Leaving for the Bugaboos – bentgate staff trip report

Can’t sit still… Three of us from BentGate leave Wednesday night for a three week trip to the Bugaboo Mountains! Could be a rough start weather wise, but that’s why we planned for 16 days in the backcountry. Hopefully the Bugaboo-Snowpatch Col is in better shape than last September – it’s the main access point to climbing on the spires. Check out this photo of the Col from last year – two crusher ladies making there way to Sunshine Crack on Snowpatch Spire.

-Shane Johnson


Paige is in the house – “Lead Now!” presentation starts soon…



Paige Claassen at bentgate for Lead Now! Tour


Paige Claassen is here at the shop to present about Marmots Lead Now tour.  World travels, amazing climbing, all with a worthy cause.

Show starts soon @7. Come and join!

-Nick Saylor

Lead Now Tour with Paige Claassen – at bentgate July 16, 2014 7pm

Paige Claassen - Lead Now! Tour at bentgate July 16, 2014 7pm

Paige Claassen – Lead Now! Tour at bentgate July 16, 2014 7pm


LEARN ABOUT MARMOT’S LEAD NOW TOUR as Paige presents her climbing adventures, cultural encounters, and non profit work in South Africa, Russia, Italy, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Ecuador, and Chile through photos and film clips.

• Her inspiration to help women and children around the world through climbing • The mental and physical obstacles of projecting under a deadline
• Maintaining motivation, confidence, and fitness while traveling
• The challenges of climbing in remote third world locations
• First ascents in South Africa and Ecuador
• How lessons learned through climbing transfer to other areas of our lives


SCARPA Freedom Ski Boot Preview

SCARPA has some new Freeride boots coming out for the 13/14 season and they are legit.

These boots have all the features that we have been looking for in a solid Sidecountry/Freeride boot. They are stiff, light, have a wide range of cuff motion and will step into any type of alpine or AT binding that is currently on the market. Bentgate had the chance to meet up with Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America to go over the details of the boot.

The Freedom boot line was developed with input from big-mountain ski pioneer Chris Davenport and meld alpine-level ski performance and construction with lightweight backcountry friendly features.

Three years in development, the collection includes two men’s and two women’s boots. Notable features include:

NEW shell mold and construction
- Lower-volume overlap construction (101 mm last width) with two-and-two buckle configuration and stiff progressive flex

- Light Weight: 3 pounds, 13 ounces per boot in Pebax construction(size 27)

- Carbon Core Technology, a technique that over-injects the boot’s lower shell around a carbon-fiber core. This substantially stiffens the boot without adding unnecessary material and bulk, improving power transmission to the ski throughout the length of the boot shell


NEW interchangeable sole system
- A new interchangeable sole system that employs a bolt-through connection to the Carbon Core frame, with hardware that screws into all-metal interfaces in the upper shell, enhancing the power transfer to the ski, and eliminating slop in the system.

- Two sole optoins. The Vibram Mountain Plus Sole is a lugged sole that is outfitted with the Dynafit Quick Step-in inserts and the Vibram Mountain Piste Sole is DIN compatible for use in alpine bindings or non-tech AT bindings

- Interchangeable sole separates below the the binding ledge to insure maximum power transfer when skiing with  alpine bindings

NEW ski/walk mechanism
- SCARPA’s innovative new Ride Power Block ski/walk mechanism is a two-part design with tight tolerances resulting in alpine-level performance.

- Great cuff articulation with 27 degrees for efficient walking and touring. 7 degrees of resistance-free back flex and 20 degrees of forward flex.

- Forward lean is 14 degrees with +/- 4 degrees of adjustability

Scarpa uses heat moldable Intuition liners in their boots and are putting them in the Freedom SL. This is a huge deal for us at Bentgate because these liners are Warmer, Lighter and more Moldable than anything else we cary. Here is a breakdown of the Intuition Speed Ride liner and Instant Fit Ride liner.

If you have a question about the new SCARPA Freedom lineup post it in the comments and we will do our best to answer it.