Outdoor Research Ski Touring Cap
The Outdoor Research ski touring cap works perfectly on the skin track shielding your eyes from the sun and the mesh panels on the side help keep you from overheating on the way up. It has an oversize back adjustment that makes it easy to use even with bulky gloves on. The fabric is water resistant to help keep you dry in all conditions and it’s compact and lightweight so can be easily stored in a jacket pocket or backpack when not in use. The Outdoor Research Ski Touring Cap makes a great low-priced gift for those backcountry skiers on your holiday shopping list.
Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow Cinch
Therm-a-rest is known for creating the camping mat category and since then they have expanded into making some of the best sleeping bags on the market. To complete this sleep set up you’ll also need a pillow and the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow Cinch is the most comfortable pillow we’ve ever used. It provides big comfort but packs down relatively small so it’s ideal for car camping, travelling and front country adventures. The soft, 60% recycled polyester cover is filled with supportive and compressible upcycled foam from their sleeping pad manufacturing making the Compressible Pillow Cinch pretty darn earth-friendly. The integrated cinch-cord allows you to adjust the firmness of the Compressible Pillow Cinch to your desired comfort and helps pack it down to less than half its size for easy storage. To increase comfort, even more, Therm-a-Rest added a top layer of insulation to eliminate any lumps and increase your sleeping pleasure. This is the ideal low priced present for someone on your holiday gift list.
Athletic Brewing’s non-alcoholic beer is for people who love high-quality craft beer without the alcohol—so that they can stay focussed on their adventure. With four flavours to choose from, Run Wild IPA, Free Wave Hazy IPA, Upside Dawn, and Athletic Lite there is something for everyone. The Award-winning Run Wild IPA craft non-alcoholic brew is brewed with a blend of five Northwest hops and has an approachable bitterness to balance the specialty malt body. It's a great, classic IPA for craft beer lovers, and comes in at just 65 calories. The Free Wave Hazy IPA is a Hazy IPA is loaded with Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops for a robust citrusy, hoppy flavour and only 70 calories. Upside Dawn is a classic Golden Style Ale that's refreshing, clean, balanced and light-bodied. With subtle floral and earthy notes, this NA brew is made with premium Vienna Malt alongside a combo of English and traditional American hops and only has 45 calories. Athletic Lite is Athletic Brewing's reimagining of what "lite beer" is supposed to be. At just 25 calories and 5 carbs, this brew is made with organic grains and pairs perfectly as your day-to-day beverage, whatever the activity.
Price: $16.99CAN / $13.99US
Flavours: Athletic Brewing Run Wild IPA, Athletic Brewing Athletic Free Wave Hazy IPA, Athletic Brewing Upside Dawn, Athletic Brewing Athletic Lite
Burton Throttle Gloves
Burton’s Throttle fleece gloves are made for mild days on the mountain and daily wear in town and their quick drying and breathable material also make them a great ski touring glove. They have a grippy silicone palm for grip and added dexterity, while the screen-compatible fingertips allow for easy use and access to your phone. When full storm gloves are overkill, these are a great alternative. Plus, they are made from 90% recycled fibres and the materials are Bluesign approved which means that they have minimal effect on people and the planet when compared to virgin materials. Not only are the Burton Throttle Gloves easy on your wallet but they are also easy on the planet. A great gift for that adventurer on your holiday gift list.
Hydro Flask Outdoor Kitchen Collection
From backyards to campsites, Hydra Flask’s outdoor kitchen collection is designed to be your new favourite outdoor dining set. Now you can dine in comfort and style wherever you are. The collection includes Hydro Flask’s 10 Inch plate, 1QT Bowl with Lid, 12oz Outdoor Tumbler and Flatware Set along with several other options. Read below for a brief description of each.
Hydro Flask 10 Inch plate
Ready for a seat at any table, the 10 inch plate has TouchShield double wall insulation that helps keep your hands comfy while holding hot meals and its clean design always looks beautiful.
Hydro Flask 1QT Bowl with Lid
Tough enough to rough it but sleek enough for the dining table. Hydra Flask’s personal 1 quart Bowl has a press-in lid to help keep food hot or cold till dinner time. The 1QT Bowl also has TouchShield double wall insulation that helps keep your hands comfortable while holding hot meals.
Hydro Flask 12oz Outdoor Tumbler
The perfect camp chair companion, this 12oz Outdoor Tumbler keeps cold drinks icy cold and hot drinks hot for hours. The outdoor tumbler even has internal measurement markers for mixing drinks.
Hydro Flask Flatware Set
This durable Flatware Set uses 18/8 pro-grad stainless steel which is beautiful and tough. The included carry sleeve and stackable design make storage and travel easy and they complete the set with the Tumbler, Bowl and Plate.
The Phoozy can cooler is a spacesuit for your can, it helps keep your drink 10X colder than a standard neoprene koozie and is 75% lighter than a stainless steel can insulator. It uses the brand’s Chromium Thermal Barrier which is made from patented spacesuit technology. A cool feature (pun intended) is that it floats in water even with a full can, so you are safe from accidents while floating down your favourite river. There is a large selection of colours and patterns to choose from so you can customize your Phoozy to your personality or adventure.
Tailgate Industries Goggle Case
Tailgate industries make several different sizes of goggle cases for safe storage when you are in-between runs, waiting for the lifts or touring up to your next line. They are easy to use, low profile and packable. Constructed using an ABS plastic shell that is layered with soft fleece for your goggle lens and the outside uses a durable athletic fabric. Goggles are held in place with a spandura pocket and four-way stretch hood that wraps around to the front of the goggle case and is held in place with a cord lock and elastic band. Designed to be low profile, lightweight, semi rigid and can accommodate most styles/sizes of goggles.
Mystery Ranch Mission Control Tech Organizer
Organize all of your tech gear and electronics in one safe and dry place no matter how much you like to carry. The Mystery Ranch Mission Control Tech Organizers come in three sizes, 1.5L, 2.5L, and 4L. All of them come with two internal zippers and porting docks for on-the-go charging. With several pockets, it is easy to keep things organized and conveniently located when you need them. Designed to stand upright or pack easily these bags are fully padded to help protect their contents from any bumps you may come across on your travels. Great gift idea for the on-the-go traveller.
Sunday Afternoons Meridian Visorband
Your everyday adventure companion, an insulated earband with a brim! Made from lightweight, four-way stretch, breathable Italian fabric, microfleece provides extra insulation without adding bulk–it even fits under a helmet! Crushable and travel friendly the Sunday Afternoons Meridian Visorband is a lightweight and breathable option to wearing a toque (beanie for you Americans) or trucker hat—as it lets the top of your head breathe while it keeps your ears warm. And it has built in dual position Sunglass Locks which means you can stow your shades in two positions in the Meridian Visorband when you don’t need them on your face.
Platypus Soft Bottle
The lightest and most compact bottle that Platypus makes, the Soft Bottle is 100% free of BPA, BPS, phthalate free and does not use any polycarbonates. When empty, the Soft Bottle easily flattens and rolls up compactly, saving space and with an ergonomic shape where the bottle narrows in the middle to make it easy to hold. A great gift for keeping your loved ones hydrated.
Human Gear GoKit Deluxe
Offering some of the best mess kits around, Human Gears GoKit Deluxe packs away nice and tidy but is still loaded with simple yet smart features. GoKit Deluxe includes the award-winning GoBites Uno spork, a toothpick, a dual-mode mug and a sturdy plate and bowl that snap together securely. Great gift idea for the one who loves mealtime in the woods or anywhere on the go.
Dometic GO Hydration Water Jug 11L
Dometic makes a wide range of coolers both traditional and electric, like their CFX3 45 Powered Cooler that we reviewed last year—they also make a wide variety of other camping essentials like their new GO Hydration Water Jug. This hard-shell jug stores up to 11L of water and stows easily due to its modular design. It features 2 openings on the top, a large 4-inch opening for quick filling and cleaning, and a smaller 63mm opening that allows for the use of many common water filters on the market. There is a moulded grip on the bottom of the GO Hydration Water Jug to aid in pouring and two flexible carry handles on the top help with transporting the jug when full. Three colour options are available so you can use one jug for drinking water and one for grey water if needed. A spigot cap is included to easily dispense water but even better is the addition of Dometic’s Hydration Water Faucet.
A nice add-on to Dometic’s Hydration Water Jug is Dometic’s Hydration Water Faucet which also works with any water container thanks to its universal design. It is self-powered by a battery that lasts for up to 150L and can be recharged with the provided USB cable. Its simple one-touch operation and auto shut-off help conserve water use and the integrated LED light is ideal for nighttime and low-light use. Made from rugged BPA-free, food-grade materials, the Dometic Hydration Water Faucet uses a magnetic base so that it can be used on other surfaces and does not have to be mounted on the Hydration Water Jug itself. It retails for $129.99CAN / $99.99US.
Luno Seatback Organizer 2.0
This past spring we featured the Luno Air Mattress 2.0 in our Best New Camping Gear for Summer 2022. This inflatable car camping mattress is ideal for those who can’t afford ‘Van Life’ and yet still want to have the flexibility of camping in their vehicle. Luno now offers the Seatback Organizer 2.0 which is what Luno calls “The nightstand of car camping”. It is a seat-back organizer that has a removable microfibre-lined pocket specifically designed for your phone, a headlamp pocket with a translucent window for reading at night, two G-hooks for handy key storage, a slot for tablets or books and a water bottle holder. The Seatback Organizer 2.0 basically has a place for all those commonly used items you’ll need to easily find while camping in your vehicle. Its universal fit means you can use it in any vehicle and since it has a fairly streamlined design you can leave it attached to your seat back even when not out on a road trip. Luno is transforming car camping into car life, one bad-ass road-tripping vehicle at a time and they can do the same for you, so be sure to check out all their products.
Arva SkiTrip 240 Probe
Arva’s SkiTrip 240 Probe is 240cm in length and made up of 8 segments of 30cm each. It uses Arva’s RACK LOCK locking system which allows you to quickly pull the tension cable tight when deploying the probe by simply pulling on the handle. Each tube segment is compact and only 12mm in diameter yet strong and durable thanks to the 7075 aluminum tubing used. The stainless steel tension cord is strong and aligns the segments with the help of cone inserts which makes it easier to assemble the tube segments. The SkiTrip 240 Probe also has precise markings on the probe to easily indicate snow depth and is the ideal companion for backcountry skiers or snowboarders.
UAG Mouve Laptop/Tablet Sleeve
A device or laptop without a sleeve is like carrying money around without a wallet except that if you drop your cash you may lose it but it won’t break. UAG specializes in protective sleeves for valuable devices, their [U] Mouve Laptop/Tablet Sleeve featured here fits up to 13-inch devices such as an iPad Pro or a MacBook 13-inch. With a durable polyester outer layer and magnetized flap closure, it works well as a solo carry however its low profile and light weight also make it an ideal option for packing as a carry-on or other efficient travel. A 13” laptop or device slides snugly into a cozy suede pocket where it is protected from scratches. If you have other accessories like a phone, Apple Pen, cords or low-profile stuff there is a unique and generous zipper compartment with internal pockets just beside the device pouch. The UAG [U] Mouve Laptop/Tablet Sleeve is an efficient, well-constructed and clean design. If you are harder on your gear or carry your device backcountry regularly you may want to check out the UAG Medium Sleeve, which comes with a rigid case that meets Military drop-test standards.
Superfeet Winter Comfort Insoles
Superfeet has two new insoles designed specifically for skiers and snowboarders. Their Winter Comfort and Winter Comfort Thin Insoles provide an improved fit and comfort for outdoor winter activities. The Winter Comfort Insoles are thicker and provide more comfort and insulation while the Winter Comfort Thin Insoles are designed to fit performance boots that don’t have as much room inside. Typically the insoles you get with many ski and snowboard boots are often flimsy and cardboard-like, these Winter Comfort Insoles from Superfeet are designed to replace those. Providing a better custom fit and more comfort the Winter Comfort Insoles will help keep you skiing and riding longer this winter.
Superfeet is also a proud supporter of Protect Our Winters which helps empower people to protect the places they love from climate change.
