Italy: The Right Gear

Out to tame the steeps, Mr. Bond? You'll need Q-worthy technology and style on that triple-black-diamond run.

Nov 1, 2003
Outside Magazine
Monterosa's Kindrid Spirit in B.C.

Nelson, British Columbia: Whistler gets all the glory, but the Selkirks get all the powder (up to 40 feet per year). For a Monterosa-like off-piste experience, contact White Grizzly Adventures (800-843-5557,

Boot Magician: Stash your Scarpas in the end compartments of HIGH SIERRA's 6,720-cubic-inch 4-IN-1 CARGO DUFFEL and you'll have enough room in the main hold for a week's worth of garb. Zip off the ends and mate 'em up—you've got a trick stand-alone boot caddy. Bonus: Straps on the boot modules make one an instant daypack, the other a messenger bag. ($120; 800-323-9590,

SKIS: A titanium-reinforced core and a generous 108mm-wide shovel help the Atomic R:11 Betapuls-ti power through glacial crud, while a svelte 70mm waist snaps quick turns in pinched couloirs. ($875; 800-258-5020,
BINDINGS: Wed the R:11 to Atomic's CR:412 binding. The heel piece glides on a metal band, allowing uninterrupted flex through the ski. Move the binding fore or aft to suit snow conditions and level of expertise. ($280; 800-258-5020,
BOOTS: Forged in the far-northern Italian town of Montebelluna, LANGE racers have long won praise for their snug, anatomic liners and sensitive underfoot feel. The Comp 120 LF advances this legacy with bigger buckle ratchets and flared, rounded straps that are easy to adjust with gloves on. ($700; 800-992-3962,
PANTS: If you accidentally schuss into a shallow Monterosa crevasse, nothing will save your butt like the Oakley Stitchless Pant. Fully taped seams and waterproof zippers guarantee dryness, while seamless leg construction, articulated knees, and roomy seat ensure comfort. ($400; 800-403-7449,
SHELL: Mountain Hardwear's Defiant is a true all-conditions jacket thanks to abrasion-resistant nylon. Cut full to accommodate layering, this tough shell includes pit zips, powder skirt, and helmet-friendly hood. ($240; 800-953-8375,
MIDLAYER: The new Columbia Mountain Mobility Sweater is tailored entirely from water-repellent Schoeller Dryskin—a four-way stretch fabric—and zips inside any of Columbia's external shells. ($190; 800-622-6953,
EYEWEAR: Italian optics firm Briko toned down its trademark Euro design flourishes with the new Icarus goggle. Upper, front, side, and bottom ports on the double lens help keep this eye shield fog-free. ($110; 800-462-7456, HAT: Some skiers don the Jytte Scull Beanie for the inner band of soft CoolMax fleece and the tight, wind-cheating woolen weave. Mostly, though, they wear Jytte (pronounced "yoo-TAY") hats because they look so cool. ($30; 208-788-1266,
GLOVE: Though a product of Wyoming, Cloudveil's Troller Glove looks and feels molto Italiano thanks to buttery leather, Primaloft insulation (with a 20-degree range), and waterproof-breathable Schoeller stretch fabric. ($65; 888-763-5969,
HYDRATION PACK: Stay watered on Monterosa's network of sky-piercing lifts with your 50-ounce CamelBak SnoBowl. It nestles under your jacket, and its insulated reservoir and tube guard against freezing. ($40; 800-767-8725,

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