Out of Bounds: Sidecountry—What To Take
Sidecountry—What To Take
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The Mammut PULSE Barryvox avalanche beacon is a digital/analog transceiver, which means it can send and receive both types of signals. In the event of multiple burials, it can manually or automatically differentiate victims, and a movement detector finds and transmits vital data about each victim. $450; mammut.com
The Fritschi Diamir Freeride Plus ($440; blackdiamond-equipment.com), Dynafit Vertical FT 12 ($570; dynafit.com) and G3 Onyx ($430 genuineguidegear.com) are all step-in AT bindings that have recently beefed up their DIN ratings and torsion resistance for better downhill support, but they’re significantly lighter than the Duke—a bonus on longer touring routes.
Marmot’s new Access apparel line was developed specifically for sidecountry skiers. Pieces like the Baffin Jacket, an ultra-light, puffy midlayer with Primaloft insulation, are ideal for layering inbounds. Since they pack small and weigh only a few ounces, they’re easy to carry beyond the ropes, in case you need an extra layer when you stop for lunch. $150; marmot.com
Black Diamond’s Bandit AvaLung pack is small—just big enough to carry a few tools and provisions—but it can save your life.
A breathing tube on the shoulder strap connects to an air chamber that becomes an emergency air supply if you get buried in a slide. $180, blackdiamondequipment.com
Each Vitaband displays an 800-number and personal VITAnumber. If you’re lost or injured inbounds or out, rescuers can call the 800 line, enter your VITAnumber and hear critical info. You control what information is included in your VITA profile, such as your name, emergency contacts, daily prescriptions, medical history, allergies and blood type. $20 for the bracelet, $20 annual subscription; vitaband.net