5.11 Stratos Full Zip
When the days start getting shorter and the snow line creeps down the 5.11 Stratos full zip is a great mid-layer, or you can wear it as an outer layer on days that are a bit milder. It’s constructed from a durable polyester (91%) and elastane (9%) blended fleece with moisture-wicking, anti-odour and stretch properties, making it great for any activity. A brushed tricot-lined collar and raglan sleeves also provide an added touch of comfort.
Burton Women's midweight base layer pants
Be cozy, stay dry, warm, and stoked all day in any weather with Burton’s midweight base layer pants. The women's Burton Midweight Base Layer Pants are made with the cotton-like comfort of DRYRIDE Ultrawick Midweight 200 fabric that's scientifically engineered to pull heat-robbing sweat away from your skin and propel it through your outer layers. This midweight DRYRIDE offers quick-drying warmth and stink-proof insulation that works all season. These stretchy pants also include an extra-soft contoured waistband and a fresh-as-a-daisy stink-proof finish.
Sierus Soundtouch Gore-tex Prism Glove
The Soundtouch Gore-tex Prism Gloves are made with Sierus’s proprietary HeatLock insulation which is made from a premium hollow-core insulation that traps heat making the Prism Gloves very warm and comfortable. The Gore-Tex insert also means that they are waterproof to keep you dry when the weather turns ugly. Their TechHide full SoundTouch palm means that you can also use your smartphone without having to remove the Prism Gloves, keeping your hands warm while you stay connected. On the back of the Prism Gloves, you’ll find a zippered pocket to stash small items or insert a hand warmer to keep your hands warm on those really cold days. Available in both men’s and women’s versions, the Sierus Soundtouch Gore-tex Prism Gloves are a great ski glove that also works well around town all winter long.
Leatherman Bond Multitool
The Leatherman Bond is an ultra-lightweight, pocket-friendly multitool that you should never be without. The Bond represents the culmination of history since it was modelled after Tim Leatherman’s beloved original multi-tool, which was called the PST. The Leatherman Bond is made of stainless steel so it is as sturdy as it is tough and provides 14 essential tools including pliers, a durable 420HC knife blade and a set of standard screwdrivers. A perfect gift for the first-time multi-tool owner.
Marker Ultra Flex Goggles
Marker has solved the problem of when your backpack is full and you are trying to find a safe place to put your goggles so they won’t get damaged. The Marker Ultra Flex goggles are extremely twistable thanks to highly flexible and almost unbreakable lenes. They can be "folded" and stowed in any pocket, no matter how small. This goggle is so light, you will hardly feel it when worn. Thanks to these technological advancements, the Ultra-Flex Goggles sits much closer to the face, allowing for unparalleled panoramic vision. This is a great gift idea for those who always pack too much and are looking for somewhere to put their goggles without damaging them.
SOL Escape Lite Bivy
SOL’s Escape Lite Bivy is a backcountry shelter for the minimalist adventurer who is counting grams and trying to keep everything “fast and Lite”. Constructed with SOL’s proprietary Escape fabric which is lightweight, durable, breathable, and moisture-wicking, its heat-reflective interior keeps heat in and the elements out. The Escape Lite Bivy weighs only 155g / 5.5oz and packs incredibly small. You can also use it as a liner to enhance the warmth of your traditional sleeping bag, as an ultra-lightweight summer bag or as an emergency bivy. No adventurer should be without the Escape Lite Bivy as it’s great insurance for when things go sideways.
Seirus Heatwave Lite Reversible Long Sleeve Top & Bottom
Seirus’s Heatwave technology uses a heat-reflective material to reflect 20% of your escaping body heat back to you which retains 4-5 degrees that would otherwise be lost. Seirus has incorporated this Heatwave technology into their Long Sleeve Top & Bottom base layers in a new lighter weight so you have all the warmth with less restriction in movement and overall bulk. These thin base layer tops and bottoms also have a brushed Max Wick fabric next to your skin for optimal wicking and ventilation. Both the Heatwave Lite Reversible Long Sleeve Top & Bottom are reversible and have spandex integrated to improve their overall shape and 4-way stretch. These are an affordable base layer combo with some impressive heat-retaining technology—ideal for the skier on your holiday gift list.
Hillsound Equipment BTR stool
Hillsound Equipment’s BTR Stool is the most compact, lightweight, sturdy stool we’ve used to date and is ideal for camping, backpacking, fishing or concerts in the park. This tripod-style stool is easy to set up and packs away easily thanks to its Phantomlock auto-locking mechanism. The telescoping legs lock in place to provide a comfortable seat that won’t collapse on you and the detachable mesh seat is surprisingly comfy. With a collapsed size of just more than a Nalgene bottle and considerably less weight, the BTR stool is the ultimate in light-weight seating. And what does BRT stand for you ask? “Better Than a Rock” (get it?).
Gerber Truss Multitool
A great multi-tool that is as much at home on the job site as it is at the campsite with 17 tools that pack into a size-conscious design. This full-size multi-tool aims to remove excess heft while keeping all of the functionality you need. The result is a professional-grade multi-tool that bridges the gap between the problem and the solution. Gift one to the adventurer on your holiday gift list.
OW FR Carbon Vario Pro Poles
One Way’s new FR Carbon Vario Pro Poles are made from an ultralight, stable carbon fibre/aluminum shaft which is durable and saves on weight, providing the optimal swing weight. The telescopic construction allows simple length adjustments, making it ideal for backcountry use. The design of the Ergo Grip Pro sits comfortably in your hand thanks to the ergonomic recesses which are easy to grip all day long. Aramid edge guards protect the poles from damage during skiing should they come in contact with rocks, trees or your ski edges. To finish things off a large Freeride basket provides good float in soft deep snow and is simple to swap out should you need to.
Julbo Quick Shift Goggles
The Quick Shift Goggles use Julbo’s ‘Switch Air system’ which easily provides active control of your goggle’s ventilation to help eliminate any fogging during use. Two drop-outs on the bottom of the frame provide large airways for fresh air to enter the inside of the goggles to visibility crystal clear. This means that you can wear the Quick Shift Goggles not only on the climb up but also on the descent. With the Reactiv Photochromic lens, the Quick Shift Goggles change with the light conditions so when it is overcast or cloudy they are clear to allow more light in so you can see better and when the sun comes out they get darker to protect your eyes and help you see detail. Their frameless constructions and cylindrical lens provide not just great style but also a large field of view and optimal fit. These are the ideal gift for that skier or rider on your holiday gift list.
Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan
Arc’teryx’s Covert Cardigan is a warm midnight fleece which is made from 100% recycled polyester and the best thing about it is that it doesn’t look like you just left the crag or the side of a mountain. It’s ideal for après ski or hanging out in the backcountry lodge after a good day crushing vert or perhaps just hanging at the local coffee shop. Colder fall evenings, winter days and summer nights at elevation are when the Covert Cardigan will keep you toasty warm. With clean lines, advanced design, and versatile thermal performance the Covert Cardigan is a technical layer that doesn’t always look the part thanks to its heathered face that gives it the look of wool. With gusseted underarms for a larger range of movement and laminated pockets to help secure small essentials—this is a versatile insulation layerfor all occasions.
Cotopaxi Allpa 60L Gear Hauler Tote
Whether you are carrying gear from your car to the crag, trailhead or simply getting your week's groceries, a solid tote is always in order. Cotopaxi has you covered with their new Allpa 60L Gear Hauler Tote which is an oversized carry-all tote that has a semi-structures design so it’s always easy to fill and find your gear inside. Two tote handles give you the option to shoulder carry or hand carry the Alpine while the interior and exterior pockets provide plenty of organization options for your things. There are also built-in top compression straps to help keep your gear secure. Cotopaxi produces the Allpa 60L Gear Hauler Tote in the Philippines at their principal pack factory which is committed to fair labour and environmentally sound practices like helping to reduce fabric waste through Cotopaxi’s repurposed Del Día Collection.
La Sportiva Session Tech Hoody
La Sportiva’s new Session Tech Hoody uses several fabrics in strategic locations to provide wind-resistant for aerobic activities that optimizes ventilation and protection. This ideal mix of windproof protection and comfortable recycled fleece panels also provides a generous amount of flexibility. With a Polygiene Anti-Bacterial Odour Treatment you can go hard all day and rest assured you won’t offend your friends. There are also two large harness and pack-compatible front pockets for storing items you need on the go. This is an ideal mid layer on colder days and works well as a windshield on those long ascents on the up track. The Session Tech Hoody is available for both men and women in several beautiful colour ways.
Dynafit TLT Helmet
What’s better than a super lightweight ski touring helmet? How about a true multi-sport, triple-certified helmet that can be used for mountaineering, climbing, cycling and is also a super lightweight ski touring helmet to boot! That’s the new Dynafit TLT Helmet. With its light, yet extremely tough construction and well-engineered ventilation, this multi-sport helmet is not only ultralight but stylish and low-profile. Constructed using an EPS inner lining and an in-mould polycarbonate shell, the TLT Helmet, weighs just 300 grams, while not sacrificing any protection. The adjustable visor serves as a shield from glare and rounds out the sporty, casual look while also ensuring that your ski goggles don’t slide back on the helmet—and if it’s not your thing you can also remove it. TO customize the fit you can adjust the dial at the back of the TLT Helmet along with the head and chin straps to obtain a precision fit and maximum safety. Why have three helmets when the Dynafit TLT Helmet does it all.
Smartwool Intraknit Merino Tech 1/2 Zip Hoodie
Smartwool’s Intraknit technology is able to seamlessly knit insulation and ventilation together in a single fabric to limit seems and improve overall comfort. Their Intraknit Merino Tech 1/2 Zip Hoodie has Knit-in wind protection on the front panel and sleeves and targeted mesh ventilation for breathability and abrasion protection on the sleeves. The DWR finish provides protection from the elements while the zippered chest pocket provides storage for smaller valuables and the integrated thumb holes on the cuffs keep the sleeves from riding up and help keep your hands warm. This merino hoody provides a great range of motion thanks to its regular fit and the inclusion of elastane in the fabric. It’s ideal as a mid layer on colder adventures and works well as a light insulation and wind breaker on long skin tracks while ski touring.
Big Sky Mountain Products Rover Skins
Big Sky Mountain Products HQ is located in Bozeman Montana and makes all of their ski and split board skins right there in the USA. Their Rover Skins are made from a 100% nylon plush for maximum grip and durability—mohair-mix skins are coming soon. The Rover’s low-angle nylon fibres in the plush are said to make the Rovers some of the fastest nylon skins on the market balancing glide and durability. The Rover Skins come in a universal length (customer trims to length) with a standard print and the tip connector not attached, pre-assembled standard print and pre-assembled jungle print options. The universal length of 200cm means that Big Sky Mountain Products can reduce their costs and pass it along to you the customer. The Rover Skins range in price from $134.99-$184.99 depending on the print you choose along with the width and which configuration: pre-assembled or universal. The Rover with jungle print is $10 more than the standard print and the pre-assembled option is $10 more than the universal length. As you choose a wider skin the price also increases by $10 so you only pay for what you need. With four widths in 100mm, 110mm, 125mm, 140mm, they have a Rover Skin for even the fattest of skis. The self-renewing skin glue is warrantied for an impressive two years as is the plush with life time warranty on the clips. The tip and tail connector clips are very burly and virtually unbreakable and some of the most secure in the industry. The Rover Skins are simple to use, reliable and very durable so their value alone is sure to impress.
Arva Ski Trip Shovel
Arva’s Ski Trip Shovel has a telescopic shaft with two settings that goes from 35cm when collapsed to 57cm and 72cm lengths providing two digging options. The PIN LOCK locking mechanism makes it quick and easy to put the blade and shaft together and as well as adjust the height or the handle. With an ergonomic, easy to hold, T- grip handle and a strong and durable aluminum blade the Ski Trip Shovel is efficient at moving snow and comfortable to use. A compact, durable and simple design makes the Arva Ski Trip Shovel a must have for your backcountry skiing avalanche kit.
Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights
Fjallraven’s Abisko Trekking Tights are made from a highly functional stretch fabric (82% polyamide, 18% elastane) that is durable and ideal for hiking and trekking. Their excellent fit and four-way stretch fabric provides maximum freedom of movement and on colder days they fit well under other pants for extra insulation. With reinforcements where you need them on the butt and knees along strategically placed pockets for practical use. A smaller zippered leg pocket on the left leg is ideal to stow smaller items and valuables while out and about and a larger pocket on the right-hand leg has room for a map or snacks. The waist is wide for better comfort and can be adjusted with a drawcord on the inside hem. There is also a zippered security pocket and a little loop on the left hip to attach gear or a light jacket too. The Abisko Trekking Tights are a girl’s best friend since they easily go from mountain hikes to gym workouts and more.
Montane Allez Micro Fleece Pull-On
Montane has a new base layer/midlayer that is perfect for fast moving activities where thermal comfort and performance are key. The Allez Micro Fleece Pull-On is made with Polartec Power Grid which consists of 90% recycled content so it’s not hard on the planet. This fabric traps air and wicks moisture simultaneously through a micro grid structure and is treated with Polygiene permanent odour control so you can wear it day after day or on longer adventures and no worry about smelling. The Montane Allez Micro Fleece Pull-On is a super light, packable technical pull on fleece and can be used as either a base layer next to the skin as a mid layer on colder days. It’s a great versatile piece for those adventurers on your holiday gift giving list.
5.11 Load Ready Utility Lima
The Lima is a versatile utility bag full of features and is incredibly durable due to the 1050 denier nylon. With a TPU waterproof internal lining and a double-layer base panel It can withstand years of abuse while keeping its contents safe and dry. The removable zip-off lid has a mesh pocket to secure valuable items when closed or you can remove the lid and use it for grabbing groceries or storing your gear after a day playing outdoors. There are two grab handles at each end along with the two main carry handles. This is a great gift idea for someone who loves to keep their things stored safely while in transit or on the go.
Bolle Ascender Sunglasses
With a blending of performance and style, the Bolle Ascender sunglasses are as comfortable on the hill as they are running errands around town. The Thermogrip rubber on the temple tips and an adjustable 3-position nose piece ensure fit, comfort and stability. The rubber is specifically engineered to get grippier when it comes in contact with water or sweat for a more secure fit. They are available with Phantom photochromic lens and Solace4 which is Bolle’s new mineral lens for the mountains. These would be a great gift idea for someone who is looking for a multipurpose pair of sunglasses.
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 25 Pack
When there's good snow to be had, early morning missions are the way to go and the Black Diamond Dawn Patrol pack is made for these adventures. It is a lightweight 25L pack made with 100% recycled main body fabrics and essential features for the backcountry. The front snow safety pocket stores your avalanche safety kit, and an oversized insulated shoulder pocket holds a hydration tube, soft flask or radio. The pack’s form-fitting suspension provides a contoured, body-hugging fit, while zippered back panel access provides easy entry. There are also large hip-belt pockets purpose-built to store skins for the downhill. A great gift idea for anyone who loves a good morning mission.
Montec Roast Mittens
Sometimes the weather calls for mittens instead of gloves and the Montec Roast mittens have been designed as the perfect cold-weather and backcountry companion. With extended cuffs, a reinforced non-slip palms, goggle-wipe thumb back, and an internal wrist strap, they're also very durable and versatile. A great holiday gift idea for riders who want to lap the resort or backcountry in perfect, cozy comfort.
FUBUKI Niseko 2.0 Boots
The Niseko 2.0 Boots will keep you warm on the coldest of days, with a temperature rating of -30°C and they are also 100% waterproof and windproof to ensure that you stay dry and warm no matter the weather. With a high cut they can trudge through the deepest snow and their cleated rubber sole gives you the grip you need. In addition to this, they also have a cushioned midsole and shock-absorbing heel making them super comfortable. In a world where tough and resistant so often means rigid and boring, FUBUKI offers some bright and fun colours! A perfect gift for someone who always has cold feet during the winter months.
Ignik Backside Heated Seat Pad
Tailgate parties just got a lot more cozy with the Ignik Backside Heated Seat Dad. This pad transforms any seat into a heated reprieve while camping, fishing, hunting, or tailgating in cold weather. Available in two sizes, the Backside Seat Pad warms just your bottom and the Backside Heated Pad XL to warm your bottom and your back, and it also works perfectly for two people when laid flat. With a 10-setting controller that works in tandem with internal heat sensing technology so you can fine tune the heat level to meet your individual needs. (it even remembers the setting you last left it on when powering back up). A Durable, weather-resistant cover made from 100% recycled bluesign® approved fabric with built in Cush Foam for added comfort. Ideal for someone who needs just a bit more heat while hanging out in the outdoors.
Helly Hansen Alpha Zero Half-zip Jacket
With the shorter days and cooler temps the Helly Hansen Alpha is the perfect companion, designed to be a standalone jacket or as a versatile mid layer. The Alpha combines the warmth of fleece with the stretch and protection of a soft shell. The exterior has a PFC-free, water-repellent treatment to keep you dry in light precipitation and with the environment in mind, the jacket was made with 95% recycled fabric. A great gift idea for someone who is always out exploring and expecting the most in comfort and warmth.
Devold Expedition Merino 235 Baselayers
Proven on several polar expeditions, the Devold Expedition base layers are designed with dual layers for extreme weather conditions. The inner is made of 100% Merino wool while the outer layer is 90% Aquaduct treated Merino wool, combined with 10% polyamide to improve durability. Devold® Expedition insulates extremely well and has an effective ability to transport moisture. The Aquaduct Merino wool is specifically designed to move moisture away from the skin side of the fabric to the outer surface where it evaporates. The top has flat seams for optimal comfort and Raglan sleeves with custom made shoulders for maximum mobility.
Eagle Creek Migrate Duffel Bag
The Migrate duffel has been revamped this year with 100% recycled material. This new recycled waterproof fabric and bathtub construction bottom make this bag excellent at keeping your gear/lunch or whatever dry while hanging out in the snow all day. The monster opening of the doctor style bag has a zip-top which allows for full visibility of its contents and provides an additional 5 litres of packing space over traditional designs. A multi-point harness system – one continuous webbing strap, envelops the bag at critical grab, hoist and tie-down points. Tuck-away backpack straps offer multiple carry options, plus exterior compression straps. And when the adventure is over the Migrate duffels collapse flat for storage. It’s also Bluesign approved so you can feel better knowing that the material is safe for the environment, workers and the end user.
Rossignol Resort LT Shoes
Rossignol’s New Resort LT Boots are made to get you comfortably to the ski hill and back again in style but they are also versatile all season kicks for urban activities. These lightweight high-cut shoes have an injected EVA midsole and grippy rubber outsole keeps you comfortable and sure-footed. The black and red design lends chic yet casual style while tongue and heel tabs make it easy to get these snow shoes on and off.
Arc’teryx Rho Hybrid Crew
Going on a multi-day backcountry trip? The Hybrid crew from Arc’teryx has Merino wool panels in high-odour areas to keep you smelling civilized. The Rho Hybrid’s Phasic™ AR II material stretches, provides thermal comfort, and is made with wicking fibres. Layering is easy with its fit and is patterned for maximum mobility. Feel good about wearing this Crew knowing that it is Fair Trade Certified. This is a great gift for someone who would love a performance base layer for adventure in colder weather. And, they also make matching bottom Rho Hybrid base layers as well.
Camelbak Powderhound 12L Pack
Whether you're a weekend warrior or an all day / every day shredder, the Powderhound is the perfect size pack to carry all your essentials for a day at the resort. Stay hydrated with an insulated sleeve (Therminator™) in the shoulder that maintains consistent access so that your water keeps from freezing. A handy QR harness allows you to easily swing the pack around on the chairlift to access the main compartment. A perfect gift for the resort shredder in your life.
Outdoor Research Revolution II Gore-Tex Gloves
Spend more time outside comfortably with the Revolution II gloves that use Enduraloft insulation for increased warmth along with grippy, quick-drying palms and a heat pack pocket for added warmth on super cold days. These gloves also features Gore-Tex waterproofing to help keep your hands dry in any condition. The outer material is also Bluesign approved so you can feel good about wearing them.
Bolle Mammoth Goggles
On the hunt for a large fitting goggle—then the Bolle Mammoth Goggles are your answer. The largest fit in the Bolle collection the Mammoth Goggles offer a truly wide field of vision and are equipped with articulated outriggers to create the perfect fit with your helmet. Symmetrical ventilation helps to optimize inside airflow and prevent fog for better visibility. Why limit your vision when you can see it all with the new Bolle Mammoth Goggles
Black Diamond Expedition 3 WR Poles
The Expedition 3 is a whippet ready four-season pole for resort skiing, backcountry skiing and hiking in the off-season. With dual FlickLocks for a full range of adjustability, this pole easily fits in your duffle or pack and then fully extends when it’s time to shred. The sticky-rubber, dual density grip-top grabs bindings and buckles with ease for quick adjustments and provides a seamless connection with WR accessories. The Expedition 3 comes with powder baskets, so you can switch them out to match the season and the trip, and the new vari-width strap adds comfort and adjustability while moving through terrain.
Icebreaker Merino 200 Oasis Bottom & Top
When the temps drop and you need to add base layers to your hiking or skiing kit, the Icebreaker Merino 200 Oasis top and bottom baselayers are a perfect foundation for your cold weather layering. Made from soft and breathable 100% merino wool which provides the natural benefits of temperature regulation and odour resistance. The Oasis are designed to contour your body and will easily move with you allowing maximum movement whatever your activity. They use flatlock seams throughout to prevent any friction and keep you more comfortable and of course are available in a woman’s version.
Scott Aluguide Ski Pole
Everything you need from a classic ski touring pole, the Scott Aluguide has an easy locking mechanism with a long foam grip and a sturdy aluminium construction. A carbide tip and 90mm Freeride basket work whether you are traversing icy slopes or knee deep in powder. These poles are a great holiday gift idea for someone who is looking for a solid ski touring pole.
Mystery Ranch Superset 30L Bag
Getting in shape for the ski season? The Mystery Ranch Superset is your everyday commuter or gym bag. With a separate compartment for your post workout gear and deployable shoulder straps and a duffel style access to the main compartment—it is designed with your workout in mind. There is also an internal laptop sleeve and an easy grab water bottle pocket on the outside. A great holiday gift idea for the gym rat in your life.
Salewa Wildfire Canvas Shoes
Salewa's new Wildfire Canvas hiking/approach shoes puts an eco-friendly spin on their traditional counterpart without giving up an ounce of alpine performance. Their sustainable design includes an upper that is made from recycled cotton and hemp canvas which helps to minimize the shoe's environmental footprint. This eco-friendly material helps keep the shoe lightweight and your feet cooler on warm days. To ensure that the Wildfire Canvas Shoes are durable Salewa put a full rubber rand around the shoe to help protect against rock and scree abuse. On the bottom, there is POMOCA outsole which provides a secure grip on rock and technical terrain. Inside the eco Ortholite footbed provides comfort and cushion that you don’t often find in a technical shoe like this. If you value eco-friendly footwear that performs well on alpine summits and is stylish enough for around town then the Salewa Wildfire Canvas Shoes are worth considering for yourself or that hiker/climber on your holiday gift list.
Burton Sidehill 25L Backpack
Burton’s Sidehill is the perfect size touring pack for shorter backcountry missions and quick sidecountry laps. With a dedicated avalanche tool storage that allows fast access to safety gear and a top zip or back panel entry which offers wide access to the main pack body. The Sidehill also has a dedicated hydration sleeve to keep you hydrated and a board, pole and helmet carry options. Bluesign® approved materials ensure you are doing your part in protecting the planet. A perfect gift for the fresh powder seeker in your life.
