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ISTA Head to Toe


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ISTA HEAD TO TOE

When venturing off the beaten track it is vital that you are properly outfitted to stay comfortable and protected no matter where the search for fresh tracks takes you. To illustrate the point, here is what our marketing executive Josh wore on a recent backcountry safety trip:


Starting from the top, Smith’s ever popular Maze helmet promises a great level of protection, and thanks to an in-mould construction stays lightweight and stylish. The AirEvac ventilation moves warm and moist air away from the goggles to reduce fogging and makes the helmet breathable. Moving down, the Anon Mig provided day-long visability thanks to its spare lens. Moreover, the magnetic face mask kept wind and snow at bay even in the awful conditions we faced on the mountain.

Arc’teryx seemed the obvious choice for a day’s exploration of Zermatt’s backcountry powder fields. The combination of the Rush jacket, Sabre pant and Lorum hoody proved their worth when the mercury dropped, brushing off the minus 12 temperature and 35km/h winds. Obviously designed by a seasoned skier, the outfit didn’t restrict movement when hiking up, laying turns on the way down or whilst picking myself up after a deep-powder fall. Snowskirts on the jacket and pants stopped any stray powder from finding its way in and cooling me down whilst numerous pockets kept everything you could need for the day safe and to hand. Moreover, the bright blue and grey colourway looked great. The outfit kept me warm and dry even during training sessions stood in the wind on the glacier and searching with transceivers.

Expertly fitted at our Chertsey store, the Atomic Waymaker 110s were a welcome addition. With a hike and ride switch and the back that lets you unlock the boot to provide more flex for hiking and skinning, it proved a valuable back-country companion. Once the boot is locked back into place it performs like an alpine boot, letting you put power through to cut into turns. In addition, a Live Fit zone allows your foot to expand laterally, relieving pressure and keeping you comfortable all day.

 

The new Salomon QST 99 finished off the package. At 99mm underfoot this is a true, all-mountain ski capable of pinning turns on the groomers whilst remaining floaty and fun on powder. Holding its own anywhere we were led, the QST 99 behaved well for a wider ski and would be more than enough for a whole season’s worth of fun. 


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