Ski Gear

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

Review: Mammut Zephir Altitude Harness

The new Zephir Altitude harness from Mammut is extremely light with an elegantly simple and functional design.  It has exactly what’s needed for ski mountaineering/touring as well as general mountaineering in a nicely laid-out package that’s comfortable to wear under a big pack all day.  I took the harness out for a few weeks ski touring […]

Review: Petzl RAD System

Review: Petzl RAD System

Updated August 2016: Petzl has updated the published strength of the RAD line from 8kN to 12kN.  The line itself has not changed just how they have come about the published strength.  As I understand it the strength was originally based upon the minimum requirements of the CE standard that […]

Field Tested: G3 Stinger Skis

Field Tested: G3 Stinger Skis

The ice climb is a little off the beaten path, literally as no one else has put a path in.  You put your head down and start to post hole through the rotten snow.  After a few steps the crust is wearing at your shins, after a few hundred feet […]

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Field Tested Review: Black Diamond Evac 7 Shovel

Black Diamond, like many companies that make avalanche rescue equipment, has an avalanche shovel that can be set-up either as a hoe or shovel.  However, the elegant design of the BD Evac 7 make the conversion between the two modes simple and intuitive on a shovel that is still light […]

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

Comparison Review: Mid-size Ski Packs

The Alpine Start has done a lot of pack reviews over the years but usually these reviews are of ice, rock or alpine oriented packs.  This year we decided to take this expertise and apply it to a comparison review of some newer mid-size ski packs.  We chose this size […]

Field Tested Review:  Arc’teryx Lithic Comp Pant

Field Tested Review: Arc’teryx Lithic Comp Pant

When Arc’teryx released the Lithic Comp pant (well actually they’re technically bibs) last fall I was a bit skeptical as I’m not a big fan of bibs; I find that they tend to be hot on the up-track.  However the promise offered by the combination of hardshell and shoftshell fabrics […]