I'm not exactly sure how La Sportiva and Merelli are merging or doing business, but what I do know is they have some sweet, light weight, racing gear. I also know that you can get La Sportiva branded race bindings, but only in a very few select places. I've always been a huge fan of Sportiva, their stuff is just so sexy, and so Italian.
This is a little slideshow from the Heathen Challenge, at Sunlight Resort, in Glenwood Springs, CO, which is part of the Colorado Ski Mountaineering Cup (COSMIC) series of races, put on by Pete Swenson, and the USSMA.
Ski mountaineering racing is catching on super fast in the Western US, and I believe it has the chance to be an Olympic event very soon.

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