Profiling Three Specialized Skimo Stores in North America

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Not long ago, all of North America was struggling to buy light ski mountaineering and ski touring gear. We were ordering online from Europe, dealing … [Read more...]

Review of Pierre Gignoux Black Ski Mountaineering Boots: Light, Comfortable and Performance Driven

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Quick overview: Usual Retail Price:  €1330 Euro ($1600 USD) + VAT if buying within Europe Weight: 600 grams with liner (size 26) Sizes … [Read more...]

Review of Salomon MTN Lab Helmet: Certified for Skiing and Mountaineering

Early season training at Whistler Blackcomb. Nick Elson Photo

Quick overview: Usual Retail Price:  $200 USD Weight: 330 grams without liner (size medium) Sizes available: Small (53-56cm), Medium … [Read more...]

Gear Guide To Your First Skimo Racing Setup: Skis, Boots, Bindings, and more

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When it comes to shopping for your first-ever skimo racing setup there is no "fit-for-all" advice as each person's goals, budget and athletic … [Read more...]

Innovative Ski Mountaineering and Skimo Racing Gear for 2016/2017

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Every year, manufacturers release fancy new gear to tantalize us. This is a selection of gear we think is innovative and probably worth having a look … [Read more...]

Video and Thoughts on Risks of Locked Binding Toes

Our thoughts are based on the talk by a biomechanical engineer Jeff Campbell. You can watch the 25min video further below.

We are all guilty of locking out our tech toe pieces while skiing downhill. If you are thinking "not me" right now then you are probably lying or you … [Read more...]

Taking Science to Skimo: Skin Glide Testing

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Montagnes magazine recently published an article detailing a scientific study sponsored by POMOCA and carried out by the Technologie Zentrum Ski und … [Read more...]

Helmets Don’t Prevent Concussions but Still Useful

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With the news of ISMF rule changes regarding skimo racing helmets (see my article here) I have been looking for more information about how well the … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]