Kyrgies Moulded Sole Low Back
Nothing beats a comfy pair of slippers for wearing around the house the the Kyrgies Moulded Sole Low Back are all natural slippers that are handcrafted with natural wool felt. They include a thick leather sole that has been specially moulded to provide support to the base of your feet and provide added cushioning. The Low Backs are handcrafted by local artisans in Kyrgies workshop in Kyrgyzstan from wool sourced from small, family-run farms. They are of course naturally sustainable given they are made from wool but they also use a vegetable-tanned leather sole which is much better for the environment than standard chromium-dyed leathers. Kyrgies follows fair trade practices throughout their manufacturing process which means paying their staff in Kyrgyzstan fair and honest wages. Kyrgies is also a 1% for the Planet member and offsets their carbon emissions through Carbon Neutral. If you think you have to give up comfort and fit when wearing a handcrafted natural wool slipper, think again as the Kyrgies Low Back provides impressive arch support and a non-slip grip on most indoor surfaces. The perfect gift for those environmentally conscientious people on your holiday gift list, and yes, they also come in a version for women.
ZEAL Hangfire Goggles
The ZEAL Hangfire Goggles takes a minimalist approach to changing the way you see winter by combining two impressive technologies. They use a spherical lenses optical technology which mimick the eye’s shape to minimize distortion as well as use ZEAL’s award winning Observation Deck Technology pantoscopic-tilt design that allows you to see 20% more of the slope below you with zero distortion. They also use a sleek, rimless design that offers incredible peripheral field of view and helmet compatibility.
Leki Guide Lite 2 Poles
LEKI’s Guide Lite trekking/touring poles now features the new Aergon Air Grip which provides maximum ergonomic support, guidance, control and comfort. The grip has a lightweight hollow core with increased ergonomic grip surface, a positive angle top for a relaxed wrist, and a diamond surface with a fully rubberized back for maximum grip zone. The Guide Lite 2 is fully adjustable from 110-145cm using Leki’s bomber proof SpeedLock 2 Plus. Leki also includes their Big Mountain Basket with the Guide Lite 2 which have a straight hard edge that adjusts risers without flipping the pole upside down and another longer edge for scraping your skins. A great holiday gift for the person that loves big days in the mountains.
The North Face Alpine Polartec Full-Zip Hooded Jacket
When the weather turns cold you want a jacket that you can rely on The North Face Alpine Polartec™ 200 Full-Zip Hooded Jacket is one to consider. It has flexible four-way stretch, hem and hood adjustability, and is made from 100% recycled materials that are designed to be reused and repurposed at the end of their lifecycle. The drawcord at the hemline allows for adjustability and can be used to keep the chill away when the wind picks up. A great holiday gift for the eco-conscious and active adventurer on your gift list.
Marmot PreCip Eco Pro Jacket
Marmot's newest addition to their high performing PreCip line is the PreCip Eco Pro which features 20k/20k Marmot MemBrain® lamination with 3-layer waterproof/breathable fabric that repels water while reducing internal condensation. It has 100% seam taping for complete leak proof protection and uses a PFC-free water repellent coating that keeps you dry and minimizes environmental pollution. The attached hood comes with a drawcord hem for extra protection and comfort and the pit zips do a great job venting heat if you start to get too warm while exerting yourself. The Marmot PreCip Eco Pro Jacket is a great holiday gift idea for that person who loves being out in all types of weather.
Gregory Rhune Pack
Gregory’s Rhune Pack is an everyday adventure pack that’s ideal for all season travel. It is available in a 20, 22 and 25L versions with each providing a comfortable way to carry those essential items you need. By utilizing recycled fabrics, Gregory was able to reduce the carbon footprint of this new pack by 51% - 57% (depending on the size). The Rhune also uses GRS-certified 100% recycled polyester fabrics throughout. The AirCushion mesh back panel provides unmatched ventilation and comfort through the innovative 3D structure that is comprised of 90% air. Features include an integrated shoulder harness pocket, top zippered quick-access pocket, an externally accessed laptop sleeve (22L size) and an interior accessed laptop and tablet sleeve (22L and 25L sizes). The Rhune’s sleek, modern style means that there are no features you don’t need and only those you do.
Jack Wolfskin Alpspitze Wool Long Sleeve Half-Zip and Wool Pants
Jack Wolfskin’s new Alpspitze Wool Long Sleeve Half-Zip and Wool Pants are the perfect layer for backcountry skiing or other cold weather adventures. Merino wool is breathable, fast-drying, and keeps you warm even when damp so you get not only warmth but also optimal temperature regulation during all of your winter activities. It is also naturally antibacterial and odour-resistant so it’s ideal for multi-day use or when you have to pack light. The Alpspitze Wool base layers are made of 87% Merino and 13% polyamide, this added polyamide helps keep their shape throughout the day and provide a little stretch in the fabric. The Alpspitze Wool Long Sleeve has a half-zip to help you dump heat when things heat up and the Alpspitze Wool Pants are 3/4-length which is ideal for wearing with ski boots, allowing your ski socks to be the only layer in your boots. Both the Alpspitze Wool Long Sleeve Half-Zip and Wool Pants are available in a men’s and women’s version.
Shokz OpenRun Pro Mini
Most wireless earbuds fit in your ears and cut off exterior noise which can be a problem in urban environments or while running. This is where the Shokz Open Run Pro Mini headphones excel since they are Open-Ear headphones which use Bone Conduction Technology. That’s right, these wireless sports headphones allow for total awareness of your surroundings in a bud-free design that provides comfortable listening. Most sound is transmitted through the air to our eardrums, however, bone-conduction headphones transmit sound through vibrations on the bones of the head and jaw. The sounds from these headphones bypass the eardrum and relay sound directly to the inner ear so you can still hear your surroundings.
The OpenRun Pro Mini is the lightest headphones to date in the Shokz lineup and are engineered with outstanding sound, a long-lasting battery, and a Quick Charge capability. This new “Mini” version uses a 0.83-inch shorter band than their standard size, making it ideal for smaller head sizes and for those who prefer a more snug fit. Their IP67 rating makes them completely sweat and waterproof for intense workouts and harsh weather and their 8-hour Battery Life has a 10-minute Quick Charge for up to 1.5 hours of battery life. Controls include play, skip, pause, and back-a-track, you can enjoy music, calls, audiobooks, and podcasts all day long. Powered by patented 8th generation bone conduction, Bluetooth 5.1, and PremiumPitch™ 2.0+, OpenRun delivers clear sound, powerful volume, and a rich bass.
Ibex Woolies Tech Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip
Merino wool is always the best choice when it comes to base layers thanks to the fabric’s ability to keep you warm when it's cold, and cool when it's warm, plus its built-in moisture wicking capabilities. Merino’s natural crimp traps heat between the fibres while a hydrophilic core serves as an insulator, but since it’s an active fibre it is also able to release heat according to your body’s temperature. Merino is made up of naturally porous fibres which means it pull moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier. Ibex’s new Woolies Tech Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip is made from their proprietary Pro-Tech fabric which was designed for high aerobic activities in cool and cold conditions. At only 180gsm, it maintains incredible warmth for its weight without overheating. Ibex added nylon to their Pro-Tech fabric for durability and a touch of elastane to maintain its shape for days. The Woolies Tech Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip also has built-in baste stitch thumbholes for optional use and a 1/4 zip neck to help you better maintain body temperature and the durable nylon core merino wool ensures maximum wear and tear over the long term.
Kuhl Free Ryder Pants
Kuhl has always been known for designing well thought out apparel that is tough, durable, and beyond all else, comfortable. Their Free Ryder Pants are a classic and for good reason, they are equipped with Kuhl’s innovative articulated knee design which provides more comfort and range of motion while on the move. They also have reinforced pockets and bottom cuffs which add to the Free Ryder Pant's durability while the Stealth Cell Phone Pocket is a must-have feature for anyone these days. Kuhl also uses a unique dying process that delivers a vintage, “lived-in” appearance as fading occurs over time. This is Kuhl’s classic jean style that is timeless for any urban or mountain adventurer.
Garmin Fenix 7 GPS Multisport Watch
Garmin’s Fenix 7 line of Multisport GPS Watches comes in three face sizes—the 42mm Fenix 7S (or small), 47mm Fenix 7 and 51mm Fenix 7X all of which come in standard, solar and sapphire solar options. The Fenix 7 is the latest in Garmin smartwatch wearable technology and the sapphire Solar version provides the most durable option since it uses the super strong Sapphire lens material. In addition to the wealth of new features and activity modes the Fenix 7 now has, the biggest improvement is the addition of touchscreen technology which makes scrolling and menu item selection easier than ever. All of the Fenix 7 watches still have physical buttons but now you have the option of navigating by just touching the watch face as well. The Fenix 7 also gets a new and improved Gen 4 Elevate Optical heart rate sensor, Multi-band GPS, and improved battery life thanks to the larger more efficient solar panel located on the screens bevel. You can expect a maximum battery life with GPS use of 136 hours or 289 hours with solar charging (assumed all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions). In expedition mode, the battery will last up to 40 days or 74 days with solar and when using all satellite systems and playing music you can expect up to 10 hours of battery life. The most impressive new features have to be the touchscreen display which allows you to swipe and tap options directly on the screen but this can also be turned off if you prefer the typical Garmin five-button navigation system.
The Fenix 7 also now has access to all world maps for free and a new Ski View that shows ski resorts and run names across the world. If you want to customize your Fenix 7X you can now configure the Fenix 7X watch directly from the smartphone app and you can also download apps from the Garmin Connect IQ Store directly on the watch, no need to do this from the smartphone app any longer. The Fenix 6X was a very impressive multisport GPS watch and Garmin has only improved upon this in the latest Fenix 7X version. Now easier to use with more features and options the Fenix 7X just keeps getting better and better. Prices range from $899 for the 42mm standard non-solar version up to $1,299CAN for the 51mm Sapphire version.
Garmin’s Fenix 7 is our watch of choice for backcountry skiing and summer adventure and it should be yours too.
Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis
The Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis have long been our go-to dedicated backcountry ski here at Backcountry Skiing Canada and for good reason, they are crazy light and can ski literally anything. We think they’re so good that we even awarded them our prestigious Gear of the Year Award in 2019. Over the past three years, Blizzard has made this great ski even better with updated construction and new top sheet graphics. The 2023 skis use an updated 3D shape and a new Carbon Fibre inlaid glass fibre layer which Blizzard calls their Carbon Drive 2.0. The first generation Zero G skis were made with Blizzard’s first iteration of their “Carbon Drive” which is essentially a layer of unidirectional carbon fibre that extends from tip to tail. The current Zero G ski’s carbon layer extends from edge to edge with a large section in the tips and tails that then narrows in the middle of the ski. This new construction uses a 3D uni-directional carbon fibre frame consists of two layers of carbon fibre for torsional strength and optimal flex. Added to this is a lightweight paulownia wood core construction which helps reduce overall ski weight while providing the needed structure for performance in variable conditions. The carbon frame’s 3D geometry optimizes flex and torsional rigidity resulting in a high level of stability, edge grip and control.
The Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis have a longer radius sidecut which provides a longer contact surface with the snow and that enables the skis to be more forgiving, especially in variable snow. This is something that other skis in this lightweight category simply cannot do. We find the Blizzard Zero G 105 Skis to provide the best overall downhill performance in a very lightweight dedicated touring ski, so if you have a hardcore skier on your holiday list—these are the skis for them!
La Sportiva Vangaurd Boots
La Sportiva new Vangaurd Boots were three years in the making and well worth the wait as they don’t disappoint in performance, comfort or innovation. We were so impressed with these boots that we gave them our coveted Gear of the Year Award last season—you can read the full review here. The cuff, shell, and sole all use an eco-friendly material derived from bio-based RNEW 1100 Castor Oil Seed Pebax which is good for the planet. You get a 130 flex that weighs in at well under 3kg so they kick ass on the skin track and the downhill. This is in part due to the innovative EZ-Flex double tongue has two different stiffnesses for uphill mobility and downhill performance.
La Sportiva has done away with their overlap and Cabrio designs of the past and has employed a new design in the Vanguard Boots which they call their V-Shape Cuff. This has a scissor-like opening in the cuff with the tongue then positioned over this and a second firmer outer cuff over that. La Sportiva calls this their EZ-Flex double tongue which is responsible for the impressive 63° range of motion in walk mode and stiff 130 flex in ski mode.
