Garmont: Powder Gear Guide

Like former University of Washington Husky tailback Chris Polk, sometimes, even the best go undrafted. Below are the Free Agents, items that didn’t get selected in the Fantasy Draft but that the POWDER staff believes should be on your radar come winter.

Weighing in at 2900g/pair, the Cosmos are the lightest four-buckle boots on the market. By comparison the Scarpa Maestrale RS weighs 3140g, the Dynafit Zzero CT-F is 3190g, and the black Diamond Quadrant comes in at 3440g. Kinda like splitting hairs, but it makes a difference at the end of a long day in the hills. Stiff enough to drive fat skis, 60 degrees of cuff rotation on the ascent, and a comfy thermoformable liner make the Cosmos an otherworldly AT boot.



Garmont expands their reach at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012

On its own, Garmont is a solid company. Trail shoes, trekking boots, ski touring boots and mountaineering footwear are all products that Garmont has been offering for many years. Now they’ve expanded their reach by adding three new brands to their arsenal: Movement Skis, Life-Link Backcountry gear and Bridgedale Socks. With the addition of these three labels, Garmont has opened themselves up to new demographics, and of course, added some stellar new gear.

First and foremost, Garmont makes a range of footwear for active lifestyles. The company originated over in Northern Italy, and for 140 years they have produced high quality boots and shoes. Many of their classics have been updated, but they’ve also added some interesting new items. The Claw is a low profile hiking shoe with excellent stability. A day hiker that goes from road to trail with ease, the Claw comes in both vented and Gore-Tex versions. If you’re in the market for a light multi-day boot, the Storm GTX fits the bill. It’s stable enough to carry light backpacking loads, but light and comfortable enough to use as a day-trekker. If you need a bad-ass boot that will hold up to heavy loads and nasty conditions, then the Colorado is what you seek; aggressive lugs, leather uppers and heavy-duty hardware make this the ideal boot for big time mountain outings. All the new boots and shoes will be available in Spring 2013.

Life-Link Backcountry Travel gear is now under the Garmont umbrella, and they had a few items on display. Shovels, probes, poles and snow study kits will all stay under the Life-Link brand while undergoing updates. We’ll get to see more of their products at this year’s Winter Market. Bridgedale has also been welcomed into the fold. This company has been churning out socks from their base in Northern Ireland since World War I, so yeah, they’ve got some history backing their product. A full line of light hikers, trekkers and running booties is now a part of the Garmont family. Finally, since Garmont makes some pretty slick touring boots, they figured why not add a ski brand as well? This freeski company has been around since 1999, and again, we’ll know plenty more about them once Winter OR rolls around.

It may sound like Garmont has their hands full with three new brands, because they certainly do. It will be a juggling act to grow the newcomers while maintaing their high level of footwear products. However, from what I saw in their booth at Outdoor Retailer, they sure seem capable of pulling it off. This was a group of friendly people who clearly had a passion for their products, and any good juggler will tell you that is often all you need.

Bridgedale Socks- The Process

This video was shot on location in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.  This film takes you through the production process of Bridgedales world renowned socks.

Check out how Bridgedale makes the best socks in the world.

Bridgedale Socks

Bridgedale has been making socks for over 150 years. Check out this company profile, Steve Fowler takes you inside the factory in Newtownards, Ireland. Stay tuned for more videos taking you behind the scenes at Bridgedale. Showing you why Bridgedale makes the best socks in the world!

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Movement Skis!!

PORTLAND, OREGON (June 12, 2012) – Garmont North America ( will distribute Movement Skis in the U.S. and Canada, effective immediately.

Garmont North America currently distributes award winning Italian-designed boots for skiing, hiking, climbing and travel; Bridgedale Socks; and Life-Link Backcountry Equipment. The addition of Movement Skis – an esteemed Swiss brand known worldwide for light and powerful designs – significantly strengthens Garmont North America’s retail presence in the rapidly growing alpine touring and sidecountry/freeride ski markets. Additionally, the alignment of Garmont’s innovative family of boots with the Movement ski quiver is nearly perfect, providing a formidable collection of energetic and fun gear combinations.

“Movement Skis is a perfect brand companion for Garmont North America. They’re equally committed as a company to the highest level of design and function, and they enjoy creating products that simply ski better ,” said David Fee, president of Garmont North America.

