Mountain Standards

Posted March 4, 2017

Alpine Luddites White Light/White Heat backpack: custom-made to contentment

Alpinist Associate Editor Paula Wright puts the Alpine Luddites White Light/White Heat backpack to the test, awarding it four stars. The company takes an a la carte approach to the gear it sells so that minimalists will have only the accessories they want, such as the foam layer that comes in a customizable thickness and doubles as a "bivy pad."

Posted February 21, 2017

Warm, durable and breathable: Black Diamond First Light Hoody

The Black Diamond First Light Hoody does its job but it's bulky for climbing and some features could be improved. Chris Van Leuven gives it three stars.

Posted February 17, 2017

The Dynafit Yotei GTX Pant sets a new standard for getting around in the mountains

The Dynafit Yotei GTX Pants proved to be a versatile piece of outerwear for Mike Lewis, an AMGA-certified alpine guide, who reports that the pants work well for ski-touring and ice climbing while accommodating comfortable space for avalanche beacons and field books. The pants became his go-to option after testing them in Chile, Wyoming's Grand Tetons and Canada. He awards them five stars.

Posted February 7, 2017

Arc'teryx Alpha SV hard-shell jacket: A haven from the worst storms

The Arc'teryx Alpha SV Jacket is a specialized piece of clothing built for the harshest climbing situations. Drew Thayer put it to the test on a month-long expedition in Alaska and awarded it five stars.

Posted January 27, 2017

A slim workhorse: Edelrid Topaz Pro Dry CT 9.2mm rope

The 9.2mm Edelrid Topaz Pro Dry CT is a skinny rope that handles like a mid-weight. Chris Van Leuven has put thin cords to the test before, and he was mostly pleased with this one, awarding it four stars.

Posted January 18, 2017

La Sportiva TX2: Blurring the line between climbing and approach shoes

The La Sportiva TX2 approach shoes shine brightly on fast-and-light rock missions when you need to carry your approach shoes with you on the climb. Alpinist Digital Editor Derek Franz awards them five stars.

Posted January 3, 2017

VOORMI River Run Hoodie: A featherweight top for all seasons

The VOORMI River Run Hoodie keeps Chris Van Leuven comfy in all kinds of conditions, from rainy trails and toothy offwidths to social scenes. He awards it five stars.

Posted December 20, 2016

Valandre Shocking Blue Neo Sleeping Bag: High-performance and complicated

Drew Thayer describes the Valandre Shocking Blue Neo Sleeping Bag as "the Cadillac" of cold-weather sleeping bags. But all the added features increase the weight and the price compared to other cold-weather bags. Four stars.

Posted December 15, 2016

The CiloGear 30:30 backpack gets it done on alpine missions

Yosemite Search and Rescue member Josh Huckaby puts the CiloGear 30:30 backpack to the test and is stoked with the product. He plans to use it in Patagonia this January. Five stars!

Posted December 6, 2016

Tenaya Ra: A true 'all-around performance shoe'

Mike Lewis finds that the Tenaya Ra has everything he looks for in a climbing shoe, including a great out-of-the-box fit that doesn't require a break-in period. Five Stars!

Posted November 30, 2016

Updated DMM Dragon cams: Stable, easy to place and clean

Chris Van Leuven compares the new DMM Dragon cams to other brands and finds he likes to mix and match for optimal weight and size-runs, awarding them four stars out of five.

Posted November 16, 2016

La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Boots: Lighter and more versatile than ever

Andrew Councell awards the La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX boots four out of five stars for their lightness, warmth and versatility on rock and snow.

Posted November 8, 2016

Montane Hi Q Luxe Pro Pull On: Breathable enough to approach, warm enough to belay

Corey Buhay finds the Montane Hi Q Lux Pro Pull On jacket to be a versatile piece of equipment for staying warm and dry in the mountains. She awards it four stars out of five.

Posted October 27, 2016

Grivel Lambda HMS Twin Gate: Comforting If You're Not Wearing Gloves

The Grivel Lambda HMS Twin Gate is an unusual auto-locking carabiner that can be clipped with one hand and provides extra security on critical protection points. Just don't try to use it with gloves.

Posted October 24, 2016

The Dynafit Yotei GTX Jacket: The Ideal Jacket for Ski-Mountaineers and Beyond

Mike Lewis awards the Dynafit Yotei GTX Jacket five stars for its light weight, versatility and thoughtful design. There was but one tiny flaw...

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