To keep your foot secure in the Vanguard Boots, La Sportiva uses a Double Release lower closure system that uses a durable/adjustable cable system which provides a wide coverage where two buckles would normally be found. This wire closure system reduces weight without sacrificing performance and is really compact in its design. The buckle’s double closure allows you to open the buckle once to release tension and provide more freedom in walk mode, or open the second release to provide more room for entry and exit of the boot.
The buckles found on the upper cuff of the Vanguard use a patented compact buckle design that keeps the buckle lever flush to the shell in walk mode, reducing external bulk. The lower of the two upper buckles uses an integrated cable system to effectively reduce weight while seating your heel back in the boot for better performance. The top buckle is affixed to the Twin Power Band which combines the upper buckle and Power Strap to again reduce weight and ensure comfort and precision.
Loaded with features and made for ski touring the new La Sportiva Vangaurd Boots are made for crushing vertical on both the up and down.
Ortovox Avabag LiTRIC
Ortovox teamed up with Arc’teryx to develop their new LiTRIC Avabag technology which is lightweight, intuitive and reliable. Using a supercapacitor design with a lithium-ion battery means the LiTRIC Avabag system weighs only 2.4 pounds and can hold a charge for 60 hours with enough power for two full inflations when fully charged. Without the use of traditional air cartridges, the LiTRIC provides more usable space inside the packs, has no travel restrictions and means you don’t have to dispose of or refill cartridges.
The LiTRIC Airbag Technology is comprised of cold-tolerant supercapacitors and an ultra-lightweight airbag which helps to make it one of the lightest airbags on the market. The system can be tested unlimited times with no additional cost to the user as there is no cartridge and it is easily charged again at home via a USB-C connection. The LiTRIC is very easy to operate, simple to pack away and a convenient LED display on the side of the pack shows the charge status of the battery as well as its readiness for operation.
Ortovox has developed three versions of this Avabag the Avabag LiTRIC Tour which comes in a 28-litre short, 30-litre, 36-litre short, and 40-litre capacities. The Avabag LiTRIC Freeride comes in a 16-litre short, 18-litre, 26-litre short, and 28-litre sizes whereas the lightest option, the Avabag LiTRIC Zero comes only in a 27-litre size.
The Avabag LiTRIC Tour is a modular airbag base that comes in two back lengths (regular and short) and can be adapted for any use by zipping on a 28-litre short, 30-litre, 36-litre short, or 40-litre pack. The circumferential zipper offers quick access to the main compartment while skis, snowboards, ice axes, and ropes can be affixed to the exterior along with space for a helmet (thanks to the included helmet carry net) and climbing skins. There is also a separate avalanche rescue equipment compartment to keep things separate, organized and easy to reach when needed.
The Avabag LiTRIC Freeride is a little different from the Avabag LiTRIC Tour in that is can accommodate a 16-liter short, 18-liter, 26-liter short, and 28-liter pack. This modular FREERIDE LiTRIC airbag base can be used on the TOUR base and vice versa. The LiTRIC Freeride’s Clasp Back Technology offers a wide, flexible hip belt and soft shoulder straps while fitting snugly to the back, allowing for complete freedom of movement. FREERIDE LiTRIC is also compatible with ORTOVOX’s clasp spine protector, which can be purchased separately.
The Avabag LiTRIC Zero is the only version which does not utilize a modular design and no size options can be zipped on or off, the only size option is 27 Litres. The LiTRIC Zero is, however, the lightest of the Avabags weighing in at just 1.96kg / 4lbs 5oz. It uses lighter materials and fabrics but still incorporates an attachment option for skis, ice axe or poles as well as an avalanche safety equipment pocket in the main compartment.
Outdoor Vitals Vario Jacket
Outdoor Vitals new Vario Jacket is named for it’s variability of use since its an ultralight jacket that doesn’t sacrifice warmth for weight. At just 255g / 9oz The Vario Jacket is truly lightweight and uses body mapping to increase breathability where you need it while the innovative 3DeFX Insulation provides the warmth. The 3DeFX insulation is made from 50% recycled fibres and encased in a durable Ripstop Nylon face fabric. The jacket and hood are designed to stretch with you as you move for added comfort and it easily fits over a base or mid layer to provide good protection from the wind while also assuring optimal thermal regulation. The Vario’s soft and comfortable feel means that it can be worn directly over bare skin when the weather warms up and when not needed it can compress impressively small and stowed in your pack. Full of features that you need and none that you don’t the Outdoor Vitals Vario Jacket is ideally suited to backcountry skiing in winter and alpine adventures in the spring and fall.
Arva ST 26 Backpack
Arva’s ST 26 is their most technical free touring backpack to date and features a weatherproof PFC-free N400D PU2 ripstop fabric with YKK AquaGuard zippers. This means, that come rain, snow, wind or whatever, the ST 26 will see you through. Highly functional, versatile and with easy access to the interior, the ST 26 has everything you need in a streamlined shape that is comfortable to wear. Remove the foldable/storable waist belt and you have a rain-resistant off-season pack for hikes or around town. In winter the dedicated pouches to stow your avalanche safety gear and your goggles optimize organization and make this an ideal pack for backcountry skiers and riders.
Lacrosse Aero Insulator Boots
These super warm boots are not only functional, fun and stylish but perform when winter throws the worst at you. At 14” high they plow through snow while keeping your feet warm and dry. Their AeroForm technology provides a lighter weight, more flexible, waterproof and durable performance than traditional bulky winter boots. Their flexible design means they are easy to put on and will not crack over time in cold harsh climates. With 15mm of insulation over the top of the foot and 20mm underfoot you will be sure to stay warm while their lightweight won’t slow you down. Slip on, slip off and easily adjust them for a custom fit.
Cotopaxi Solazo Down Vest
This is a down puffy vest ‘Cotopaxi style’ which means it uses bold colours and is responsibly made. Cotopaxi only uses Down insulation that conforms to the certified Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which means it comes from ethically sourced down through a transparent, audited supply chain. This ensures ducks and geese are not harmed in the making of their apparel. The 600-fill down is contained in a ripstop nylon/DWR finished shell which has an internal zippered chest pocket and covered zippered hand pockets on the outside. There is a drop-tail hem and an adjustable hem cord for a better fit. The Solazo Down Vest’s colours are bold, complimentary and make a statement about who you are. There are of course different colour options available for both men and women.
POC Elicit Sunglasses
POC’s new Elicit Sunglasses are impressively light thanks to their frameless design which also provides exceptional visual coverage. The large wraparound lens with Clarity technology provides complete eye protection and unsurpassed optics. The lenses come with an anti-scratch treatment so they are tough as nails but if you need to switch out the lenses due to changing light conditions a second lens is provided. While designed for biking the Elicit Sunglasses are also ideal for skiing and ski touring thanks to their large wrapping lenses.
Faction La Machine Mini 2 Skis
Faction’s La Machine Mini 2 Skis are the much littler brother of the La Machine 3 Mega Skis which we reviewed previously. While the La Machine 3 Mega Skis are big mountain powder slayers, the La Machine Mini 2 Skis are more for the advanced skier who wants to lap the backcountry with a super lightweight ski that delivers pretty good float. The Mini 2’s also provide maximum edge hold on hard pack and groomers for when you come back in bounds or want some easy hill-assisted turns from the chairlift. Thanks to its carbon construction this ski is light as a feather at only 2.9kg / 6.4lbs. The unique and progressive shape was designed specifically for skiing off-piste but can also handle more compact snow and variable terrain given its medium flex.
The ultra-rockered shape is playful so if you enjoy swishing and smearing through everything then this is the ski for you. The extended tip and tail rocker provide easy turn initiation and the carbon construction makes them torsionally rigid for the strength you need on the down but without all the extra weight of a ski of this calibre. The La Machine Mini 2 Skis are softer and 200g lighter than Faction’s popular Agent skis, so if you want something similar in a touring-friendly ski then this is it.
Faction uses a full carbon weave with 8 to 12 strips sandwiched around the La Machine Mini 2’s wood core. These strips are woven into the ski’s fibreglass to provide strength and stiffness over the full length of the ski. They are also laid unidirectionally, providing extra stability to the ski, without adding un-needed weight. The core is surrounded by a micro construction which is a hybrid of a premium, sandwich sidewall construction fused with a lightweight durable cap construction. This provides improved edge hold and torsional stability and since the ski’s top sheet wraps around and meets the sidewall this protects the fragile joint that can be prone to chipping. The La Machine Mini 2 Skis offers the best compromise between float and lightness, and an ideal overall width for snow conditions of all kinds. Check them out!
Price: $999CAN / $849US
Lengths: 164, 171, 177, 183
Dimensions: 124 / 99 / 116 (183cm Skis)
Radius: 20m (183cm Skis)
Weight: 2.9kg / 6.4lbs (183cm Skis)
Osprey Arcane WP Duffel
Fresh on the heels of Osprey’s release of the Transporter WP Duffel (which we reviewed in our Summer Gear Roundup Top picks), they have just announced their new Arcane Waterproof (WP) Duffel. The difference between the two is that the Transporter WP Duffel has a waterproof submersible IPX7 rating to meet the demands of multi-sport outdoor enthusiasts and paddlers alike where the Arcane WP Duffel has a waterproof non-submersible IPX6 rating which is more geared to active urban commuters. With built-in breathable air mesh carry straps that can be used over the shoulder or as a backpack style carry the Arcane WP Duffel is very versatile. Multiple lash points make it easy to attach the Arcane WP Duffel on a roof or cargo bike and because of the waterproof non-submersible (IPX 6) fabric which is bluesign approved and GRS-certified recycled. It will resist water and rain thanks in part to the PFC/PFAS-free DWR.
As Erik Hamerschlag, senior product manager for Osprey says, the Osprey Arcane WP Duffel is “Built for people who rely on their bag rain or shine to keep contents protected, our new Transporter WP Duffel and Arcane WP Duffel offer comfortable carry, simple organization, and reliable protection for whatever conditions come your way,”
Suunto Peak 9 Pro
Suunto just released their new Peak 9 Pro which is a GPS multisport watch which now has an improved battery and an all new more powerful processor. As Vice President of Product Sami Männistö says: “The Suunto 9 Peak Pro was engineered with a new, more powerful chipset architecture that boosts the performance to a new level while having the best-in-class battery life compared to similar sized products on the market”. The larger icons with white and coloured background elements make the watch easier to operate and read during sports.
The Suunto 9 Peak Pro offers the best battery life of any Suunto watch yet, with three battery modes: Performance, Endurance and Tour. The battery lasts for 21 days in daily use before requiring a charge, 40 hours in Performance mode, 70 hours in Endurance mode and 300 h in Tour mode.
The Suunto 9 Peak Pro can connect with up to four satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU) and up to 32 individual satellites simultaneously. This results in greater accuracy when adventuring or exercising in mountainous environments.
Suunto kept the overall shape of the Peak Pro 9 ultra-thin and elegant, at just 0.4 in/10.8 mm thick it is one of the thinnest and lightest GPS sport watches in its class yet it’s also incredibly rugged and durable so you can wear it on mountain adventures and also to the office. The Suunto 9 Peak Pro is available in six different versions with four models built with stainless steel and priced at $699.99CAN / $549US and two models built with titanium and priced a little more premium at $899.99CAN / $699US.
By combining the Peak 9 Pro with the Suunto app you can gain access to a huge array of partner services, there is also a plethora of route finding options, turn-by-turn guidance and advanced training tools. Discovering and creating routes is easy with the Suunto app's heatmaps, 3D maps and road surface map layers. There is also a new snorkelling mode to track your depth and you can now record your bike commutes and see how much CO2e you saved.
Suunto handcrafted the Peak 9 Pro with 100% renewable energy and this is the first Suunto watch to have its carbon footprint calculated and then fully compensated with Verified Carbon Units. During its entire lifespan, the Suunto 9 Peak Pro creates only 7.5 kg / 16.5 lb CO2e – the equivalent of driving a fossil fuel car for 44 km or 27 miles.
This sleek and modern fully functional GPS multipart watch is the ideal gift for that adventurer on your holiday list, or perhaps for you instead?
