Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the equipment and accessories that everyone should know about. Can’t get enough gear? Click here to see our entire 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
The Goat has entered the outerwear manufacturing world. Backcountry collaborated with Flylow to introduce a brand-new line of alpine touring-specific threads for 2018-19. The Grizzly Gulch Jacket and Mill D Bib are both constructed of Polartec Neoshell, one of the lightest, most breathable fabrics on the planet, which is extremely beneficial when you’re working up a sweat on the skin track. Two oversized, waterproof, exterior chest pockets provide storage for your climbing skins when hot lapping backcountry zones, while dual pockets in the bib and three more on the pant provide additional storage. The full-length outer thigh vents and 12-inch pit zippers also allow you to dump heat when your core temperature soars.
Named after two iconic peaks in the Wasatch Range, the home base of Backcountry, the Pfeifferhorn and Patsey Marley kit should appeal to backcountry skiers everywhere. The Patsey Marley boasts an athletic fit and softshell bib top that promotes ease of movement on the skin track or during peak ascents. The Pfeifferhorn’s dual chest pockets provide storage for skins, and their placement allows for easy access with a backpack on. To protect out-of-bounds skiers that frequently encounter extreme weather swings, both garments are made of ultralight and unbelievably breathable Polartec Neoshell fabric, are fully seam taped and have a high-performance DWR treatment. You’ll never fear the spanking of Mother Nature again with this kit.
Photography by Matt Power & Bruno Long