If you climb mountains, you want to go fast and light like the great Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck
. The 36-year-old Steck is the total climbing package--doing 5.13 solo climbs; free-climbing El Capitan
; cranking 8,000-meter peaks
; and doing amazing speed solos up big faces in the Alps. To climb fast, Ueli likes to go with ultralight gear.
Now you can climb like Ueli and use the lightweight equipment that he designed for Mountain Hardware's Ueli Steck Line. Mountain Hardware teamed up with Steck to create a full line of alpine gear and apparel, including a women's line. The line includes everything from pre-curved gloves to grab ice tools
to a super-light tent and pack with a sleeping pad inside.
It's all great innovative stuff. If you've been good as driven snow this year, you could ask Santa to remember you with a gift of Ueli this Holiday season...
The 12-ounce Desna Hoody
, a soft-shell pullover, cuts the fat with a short front zipper, no underarm zips, and no pockets. The hood covers not only your head but also zips up to cover your mouth and nose, eliminating the need to carry a balaclava.
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The Quasar Pullover
, a windproof shell that weighs a mere 9.2 ounces, again eliminates waste and weight by foregoing extra zips and is made of Dry.Q Elite--an ultralight waterproof breathable fabric. It also has thumb loops on each soft elastic cuff and is, like the Desna, is helmet compatible.
The waterproof 13.8-ounce Warlow Pants
, also made of Dry.Q Elite fabric, is designed, as Mountain Hardware says, "for every alpine activity." They have an elastic waist band with belt loops, zippered pockets, articulated knees, and abrasion-resistant scuff guards on the ankles. They're easy to put on or take off with full-length side zippers while wearing a harness, boots, and crampons
. A similar women's version is the 13-ounce Quasar Pants
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