AT THE SHOW | PRODUCT PICKS
Wish List PACKIN’ LIGHT Arva Reactor, Booth 3412
Don’t leave that avy pack at home just to shave a couple pounds. Arva introduces its first avalanche airbag system, the Reactor, which clocks in at an impressive 5.7 pounds for an 18-liter pack fully loaded with a steel canister. The brand also beefed up the handle system with a thick, steel cable and larger handle to make split-second deployment as easy as possible. “We built our deploy handles to be easily pulled with all fingers or only one finger in the worst situation,” says Antoine Ferrero, Arva sales and marketing manager. The system’s doublechamber airbag increases reliability, while 3D Fit Technology allows the user to adjust pack length, shoulder straps and handle position.
LEKI Trigger S Vertical Grip, Booth 3120
Backcountry skiers can now enjoy LEKI’s quick-release Trigger system on the company’s new line of Vertical model poles and gloves designed for off-piste schussing. The system incorporates new Flexband technology within the glove (or a retro-fittable strap worn over other gloves), with a built-in elastic band that allows variable gripping, including palming the pole top. It releases with a quick push of a button on the pole top or with 8 pounds of pressure in case of a snag or slide.
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Darn Tough Vermont Women’s Taos Socks, Booth 2200
From head to toe, women are tough and beautiful. Why shouldn’t their socks be? With a denim-inspired washed indigo backdrop, the lightweight Women’s Taos ski sock from Darn Tough Vermont is knit with Merino wool for temperature regulation on and off the slopes. Underfoot, the light cushion adds comfort for the heels. The aesthetics are the glory, with a popping geometric pattern that’s inspired by Native American weaves of the Southwest. The design is a fresh interpretation of the wider fashion and cultural trends invoking free spirit with a touch of heritage. No need to hide these après ski.
Skhoop Supreme Thermium Short Skirt, Booth 1430
Ladies looking to bring a little femininity into the backcountry will dig the Supreme Thermium Short Skirt from Skhoop. But don’t be mistaken. This little number may be worthy of the runways, but its water-resistant properties, seam-sealed construction and water-repellent outer fabric treatment make it just as fitting for cold, wet alpine conditions. Gore Thermium blocks the wind while still allowing water vapor to escape, providing bonus breathability. Meanwhile, an asymmetrical design—the skirt measures 17 inches in the front, 19 inches in the back—adds visual appeal and boosts coverage of the backside. Two side zippers allow her to easily slip in and out.
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