Backcountry Snowboarding Essentials 2017
It’s easy to leave the resort behind.
Curated by Matt Belize
More and more snowboarders and skiers are venturing into the backcountry each year. As conditions can be harsh and unpredictable in the backcountry, it is important you are properly equipped. This also includes getting as much snow and avalanche education as possible to make the safest choices and always riding with a buddy. Below are the items that I pack for a day in the backcountry.
I love this jacket for its fit and versatility but the best part is the body mapped Thermagraph insulation. It kept me warm when I needed it but also was plenty breathable on warm days or splitboard missions. I really put this jacket to the test, from -30F in Revelstoke, BC to 50F spring riding in the Cascades, and it kept me comfy in all conditions.
Great fit - not to baggy not to slim. GORE-TEX® is speaks for itself - Always warm and always dry. These pants also have a very efficient double ventilation system inside and outside the legs, keeping me cool when hiking or during the hot spring days. I even wore these pants riding the Horstman glacier in mid-summer!
Weather and light can change pretty drastically in the mountains. It's nice to be able to swap your goggle lenses on the fly. Smith has a nice range of lenses and are easy to change after the light changes on you, or after a vicious rag doll resulting in snow caked lenses...