Keylocking HMS carabiner with screw gate closure. The unique rounded design positions ropes perfectly for rappels and creates a very wide gate opening with substantial inner working space. Unlike many belay carabiners, the HMS Compact has no corners so ropes have nowhere to bunch. This results in less friction for smoother rappels and belays and helps keep heat to a minimum on long rappels.
Extremely smooth belay and rappel carabiner with secure screw lock
Curved spine offers exceptional clearance
Large opening and keylock nose make clipping ropes and webbing easy
Height (mm) : 111 Width (mm): 76 Gate Opening (mm): 25 Major Axis (kN): 22 Minor Axis (kN): 10 Open Gate (kN): 6
WEIGHT 89 g, 3.1 oz
STAFF PICK: ANDREW My favorite carabiner! The large rounded basket is great for stacking and loading while multipitch climbing. It's great on repels and holds a clove hitch perfectly. It's not the lightest carabiner, but with a solid feeling twist lock and great functionality I never leave it at home.
Pack Run Cap
Ultralight and ultra smart, the BUFF® Pack Run Cap is built to go the distance. Super streamlined, exceptionally light and highly compressible, it’s comfortable for the long-haul, but can easily be folded and rolled to stash in a pocket. The four panel design and stretch materials hug the head for a secure fit that doesn’t bind, while a low profile sweatband provides moisture control without added bulk, and the polyester materials wick away perspiration. The crushable polyurethane brim snaps back to shape and combines with the UPF protective materials for sun protection on long races and extended training days.
Exceptionally lightweight, weighs only one ounce
Packable design with crushable brim that regains its shape for reliable sun protection
4-way stretch fabric for comfort
Upper panel provides UPF 50 protection*
Fastwick fabric side panels wicks away moisture and improves breathability
Low profile sweatband keeps perspiration out of eyes
Adjustable elastic cord at back for a secure fit
Reflective tab on back, logo on front add low-light visibility
STAFF PICK: ZACH I have been a huge fan of the Buff products for years! I wear the Pack Run Cap for trail running and under my bike and climbing helmets daily. It acts as a great sun protector and sweat catcher all in one. Big fan!
Wasatch Tech Pack
THE WASATCH BLURS THE LINE BETWEEN A TRADITIONAL FISHING VEST AND A TECHNICAL PACK.
Perfect for hiking into those top-secret backcountry fishing spots, or any time you're spending a long day on the water, the Wasatch Tech pack combines a vest-style front with a versatile backpack and hydration reservoir pocket. This product revolutionized the vest category with its adjustable “one-size-fits-most” suspension system. The Wasatch blurs the line between a traditional fishing vest and a technical pack. The result is an entirely new product category from Fishpond that combines the best features of both.
“One-size-fits-most” adjustable shoulder and waist strap design
Two patented, signature molded zip-down fly benches with replaceable foam
Integrated rod tube holder
Expansion zipper for larger loads
Water bladder compatible
Lightweight, recycled fabric from commercial fishing nets—CYCLEPOND™
STAFF PICK: NATE For a full day on the river, the Wasatch Tech Pack is the only way to go. I have used many other packs and vests, but the Wasatch has everything you need in one. Put your food, water and rain jacket in the backpack portion of the vest and the front vest panels carry more than everything you need for a full day of fishing. Highly recommend this pack for anyone looking to get into a vest-pack that can carry it all without feeling too weighted down.
The full-featured Trestles 0 is a reliable, all-purpose synthetic bag that insulates even in sustained cold and damp conditions. Updated style lines and fabric liner keep you comfortable on backpacking, trekking and mountaineering trips.
Regular Length: 6' 0"
Fold-Down Second Zipper Provides added Ventilation and Easy Access, Main Zipper Anti-Snag Slider reduces Snagging
Anatomically 3D Footbox increases the insulation and room for your feet, for more Warmth and Comfort
Spirafil High Loft Insulation for Maximum warmth and durability
Combination Wave Construction Top provides Maximum Loft and Warmth, Blanket Construction Bottom for the best warmth and comfort under body
STAFF PICK: TUCKER The Trestles 0 Bag from Marmot is my go-to bag when I know that it's going to be cold. I like this bag specifically because it's synthetic so it stays warm through anything. It also has a great interior pocket for my cell phone or camera batteries so I can avoid those dying in the cold.
M.U.L.E. 100 oz
There’s a reason this is one of Camelbak's bestselling, longest-running packs: it’s got everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The M.U.L.E.® has a narrow-gauge design that keeps it light and maneuverable—so even when it’s fully loaded for a day of mountain biking, it won’t get in your way. The latest edition is built around the brand new Crux reservoir, which is even easier to load and refill, and delivers more water with every sip. Since launching the first M.U.L.E. in 1996, mountain bikers have been saying that it hits the sweet spot of size vs. storage: it’s lightweight, but big enough to carry three liters of water and a day’s worth of snacks and gear. Over the years, Camelbak also added air channels to keep your back cool, universal helmet hooks, and clever compartments for stashing tools, keys and electronics. The latest version also features a magnetic tube trap that snaps easily into place, so you can hydrate without taking your eyes off the trail.
