Thinking about heading out the gate for a quick lap of sidecountry skiing? Here's what you need to get out there Classic Post: Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have | Unofficial Networks

Classic Post: Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have

Eric Bryant Skiing Backcountry Powder

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Classic Post: Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have

Eric Bryant Skiing Backcountry Powder

Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment | 10 Items YOU Should Have

1.  BCA Tracker DTS Beacon

If your thinking about heading outside the gate, even for a quick minute, you need a Beacon.  The BCA Tracker is a simple, tried and true avalanche beacon that won’t break the bank but will save your life.

2. K2 Speed Shovel

The second pivotal piece of equipment: the shovel.  With the light weight and large head of the K2 Speed Shovel, you won’t notice it’s there…until you need to.

3. Ortovox 240 Light Avalanche Probe

The third essential: a probe.  It’s easy to fall into  a false sense of comfort skiing sidecountry terrain, but avalanche danger is a real issue.  Carry the Ortovox 240 Probe, and stay light and safe you there.

4. Lange XT 130 Ski Boots

Even though its lift accessed sidecountry skiing, chances are you’re going to have to hike out at some point.  With the Lange XT, you can charge the resort with all the functionality of an alpine boot, then pop her into walk mode for the hike back.

5. Marker Duke Alpine Touring Binding

For a binding the doubles as a resort and backcountry binding,  and has withstood the test of time, check out the Marker Duke.  Redesigned for 2013 with a wider frame for greater stability and less issues with freezing up.

6. Volkl Shiro Skis

If you’re out slaying the sidecountry goods, you need the right sword.  Surf through pillows, slash spine walls, and stay on top of the deep stuff with Volkl’s Shiro do everything ski.

7. Dakine Heli Pro Backpack

Heading out you need something to keep all your gear in order, do so with the DaKine Heli Pro backpack.  It’s low volume enough to not hinder your resort skiing, but still has a home for all your essential safety equipment.

8. Scott Team Issue Pole

Keep things bright and fresh with the Scott Team Issue ski pole while you’re out getting steep and deep.

9. Smith Vantage Helmet

Want style and functionality wrapped up in one brain bucket?  The Smith Vantage is the coolest helmet to hike, based on both temperature and steeze factor.

10. Poc Tec IPS Back Protector

When stepping outside the security blanket of the resort, keeping your body safe becomes more important than ever.  Keep your spine safe on that next huck or straight line with the Poc IPS back protector.

 

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