The Gear Closet: Ski Mountaineering

A. G3 FINDr 94

Buy Now – $ 889

Weight: 1440 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 in the icy corridors and on the exposed faces.

B. G3 ZED 12

Buy Now – $ 499

Weight: 345 g / binding

The minimalist ZED features effective elasticity in the toe area to absorb big shocks and prevent pre-release, while a 10mm front pressure range in the heel helps in proper release and maintains ski flexibility.

C. Petzl Irvis Hybrid

Buy Now – $ 189.95

The Irvis Hybrid won’t get you bogged down, thanks to a weight of 505 grams, and its steel toe cap will penetrate even the most bulletproof snow coats. A flexible drawstring tie construction allows it to fit small in your bag.

Ravine D. Petzl

Buy Now – $ 149.95

The Gully’s tapered three-millimeter steel pick ensures efficient snow drilling and with a length of 45 centimeters and a weight of just 280 grams, it’s compact and won’t hold you back.

E. Mammut Spindrift 32L

Buy Now – $ 179.95

With a volume of 32 liters, the Spindrift is roomy enough to carry your cargo on a long day of trekking on the main lines. It allows for the transport of skis and ice axes, hydration compatibility and its aluminum frame distributes the weight evenly so your back doesn’t give in on long climbs.

F. G3 Ion ski crampons

Buy Now – $ 75 (width 100mm)

These easy to put on and take off ski crampons provide powerful traction on icy slopes.

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 MIPS Ascender

Buy Now – $ 169.95

The lightest helmet in the Sweet Protection line, 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 such as flying stones or an unfortunate tomahawk.

I. Oakley 2.0 Windbreaker Jacket

Buy Now – $ 156

These oversized sunglasses featuring Oakley’s PRIZM color enhancing lenses provide full sun protection on the way up and are wide enough to beat the wind on your fast descent.

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

Buy Now – J: $ 579 | PD: $ 449

Eddie Bauer’s BC Freshline Kit is an ultra-durable and lightweight three-layer combo, with eVent waterproofing to keep the elements at bay. Bonus: Removable knee pads integrated into the bib will help prevent bruising on long boots in icy lanes.

K. Dakine Team Excursion GORE-TEX Gloves

Buy Now – $ 110

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

L. Dalbello Lup Air 130

Buy Now – $ 950

Weight: 1299 g / bunch at 26.5

The Lupo Air weighs less than 1,300 grams per boot and offers the support and stiffness of a dedicated freeride shoe. The boot’s low weight, comfortable 100-millimeter last, 40 degrees of forward movement and 130 flex will conserve energy on the climb so you can rage on the descent.

For a selection of FREESKIER approved essential backcountry safety items, click here.