We’ve had the new range ofÂ Vasque footwear on test recently. The Blur trail shoes have proved a firm favourite for Al’s winter trainingÂ and the Ice 9000 boots did a fine job of keeping Rich’s feet toasty in the Alps.
Vasque are a well known footwear brandÂ from the States,Â but only recently introduced into Europe. They have a range of specialistÂ footwear including the light weight Super Alpinista – an excellent all rounder forÂ ice/mixed alpinism that looksÂ set to replace the Sportiva Nepal Extrem as ourÂ recommendedÂ ‘best boot for all’.Â We’ll beÂ putting them through their paces on the ice this winter, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.Â
On the axe front,Â DMM’s Rebel and Anarchist tools have beenÂ our firm favourite with us since last season -Â and will be available for test along with their excellent Xeno axesÂ during our La Grave ice climbing courses.
For the skiers out there, check out the brand new Backcountry UK online store,Â offeringÂ the bestÂ range of specialist touringÂ equipment in the UK – along with all mountainÂ skis for off piste performance.
The Backcountry highstreet shop in Ilkley, Yorkshire is also one of the best boot fitting centresÂ in the country -Â offering a top notch fitting service including foot beds and thermoformed inners for all types of ski and mountaineering boots.Â If you’ve got a problem with an existing pair of boots, they also do full refits andÂ boot stretching to get you back on your feet and comfortable again.