Gear Review

  • Freeskier Review: Backcountry Access BC Link Radio, Camo Style

    On a recent overnight trip in Colorado’s Holy Cross Wilderness—Donny O’Neill and crew found their BC Link Radios to be particularly useful. A spring storm was hovering and visibility was low. But their team of four was able to communicate back and forth, relaying to each other information about whether certain routes into the East Cross Creek drainage were safe and skiable.

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  • Freeskier Gear Review: Ski Mountaineering with the Stash 30 on James Peak, CO

    The East Face of James Peak is an extremely popular location for all forms of alpine mountaineering.  Photo: Rob Writz, Front Range Ski Mountaineering.  James Peak* is the namesake mountain of the James Peak Wilderness. This peak is not the highest point in the wilderness area, but it does occupy the prominent end of the ridge […]

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  • Shaxe Action: Spring into Ski Mountaineering Season with Lightweight Shovel/Ice Axe

    Ideal for ski mountaineering, the BCA Shaxe saves weight and space in your pack by eliminating the redundant shaft when carrying a separate ice axe. Watch video and read gear reviews to find out why the Shaxe avalanche shovel/ice axe is the ideal tool for both climbing guides and recreationists.

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  • Totally “freestyleable” — Smaller, Lighter Float 2.0 System Coming this Fall

    BCA’s Bruce Edgerly met with Jens Nyström at ISPO Munich 2017 to show why the new 17/18 BCA Float Speed avalanche airbags are the best choice for ski mountaineers and backcountry freestyle athletes.

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  • Gear Review: What to Carry in Your Ski Pack This Winter

    Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.

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  • Wildsnow Gear Review: Tools For Ski Touring Communication – BC Link Radios

    WildSnow is a strong advocate of using 2-way radios to enhance safety while backcountry skiing. BC Link radios are tried and true, and as the winter season approaches, Jonathan Cooper likes to remind himself – and us – of how important communication is in the backcountry.

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  • Gear Review: Best Poles for Splitboarding

    It’s -20 degrees Fahrenheit in Jackson, Wyoming, home of Mountain Weekly News, and Mike Hardaker is thinking about doing some climbing to keep warm out in the backcountry. Read why he selected the BCA Scepter 4S in his gear review of splitboarding and ski touring poles.

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  • Gear Review: Must-Have Backcountry Gear & #Gearhacks

    We always admire athletes who are also writers in the backcountry community, those who advocate avalanche safety and share their knowledge on the backcountry basics. Read this gear review: “Must-Have Backcountry Ski Gear And #Gearhacks: By Wigwam Ambassador Ken Lucas.

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  • Freeskier Gear Review: BCA Stash 30™ Backpack Best of 2017

    What good is all the gear you’re getting for this season without the proper pack? No good at all. Make sure you’re transporting all of those valuables properly, whether it’s to and from the mountain, up and down the mountain or anywhere in between. Freeskier has selected the BCA Stash 30 backpack as one of its top packs of 2017.

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