This is the area where I talk about gear that I like, use, and trust. From the smallest piece – probably a binding screw – to the largest – probably a tent – gear makes it all possible. Without good quality gear, getting into the mountains would be a lot more dangerous, a lot less exciting, and definitely a lot chillier!
Skimo Co - I like smaller, specialized companies. The ones who have specific products for specific activities. And though I’m obviously not opposed to wearing pinstriped shorts while skiing when the weather allows – during a midwinter blizzard I prefer to stay as comfortable in the mountains as possible. Comfortable means different things to a lot of people; to me it means wearing effective clothing coupled with not carrying surplus weight, regardless of the ski project at hand.
The only skiing outfitter in North America to implement a mandate towards the lighter end of the spectrum is Skimo Co. This means that the company currently carries no single product that manufacturers have represented as weighing more than 1,500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces). Each ski, each boot, backpacks, ice axes, you name it, the weight scale was involved in the determination of whether to stock the product or not. Skimo Co sells products for anyone who likes to travel ALAP – as light as possible. You may not recognize all the brand names they carry, but most have been around in Europe or elsewhere for decades or more! Leave it to this company to save you the hassle of importing these fine products yourself.
A lot of thought goes into what I bring, and, perhaps more importantly, leave behind during ski outings, while retaining some margin of safety. Going lighter, faster, and farther in the mountains isn’t just a platitude I like to whip out in conversation. It’s what I’m out there doing. Gear from Skimo Co helps me stick to my guns.
Minus33 Merino Wool Clothing – Staying in shape year round requires constant activity, and few products feel as good next to the skin as merino wool. It’s soft and itch free. Not only that, but merino doesn’t retain odors as many other baselayers do, so one need not bring their workout odor with them to the next activity. Perhaps more important, especially for those of us who spend plenty of time at chilly elevations, Minus33 merino wicks superbly and dries quickly, helping to guard against hypothermia. From socks to boxers to hats and everywhere in between, I wear Minus33 clothing on my adventures year round.