The Gear Closet: Backcountry Lodge

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The Gear Closet: Backcountry Lodge

After a full day of cat, heli or human-powered skiing, you’ll be kicking back to relax by the fireside in the lodge, so leave the fancy clothes at home and pack only your comfiest loungewear. Wide, powder-focused skis will be your best friend in the backcountry and waterproofing is king in these parts. 

A. FW Manifest 3L Jacket & Pant

Buy Now — J: $599.95 | P: $449.95

With a 20K/16K waterproof/breathability rating, a jacket-to-pant connection and a backpack-compatible design, the Manifest 3L offers head-to-toe protection in the mountains. A storm hood with a built-in visor helps with visibility in big storms and oversized, dual-entry pockets in the pants are ideal for stashing everything from skins to snacks.  

B. Duer Live Free Convoy Pant

Buy Now — $142

Sweatpants aren’t your only option when it comes to relaxing in the lodge. The Live Free Convoy Pants from DUER use a power-stretch fabric—10X stretchier than a traditional woven pant—that’s also water-repellent and in a jogger design that promotes freedom of movement. 

C. Full Tilt Après Booties

Buy Now — $59.95

Aside from your ski boots, the only shoes you’ll need in the lodge are the Après Booties from Full Tilt. With a thick layer of Intuition liner material for a footbed and lined with cuddly fleece, your dogs will stop barking as soon as you slip on these hush puppies.

D. Arc’teryx Fortrez Hoody

Buy Now — $199

The Arc’teryx Fortrez Hoody has you covered while you’re skiing or lounging in the lodge. A durable, weather-resistant fleece seals out the elements while providing enough breathability to prevent overheating and a ScubaHood fits perfectly under a helmet should the weather warrant extra protection.

E. Oakley MOD5 Helmet

Buy Now — $250

The backcountry comes with hidden hazards, like rocks and tree stumps, and a helmet is crucial for a proper—and safe—send. The Mod5 MIPS from Oakley is lightweight, has adjustable vents and is equipped with MIPS for a boost in rotational protection. The trifecta of a dependable backcountry brain bucket. 

F. Oakley Fall Line XL

Buy Now — $200

Bigger is better when it comes to the Oakley Fall Line XL. This spherical goggle offers up a view wider than the Grand Canyon and with its Prizm lens, you won’t miss a single detail on your descent. 

G. Kendama USA Kaizen Slim

Buy Now — $24.99

Limit your screen time in the lodge and work on your hand-eye coordination with the Slim Kaizen Kendama, a favorite game of the late JP Auclair. 

H. POW Gloves Alpha GTX

Buy Now — $160

Packed with GORE-TEX and PrimaLoft Gold insulation, this goat leather glove will stand up to cold and wet conditions, lap after lap, day after day.

I. GoPro HERO8 Black

Buy Now — $399.99

This kind of ski trip is next-level, so capture every part of the experience with the new GoPro HERO8 Black. With four different digital lens widths—Narrow, Linear, Wide and SuperView—ultra-smooth built-in stabilization, improved time-lapse capabilities and a variety of compatible attachments to put full production capabilities in your hands, you’ll be reliving this trip for years to come. 

J. Ortovox Free Rider 20 S Avabag

Buy Now — $720

Airbag systems are fairly bulky but Ortovox built the Free Rider 20 S Avabag to be lightweight and low-profile. With 20 liters of storage and a designated avalanche tool pocket, this minimalist airbag pack is the total package.

K. Rossignol Black Ops 118

Buy Now — $800

There’s not much we can say about the Black Ops 118—literally, its specs are highly classified—but with Chris Logan and Parker White’s stamps of approval, it’s got to be a helluva ski. Its 118-millimeter waist width is at home in deep snow, and a short sidecut underfoot with tapered tips and tails makes pivoting and smearing as simple as A-B-C.

L. Dakine Boundary Ski Roller Bag

Buy Now — $220

It’s all in the details of Dakine’s Boundary Ski Roller Bag. Its main area is not only spacious enough to fit two pairs of skis and poles, but an added boot compartment allows shoe-storage should you be fearless enough to check ‘em. Bonus: The handle of the Boundary is compatible with a rolling luggage bag for more efficient traveling. 

For a selection of FREESKIER-approved backcountry safety essentials, click here.