Petzl SITTA Harness
Petzl keeps upping the ante when it comes to climbing harnesses. The high end SITTA climbing and mountaineering harness offers maximum compactness while being lightweight and comfortable. The harness houses the Wireframe construction that uses Spectra strands in the waist belt and leg loops to ensure optimal load distribution and excellent comfort which in turn gives the climber total freedom of movement. The Spectra strands are akin to tendons and provide the above-mentioned features without the use of foam. So the harness has less bulk, is lighter and much more compact in comparison to other harnesses which means it’ll take up minimal space in your pack when it’s not in use.
Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Down Jacket, $200
Mountain Hardwear constantly produces top-quality outdoor apparel that handles whatever elements an adventurer dives into. The Mountain Hardwear Dynotherm Down Jacket is one that will handle and withstand whatever winter throws its way. Tried and tested by National Geographic Explorer, Mike Libecki, while on a father/daughter trip of discovery to Antarctica, the Dynotherm Down combines unstoppable 650-fill Q.Shield Down technology with retro color-blocking for a winning cold-weather solution. It has 30D nylon face fabric, two hand-warmer pockets and one chest pocket that are pack-compatible, double-needle stitching adds durability, style and texture, and Elastane cuffs seal in warmth and block out weather. With an urban/crossover appeal, the style of the Dynotherm Down will not only keep you warm, but it’ll make you look good.
Arc’teryx Nuclei AR Jacket, $399
Arc’teryx is known for obsessing with creating the perfect product. The Nuclei AR Jacket, designed specifically for alpine, ice, and expedition climbing, is an all-around belay parka that combines 100 grams per square meter of Core loft synthetic insulation with a meticulously seam taped Windstopper exterior. These features blend warmth, water resistance and windproofness into a single jacket. The Nuclei AR features an athletic, hip-length fit to be used with a harness and provides ample room and freedom of movement for additional layering. The helmet compatible Storm Hood rotates without blocking vision and the visor protects from snow and dripping water. Two insulated and laminated zippered hand pockets keep hands warm, and there’s also one internal mesh dump pocket for quick grab items. The jacket is easily packable and comes with its own stuff sack with a harness clip loop.
Dynafit Khiôn Carbon Free Touring Boot, $1,000
The Dynafit Khiôn is the new state-of-the-art boot for Free Touring. With feedback from Dynafit athletes, this boot was designed to guarantee unrivaled skiing with precise, progressive response and absence of play. The architecture of the boot was engineered to provide maximum mechanical thrust by locking together the components of the boots into a solid interconnected structure called the Precision Lock System. The Khiôn is light and compact thanks to the latest generation of materials along with obsessive study of ergonomics. Other features of the Khiôn include an external exoskeleton, side bumper, Snowdynamics concept, one-touch buckles, liner with mapping construction, power drive tongue, BOA Closure System, a magnesium spoiler, and a formula Pomoca sole. Walking comfort in the Khiôn is superb.
SCARPA Freedom RS Boot, $829
The Scarpa Freedom RS is a new freeride boot with a stiff polyamide cuff and a 130 flex. It blends top-tier performance for the most demanding descents in a package that’s light and versatile enough to tour. With a 25-degree range of motion in the cuff and frictionless uphill walk mode, the Freedom RS provides unparalleled versatility in a powerful boot. Features include a custom thermo-moldable lower with a race-inspired, reinforced upper that bolsters the power of the boot. Scarpa’s Mountain Plus soles mates with tech-style or frame AT bindings, or bindings designed to work with a lugged AT-style sole, but can easily be swapped for the Mountain Piste soles. Alpine-style overlap construction has a performance-oriented 101mm forefoot last. The Freedom RS boot will take on any kind of terrain whether in bounds or out.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Ultimate Boost Climaheat Boot, $200
The Adidas Terrex Ultimate Boost Climaheat waterproof winter hiking boot is a lightweight boot that provides insulation, comfort and grip. The minimalistic and reduced design combined with innovative technologies, including Climaheat™ technology, PrimaLoft® insulation and advanced stretchable collar execution keeps snow out and feet warm. The waterproof Flameproof® membrane keeps feet dry while the Continental™ rubber outsole provides extraordinary grip on icy surfaces. Adidas BOOST™ technology in the midsole offers endless energy in the mountains and high adaptability on rocky surfaces. There is a molded sock liner that enhances comfort and fit. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the Terrex Ultimate Boost CH looks pretty sleek and tough at the same time.