Gear Review -- Glacier Gloves

Gear Review — Glacier Gloves

It’s been 25 years since Glacier Glove of Reno, Nev., started selling its line of stretchy, spongy, hand-molding gloves that have the same water-tolerating qualities as a wetsuit. To be sure, the company founder incorporated neoprene into his handwear design, a first at its time, creating a glove that could get wet and still provide warmth and enough dexterity for swinging an ice ax or spinning a fishing reel. This is my test of one of the company’s original standby models. . .

Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus bindings

Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus bindings

Yesterday I drooled onscreen about the Black Diamond Kilowatt skis sitting here in my office ready to cut deep snow in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains next week. But what about my bindings? For this trip I’ll be testing the Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus, which are essentially alpine bindings with a touring mode. They are solid in any type of terrain going down, but then with the flick of a switch you can enable a free-heel mode for climbing up-mountain with skins. . .

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. . .