April 24, 2013:
Marmot’s Col MemBrain sleeping bag is 800 fill goose down and rated to -20 deg F. I pretty well exceeded this temperature rating on a recent trip into the Alaska Range and I did just fine. Infact, I frost bit my foot one day and owe the re-warming and capability of keeping it warm to this sleeping bag!
Scarpa’s 2013/14 Freedom SL Freeride Boot is probably the most diverse boot to hit the freerdie touring boot market yet. It is quite stiff for it’s incredibly lite weight, and really allows you to power a ski. Skinning and boot packing for hours up a couloir, and then shredding back down as if you were just dropped by a heli is the name of the game for this boot!
Marmot’s Alpinist 2P tent provided for the perfect base camp home on a recent trip in the Alaska Range and with it’s strong pole structure, we were able to block snow closely around the parimeter. This thing is certainly burly enough for glacier base camps as well as high mountain camps.
February 14, 2013:
The Marmot Silverton Jacket is absolutely impervious to wind and moisture, light weight and perfect for layering. This 3-layer fabric system by GORE-TEX is unstoppable!
The Smith I/OX Goggle offers the biggest peropheral view, best helmet fit, and quickest interchangable lens swap-out of any google on the market. I am diggin it!
December 4, 2012:
The Volkl Shiro 183 might be the most versatile ski out there. The Volkl Shiro 183 is light enough to make for a practical backcountry ski, while being wide and stiff enough to still handle high level of aggressive skiing. Now add the Marker Tour F12 to the mix, and you have one versatile backcountry set up can throw down going up and down!
The Scarpa Maestrale RS is a giant step forward in the backcountry freeride market. This boot is incredibly light weight, but at the same time is stiff enough to handle the drive and power of an aggressive skier on an aggressive ski.
The Marmot Armageddon Undercuff Glove is sick, I don’t know what else to say. Style, comfort, fit, protection, warmth.
October 27, 2012:
The Marker Tour F12is not just another traditional alpine touring binding. The Marker AFD system and pivot plate allows the use of typical alpine boots as well as vibrum soled AT boots, providing for more options and a dynamic quiver. This touring binding has held strong through a variety of big mountain and ski mountaineering adventures!
The Marmot Up Track Jacketis the approach jacket for me. The breathability, wind protection and Angel-Wing softshell material provide comfort and movement when your out working up a sweat in the elements.
September 25, 2012: Marmot Freerider Jacket
This has been my go-to everyday jacket for over a year now. Great venting for hiking, warm enough for those cold POW days, and an extremely good wind and water shield. From the Teton Backcountry, to shedding in bounds POW at the Ghee, to skiing from a heli in AK, this jacket has been with me through it all. Oh, and it comes in some sick colors too!
December 17, 2011: Marmot Alpinist Pant
The breathability and functionality of the alpinist pant is un-matched as far as I can tell. Either on the lift at the Ghee in below 0 temps or touring deep in the Tetons, these pants have kept me warm, dry, and comfortable! I have skied about 40 days in the Alpinist Pant thus far and look forward to many more.
March 31, 2011: Scarpa Mobe
The Mobe truly is my new favorite everyday boot. I have logged about 50 days in it at this point, 30 days of ski patrolling 10 hours a day, and about 20 days of skiing in the resort & backcountry. The ease and durability of the walk mode is un-matchable and very practical for everyday use. I have skinned, boot packed, and skied thousands of feet a day with comfort, function, durability, and support through every foot. I ski this boot on some large & stiff skis such as the Volkl Katana & Kuro, and have skied any and all types of terrain with them…..including 50+foot airs. This is now my go to ski boot!!!!
February 3, 2011: Marmot Backcountry 30
This pack has quickly become my choice for backcountry travel as well as working ski patrol. The stiff back support for all day use, easy access shovel/probe/tool compartment, plenty of storage space, skin pocket, and diagonal ski carry system really are just the beginning of useful attributes included in this pack. In my experience, packs of this storage capacity usually seem to significantly shift your center of gravity when filled, creating swing wait, but this pack distributes the load quite well throughout your upper body and torso. I definitely recommend this pack to full day backcountry enthusiasts.
January 29, 2011: Scarpa Hurricane
What a boot of performance! The Hurricane has raised the bar on non-race stock, performance ski boots. I have personally tested this boot in high angle, big air, high speed situations that in the past have required a “race stock” ski boot. A stiffness/flex of 120 and utilizing the 4 buckle system, this boot feels to be a nice hybrid of a high performance race stock boot and a touring boot.
January 22, 2011: Marmot Spire Jacket
I have been wearing this jacket pretty much exclusively so far this season and am diggin it. The hard-shell design lets you layer accordingly underneath while protecting you from the elements. The larger hood design allows for the hood to be warn over a helmet without limiting your mobility.