What to look for: Fits your body and doesn’t bounce around, does not interfere with rider movement, and large enough to carry the essential gear.
1. Backcountry Access Stash OB $99.99
2. Backcountry Access Throttle $135
3. Black Diamond Covert $99.99
4. Dakine Heli Pro DLX $95.00
Avalanche Airbag Packs
These packs work and are proven(ABS 98% success rate in actual avalanches). They are expensive, but worth it. Don’t buy too small of a pack, you need to be able to carry the essentials. Use with a beacon, not in place of one.
1. ABS Escape 15 $989.99
2. ABS Vario 15 $1144.99
3. BCA Float 15/30 $685.00/$750.00
4. Snow Pulse Highmark 30L $1099.00
What to look for: Proven design, durable and easy to use. Most people do not practice enough with their beacons and when you really use it in a rescue situation, you’re usually not in the calmest state of mind. Get the beacon that is easy to use.
1. Backcountry Access Tracker 2 $335.99
2. Barryvox Pulse $449.99
3. Pieps DSP $449.99
4. Ortovox S1 $499.00
What to look for: Strong, extendable handle and large blade. The small shovels most people carry are not effective to move the large quantities of snow required to uncover someone (which can be 2000 lbs of snow).
1. Backcountry Access B2 EXT $55.00
2. Black Diamond Transfer 7 $49.99
3. Voile T-Wood T6 shovel $65
What to look for: Large diameter aluminum tubing or carbon fiber. The longer the probe the more effective it is. Don’t buy a probe under 260cm(8’6”).
1. Backcountry Access Carbon 260 or SR3 $79/$59
2. Black Diamond Quickdraw Guide Probe 300 $59.95
3. G3 320 probe $84.95