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X-Gaiters by Outdoor Research

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

The X-Gaiter is OR’s first product, inspired by a case of frostbite while climbing Denali. It’s been updated over the years and continues to serve.

Featuring a 90D ripstop stretch double weave construction with neoprene along the ankle and back of calf as well as the rand along the sole, the X-Gaiter is insulated with PrimaLoft Aerogel across the toes and entire lower half of boot.

Finally there is a field-maintainable, adjustable shock cord under the sole.


2023 Petzl Catalog

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

The 2023 interactive Petzl Catalog is live at catalogs.petzl.com/Petzl-pro-catalog-2023.

Helinox – Ghost Carabiner

Thursday, October 13th, 2022

When the gates on metal carabiners are opened or closed, are connected to metal anchor points or when they rattle against each other, they make a distinctive, non-natural noise. The DMM Ghost carabiner has been designed from the ground up to minimise this noise.

In the past this has been achieved by hot dipping the carabiner in plastic, but the temperatures involved in doing this risk altering the physical properties of the carabiner. Sniper tape has also been used, but this is temporary and neither method help reduce the metallic click when the gate hits the nose of the carabiner.

The aim of producing the Ghost carabiner, was to significantly reduce the sound signature of the gate mechanism and all other contact surfaces whilst maintaining the size, gate opening and strength characteristics of a standard screwgate carabiner.

By creating a bespoke, skeletonised carabiner back, we have been able to injection mould a noise reducing coating over all of the main surfaces whilst leaving an exposed aluminium rope basket to maintain good wear characteristics where the rope runs.

The unique screwgate mechanism contains proprietary dampers to manage the distinctive ‘click’ of the gate mechanism being opened or snapped closed, a feature which is especially important in covert urban climbing operations.

Another benefit to the over moulded screwgate barrel is that it creates an anti-vibrate function once fully closed that helps stop the barrel loosening accidently and so adding another level of safety.

Weighing 2.5oz (72g) and measuring 24.4 x 4.29in (62 x 109mm), the DMM Ghost is an excellent size for general purpose use and is certified to EN362:2004 A and EN12275:2013 B.

For enquiries, please email [email protected]

Web page – helixoperations.com/Tactical/Products/Carabiners/Locking-Carabiners/Ghost

The Big Gear Show 22 – Misty Mountain

Friday, August 5th, 2022

Misty Mountain has been retooling their line of climbing harnesses with the Intrepid being one of them.

I’m just going to share their description:

“Quick adjust buckles make sizing leg loops easy, and the contoured padded waist belt and tapered leg loops give good comfort for single pitch rock and ice. Double layer gear loops that extend for easy clips, ergo haul loop and burly nylon shell.”


ORSM 22 – Komperdell

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

The Carbon Air Frame 25 snowshoe from Austrian brand Komperdell features hollow core carbon fiber frames which keep the weight down to 21 oz (600g).

It features stainless steel crampons under the forefoot and heel as well as ice rail crampons on the frame.

Although the snowshoe itself is one size, the bindings are offered in five sizes.

ORSM 22 – Skillzboard

Monday, June 13th, 2022

Skillzboard is a teaching tool for mountaineering techniques which allows the climber to practice rope handling skills in a safe environment. It can be set up quickly and taken where the training goes, whether at home, in the team room or at the site before a climb as a rehearsal.


2022 Petzl Tactical Catalog

Thursday, May 26th, 2022

The 2022 Petzl tactical catalog is available and it’s not just lighting.

Download yours here.

PIEPS and Black Diamond Equipment Avalanche Transceiver / Beacon Safety Check

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

Black Diamond has observed a small number of PIEPS and Black Diamond Avalanche Beacons with malfunctioning electronic components that may prevent it from switching between SEND and SEARCH modes. Testing is ongoing, but it is important that they communicate this information promptly and ask that anyone in possession of the following beacons to immediately perform a safety inspection to ensure your beacon is functioning properly.

• PIEPS Micro BT Button

• PIEPS Micro BT Race

• PIEPS Micro BT Sensor







If you have one of these beacons, immediately check and verify that the SEND/SEARCH/BLUETOOTH modes are working properly. If your beacon does not pass the Safety Check, you should retire it immediately and return it to PIEPS / BLACK DIAMOND for service, free-of charge.

Instructions to perform the Safety Check and related information can be found here. We will update you as more information becomes available.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the customer service department at [email protected].

Black Diamond sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.