Plan Ahead!

Every winter we hear stories about riders breaking themselves off, getting lost in the woods, and sometimes being ill-equipped to deal with situations. Here’re a few products to consider dropping in on before you drop into this winter.-A.F.

Prevent: At some point in your snowboarding lifespan, you’ll definitely get hurt-count on it, but don’t bring it on. Put these on under your outerwear-if it makes you feel cooler, you can bet that your favorite pro snowboarder runs pads, too.

(Pads also help to protect against re-injuring previous injuries.)

Hips:

R.E.D. Mens Impact Shorts (protects hips, tailbone, and side of legs), $60

Crash Pads Style 2100 (protects tailbone, hip, side of legs, front hip, and knees), $85

Knees:

Pro-Tec Indy Echo Rail Guard (protects the knee and shin), $40

Mouth:

Shock Doctor Power Ultra Mouthguard, $20

Mouthguards help prevent injury to the teeth and all parts of the mouth and jaw. They also help reduce or prevent concussions by acting as a shock absorber for the brain.

crash-pads.com

pro-tec.net

redprotection.com

shockdoctor.com

Prepare

Sat Phone

Thinking of heading into the back of the backcountry for a big adventure? You might want to rent a satellite phone just in case. Sat phones communicate though satellites and work everywhere on Earth (oceans, poles, and every continent). Leases start at $30 per month.

$15 per day, $85 per week (plus $1.50 per minute call time)

remotesatellite.com

Medical Kits

Don’t count on your MacGyver skills to fashion a tourniquet out of a tree branch. Bring along one of these inexpensive first-aid kits. This kit is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket and deals with things like cuts, abrasions, blisters, allergic reactions, muscle aches and pains, and headaches. If you need replacements or anticipate needing more gauze, just stop by your local outdoor store and stock up-they’ve got a section for that.

Adventure Medical Kits, The Personal, $17

adventuremedicalkits.com

GPS

A GPS (Global Positioning System) pinpoints locations using a network of 24 orbiting satellites built by the Department of Defense for reasons we can only imagine. Lucky for us, the satellites can communicate with these handheld devices and get us from the bottom of the canyon we’re lost in back to the trailhead. You can also use your GPS for cool stuff like saving locations and tracking elevation changes. It can even calculate the time of sunset and your average speed.

Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx, $500

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