Smith I/07 Ski Goggle Review

Mike Soucy, IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide, reviews the Smith I/07 Ski Goggles.  This winter season (2014/15), I wore the Smith I/07 Ski Goggles ($200–285) for roughly 30 days of skiing, including backcountry touring, inbounds, and mechanized, in Colorado and Alaska. My pair featured the black frame, with the option to use either the Ignitor Mirror […]

Backcountry Access BC Link Radio Review by Mike Soucy

Mike Soucy, IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide, reviews the Backcountry Access BC Link radio. This March, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, on the AMGA Ski Guides’ Course, I tested the Backcountry Access BC Link radio ($150). These radios were used for backcountry ski guiding, but I’d also use them for mechanized ski guiding, and […]

Salomon X Alp Pro GTX Review by Lindsay Fixmer

AMGA Guide Lindsay Fixmer reviews the Salomon X Alp Pro GTX boot with integrated gaiter. I tested out the Salomon X Alp Pro GTX ($280) boot with integrated gaiter working a spring Mt. Whitney trip in the High Sierra a few weeks ago. Due to our balmier weather, what typically would have been an ill-suited boot […]

Smith Variance Helmet Review by Geoff Unger

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the Smith Variance ski helmet. I am going to come right out and say it. I have a negative bias against helmets for skiing. I don’t understand it. I wear one for climbing all the time, but I grew up without one on the slopes and it stuck. I […]

Review: CAMP’s Photon wire straight gate biner

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Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Photon Wire Straight Gate Carabiner. I tested CAMP’s Photon Wire straight gate carabiner on just under a dozen routes, from South Platte multipitch traditional rock climbing to waterfall ice pitches and mixed alpine climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Photon is a […]

Smith Nomad Sunglasses, a Review

AMGA-Certified Guide Rob Coppolillo reviews the Smith Nomad sunglasses with “ChromaPop” lens.   At first, I was skeptical of the Smith Nomad sunglasses ($269) when I took them out of the box. They seemed too light, with a wire frame that would seemingly go destructo in less than a week. Turns out they’re titanium, so you […]

Review: Iridium’s GO! Wi-Fi–Based Satellite Phone Device

Ryan Huetter, Certified AMGA Rock Guide, reviews the Iridium GO! Wi-Fi–based satellite-phone device.   As working guides in the backcountry, we have become increasingly reliant on the technology that goes into our guiding packs. Whether it is for navigation, communication or documentation, most of us are carrying multiple pieces of electronics on our guiding assignments. […]

Review: CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon

Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon I used CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon for two days of ski mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park. These crampons are intended to be used for ski mountaineering and climbing snow/moderate ice, where rock will not be encountered. The XLC Nanotech […]

Mike Soucy Reviews CAMP’s Speed 2.0 Helmet

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Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviews CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Helmet, size medium. I used CAMP’s Speed 2.0 helmet over a week primarily for ski mountaineering, but also for some waterfall ice guiding. It’s a great helmet for guiding because it’s lightweight and versatile. A light helmet on the head is truly less […]

Review: CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe

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The second of our series of reviews on CAMP’s Nanotech models, by Jonathon Spitzer, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. Read about CAMP’s Corsa Ice Axe. I tested the CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe while on a ski mountaineering objective in the Wasatch Range in Utah. We climbed a 3,000’ alpine ridge route on the South Ridge […]