It’s like spending four days straight in a giant big-box outdoor store. Interesting at first, but a good reminder that I truly don’t have what it takes to make a career out of retail sales. Anyways, here are some highlights from the show. TetonAT and Wildsnow.com both have some good posts of their take on the show, check em out. I’m back in CB and about to head out climbing to test some new goodies.

In the constant quest to find the perfect Backcountry ski pack, I stumbled upon the new ‘Arrakis’. This pack is money. I always thought that a pack similar to their Acrux, but with a shape more condusive to skiing would dominate. Im hoping to have their sleek charcoal coloured model on my back this season.

The new Arc'Teryx Arrakis 40

The new Arc'Teryx Arrakis 40

Integrated shovel compartment, multiple ski attachments and still as clean as a top loader

Integrated shovel compartment, multiple ski attachments and still as clean as a top loader

view of the rolltop on the 50L version

view of the rolltop on the 50L version

Another interesting product that may be of interest to the Alpine Guide is the new Mammut Monolith boot. The reigning champion of the mid-duty alpine boot is the La Sportiva Trango S evo, and while the Trango really is the shizz this boot may fill in the gaps for those who don’t have sportiva compatible feet. These boots even have the same vibram sole with the ever crucial ‘Climbing Zone’ under the big toe.

 

Mammut Monolith GTX

 I’m over talking about gear for now… but stay tuned for some new reviews.

Mike Bromberg