Photos: JP Van Swae
Earning turns requires energy—often a lot of it— but rarely is the exploration not worth the effort. Whether traversing hillsides for hours on end to find freshies or climbing a peak only to hike back down the bootpack, coming home and kicking the feet up also has its rewards. Here’s the gear to make your cabin deck look as cool as a dog wearing sunglasses.
BCA STASH 30 ($180)
One of, if not the most versatile load-haulers we’ve used combines more features to attach and stash a touring cache than imaginable in a 30-liter size. Compression straps and gear hooks galore plus a small, medium, and large height-adjustable waist/torso make this carry-all daypack a non-airbag-compatible best bet when touring the backcountry.
VOLCOM PUFF PUFF GIVE JACKET ($200)
This 600-fill down puffy insulates and breathes well enough to wear as a top layer in dry weather or under a waterproof shell, and it looks just as good out on the town as on the mountain. Zip it into its own pocket, and the minimal bulk is barely noticeable in a daypack.
THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL TRACTION MULE II ($50)
With warmth and compression levels equivalent to 600-fill down, plus ability to insulate when wet, these sub-nine-ounce slippers are the ultimate cold-adventure companions. No worries if they’re so comfortable that you doze off while cruising around base camp or a backyard. The high-traction, recycled rubber outsole has your back.
DRAGON MOUNTAINEERX ($220)
Three temple attachments—standard arms, C-temple hooks, and lanyard—allow customization of these wayfarer shades for any sport. Add anti-fog coating and hydrophobic lenses that bead water off, plus removable weather shields to protect eyes from lateral blasts of sun and windblown snow, and they’re optical quiver killers in the alpine. Dog-endorsed.
OZ OZSYM SPLITBOARD ($899)
Asymmetric boards strengthen heelside turns, and the OZsym splitboard takes response time a step further by beveling the inside edge’s sidecut to help lock the planks together in ride mode. Mellow, setback camber adds traction while skinning and, blended with early-rise rocker, is an ideal mix in often-inconsistent backcountry conditions.
DRAGON NFX2 GOGGLE ($199)
PIEPS DSP SPORT BEACON ($320)
THIRTYTWO JONES MTB BOOT ($600)
G3 ALPINIST HIGH TRACTION SKINS ($199)
THE NORTH FACE APEX ETIP GLOVES ($45)
BURTON x BLACK DIAMOND COMPACTOR POLES ($140)
SPARK R&D SURGE BINDING ($415)
STANCE DIFFUSION SOCKS ($20)
TWSNOW MIZU V8 INSULATED BOTTLE ($36)