Cotopaxi Capa Insulated Jacket
Cotopaxi’s Capa Insulated Jacket is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester and 100% recycled synthetic P.U.R.E. insulation—which stands for “Produced Using Reduced Emissions”. This is your go-to puffy for year-round adventures made with the planet in mind. Its mid-weight insulation is made with Primaloft Gold P.U.R.E. synthetic insulation that retains warmth even when wet and the shell is windproof and water-resistant. The Capa Jacket is very packable so it stows away in your pack easily when not needed but when the weather picks up, the available hooded version features a scuba hood which keeps the hood in place while you're moving and locks in warmth. Great for layering when out in the cold adventuring in the mountains or just walking to the coffee shop, the Cotopaxi Capa Insulated Jacket is as good looking as it is functional ad would make any cold blooded adventurer happy.
Fjallraven Expedition Pack Down Hoodie
Fjallraven’s Expedition Pack Down Hoodie is a lightweight, flexible hooded down jacket for taking on winter. It is ideal as an otter layer when taking time for lunch on a ski tour or wearing under a shell on those blustery cold days. It compresses easily into a backpack when not needed and even stows away neatly in its own pocket. It uses ethically produced high quality down which is 100% traceable, it is placed into stitch-through channels, with synthetic insulation over the shoulders for extra resistance against pressure and moisture. With all the features you want from a down jacket, Fjallraven Expedition Pack Down Hoodie will keep you warm no matter your adventure.
FW Manifest Tour Hybrid Hoodie PFL
With its origins rooted in the French Alps, FW designs high-performance apparel with new-school style for snowboarding, skiing, backcountry and the great outdoors. Its Manifest Tour Hybrid Hoodie is an active insulation layer that uses Polartec Alpha insulation. This technical insulation is engineered for extreme temperature regulation which is perfect for ski touring. With exceptional breathability for the up when you are expending energy and warmth on the down when you need it. The FW Manifest Tour Hybrid Hoodie is an ideal jacket for ski touring or as a midlayer around town on colder days.
POC Nexal Clarity Goggles
Inspired by racing, POC’s new Nexal Clarity Goggles feature a zygomatic bone cover under the lens to enhance facial coverage and provide extra sun protection. Their cylindrical lens features POC’s Clarity lens technology for un-compromised vision. Constructed with frame outriggers, the goggles can sit even closer to a POC helmet for seamless head integration and protection. Triple-layer face foam and a flexible frame ensure an optimum fit against most face shapes and enhanced comfort. The lenses are of course changeable should the light conditions warrant a quick swap of the lenses. To ensure they never fog up while skiing the resort or touring the Nexal Clarity Goggle’s ventilation can easily be toggled on and off for optimum control of airflow.
Foon Tyfoon Skis
Foon Skis are fully handcrafted in Pemberton, BC and the company is named after their founder Johnny Foon. The Tyfoon Skis are the skis that Johnny always wanted but nobody would make him so he did. They are a rocker/camber profile that’s lightweight and ideal for charging the backcountry lines in the Whistler/Pemberton area. They have dimensions of 145/112/128mm so they are ideal for big coastal dumps yet still respectably light enough (at 3.9kg) to get you up the skin track with relative ease. Hand tuned in the Foon Factory, the Tyfoon Skis use a Durasurf 4001 Graphite Black Base with Urethane Bonded Sidewalls, Eco epoxy made with super sap resin and a B.C Coast Mountain Core.
This is Foon Ski’s Flagship ride and one that Johnny thinks is the ‘ultimate one ski’ to rule them all since it shreds pow effortlessly yet can also rail on hard pack. A true one quiver ski. With Mid tail and tip rocker and level 2 camber underfoot it has the response and personality to ensure you have fun on any descent. The long, early rise, active rocker that starts low in the shovel with a subtler tail rocker allowing them to smear as well as carve. With a nice even flex from tip to tail and an optimized sidecut for easy turning without sacrificing stability, the Tyfoon Skis can take on whatever conditions you encounter from knee deep pow to spring crud and variable snow.
The Tyfoon Skis use a sandwich construction with 2 layers of triaxial fibreglass and 2 layers of yellow cedar with a Durasurf 4001 graphite black base to round things out. Their yellow cedar core is milled from a single piece of Coast Mountain yellow cedar which is then split in two to make a pair of identical cores. Yellow cedar is a tight-grained wood so it naturally absorbs vibration and provides a damp, stable ride. The cores are two inches thick and not made from layers of glued wood like most other ski cores—this allows the natural flex of the wood to transmit to the skier.
The environment is important to Foon skis which is why they’ve partnered with a Certified B Corp - meeting the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability using business as a force of good. This quote from Johnny really says it all: "I’m not talking about eradicating the global economy, just tempering it, finding balance. Cut the global transportation of goods and raw materials in half. That would be a real change." - Johnny 'Foon'
So if you are looking for a locally designed and handcrafted quiver of one ski for yourself or that lucky someone on your holiday gift list then consider the Tyfoon Skis from Foon.
Bolle Eco Atmos Helmet
Bollé continues to expand its sustainable offerings into its helmet collection, with the new Eco ATMOS Helmet. This is a new in mold helmet made with eco-friendly materials that provides comfort and protection with materials that are less harmful for the environment. In total, more than 25 percent of the helmet is made with recycled or bio-based materials. The ECO Atmos features; eight active ventilation vents, removable and washable recycled lycra lining, goggle vents to reduce fogging, 3D ear pads, a click-to-fit system, air extractor channels for cooling and avid progressive EPS for safety. This would make a great holiday gift idea for those looking to purchase a high quality helmet that is also more sustainable than most others.
Burton [AK] Cyclic GORE-TEX Jacket
The rugged GORE-TEX fabric of the Burton [AK] Cyclic jacket offers quality, performance and protection from the storm cycle whether it is a wet spring slush day or a mid winter blizzard. This is a bomber jacket for daily abuse that breathes well while on the boot pack while still offering total waterproof protection when it’s dumping out. The function-first design and backcountry utility of [ak] line provides the following detailing: ample venting, a systematic mapped lining, water-resistant zippers, and a rider-driven articulated fit. The Burton Cyclic GORE-TEX Jacket makes a great holiday gift idea for the everyday charger that is hard on their gear.
Dueter Freescape Pro 38 SL Ski Touring Pack
The Dueter Freescape Pro 38 is a women's specific alpine touring pack (hence the “SL”) that is designed for demanding multi-day ski tours. On average, women have shorter backs than men and the SL back length is somewhat shorter than the standard Deuter backpacks which is ideal for women. With softstripe pads built into the pack’s carry system that flex and offers support with every movement along with the streamlined pack design, the load is always close to your body’s centre of gravity. Skis and snowboards can be fixed on the outside with the use of variable fastening straps while the snow safely gear has its own compartment for easy access in case of emergency. The Freescape Pro is also made from 100% recycled material and is Bluesign certified so you can feel better about your gear choices. This is a great holiday gift idea for the woman in your life that loves touring in the backcountry.
GSI Pinnacle Pro 2 Burner Stove
GSI’s highly anticipated Pinnacle Pro 2 Burner Stove is changing the boundaries of what a camp stove can be thanks to its rugged, compact and modern design. GSI spent 4 years designing the new Pinnacle Pro Stove to give us the thinnest, high-performance dual-burner stove on the market. At just 3.5cm thick when folded, the Pinnacle Pro Stove is ultra-thin yet it still provides a full-size camp stove cooking experience with its easy ignition, folding windscreens and locking legs. It is made of rugged stainless steel and incorporates two 11,000 BTU-regulated burners with push-button Piezo ignitions. The in-use dimensions are 20" x 12.4" x 1.4" and when you open the unit the innovative design extends two pot supports and when you close it they retract so there is plenty of room and support for cooking with two posts or fry pans at once. To aid in cleaning these supports rotate out of the way and the integrated non-stick coated drip pan catches any boil-overs or messes that may occur. Be sure to check out the new GSI Pinnacle Pro Stove when it’s available this spring as it will take your camp cooking experience to new heights.
The GSI Pinnacle Pro Carrying Bag is a must-have accessory for the Pinnacle Pro 2 Burner Stove as it protects it well when in transport and for storage. Durable handles and zipper secure the Pinnacle Pro Stove and the padded polyester case provides extra protection from dings and damage. A built-in pocket stows the fuel regulator and hose so you always know where it is.
Garmin Inreach Messenger
When you are heading out into the backcountry it is always good to have some extra security and means to communicate with loved ones. The Garmin Inreach Messenger is small, yet rugged and offers ease-of-use and an incredible amount of versatility. Fitting into the palm of your hand it is a perfect choice for anyone who finds themselves without cell coverage and may need to stay connected with the outside world. With its global two-way texting and e-mail, location sharing and SOS capabilities you can feel more comfortable knowing you can communicate with anyone should anything unforeseen happens. Other features include: Interactive SOS, Inreach Weather, Send and receive group messages, Exchange locations with other Inreach devices, Mapshare compatible with tracking, Virtual keyboard for custom messaging, and Inreach remote compatible.
This is a great holiday gift idea for someone who loves to venture off-grid yet still wants to keep in contact with people for safety and/or personal reasons.
Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket & Bib Pants
The Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket & Bib Pants were built with durability in mind, this is why Backcountry chose to use Gore-Tex which is waterproof /breathable and a tough, burly fabric. With an updated fit and articulated sleeve patterns for greater mobility and comfort, the jacket is also Bluesign approved so you can feel good knowing that Backcountry is doing their part in helping out the environment.
Similar to the Cottownwood jacket the Bib Pants use a super tough Gore-Tex, canvas-like fabric to give you rugged durability season after season of all weather shredding. With an updated fit for more mobility and greater comfort, the Cottonwood Bib Pants have several smart pocket locations for stashing snacks or whatever else you need to pack for the day. The pants are also part of Backcountry’s responsible collection and are Bluesign approved.
This is an ideal big mountain ski kit for those who demand a lot from their apparel.
G3 Minimist Glide Skins
The G3 Minimist Glide is a skin that is easy to use and designed to be frustration free. We liked them so much that we awarded them our Gear of the Year in 2020 upon their debut. It is the lightest, fully featured mixed fibre skin using a mix of mohair and nylon plush which makes it up to 30% lighter than anything else in its performance class. A carbon fibre insert at the tip of each skin creates a directionally rigid platform that prevents snow creep. On the end of the skins a low profile, elongated tail strap with a refined cam clip stays positioned on the ski tail, reduces wear and allows for easy adjustments. The Minimlist packs small enough to fit in your jacket pocket between laps without feeling too bulky which cannot be said about many other traditional skins.
DPS Daily Duffel
The DPS daily duffel was designed for hauling your ski gear back and forth from the car to the ski hill on a daily basis or on longer ski trips. DPS knows a thing about skis so it’s only natural that they now make ski and gear bags. It is fully padded to protect the contents and provides rigidity for easy and quick loading. There are two main zippered compartments to help maximize organization of where things are. The Daily Duffel is designed to work with the Mission Quiver roller ski bag and can be attached directly allowing for convenient mobility while traveling. A great holiday gift idea for someone who could use a hand carrying their ski gear.
Costa Paunch Sunglasses
Costa’s latest beach sunglasses take their design inspiration from the white sands, clear waters and legendary surfing of Bocas Del Toro in Panama. These lightweight and durable Bio-Resin frame pair perfectly with the textured Hydrolite grip nose pads to keep the frames comfortably in-place. The partial wrap offers protection from the sun and snow should you want to wear them skiing or ski-touring. The Paunch comes in Costa’s colour enhancing, polarized glass and polycarbonate lenses for superior clarity and definition. A great holiday gift idea for that person heading south to soak up the sun before ski season kicks in.
BOA K2 Dispatch Pro Ski Boots
Brand new to the K2 lineup is the Dispatch boot, a lightweight, ergonomic boot, outfitted with the new TourFit Pro BOA Liner, Vibram Outsoles, and 60-degree range of motion walk mode. With the addition of the BOA Fit System (dial, lace, guide) to the Tourfit Liners, you get increased adjustability and unprecedented hold across the entire foot. The liner is completely heat moldable and features stiffer foam with an asymmetric tongue for added power and energy transmission. Unlike traditional liners with laces the new BOA Fit System adds a new level of comfort, fit and adjustability to these ski boot liners. It’s why K2 has included them in their new Dispatch Pro Ski Boot. K2 doesn’t cut corners and only the best liners will do, which is why they chose to use the new BOA Tourfit Liners. With the design of the Dispatch Boots and the BOA Tourfit Liners there are no compromises in downhill or uphill performance.
