Gear Reviews

The Best Snow Safety Gear of 2016

Get out of trouble with this essential equipment for backcountry riding.

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Riding in the backcountry is fun, but doing it safely takes more preparation than sitting on a lift. Step one: Get yourself a beacon and take an avalanche safety class from an AIARE-certified instructor. Step two: Gear up with these packs, shovels, probes, and other winter gear.

The Best Snow Safety Gear

Mammut Alugator Light Shovel

FGG 2010 Mammut Alugator Expert Shovel 445x260
Mammut Alugator Expert Shovel (Courtesy Photo)

Carbon Probe 240 Light 


BCA Float 42


Arc’teryx Voltair


BCA Shaxe Tech Avalanche Shovel


Petzl Rad System