The Gear Closet: Ski Mountaineering

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The Gear Closet: Ski Mountaineering

A. G3 FINDr 94

Buy Now — $889

Weight: 1,440 g/ski @ 177 cm

The all-new G3 FINDr 94 is a ski mountaineer’s dream: It combines a three-dimensional Canadian aspen wood core with full-length carbon fiber and polyurethane mounting plates for a lightweight, slender ski that holds up in icy couloirs and on exposed faces.

B. G3 ZED 12

Buy Now — $499

Weight: 345 g/binding

The minimalist ZED features effective elasticity in the toe to absorb big shocks and prevent prerelease, while a 10-millimeter range of forward pressure in the heel assists in correct release and maintains ski flex.

C. Petzl Irvis Hybrid

Buy Now — $189.95

The Irvis Hybrid won’t bog you down, thanks to a 505-gram weight, and its steel toe piece will penetrate even the most bulletproof snowpacks. A flexible cord linking construction allows it to pack down small in your pack.

D. Petzl Gully

Buy Now — $149.95

The Gully’s tapered, three-millimeter steel pick ensures efficient piercing of the snow and at 45 centimeters in length and weighing only 280 grams, it’s compact and won’t hold you back.

E. Mammut Spindrift 32L

Buy Now — $179.95

With a 32-liter volume, the Spindrift is spacious enough to carry your goods on a long day-trek to the big lines. It allows for ski- and ice axe-carry, hydration compatibility and its aluminum frame distributes weight evenly so your back doesn’t give out on long ascents.

F. G3 Ion Ski Crampon

Buy Now — $75 (100 mm width)

These easy-to-assemble and remove ski crampons ensure powerful grip on icy skin tracks.

G. G3 Via Carbon Poles

Buy Now — $124

G3’s adjustable, carbon poles are lightweight, durable and stiff, ensuring long-term use in the backcountry.

H. Sweet Protection Ascender MIPS

Buy Now — $169.95

The lightest helmet in Sweet Protection’s lineup, the Ascender is light and ventilated enough to be comfortable on the ascent while the advanced hybrid shell, dual density liner and MIPS technology protect the brain from impacts like flying rocks or an unfortunate tomahawk. 

I. Oakley Wind Jacket 2.0

Buy Now — $156

These oversized shades featuring Oakley’s PRIZM color-enhancing lenses provide full protection from the sun on the up and are wide enough to combat the wind on your speedy descent.

J. Eddie Bauer Men’s BC Freshline Jacket & Bib

Buy Now — J: $579 | B: $449

The BC Freshline kit from Eddie Bauer is a three-layer combo that’s ultra-durable and light, with eVent waterproofing to keep the elements at bay. Bonus: Built-in, removable knee pads in the bib will help prevent bruising on long boots up icy couloirs. 

K. Dakine Team Excursion GORE-TEX Gloves

Buy Now — $110

The Team Excursion Gloves from Dakine are built with stretch for freedom of movement, Gore-Tex waterproofing to keep your hands dry and 170 grams of PrimaLoft Gold insulation to prevent screaming barfies on long couloir climbs.

L. Dalbello Lup Air 130

Buy Now — $950

Weight: 1,299 g/boot @ 26.5

The Lupo Air clocks in at under 1,300 grams per boot and boasts the support and stiffness of a dedicated freeride shoe. The boot’s low weight, comfortable 100 millimeter last and 40 degrees of forward movement and 130 flex will conserve energy on the up so you can rage on the down.

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