Keep an eye out for BOA integration on your other favourite footwear brands and products as it’s a durable system which improves the fit and comfort of everything they are in.
Eagle Creek Migrate 110L Wheeled Duffel
Carrying your gear just got easier with the new wheeled Migrate 110 from Eagle Creek. With heavy-duty wheels that will keep you rolling no matter how rough the terrain is plus a large wide mouth opening allowing for easier access to your gear. It also comes with tuck away backpack straps that offer multiple carry options as well as exterior compression straps to cinch down your gear and keep it tight. You can also feel better about this duffel knowing that it is made with 100% recycled material and is bluesign approved. This is a great holiday gift idea for someone who always packs too much gear and is continually on the move.
Atomic Backland Helmet
The Backland Helmet from Atomic combines safety, comfort and performance in a well balanced design making it the ideal companion for the uphill as much as the downhill. It is super lightweight and you can use it for biking, climbing as well as skiing so no more having to swap out helmets for each activity. There is a full cap ski lining and a breathable skimo liner so you are covered no matter what the objective or time of the year. For those early morning missions or coming down in the dark there are also clips to hold your headlamp in place. This helmet is a great holiday gift idea for someone looking for a feature packed multi-purpose helmet.
Helly Hansen Verglas BC Jacket & Pants
Helly Hansen’s Verglas BC Jacket & Pants are made specifically for ski touring. Based around a 3-layer Helly Tech® Professional 4-way stretch fabric that was chosen for its mobility, waterproofing and breathability. The jacket has several ski touring specific features that include a helmet compatible hood and high collar, chest pocket for stashing skins, backpack-friendly vent zippers and harness compatible hand pockets and a longer tail drop. With similar intentions as the Verglas BC jacket, the Verglas BC pants were also created specifically for ski touring and other high-intensity alpine activities. They also use a 3-layer Helly Tech® professional fabric with a PFC-free DWR treatment. There are large side-vent zippers for temperature regulation on the skin track as well as a large thigh pocket for storing maps or a transceiver. Articulated knees keep for comfort and optimal mobility and a gusset in the crotch for added freedom of movement. As a holiday gift, these will surely make any hardcore ski tourer in your life smile with joy.
La Sportiva Crizzle Evo Shell
La Sportiva designed their new Crizzle Evo Shell specifically for backcountry skiing. It’s a hybrid shell jacket made of environmentally friendly materials that provide protection from the wind and rain while still being breathable. The stretchy material on the back provides incredible freedom of movement and breathability for impressive moisture management during intense activity. The Crizzle Evo Shell features a large zippered pocket and two lateral zippers for extra ventilation when needed. La Sportiva also makes matching Crizzle Evo Pants so you can have the same comfort and protection on your legs as on your upper body. If you have a backcountry skier on your holiday gift list then the Crizzle Evo Shell is sure to please.
Blackcrows Freebird Xplore Pant
Blackcrows is, of course, famous for its high-quality ripping skis and now they have an apparel line that does justice to the Blackcrows name. Developed specifically for adventure skiing, the Freebird Xplore pants meet the high demands of ski touring. With their simplistic design and high performance waterproof and breathable Xpore fabric, the Freebird Xpore Pants offer the perfect balance between lightness, comfort and durability. A great holiday gift idea for those looking for an ultra-technical garment with a Blackcrows aesthetic.
The Freebird Xplore is a new jacket from Black Crows that has a fuller cut than its predecessor and a tougher ripstop fabric but with the same technician qualities. With a relaxed fit and a parka length the Explore Backcountry Jacket ensures maximum protection out in the mountains. Designed with the freeskier in mind the Explore Backcountry Jacket features a helmet compatible hood, a large closed chest pocket, two hand pockets, an inside pocket and more. Fully featured and ready to tackle anything, the Black Crows Freebird Xplore Backcountry Jacket is one to check out.
Dragon RVX Mag OTG Goggles
New for this year the RVX Mag OTG Goggles receive an upgrade with the power of magnets. Dragon’s groundbreaking Swiftlock Magnetics has been augmented with magnetic contact points coupled with the one-sided release lever to create a secure and quick lens changing solution. The RVX comes with Dragon’s patented frameless design and has one of the best anti-fog systems on the market. There is an abundance of designs and “Lumalens Colour Optimized Technology” lens combos to choose from depending on your preference and the type of weather you most often ride in. A great holiday gift idea for someone who wants style and performance in their goggles.
Black Diamond Recon Stretch LT Shell Jacket
The Recon stretch is a lightweight durable shell for those in search of pow on either side of the ropeline. It features 3 layers of dependable protection and combines the BD.dry waterproof/breathable solution with a lightweight ripstop fabric for a best-in-class combo of durability, protection, and minimal weight. Black Diamond kept the features to a minimum on the Recon LT, it has two pack compatible hand pockets roomy enough for essentials like gloves, beanie, and a headlamp. A snow helmet compatible hood offers added protection when heading into the storm.
Coltex Todi Crystal Mix Skins
The Todi Crystal Skins provide the best combination of glide, traction, and durability while maintaining a very manageable packing size. Inspired by nature, Coltex started with the snow crystal and used the crystal shape, the hexagon, as the basis for their new designs, constructions, shapes, and patterns. The newly designed hexagon front/rear attachments work with any shape/size ski and are also stable and light. Good for all types of snow and weather and equally suitable for beginners as they are for the seasoned pro, the Coltex Todi Crystal Mix Skins do it all. You can order un-cut or also custom ordered tailored made skins specifically for your skis dimensions.
GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini
GoPro just released their new Hero 11 Black Mini adventure camera and it’s “Smaller. Simpler. Full performance.” It features GoPro’s new, larger 8:7 sensor that delivers high resolution, 10-bit colour depth, video stabilization and the widest field of view ever offered in a GoPro HERO camera. This smaller, lighter version of HERO11 Black is ideal for those looking for a slimmed down GoPro with a simple one-button control. The HERO11 Black Mini’s smaller size makes it more comfortable to wear when capturing point-of-view footage, and a tough outer shell that makes it super durable. After capturing your footages you’ll get an auto-generated highlight video that is automatically sent to your phone. With only one button the HERO11 Black Mini has the same video performance as a full sized GoPro, but now you just point and shoot. Offering 5.3K video the Hero 11 Black Mini provides the highest resolution in a GoPro yet. If you want to save big on the purchase of a GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini then consider a GoPro Subscription as it has many benefits such as unlimited cloud backups and auto uploads, unlimited use of the Quik app, up to 50% off at GoPro.com and a no-questions-asked camera replacement.
Arc’teryx Women’s Cerium Hoody
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody has dropped the LT and is now simply known as the Cerium Hoody, although this one is for the ladies there is also a men’s version available. Arc’teryx refined the design of the new Cerium and sourced more sustainable materials while maintaining its exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio and packability. The Cerium now uses a responsibly-sourced 850 fill down insulation with Coreloft synthetic insulation used in areas more prone to moisture. Although the outer fabric is moisture-resistant the Coreloft synthetic insulation is used to ensures that you stay warmer should the weather turn wet. This outer fabric is made from recycled 15D Arato nylon which is light and durable as well as being wind and water resistant. On the inside a bio-derived liner reduces petroleum use and further emphasizes this jackets environmentally responsible nature.
Kuhl Spekter FZ Hoody
As Kuhl says “This is NOT your typical hoodie!” And we tend to agree. Their new Spekter FZ Hoody is designed to be lighter, softer, and warmer than cotton, by adding in Polyester, Lyocell, and Elastane to the fabric. This also provides a bit of stretch so that the Spekter FZ Hoody moves with you while keeping you warm. It can go from the trail head to dinner out with a simple yet refined style that looks good anywhere. The Spekter FZ Hoody has a five panel signature hood, thumb loops, and zippered pockets but still retains it's clean aesthetic. If you are looking for a comfy new hoody or know someone on your holiday gift list that would like one then consider the Kuhl Spekter FZ Hoody—you can thank us later.
Samaya ULTRA35 Pack
Samaya is all about lightweight design and nothing exemplifies this more than their ULTRA35 Pack. Weighing just 495g / 1lb 5oz, this 35 litre pack doe not make any compromises with features in order to save on weight. It is specially designed for mountaineering and the lightest pack in its category. The combination of Dyneema Composite Fabric with Woven Polyester (150D) was chosen by Samaya for the ULTRA35 because of there exceptional properties. The material formed by lamination provides high waterproofness (20,000 mm) for a very low weight. On the outside, Woven Polyester provides unparalleled abrasion resistance and protects the ULTRA35 from all external elements. On the inside, Dyneema® Composite Fabric guarantees waterproofing. The ULTRA35 can be customized according to your needs so that you can carry only the equipment you need such as skis, snowboard, ice axes, or a helmet. If weight is an issue for you or you just want to move ultralight and fast then the Samaya ULTRA35 Pack is one to consider.
Rab Khroma Latok Jacket
Designed for winter ski touring or ski mountaineering the Latok is a versatile waterproof/breathable jacket that can be used for everyday life in the mountains. The Latok is made with two weights of Gore-Tex-Pro to balance protection, weight and breathability. Heavier duty Gore-Tex-Pro is found across the shoulder and sleeves to protect from the wear a fully loaded backpack, and lighter weight Gore-Tex-Pro around the core of the jacket to offer greater mobility and reduced bulk. A great holiday gift idea for someone who is looking for a technical ski touring jacket that won't let you down in the mountains.
Ortovox Swisswool Zinal Jacket
The Ortovox Zinal is a great jacket that will turn sub-zero temperatures into comfortable warmth. With natural insulation made from rare black sheep that live in the Swiss Alps you get an ideal insulation-to-weight ratio. With a roomy and athletic fit, you can spend all day outside and never be out of your comfort zone. There are adjustable cuffs with elasticated inner seams that will fit comfortably over gloves and keep the wind out as well as a high collar with fine merino mesh. It is also good to know that the Swisswool Zinal is completely PFC-free and climate neutral. A great holiday gift idea for someone looking for a slightly warmer ski jacket.
Mammut Barryvox S
The Mammut Barryvox S is a high end transceiver with intuitive animated instructions to help you save valuable time when it is needed most. It provides users a large, simple interface and intuitive operations. With a digital/analog combo and three antennas the Barryvox S has a large receiving bandwidth and an effective search area width of 70m. The Smart Search function provides clear instructions thanks to simple operating concepts and quick, precise searching. It also includes the ‘Rescue Send’ function to protect rescuers in the event of a secondary avalanche. This function automatically switches to Send if the searcher has not moved in four minutes. The device is ergonomic, impact-proof and break-proof and can be operated easily while wearing gloves. A great holiday gift guide for someone looking to upgrade their transceiver this winter.
Kuat Switch 6
With a clamshell closure, the Switch can fit 6 sets of skis or 4 snowboards. Cleverly designed so that when you are not transporting your skis/boards you can Switch it down to a horizontal mode for when you are commuting around town which helps reduce wind drag and thus save on fuel consumption. It has integrated locks so while running errands after a day at the hill your gear is kept safe. A great holiday gift idea for someone looking for a functional way to carry your skis/boards.
Mountain Flow Cork Pro Ski Pole
Mountain Flow offers the industry's first recycled aluminum ski pole, made with recycled 7075 aluminum. These poles offer the same strength, weight and corrosion properties of virgin aluminum and are 2x stronger than poles made with 6061 Aluminum. With a sustainable manufacturing process that emits 95% less carbon emissions than virgin aluminum you can feel good about buying these more sustainable ski poles. Plus you can get a comfy grip made from upcycled wine corks. What’s not to love?
