Atomic Hawx Ultra Xtd 110 Alpine Touring Boot - Women's
Blending lightning speeds on the skintrack with power on the descent, the Atomic Women's Hawx Ultra Xtd 110 Alpine Touring Boot was designed for ripping chicks who devour sky-scraping peaks for breakfast. Atomic took the hard-charging downhill capabilities of its Hawx line and threw in the uphill prowess of the Backland fleet to create a bosslady of a backcountry boot.
Weighing just under two pounds per boots, these kicks are lightweight yet incredibly durable thanks to the Grilamid construction and Atomic's Progressive Shell, which strategically places thicker walls in areas that need to be stronger and slimmer everywhere else. The Free/Lock 2.0 system uses one simple switch to swap modes, and the 54-degree cuff rotation will have you strolling up the skinner like you're wearing your favorite hiking boots. Skywalk WTR soles help give you traction and security when you're kicking your way up a firm bootpack, and the Frictionless Pivot ensures a smooth, natural feel through every stride on your arduous approach.
Walking uphill is nice, but what about that aforementioned downhill rippage? When you're ready to drop into that line you put your blood, sweat, and tears into, crank down the 40mm power strap and enjoy the powerful feel of Atomic's reinforced Energy Backbone and solid 110 flex as you carve your way down that pinner coulie.
DAKINE Heli 12L Backpack - Women's
When the conditions are right for a quick backcountry session, throw your shovel and probe in the Dakine Women's Heli 12L Pack and get after those backcountry lines you've been scoping all season. Its streamlined design and women-specific fit maintain a comfortable for both the hike up and the ride down, while its external shovel pocket, hydration sleeve, and fleece-lined goggle pocket keep all the essentials organized and ready to go.
K2 Talkback 88 Ski - Women's
As the middle child in K2's women's backcountry-specific ski lineup, the Talkback 88 Ski has the versatility to tackle long alpine missions or quick spring laps with equal zeal. Its narrower 88-millimeter waist won't weight you down on the skintrack, and, when paired with the rockered tip and tail, offers up just the right amount of flotation in softer snow. Since every backcountry adventure isn't always powder-filled, underfoot camber gives this ski a reliable edge hold on any firmer snow you may encounter.
K2 shaved some weight of the Talkback 88 this season, yet managed to maintain excellent downhill performance when it comes time to strip skins. A Titanal spine and carbon reinforcement is to thank for this ski's impressive power and stability, while the paulownia wood core is responsible for its efficiently light weight on steep ascents. K2 completed the Talkback with snow-shedding topsheets to ensure that you aren't weighted down by piles of powder as you head back up the skinner for lap four of the day.
La Sportiva Sytron Alpine Touring Boot - Women's
Crush the competition at your local hill's nighttime race series or power up speedy spring objectives in your La Sportiva Women's Sytron Alpine Touring Boot. Designed for terrain-crushing chicks who enjoy the uphill just as much (if not more) than the downhill, the Sytron is a lightweight offering built for speed and efficiency.
The 75-degree range of motion in walk mode keeps your stride smooth and comfortable while you're hammering up the hill at lightning fast speeds, and CavoBike Lever Pro buckles deliver a secure and simple closure ideal for ultra-fast transitions. With a stiff Grilamid shell, carbon-reinforced cuff, and 100 flex, these kicks will keep you feeling stable and powerful when you click back into your skis and rip down to the bottom.
Arc'teryx Procline Lite Boot - Women's
With the ability to climb like a mountaineering boot and navigate technical ski mountaineering descents, the Arc'teryx Women's Procline Lite Boot is a true alpine workhorse that will move up granite-strewn ridges and glacial ice with ease and remain rigid when you're laying turns down a hanging snow field or narrow couloir. It's clear at first glance that the Procline isn't your standard AT boot—its split cuff, uniquely shaped shell, and integrated boot gaiter all indicate that this boot loves to ascend. In fact, the Procline brings a whole new level of uphill performance to the table with 360 degrees of cuff mobility (75 degrees fore and aft and 35 degrees laterally) to deliver an unsurpassed feel while skinning, bootpacking, or climbing sections of vertical rock and ice. And if that wasn't enough, the Procline gets an extra bit of help on the up thanks to a lugged Vibram sole and reinforced toe cap to protect the shell from shrapnel when front pointing.
The construction of the Procline consists of a Grilamid shell more akin to a traditional AT boot to give the boot the solid downhill performance necessary for skiing and a split Grilamid cuff to save weight and enhance climbing mobility. Where the Procline really sets itself apart, though, is with its integrated corder gaiter, which is durable and waterproof to ensure reliable coverage in high alpine environs. Beneath the attached gaiter is a heat-moldable EVA liner with optional lace closure to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. The buckle system of the Procline consists of two aluminum latches and a cam-locking power strap that can be quickly secured without having to deal with traditional hook-and-loop straps during transitions.
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