STAFF PICK: NATE The perfect pack for mountain biking or day hiking! I have used the Camelbak M.U.L.E. for years as a very versatile day pack. The pockets are very well thought out, and the "quick hit" front pocket is perfect for quick and easy access to things like your rain jacket or pants without having to dig to the bottom of your pack. It is sized perfectly so that it doesn't feel too big on your back while riding, yet it holds everything you need from food and water to tools and extra tubes.
XLC Nanotech Auto Crampons
The XLC Nanotech features the same lightweight materials and construction as the hyperlight XLC crampons with the addition of innovative Sandvik Nanoflex® steel reinforcements on the front points for increased durability, strength, and penetration on hard ice and snow. Automatic bindings offer the most secure fit for rigid boots with full toe and heel welts, including A/T and telemark boots.The most sophisticated mountaineering crampons in the world
Sandvik Nanoflex® stainless steel reinforcements on the front points
3-D pressed frame maximizes strength and performance
Automatic bindings fit most technical mountaineering and telemark boots
CC4U wear indicators on the side points show when it is time for replacement
New dynamic anti-balling plates and carrying case included
STAFF PICK: ZACH The XLC Nanotech Crampon has been my go to for years regarding tackling big ski mountaineering lines in RMNP. I love them because of their compatibility and their ultra light and minimalist nature when on your boot. The steel front points and the aluminum body are the perfect pair.
Heady Stripe Micro Crew Light Cushion
Preparing for a major hike can be heady stuff. Ultra durable, exceedingly comfortable, The men's Heady Stripe will make it in the pack every time.
Performance Fit: No slipping, no bunching, and no blisters.
Fine Gauge Knitting: Unprecedented durability and our unique “put it on, forget it’s on” feel.
Fast Action Wicking: Pulls moisture away from skin. Fast drying.
All Weather Performance: Cool in the summer, warm in the winter.
Naturally Antimicrobial: Repels bacteria and odor.
Guaranteed For Life: No strings. No conditions. For life.
Merino Wool: The ultimate fiber for breathability and comfort in all conditions.
True Seamless™: Undetectable seam fusion for an ultra smooth, invisible feel.
Light Cushion: Light and strong with a thin layer of cushioning along base of foot. Our most versatile construction. Micro Crew Height: A shorter, more concise take on the traditional crew height. Peeks just above the top of a standard hiking boot. 48% Nylon, 45% Merino Wool, 7% Lycra® Spandex
STAFF PICK: NATE The perfect sock for anytime! Whether I'm out mountain biking, hiking, or just kicking around the Shop, the Heady Stripe sock from Darn Tough is my go-to. I use this sock all the time, and they hold up to all the abuse I put them through. It's hard to argue against an unconditional lifetime guarantee too!
Stretch Zion Straight
The men's Stretch Zion Straight is cut from Prana's Original Stretch Zion fabric with a DWR finish. The pant offers abrasion resistance and quick-dry stretch performance. Design features include UPF 50+, mesh pockets, a slimmer straight fit, a streamlined adjustable waistband, roll-up leg snaps, and a ventilated inseam gusset. 32" Inseam
FABRIC DETAILS 97% Nylon / 3% Spandex
STAFF PICK: ANDREW My go-to pant! Super comfortable, really stretchy, and it is stain resistant! I have several pairs for working, climbing, and hiking. I'm pretty sure they're the perfect pant.
Storm 375 Headlamp
The Storm375 is engineered for epics in all conditions, featuring a robust waterproof/dustproof housing and 375 lumens of bright light. With a new, compact body, the Storm375 is more ergonomic, and the updated user interface includes a secondary switch for easy mode selection. In addition, the updated optical efficiency not only provides brighter light, but also saves battery life that you can now easily track with a six-setting, three-LED battery meter. The Storm375 also has three different colored night vision modes and peripheral white lighting for close-range activities like carefully re-racking for the final summit pitch in the dark. The headlamp has our Brightness Memory feature, which allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to the default, full power setting. The Storm375’s PowerTap Technology enables you to quickly and easily access maximum brightness with the touch of a finger.
PowerTap™ Technology allows instant transitioning between full and dimmed power
Brightness Memory allows you to turn the light on and off at a chosen brightness without reverting back to full power
Regulated for constant light output
Compact, low-profile design uses four AAA batteries
Settings include full strength in proximity and distance modes, dimming, strobe, red, green and blue night-vision, and lock mode
Multifaceted optical lens design
Waterproof and dustproof: Sealed housing withstands immersion over 1m for 30 minutes (IP67)"
Lumens: 370 Weight With Batteries: 120 g (4.2 oz) Max Distances: High 100 m, Low 8 m Max Burn Time: High 75 H, Low 310 H IPX Rating: IP 67 Batteries: 4 AAA (included)
STAFF PICK: ANDREW
I've been using the Storm 375 Headlamp for years now and still love it! It's easy to use, has lots of features, and never struggles to light my way through the night.