Tentsile UNA 1-Person Hammock Tent (3.0)
The Una is designed for anyone looking for an alternative to sleeping on the ground in a conventional tent. It offers a completely "flat-lay" and underfloor storage nets for all your gear. With its built-in no-see-um insect mesh and removable rainfly it’s ready for any weather nature can throw at you and yet, still packs up tiny so it is ideal for solo hiking, backpacking and bike-packing adventures. This one person tent allows you to camp like never before amongst the trees, sleeping above the ground no longer restricts you to finding a flat area to set your area. This platform has the perfect amount of "give" to cushion and cradle your body giving you the most comfortable night's sleep you've ever had in a tent or hammock. A perfect holiday gift idea for someone who wants to upgrade their bivy set up.
MSR Lightning Trail Snowshoes
Tired of post holing on the skin track while you trudge along with your board? Or just looking to spend some time walking around in the woods during the winter? The MSR Lightning Trail are new and improved snowshoes using MSR’s new paraglide bindings that are featured on several other MSR snowshoes. The bindings offer a pressure point-free stretch mesh that securely hugs your feet and is compatible with nearly any footwear. The Lightnings are exceptionally lightweight while still offering a ton of traction and reliability in any condition. A great gift idea for someone who is interested in giving snow shoeing a try this winter.
Mystery Ranch Blitz 35l Backpack
An everyday pack to get you to and from your daily outings with everything you need to bring. With a floating padded laptop sleeve and internal pockets for keeping smaller items organized, the Mystery Ranch Blitz 35L Backpack is ideal for the daily commute. The Blitz has two outer pockets for organization, in addition to the one that is on the lid of the pack. There is plenty of webbing if you want to accessorize it. It also has vertical and horizontal compression straps to cinch it smaller if it is not full. A great holiday gift idea looking for a functional everyday pack.
Smith Embark Sunglasses
The Embark Sunglasses were launched late last winter season but they are already a best seller due to their versatility in the mountain. With Smith’s ChromaPop lens technology and removable/ventilated side shields you are protected on everything from glacial travel, high mountain summits, or spring snowfields. They also come with a goggle inspired retainer strap for added security keeping them in place on technical ascents or high speed descents. A great holiday gift idea for someone who spends a lot of time on the snow and needs sunglasses that will offer comfort and protection.
Marmot WarmCube Active Novus Jacket
The Marmot WarmCube Novus Jacket is a go to active insulation piece for all your winter activities. Gusseted underarm design maximizes freedom of movement so your range of motion won’t be compromised. 3D WarmCube technology circulates heat while you move and traps heat in down cubes when you come to a halt for adaptable temperature-regulating comfort which covers a wide range of stop-and-go activities. There is a full coverage hood with elastic binding to keep your head, face and neck protected from the elements. Along with a long list of other features, Marmot WarmCube Active Novus Jacket is a super versatile jacket yet still has a casual look for when you head into town to run errands.
Intuition Pro Tour Liners
If you are looking to upgrade your touring boot liners, the Intuition Pro Tour is a great option. This dual density liner is available in three volumes (high, medium, and low) to accommodate a variety of different shells on the market. The liners are lightweight and feature a softer flexing lay-up with a roomier toe box for maximum comfort on long tours. There is a rear panel that is designed to increase range of motion while touring but a stiff upper cuff provides support for enhancing performance on both the ascent and descent. The Pro Tour also comes with the option of different replaceable tongues depending on what you are looking for in your touring set up. These would make a great holiday gift idea for anyone looking to upgrade their touring boot setup.
Ortovox Direct Voice
The Diract Voice is the world's first avalanche transceiver with integrated voice navigation that will help guide you reliably and quickly to your buried companion in an emergency. Clear, simple spoken instructions tell you what to do in every phase of the search and help keep things calm in a stressful search situation. The three-antenna device comes equipped with Smart-Antenna Technology, which analyzes the device’s location in the avalanche and automatically switches to the best transmitting antenna offering up to double the range. The Diract Voice is also intuitive and easy to use, with just one button to flag burials or to switch to standby mode. It is small and lightweight and has a rubberized grip zone so it can be held securely while wearing gloves and can fit into a hip pocket if you choose not to use the quick-access carrying system. A great holiday gift idea for someone looking to upgrade their transceiver.
Mountain Hardwear Reduxion Softshell Pant
For dryer ski touring days the Reduxion Softshell from Mountain Hardwear is the perfect backcountry pant. With four-way stretch woven fabric with zippered side vents to easily dump heat on the skin track. The comfortable fabric will keep you moving and is designed for high exertion days. This durable double-weave softshell fabric has a brushed back so it is not only great at cutting the wind but is also really comfortable. Featues include two zippered hand pockets, two thigh pockets, rear thigh zip vents with mesh backing, gusseted ankle zippers, reinforced nylon kick-patches and internal snow gaiters. These are a great holiday gift idea for someone who likes big days in the backcountry.
Mammut Aenergy ST 32 Ski Touring Pack
Mammut’s Aenergy ST 32 is a lightweight 32 litre ski touring pack with an aluminum frame that optimizes comfort and load distribution. With a large full zipper you can easily access the main compartment of the bag which has two zippered pockets on the inside for storing smaller items. There is also a separate inner compartment for all your safety gear so you can find it in an emergency. The Aenergy ST 32 is also equipped with a carrying systems for both skis and snowboards. This is a great holiday gift idea for that backcountry skier on your shopping list who is looking for a lightweight ski touring pack with lots of smart features.
Zoleo Satellite Communicator
Zoleo is the only communications device that connects with your smartphone or tablet to provide messaging that follows you in and out of cell coverage, plus added safety features you can rely on world wide. This device uses the Iridium satellite network to send or receive messages. Iridium is the only satellite network to cover everywhere on earth, including landmasses, oceans, and polar regions. With safety features that include the ability to send SOS alerts, check-ins, receive weather forecasts and also include your GPS location. The Zoleo comes in a rugged design that also has a high rating of water, dust and shock protection. Monthly plans range from $25 - $70 a month. All plans include unlimited SOS messaging with 24/7 emergency response monitoring, a dedicated Zoleo SMS number and email address and the flexibility to change, suspend or cancel your plan after the first three months should you ever need to.
Scott React Goggles
Scott’s React is their first fully integrated magnetic lens change goggle. The lens change is so easy and intuitive that you can even do it while wearing ski gloves. The React uses a patented Amplifier lens technology that utilizes a unique light transmission curve to optimize key light waves that are important for the human eye to see. With 100% UV protection and anti-fog lens treatment, the Scott React Goggles make it easy to see your way no matter the weather. These would make a great holiday gift guide for someone looking to upgrade their goggles this winter season.
Montec Doom Jacket
The Doom Jacket was designed with the whole mountain in mind. It uses a medium weight insulation that keeps you warm while you are skiing or riding no matter how bad the weather gets. It has an asymmetrical full-length zipper that makes it easy to put on and take off and provides the appearance of an over the head Anorak Jacket. With a selection of large outer pockets you don’t need to unzip and expose yourself to get what you need. The shell and the lining are Bluesign approved and it has an eco-friendly DWR treatment so you can feel good knowing Montec is taking steps to help out the environment. The Montec Doom Jacket has a host of features and is a unique statement of who you are.
Kuhl Skyfire Down Parka
Kuhl is known for their great fitting, fully-featured adventure pants but now they have a down jacket in the line up that you should know about. Their Skyfire Down Parka uses RDS-Certified goose down throughout to keep you warm on the coldest days. Kuhl uses Thermal body mapping technology to delivery maximum warmth where it is needed most and a little less insulation where you might over heat. A tough, ripstop exterior with two strategic layers of water resistance keeps the weather out should it turn stormy. The Skyfire Down Parka has a five-panel hood design, Insulated draft flap around the sipper, YKK Water-resistant exterior zippers and reflective tape highlights. Not only is this down parka fully features, warm and comfortable, but it has a unique aesthetic that looks great not only around town but also out in the mountains.
Outdoor Research Hemispheres II Jacket & Bibs
The Hemispheres II Jacket & Bibs are new for this year and offer the highest level of durable, waterproof, and breathable protection with exceptional comfort and mobility. The jacket has innovative Gore-Tex stretch panels that are strategically placed in areas that require more movement. The Hemispheres II Jacket also features a wire brim Hood Lock for secure fit over a helmet, and their TorsoFlo hem-to-pit venting to allow you easily to regulate your temperature. Both the jacket and bibs are fully seam-taped construction that ensures no moisture gets in when it's storming out. The Hemisphere II bibs are better than ever with proven 3L Gore-Tex protection and strategic stretch panels that mimic the body's movement. The Gore-Tex C-knit fabric is Bluesign approved so you can feel good knowing OR is making steps towards helping the environment. There are two side zip pockets for your beacon with a clip, one on the right thigh and the other is on the left side chest so you can choose which one works better for you. A great holiday gift idea for someone looking to upgrade their jacket or ski pants and who wants high-mobility and comfort.
Sena Latitude S1 Helmet
The Sena Latitude S1 Helmet has a built in communication system with the speakers and microphone built right into the helmet ear pads. This allows you to communicate with up to three other Latitude users via a bluetooth intercom. With a 1 kilometre range it operates using a large, glove-friendly dial located on the left ear pad. It also features Sena’s advanced noise control that reduces wind noise when talking to your ski partners. It is made with a durable ABS shell and EPS liner so you know it's safe and made to take some abuse. There is also an adjustable airflow system so you can regulate the amount of air you need to prevent overheating while skiing and riding in the mountains. The interior mesh lining and black velvet padding will keep your head warm and comfortable. A great holiday gift idea for people who are looking to stay connected when out on the slopes together.
Outdoor Research Del Campo Down Parka
The Del Campo Down Parka was built for years of heavy use. It’s made with a burly nylon canvas shell exterior and 700 fill down interior so it provides durability and weather protection while keeping you very warm. The outer shell is Bluesign approved showing Outdoor Research’s commitment to taking steps towards helping the environment. Some key features are an insulated front storm flap, dual snap chest pockets, tricot-lined hand pockets and wrist cuffs with an internal rib-knit gaiter. A great holiday gift idea for someone looking for a rugged, burly, and warm jacket to battle the elements.
Weston Skyline Carbon Skis x Vernan Kee Skis
The Skyline is Weston's latest addition to their ski lineup. They are designed for big days in the backcountry, they are made to get you to the steeps and take on any variable conditions along the way. The Skyline Carbon Skis are lightweight enabling you to lead the charge uphill while providing reliable grip on the descent. To achieve this Weston has combined a 95mm ski with their freeride camber-dominant ski profile. The tip of the ski has just enough reverse camper to keep you afloat while the flat to early rise tail allows for easier release of the tails when needed. The ski’s construction consists of an ultralight core composed of paulownia and aluminum stringers, with a carbon fibre overlay. The paulownia and carbon keep things ultralight while the horizontal aluminum provides dampening similar to a full metal ski. Weighing in at only 1500 grams in a 184cm length, the Skyline Carbon Skis are impressively light. With the Mission Series skis, Weston has teamed up with Diné Navajo artist, Vernan Kee, and the National Forest Foundation to support the Wood For Life Tribal Fuelwood Initiative. The program responsibly redistributes firewood from forest restoration projects to indigenous communities for cooking and heating their homes in winter. These skis are not only fun but beautiful as well and would make a great holiday gift idea for someone who likes skiing big, steep lines deep in the backcountry.
Scott Explorair Dryospun 3L Jacket and Pants
The Explorair Dryospun 3L Jacket & Pants are made for big days in the backcountry. This is Scott’s most breathable/waterproof jacket and pant combo, they have an athletic fit and are designed specifically with ski touring in mind. Using their new Dryospun (air permeable, yet waterproof) membrane, the jacket and pants are soft and stretchy and super lightweight. The fabric is 100% recycled and PFC-free DWR so you can feel good knowing that Scott is taking steps in helping out the environment. Fully featured but with nothing extra that you don’t need so that they don’t slow you down. The jacket is light and packable so it can easily fit in your pack when not needed on the climb up. This kit is ski touring focussed but it’s still tough enough to put up with some abuse that you might encounter skiing out of bounds. It’s a great holiday gift idea for someone who likes big days touring in the mountains.
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