Provisions 053: Nine Essential Products for Chasing Powder
The lifts are turning and the storms are rolling in, are you ready to take on the deepest-of-deep days? This week in Provisions we gathered a bunch of products designed to keep you safe and comfortable while you are out chasing turns, whether you are out in the backcountry or ripping turns at your local resort. Continue below for everything from your standard avalanche gear, to some of our favorite outerwear and board setups. Each and every one of these products was designed with a focus on quality, safety, and performance, so you can rest easy knowing that you have the best gear on your back regardless of the adventure you face. Be prepared for that first big storm and get your kit together today.
The North Face Fuse Brigandine Kit
The North Face Fuse Brigandine Kit has been constructed to handle the harshest terrain and as such has incorporated FuseForm™ for durability and GORE-TEX® for a waterproof-as-it-gets fabrication. The jacket and bib are truly a perfect pair with how seamless they work together. Equipment-compatible pockets with beacon tether, jacket-to-pant integration, and vents in all the right places mean efficient organization for your life-saving devices and total comfort when dropping into chutes and pillow lines.
When it comes to essential riding gear, there’s a trustworthiness that’s crucial. Take it from The North Face rider, Austin Smith, and the outerwear he counts on for keeping warm and dry when descending upon the most challenging mountains in the world. Take a short survey below to explore the complete kit and get your perfect set up today.
Introducing the all-new Leatherman Signal. Leatherman has given new life to its tried-and-true multi-tool by outfitting this year’s edition with new features and a sleek black presentation. You can venture into the backcountry in comfort this season with the 16 tools you know and love along with the addition of the new shaped diamond coated sharpener for maintaining your blades, a fire-starting ferro rod, and emergency whistle. That’s 19 tools for $100. Make the smart choice this season and do it all without breaking the bank.
The North Face Ventrix Jacket
The North Face Ventrix Hoodie features light synthetic insulation for just the right amount of warmth and perforated micro vents that are strategically located in the torso areas that need the most breathability for when you’re hiking in the backcountry and working up a sweat. The concealed chest and hand pockets will give you a safe place to store your necessities while the elastane ripstop, polyester, and nylon DWR-treated materials that line the outside and inside of this jacket-like hoodie ensure premium softness and light water-resistance, for the best of feels. Top it off with a slim fit for a modern, sporty look, and you have yourself a superior hoodie for riding or taking to the bars after a long day of deep turns.
RIDE Snowboards Berzerker
The RIDE Berzerker is your grade-A example of a carefully refined pro-model. Now in its sixth year, Jake Blauvelt has worked with RIDE to fine-tune and perfect this all-mountain charger since its debut. “It’s the all-mountain board. It can float in pow, but it can rail an edge on hardpack as well. My home mountain is Mt. Baker, so you can get all ranges of conditions there, from neck-deep powder to super hardpack, icy moguls, and everything in-between.” – Jake Blauvelt. Match this all-terrain performance with camber underfoot and early rise in the nose and you will be charging down the mountain with ease. Don’t believe us? Just watch Jake Blauvelt’s new film, Off Course to watch the man himself put it to the test.
Oyuki Sencho Mitten
Calling all powder hounds, there is now a mitten made just for you. Hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun and the birthplace of all of our wildest powder dreams, comes the Sencho Mitten from Oyuki Gloves. “Oyuki” in Japanese translates to “Big Snow,” the kanji under their logo translates to, “Smash Pow,” and “Sencho” translates to “The Captain.” Need we say more? Built from hardy goatskin leather, a Gore-Tex membrane and PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation, it is safe to say that these gloves are the real deal. Don’t let cold hands get in the way of smashing your own powder lines this year. Be a boss, grab the Sencho, and punch through every powder popper available.
Just because temperatures are rising and snowfall is slowing doesn’t mean avalanche dangers are no longer prevalent. The Tracker3 from BCA is not only the thinnest multiple-antenna avalanche transceiver on the market, but “Signal Suppression” and “Big Picture” modes designed for multiple-victim searching make the Tracker3 the most technically advanced beacon out there as well. Don’t skimp on your gear, and if you don’t know, don’t go.
Arva Pro 2.240 Avalanche Probe
Avalanche professionals often recommend aluminum over carbon, and slightly beefier probes over flyweight ones. Why? When avy debris sets up after a slide, it becomes extremely concentrated and hard to penetrate, and a burlier probe simply works way better. Why carry a probe all season if it won’t even help you find your buddy? The Arva Pro 2.40 Avalanche Probe is a quality 7075 Aluminum that deploys in seconds and will last for years – don’t leave the ski area without it.
Black Diamond Delpoy Shovel
The Black Diamond Deploy 7 Avalanche Shovel is exactly what you want in your pack when disaster strikes and you need to move fast. No need to fumble around assembling the shaft and blade; it’s already attached. The Deploy 7’s compact dimensions make it ideal for small pits and tight digging conditions as well as stowing away easily in your pack.
anon. m3 Goggles
When it comes to quick lens change goggles, the M3 from anon. is the fastest option on the market. The Magna-Tech™ Quick Lens Change Technology uses 18 rare earth magnets at nine points of connection for a secure fit and ultimate ease in lens swaps. But thats not all, Magnetic Facemask Integration (MFI) uses the same magnets to seal your facemask to the frame of your goggles for fog and gap reduction. Change your lenses with ease this season, worrying about fogged goggles should be the last thing on your mind when deep in the backcountry.