Trailshot Pocket-Sized Water Filter
Clean water all day—without the weight. That’s the advantage the TrailShot Microfilter provides. Designed to hide in stash pockets and deploy quickly, this tiny water filter lets you drink directly from sources along the trail for instant hydration, and fill your vessels with clean water. Easy one-handed operation filters one liter in a mere 60 seconds, so you can get back on the trail quickly and moving again. At just 142 g (5 oz.), the TrailShot water filter is the ultimate filter for fast-paced, high-mileage adventurers, like trail runners, hikers, fast-packers and mountain bikers.
Tested: Meets U.S. EPA drinking water standards* and NSF protocol P231 for removal of bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.9%), and particulates.
Pocket-Sized & Light: Like small water bottles, energy chews, mini bike pumps, and tubes, this 142 g (5 oz.) filter disappears in stash pockets.
Instant Hydration: Drink directly from the source—without lying in the dirt—and refill your bottles or hydration reservoir with clean water.
Quick-Deploy: Zero set-up and simple one-handed operation fills 1-liter bottles in 60 seconds.
Simple to Clean: A few shakes helps restore flow rates in the field; no tools required.
Weight: 5 oz Flow: 1 liter per minute Cartridge Life: 2000 Liters
STAFF PICK: ZACH I have been using the MSR Trail Shot for two years now and love it. I use it on long trail runs in RMNP. It is great because it is extremely compact and quick and easy to use. A great answer for bikepacking to spring backcountry ski tours - my go-to water filtration source.
Pocket Rocket 2
The next-generation PocketRocket®2 stove takes everything impressive about the iconic original and puts it into an even smaller and lighter high-performance design. Barely noticeable in your pack, it’s fast at camp, boiling 1 liter of water in 3.5 minutes. Precision flame control goes from torch to simmer, while our WindClip®windshield boosts efficiency in breezy conditions. New folding pot supports create an exceptionally tiny packed size, and they now accommodate a wider range of vessels—pair this stove with the MSR Titan®Kettle for the ultimate fast and light kit.
Ultralight: Weighs just 73 g (2.6 oz.)
Fast: Boils 1 liter of water in just 3.5 minutes.
Compact: Folding pot supports pack exceptionally small, fitting into an MSR Titan or Insulated Mug.
Strong: Robust pot supports offer excellent stability.
Wind-Resistant: WindClip™ wind protection and focused burner pushes a persistent, solid flame.
INCLUDES Ultralight, hard-shell carry case.
STAFF PICK: ANDREW The Pocket Rocket is a great lightweight backpacking stove. If you're trying to save weight and take up as little space as possible in your pack, the Pocket Rocket is easily a top contender. I use it all the time to make meals on backpacking trips and on almost every outing to make coffee out in the backcountry.
Windburner Personal Stove System
Combining award-winning Reactor®technology with the features solo travelers need most, the WindBurner Stove System is ideal for backcountry adventures and weekend camping alike. Its radiant burner and enclosed, windproof design allow the stove to boil water fast and operate in weather that leaves conventional burners in the cold. The integrated cookware with built-in heat exchanger efficiently transfers heat to the lock-on pot so you can enjoy a quick meal or hot drink after a hike, ride or paddle. The all-in-one system nests inside its pot for easy packing and assembly—leaving more time for you to enjoy your adventure.
Ultra-Efficient:Windproof radiant burner and pressure regulator maintain stove performance in windy and cold conditions; faster boil times & more fuel efficiency than conventional stoves.
Compact Nesting:System perfectly nests components inside the 1.0 L pot, with extra full-sized bowl snapping onto the outside.
Compatible:Fits 1.0 Personal Pot, optional 1.8 Duo pot & other compatible WindBurner cookware. Not for use with WindBurner Stock Pot or Sauce Pot.
Secure:1.0 L pot with handheld design locks onto stove and canister.
Radiant burner with boil-to-simmer control
Pressure regulator for consistent performance
1.0 L hard-anodized aluminum pot with integrated heat exchanger & insulated
cozy with handle
BPA-free drinking/straining lid
0.5 L integrated bowl
Room to nest optional 4-oz MSR®IsoPro™fuel canister (sold separately)
Weight: 5.3 oz Volume: 1 liter Boil Time (1L): 4.5 min
STAFF PICK: TUCKER
MSR is one of those companies that always seems to get it right, and the Windburner is proof. As the name suggests, it boils water quickly in any kind of wind, and can be used to heat up soup or cook pasta. This stove also packs into its own pot with a small fuel canister so it's easy to take out on a backpacking trip or just an early morning hike when I want some instant coffee. Just as quickly as it heats up, it cools off so you can get back on the trail.
Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park
A full color backcountry ski guidebook to Colorado's most popular National Park by AMGA mountain guide Mark Kelly, a long time local and former guide in the park.
STAFF PICK: TUCKER I'm constantly referring to this book for information, and as a journal to keep track of what I've skied and when. It's so useful to have information about all of the major backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering within Rocky Mountain National Park in one book so clearly organized.