit to Outdoor Retailer show I had a chance to touch, flex and discover new skimo racing and ski mountaineering skis that will be … [Read more...]

450 grams: New La Sportiva Stratos Hi-Cube Skimo Racing Boots


"How much lighter can they get? How much longer to 300 grams?" That's what I keep asking myself every year now since new superbly light skimo boots … [Read more...]

Preview of new Fischer Travers Carbon ski mountaineering boots


There were a couple of new ski mountaineering and ski touring boots that caught my eye at the recent Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. In this … [Read more...]

Review of Arc’teryx Procline Comp Jacket: Breathable and super light hardshell for snowy ski mountaineering

Storm skiing in Coast Mountains, BC.

Quick overview: Usual full price: about $399.00 USD Weight: 405 g Pros: Fit, Simplicity, Function, Breathable, Weight Cons: Longer … [Read more...]

Long-term Review: Dynafit RC-1 Skimo Boots

Crampon compatibility

Quick overview: Usual full price: $2150 USD Weight: 507 g (size 27) Cuff Rotation: 75 degrees Forward Lean: 12/18 deg Material: Carbon … [Read more...]

Salomon S-LAB X ALP 20 Backpack review: Day-pack for Fast and Light Travel


Quick overview: Usual full price: $150 USD Weight: 560 g (one size) Volume: 20 L Pros: versatile, durable, spacious Cons: weight, bulk, … [Read more...]