Our 2016 Backcountry Issue is now available on newsstands. Throughout its pages, you’ll find our 2015-16 Heli and Cat Guide—a backcountry directory for those of you looking to claim fresh tracks in the backcountry, this season. In addition to heaps of other backcountry information, we also highlight some of the year’s best gear in a brand-new feature we’re calling “Gear Up,” and the Backcountry Issue version, featuring a smattering of products from MyPakage, Revo, G3, Arva and Leki is available below for you. Check it out now and stay tuned to freeskier.com in the coming months for more gear than you can handle.
1. Sean Pettit Signature First Layer
MyPakage | $65
These high performance base layers are so comfortable your junk will be doing double corks in your pants. They feature a high-wicking fabric and the patented Keyhole Comfort Pouch to keep you dry and comfortable during any activity. The Sean Pettit signature design will also keep you looking good when your pants come off.
Revo | $229
The Wordsmith Goggle’s photochromatic, polarized lens adjusts automatically to every light condition encountered on the mountain as well as offering excellent glare reduction and temperature stability. The frames provide triple-layer foam comfort, air-vent technology and unrivaled peripheral vision. Available in blue or green frames with Blue Water, Green Water or Orange Solar lenses.
3. ION 12
G3 | $599.99
With overwhelming demand last winter, G3’s ION spawned a whole family of bindings, including the new ION 10 and lighter ION LT 12. Simply put, it’s the highest performing, most user-friendly and most reliable lightweight tech binding you could ask for. Power up, then charge the descent.
4. Alpinist High Alpine Climbing Skins
G3 | $167.95
The most versatile, reliable, go-anywhere climbing skins. With superior traction for steep climbs or tricky, hardpack surfaces, G3’s High Traction skins are your go-to for short- range touring and steep backcountry missions. These de nitive skins just got even better with re ned connectors, fresh graphics, eld usable packaging and greater length adjustability.
5.Neo Avalanche Beacon
Arva | $359
Simple and powerful are the words that best describe the Neo. Its abundance of features and huge 60m search radius appeal to the most advanced users, while its simple interface appeals to all. Arva, the only independent beacon company, is focused on innovation and the award-winning Neo shows it.
6. Micro Tourstick Vario
LEKI | $199.95
The Micro TourStick Vario is full-featured, super compact, lightweight and offers stiffer, stronger, more reliable performance than normally seen in folding poles. It features a 100 percent carbon upper shaft, 20 cm of adjustability, high-tensile strength aluminum lower section to guard against abuse and a full complement of interchangeable basket options to suit your needs.