G3 High Traction Skins: What these 100-percent nylon skins lack in glide, they easily make up in traction and durability, which is great for Colorado touring that can involve patches of tundra, skree, and dirt.
Backcountry Access BC Link Radio System: Besides a beacon, probe, and shovel, there is no more critical piece of backcountry gear than a good radio. Whether it’s discussing line selection or snowpack, staying in contact while tree skiing, or organizing during an emergency, radios just make backcountry travel safer and easier. This radio is built for skiers, and I’m blown away by its usefulness.
Spot Satellite Messenger: Like a lot of your backcountry equipment, this is something that’s great to have but (hopefully) never use.
Flylow Ridge Glove: Without a doubt, I think this is the best $40 glove on the market. It’s warm, waterproof, dexterous, and durable.
Flylow Beanie: A simple dome piece you can wear by itself or under a helmet.
Dermatone: The best sun and wind protection for your skin.
Princeton Tec Fred: I never leave home without a headlamp. A compact package, it tucks nicely into my pack, and its batteries last forever.
Scott LCG goggles: With the flip of a switch I can change the lenses on these goggles, even with gloves on. I like to be ready for anything out there.
Ortovox 3+: One only needs to take a breeze through the details of Ortovox’s Smart-Antenna-Technology to understand why I like this beacon. Short story: If you end up buried, your partners will find you faster (providing they know what they are doing).
SOG Powerlock EOD 2.0: A solid do-everything multi-tool that’s great for backcountry skiing, especially if you buy the expanded toolset adapter that includes a fat phillips head and a few allen wrench adapters.
Deuter Cruise 30: I love the design of this pack. It’s wider at the waist and narrower toward the top to give it more support and mobility. I can barely even tell it’s on when I wear it. Plus, it’s the perfect size for all the essentials.