SMG Gear Recommendations!
This is NOT a gear list for any specific trip!
Note: Not every item on this list is the favorite of all of our guides and it is not the bible of gear. It also may be out of date and you shouldn't expect to see our guides with each of these items. It is just meant to be a helpful guide. Feel free to call the office with any questions you might have (877) 423-2546.
Black Diamond Lighthouse
Osprey Packs are great.
OR Sequence S/S Shirt
OR Exos Pant
Hands: Womens Minamalist Gloves (Annie loves these though admits that they have to be replaced frequently)
IIron Clad Cold Conditions Glove
Howie: Arcteryx R320 Harness
Jed: Arcteryx R320 Harness
Annie: Wild Country Syncro Ziplock
Helmet: Petzl Meteor III
Shoes: Buy what fits you well.
Jed: Evolv Quest-AF
Annie: Evolv Hera
Rack: BD Camalots of course!
Pack: Metolius Haul Packs (Cragging)
Skis: K2 Mt. Bakers
Boots: Garmont Megaride and Garmont Radium. Neil says to make sure your backcountry boot has a vibram sole, custom moldable liners, a custom footbed, and that they are dynafit compatable.
Bindings: Fritchi Freerides for Slackcountry skiing (and powder days) and Dynafit TLT Speed Classics for touring.
Poles: Life LInk Variants with red baskets for clear signaling!
Skins: BD Glidelite Standard. Neil doesn't recommend a tail clip. Lighter, faster, and no annoying rattling when they fall off.
Crampons: Black Diamonds for the Fritchis, and Dynafit crampons for the Dynafits.
Pack: Mammut Spindrift. Make sure you have a dedicated ski pack with compartments for avy safety equipment, and beefy straps for carrying skis.
Jacket: OR Logic Jacket
Pants: Mammut Castor Pant
Gloves: OR Alti Glove
Glasses: Julbos with interchangable lenses
Goggles: Oakley A-Frame.
For the ladies:
We'll ask Annie what she wears too. She isn't a ski guide, but she wants to be, and she hangs out with them, and she skis a heckova lot!
Skis:K2 Miss Bakers
Boots:Black Diamond Shivas
Bindings: Dynafit TLT Speed. She recently bought a pair of TLT Comforts and is very unhappy with them.
Poles:Any Black Diamond Flick Lock Pole
Skins:BD Glidelite Standard. She recently switched to no tail cilp (reluctantly) and found no real difference.
Crampons: What ever fits your ski and binding type.
Pack:DaKine Girls Heli Pro
Jacket: Acteryx Hybrid Discontinued jacket.
Pants:Arcteryx Gamma MX pants
Gloves: OR womens ExtraVert Glove and Black Diamond womens Guide Glove.
Glasses: Native Silencer
Goggles: Oakley A-Frame with Pink Iridium Lenses
Howie Schwartz' Choices:
Jacket- OR Mithril Stormshell
Pants- OR Tremor Pant
Midlayers- OR Sequence Tee, OR Logic Jacket, OR Spectre Pullover
Gloves- OR Sorm Tracker Gloves, OR Innuendo Gloves
Boots- La Sportive Trango Extreme
Helmet- CAMP Startech
Harness- Arc'teryx R-320
Crampons- Petzl Dart
Tools- Petzl Quark
Rope- Mammut Revelation
Pack- Deuter Guide 35+
Pack:Arcteryx Khazri 35
Rope: Beal Joker 9.1
Crampons:Black Diamond Contact Strap
Ixe Axe: Black Diamond Raven Pro
Harness: Arc'Teryx A300a Alpine Harness
Boots: La Sportiva Nepal Evo Gtx (Winter)
La Sportiva Trango S EVO GTX(Summer)