Gear Review-His winter line up

There’s things that every good boy wants for the holidays. Socks included. Better than socks, chocolate, and an orange might be the Dynastar Mythic 97 mm touring / powder ski, with Look HM12 touring bindings. Connect these to the feet with the new Lange XT boot with built-in Tech fittings that click right into those binders. This winter we are stoked to be testing this line-up. Stay tuned for our upcoming reviews. Don’t miss our ladies line-up here.

1.The Mythic is essentially a lightened version of the Cham 2.0 powder ski in a 97 millimeter waist. I asked Santa for the longest pair, at 184 cm. With a 133, 97, 113 sidecut, and a refined tip and tail rocker, coming in at a very light 2800 grams per pair, these are the skis you have always wanted.

2. The LOOK HM12 binding is a Look branded Dynafit TLT Radical FT 2.0, has a rotating toe piece, and is a tested and certified ISO TUV DIN product with a great deal of reliability and testing carried over from the Dynafit line. It has been in use for many seasons already and is well regarded as a tough, reliable and dependable binding (that is also light as hell).  The HM12 bindings come in at 630 grams and include the carbon PowerPlates with stiffen up the torsional rigidity by 12% (amazing). The FT is beefier (and several grams heavier) than the ST, and the springs go up to a DIN of 12, which may be why Look decided to brand the FT over the ST.

3. The Lange XT “touring” boot has been improving for several seasons as well, culminating in the addition of Tech toe and heel receptacles. Also certified as genuine and approved in the Dynafit paradigm. Better walk-mode latch, better buckles, lighter, and with the WTR (Walk To Ride) boot sole.

This is now the total solution from the folks in Chamonix of the integrated hardware needed in boots and bindings, connected via regular old posi-screws to a fantastic platform of a ski.

4. Skins-Cap the package off with www.ClimbingSkinsDirect.com Chipmunks, and you are having fun.

Now that you have asked for the ski, bindings, boots, and skins, you’ll need those socks, and I recommend SmartWool. More on that next week in our Gift Guides.

For soft goods we’re checking out AirBlaster. Sort of a snowboard vibe (we go both ways) and these folks are DEFINITELY having fun! Heavy duty jackets, almost of canvas weight material, plenty of pockets, good helmet friendly hood, powder skirt. We’re reviewing the Yeti Jacket this year.  AirBlaster claims they make the best long underwear on the planet. We are stoked to put it to the test. We’ll be swathed head to toe in Merino Wool in the NINJA SUIT

Remember: go in a group and be avalanche trained before venturing into the back-country, and just Ski The East!

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