Movement Skis are known worldwide for their exceptional high performance designs, innovative construction technologies, and a longstanding leadership role in environmentally sustainable material use. Movement Skis passionate following includes many members of the US media, who have supported the brand with numerous accolades in each of the last three seasons

In 2011, Movement Skis awards included a Backcountry Magazine “Editor’s Choice”, Freeskier Magazine’s “Editor’s Pick”; Skiing Magazine’s Indy Test “Testers Choice” and “Official Selection” honors; and a Powder Magazine Fantasy Draft selection. In 2009 and 2010, awards for Movement Skis included an Outside Magazine “Gear of the Year” Award, two Backcountry Magazine “Editor’s Choice” Awards, a Powder Magazine “Skier’s Choice” Award, a Skiing Magazine “Test Selection,” and a Ski Press “Best Buy” Award.

Movement Skis’ superior reputation for distinctive and dynamic skis derives from their proprietary Control Torsion System (CTS) ski construction technology, which blends torsional stiffness with round longitudinal flex to maximize performance and enjoyment in every snow condition. Movement will launch several new and improved ski models for Winter 2012-13.

Movement Skis are also recognized for the company’s leadership in sustainable and toxin-free core construction. Their pure wood cores are harvested exclusively from FSC/PEFC-certified forestry operations, and are manufactured using a process that avoids adhesive toxins, which are common in composite or synthetic alternatives.

“With so much marketplace interest in light and powerful ski equipment, the pairing of Garmont and Movement is truly a remarkable match. Both brands are known worldwide for lightweight, high performance products, and the opportunity to pair them both at retail and on the mountain is a remarkable convergence,” added Fee.

For comprehensive Movement Skis product information and a current North American dealer list, please visit visit For retailer inquiries and customer service, please contact Garmont North America at 1-800-943-4453 or

For 2012-13, Garmont North America will carry a selection of Movement’s top ski designs, with a focus on Men’s and Women’s Freeride, Touring and Adventure categories. The winter 2012/13 ski selection will be finalized by July 1, 2012, while the 2013/14 line is scheduled to be announced on December 1, 2012. On July 1, Garmont North America will also introduce a progressive sales program that combines ski boots, hiking and winter boots, Bridgedale socks and Life-Link poles with purchases of Movement products.

ABOUT MOVEMENT SKIS: Designed in Switzerland and skied everywhere, Movement Skis are known worldwide for high energy, high enjoyment skis. Their diverse collection of skis ranges from a revolutionary lightweight touring series to a full throttle freeride line. The award-winning performance of Movement Skis is created through innovative manufacturing techniques, including sustainable 100% wood core construction. For more information on Movement Skis in North America, please visit Movement Skis, or contact Garmont North America at

ABOUT GARMONT NORTH AMERICA: Based in Portland, Ore., Garmont North America is the exclusive distributor for Garmont ski boots and technical outdoor footwear (; Movement Skis (; Bridgedale socks (; and Life-Link Backcountry Equipment ( For more information on Garmont North America and their diverse collection of performance designs, please visit, call 1-800-943-4453, or

Garmont Masterlite Thermo Ski Boot

Have you ever been skiing with a parachute on your back? Or been really glad that your boots are stiff and supportive but also extremely light because you need support on fast and firm speed riding landings? Me neither. I am more of an overeat, workout rarely and depend on your light gear to make it past the parking lot type of guy, but to each his own. If you’d like to take some advice from someone who truly puts his gear to the test then check out what JT Holmes has to say about the Garmont Masterlite over at Or you can listen to me give recommendations about getting one more Ham(burger) from Dick’s Drive In and “nah you can start training tomorrow” workout advice…

I’d recommend we listen to JT.

Check it out.

Garmont North America!!

We at Pacific Rep Works are proud to announce the newest member of our brand family. We are stoked to be now representing Garmont North America the recognized and award-winning innovators in hiking, backcountry and ski mountaineering boot designs. Garmont North America distributes Garmont, Bridgedale socks and Life-Link backcountry accessories.

Pushing the limits of performance and design, Garmont is known worldwide for the creation of high-performance ski boots and technical outdoor footwear. Their exceptional product line includes award-winning alpine, alpine touring and telemark ski boots; and outdoor footwear for mountaineering, backpacking, hiking and trail sports. For more information on Garmont and their diverse collection of performance designs, visit

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