Still on the road, we’re in the PNW making some gear industry stops. Yesterday we had a fun visit with Joel Attaway of Forty Below, who supplied our overboots, tent floors, water bottle jackets, and a few other items for our Denali expedition.
What I’m most interested in with Forty Below is Joel’s efforts to make a ski boot overboot that truly works with Dynafit bindings. He’s got some excellent stuff in the works for next winter, and anyone using the newer lighter weight and lower volume AT boots should pay attention to these developments, since lower volume boots can be cold.
The innovations are taking two forms. First, Joel will probably have a full overboot available that uses thinner material where you can have clearance issues with Dynafits. Second, he’s also working on a “super gaiter” type overboot that doesn’t have a sole and will be supplied with a retrofit attachment system for ski boots that is reliable and easy to configure. I’m particularly interested in the super gaiter option, as I’ve always like the concept, though I do get tired of problems with super gaiters such as the toe coming loose.
I’ll not share any more details with deference to Joel’s efforts at product development, but can tell you to keep your eyes open for some cool stuff coming soon!
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.