The Gear Closet: Women’s Sidecountry

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The Gear Closet: Women’s Sidecountry

A. POC Obex BC SPIN

Buy Now — $250

Using a near field communication (NFC) chip within the helmet, first responders can access your medical information quickly and efficiently should an emergency in the backcountry arise. POC’s SPIN technology helps protect you in the event of off-axis impacts, too.


B. POC Orb Clarity

Buy Now — $250

The Orb Clarity is a spherical goggle with a massive field of view, as well as Clarity lenses that boost contrast for easy spotting of obstacles on your descents. 


C. Norrøna trollveggen Thermal Pro Jacket

Buy Now — $159

For those days when the mercury barely rises above zero, layer up with the trollveggen, packed with Polartec and cozier than an avalanche of puppies, from Norrøna.


D. Norrøna lofoten GORE-TEX Pro Jacket & Pant

Buy Now — J: $699 | P: $649

Stay protected from the elements in a comfortable package, no matter how hard you’re pushing uphill with the Lofoten GORE-TEX Pro kit. Waterpoof and breathable, you’ll stay dry from first chair to last lap.


E. Salomon QST Stella 106

Buy Now — $900

Weight: 1,680 g/ski @ 174 cm

The QST Stella 106, with its updated, lightweight core design and added cork in the tip and tail for a boost in dampness, is the queen of freeride and her reign extends far beyond the gates of the resort. 


F. Salomon S/Lab Shift MNC 13

Buy Now — $725

Weight: 865 g/binding

If you’re splitting your time between the chairlift and the skin track, the Shift binding from Salomon should be at the top of your list. Seamlessly transition from pin tech to fully alpine-certified with the flip of a switch. 


G. K2 Mindbender 110 Alliance

Buy Now — $599.99

Weight: 1,575 g/boot @ 24.5

The Mindbender 110 Alliance boasts a 50-degree range of motion in walk mode, a stiff, 110 flex for charging downhill and GripWalk soles and tech fittings when your desired lines calls for a quick, sidecountry skin. 


H. Ortovox Free Rider 20 S Avabag

Buy Now — $720

The Free Rider 20 S Avabag is an avalanche airbag pack specifically designed for women–the ‘S’ in the name stands for a shorter back paneling and the hip and shoulder straps are designed for the female figure.


I. Leki Helicon Lite

Buy Now — $79.95

The Helicon Lite blends an aluminum upper shaft for durability and carbon lower to shed weight, all in an adjustable package.


J. Swany GTX 3-Finger Mitt

Buy Now — $165

The GTX 3-Finger Mitt from Swany was made to keep your fingers from freezing while sitting on the chair but strips down to a removable inner glove when you start working up a sweat on the bootpack. 

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

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