The Gear Closet: Women’s Day Tour

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The Gear Closet: Women’s Day Tour

A. Pret Cynic AT

Buy Now — $150

Designed specifically for the skin track, the Cynic AT helmet is Pret’s lightest helmet without any safety sacrifices. 

B. Dragon PXV

Buy Now — $180

Get a better read on the terrain in front of you with the PXV goggles from Dragon. A frameless, panotech lens design provides 220 degrees of unrestricted views and Lumalens technology increases clarity, color recognition and depth perception. 

C. Spyder Solitaire GTX Jacket & Bib

Buy Now — J: $750 | B: $600

As part of the new Spyder Freeski Collection, the brand utilized the expertise of backcountry skier Amie Engerbretson when designing this touring-specific kit. A GORE-TEX laminate shields you from the elements while strategically placed stretch nylon makes the kit feel like a second skin.

D. Faction Agent 2.0X

Buy Now — $849

Weight: 1,500 g/ski

Faction achieved the elusive combination of uphill delight and downhill domination in its Agent 2.0X. By pairing the lightweight karuba wood core with carbon stringers and a full length sidewall, this backcountry plank boasts an impressive strength-to-weight ratio for absolute confidence.

E. Dynafit ST Rotation 12

Buy Now — $649.95

Weight: 625 g/binding

The Dynafit Rotation 12 is just what ski tourers who put a premium on aggressive descents are looking for. The binding can be set to a release value between 4-12, its Rotation Toe Piece pivots ever so slightly to prevent your toe from prereleasing during bumpy descents and 10 millimeters of elastic travel in the heel accommodates consistent ski flex. All-in-all, the Rotation is about consistency from a safety standpoint. When it comes to ease-of-use, it’s tough to beat the Rotation 12, thanks to a centering hub with internal bearings in the toepiece that keep the toe jaws in place for easy step-ins. Convenience is key, friends.

F. Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 115 W

Buy Now — $850

Weight: 1,360 g/boot @ 24.5

Comfort meets performance in the Atomic Ultra XTD 115 W. The boot’s Prolite construction keeps weight to a minimum for a smooth skin up and an asymmetric reinforced backbone stands up to the burliest of descents. 

G. Carbon C2 Ultralight Poles

Buy Now — $169.95

These ultra-lightweight, height-adjustable carbon poles are ideal for long treks.

H. G3 Minimist Glide Climbing Skins

Buy Now — $184 (100 mm width)

The G3 Minimist Glide Climbing Skin replaces the stiff plastic used to prevent snow creep in its ALPINIST+ skins in favor of a carbon fiber insert that’s lighter and still keeps snow out. 

I. Dakine Poacher R.A.S. 26L Backpack

Buy Now — $220

With designated avalanche tool storage, compatibility with Mammut’s removable airbag system and a molded back for a better fit, the Poacher R.A.S. 26L pack is a ski tourer’s dream.

J. Level Gloves Alpine Women’s Glove

Buy Now — $80

Level Gloves combines a waterproof goat leather palm with PrimaLoft insulation in the Alpine Glove for top-notch hand-warming performance. 

K. Skida x Wild Rye Nordic Headband

Buy Now — $18

Ready to rock in every season, Skida’s headbands are designed to keep sweat and hair out of your face while also providing sun and wind protection. 

L. Blackstrap Single Layer Tube: Rachel Pohl Two Medicine

Buy Now — $19.99

This single layer facemask will protect your moneymaker. A print from Rachel Pohl of Sinopah Mountain in Glacier National Park adds a bit of flair to your outfit. 

M. Zeal Sierra

Buy Now — $149

Even under the clouds, the sun is harmful to our eyes. Keep them covered, no matter the light condition with the Sierra sunglasses, which combine Zeal’s plant-based Ellume technology and polarized protection into one lens. 

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