Anyone who goes backcountry skiing should know this: After one hour, only 1 in 3 victims who are buried in an avalanche survive. All backcountry skiers should get avalanche training and carry safety gear (probe, shovel, beacon) and know how to use them. And we recommend an extra bit of insurance: an airbag backpack that you can deploy to help avoid getting buried in the first place. Here are two great options that save money and weight.
Many of our outdoor adventures demand clothing that is breathable, stretchy, and warm. Whenever you’re dressing for the everyday cold or layering for skiing, this kind of mid-layer garment definitely insulates and keeps you at your best. Whether you value price, style, or function, there’s a softshell jacket out there that’s perfect for you. Here are three of our top choices to consider before you buy.
Big things come in small packages, right? There's nothing bigger than safety when it comes to ice climbing, and ice screws provide much-needed lead protection as well as belay anchors when you’re out on the frozen stuff. From different configurations to different lengths, there’s an ice screw out there that fits your climbing needs. Here are our top three choices.
They don’t call it the “standard” just because. A standard climbing rope is generally 60 meters, and it’s advised you don’t purchase anything shorter—in fact, many climbers these days use 70-meter or even 80-meter lead lines. With different colors, diameters, and fall ratings, there’s a dynamic (lead and toprope) climbing rope for you. Below, you’ll find our top three standard rope selections to consider before your next climbing excursion.
Windbreakers are a must in every layering system—they’re light, water resistant, and of course, block the breeze. But with so many options available, it’s hard to choose the right one . Lightweight or full-featured? Trim cut or full length? Selecting the right jacket will prepare you for all conditions, and give you years of use. We love windbreakers for their versatility, flexibility, and reasonable cost. Lucky for you, we did the research so you don’t have to.