The backcountry is booming, but danger is always looming. For getting out there, enjoying the fruits of your labor, and returning home in one piece, consider this premium backcountry safety gear.–B.G.
The North Face Powder Guide Vest ($249, thenorthface.com). For fast and light missions into the sidecountry this streamlined vest is an ideal alternative to a backcountry pack. It has specific pockets for avalanche safety gear, goggles, and also features board-carrying straps.