Gear Preview -- Atomic Hawx 110 Ski Boot

Gear Preview — Atomic Hawx 110 Ski Boot

The superlative-heavy press release for Atomic’s new Hawx boot line touts claims like “the most significant innovation to downhill boot technology in 25 years” and “The Next Revolution in Skiing is not a Ski.” (It’s a boot.) But what the Hawx does is significant: This boot promotes natural forefoot flexibility and movement by incorporating a shell that bends in unison with the metatarsal zone of the foot. . .

Kahtoola MICROSpikes

Kahtoola MICROSpikes

Yes, these are crampons. Well, sort of. Pedestrian crampons. But with 10 spikes, each one 3/8-inch long, and made of stainless steel, the Kahtoola MICROSpikes could do real work paired with hiking boots or running shoes to provide traction on snow and ice. A “shoe harness” made of a stretchy rubber flexes as you step in, then cinches tight. And they’re so packable and light that people (me, for example) will be tempted to try and employ them for easy mountaineering. My pair arrived in the mail yesterday, and I can say I am intrigued. . .