Gear For The Air

We said that you can't get hurt in the air, but here is some gear that will help you stay injury free when you land.
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Gear for the Air

Gear For The Air

POC Spine Vest Built with thick foam, this vest cushions the impact of rocks, trees, and other blunt objects. If you’re serious about skiing around exposure, you’re crazy not to have one. [$220;]

VHoldR Contour HD Camcorder This high-definition compact camera has a wide-angle lens and a one-button record feature. Plus it easily snaps onto goggles or helmets without cords or a battery pack.[$280;]

Ortovox Grizzly II Shovel With an oversize aluminum blade, the Grizzly II is ideal for building backcountry kickers. The collapsible design will leave plenty of room in your pack for that change of underwear. [$85;]

Asterisk Cell KneeProtection System Thanks to a natural free-motion hinge, a full-coverage knee cup, and a superior fastening design, the Cell helps reduce the risk of knee injuries, especially on bigger features.[$599;]


Designed by some of the world’s foremost adventurers for dialed backcountry layering, the Microtherm’s 800-fill goose down makes this mid-layer nice and warm but allows it to pack down small and fit easily in your pack. It will repel some precipitation, which is ideal for skinning during light snow flurries, and the jacket’s athletic cut fits well under an outer shell.  [$169:]

Gear for Getting Out There

Skiing’s December issue is all about adventure—what, when, why, and how to get out beyond the typical day trip. Here’s more adventure-certified gear to help get you way out there.

What do most skiers say when they arrive at the Start Haus for their boot appointment?  "Hey man, where are your boots?" Oh, there are plenty of boots—they just aren't on display. The fact that there is no traditional boot wall in this race-focused bootfitting operation highlights the Start Haus philosophy that the boot-buying and bootfitting experience should be entirely athlete-based.  Everything starts with an initial assessment of both the athlete's performance needs and a close evaluation of their foot, lower leg and biomechanical range of motion that determine which boots will be considered for try-on.  According to owner/operator and board-certified pedorthist Jim Schaffner, what starts with a bit of trepidation quickly turns to full cooperation as the shoes and socks come off. "We're not about leading with specific products, instead we let the athlete's story dictate the direction we go," Schaffner said.  All high-performance boot fitting services are available at Start Haus (which is known for its excellent ski tuning services as well) and their in-house stance alignment services are augmented by on-snow partnerships with ski teams and trainers like those found at affiliate North American Ski Training Center, run by former national PSIA demo team member Chris Fellows. 10990 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee CA  (530) 582-5781 Jim Schaffner, Jim Fowler and crew

The 15 Best Bootfitters

We spend a lot of time reminding you to see a good bootfitter—got wide feet? See your bootfitter. Narrow? Bootfitter. Gotta have custom footbed? Bootfitter again. Stance alignment? Hot spots? Heel lift up? You get the picture. We figured that it was about time we gave you some help in finding a good one. So we teamed up with the pros from America's Best Bootfitters and Masterfit University, who help run our annual boot test, to help you start your quest for happy feet this season.