The backcountry approach starts here, with this roundup of innovative out-of-bounds products. Piece them together to fit your trip, then hit it—the door’s wide open.
Rome Whiteroom Splitboard ($600)
Get in the whiteroom with this rig. Its splitboard interface inserts, inside edges, and carbon and Kevlar additives make it sturdy, snappy, and stable for both touring and riding. Pressed with a floaty combo of rocker and camber, it’s ready for the deepest of the deep.
G3 Alpinist Splitboard Skins ($170)
They heard it through the granola vine. Finally, a super lightweight, solid, guide-worthy skin specifically designed for splitboards. With patent-pending tip-and-tail connectors and a slick hydrophobic coating, you’ll be gliding to stashes in no time.
Deeluxe X Spark Boots ($349)
Developed with splitboard leaders, Spark R&D, this is the first pair of splitboard and backcountry-specific boots to hit the market. With a low-profile alpinist shape, sturdy Vibram sole, and solid lacing, they’re made to explore.
K2 Lockjaw Poles ($110)
Not your average poles. These three-piece backcountry walking sticks feature an inclinometer on the grip and snow-depth ruler along the side for sizing up snow conditions. The removable baskets and flick locking system also allow for easy stowing.
Spark Blaze Bindings ($299)
The original splitboard-specific bindings keep getting better and better. Burton straps and buckles keep them smooth and trusty, and the new highback design features better flex and more adjustment, even to negative-five degrees for more comfortable touring.
Klean Kanteen Insulated 20-Ounce Bottle ($28)
A hot cup of Campbell’s is worth its weight out in the cold. This insulated bottle keeps the heat for over six hours and is available with a handy mug-top option, too.
The North Face Crimptastic Jacket ($250)
This highly insulated layer offers a blanket of warmth and packs down to the size of a grapefruit. With Polartec Power Stretch panels, it not only insulates, it moves with your body.
Burton Wool 1/4 Zip ($90)
You just can’t hate on wool. It’s lightweight, renewable, comfy, stank repellent, and super warm and wicking throughout a huge temperature range.
Nixon The Unit Watch ($130)
Whether you’re hustling to lines or back to work, time is of the essence. Keep track of it and the temperature out in the field with this dependable unit.
Motorola MS350R Radios ($100)
The 35-mile range, seven weather channels, LED flashlight, rugged waterproof casing, and ability to float sure beat the hell out of cans on a string.
Exped DownMat ($129–$199)
With 700-fill down atop comfy air chambers, this sleeping pad delivers maximum warmth. Shin Campos brought one to Patagonia, and needless to say, he was envied.
Mammut Element Transceiver ($350)
This beacon’s three-antennae, one-button operation, and easy-to-read digital indicator guarantee swift and precise pinpointing, even in multiple burial scenarios.
Verts Snowshoes ($75)
One of the best backcountry secrets. These simple, lightweight snowshoes have a fixed binding, solid platform, and serrated edges for grip. Plus, their low profile lets them slip easily into packs.
Beyond Coastal Sunscreens ($3–$25)
Does smearing toxic chemicals on your face sound like a good idea? No? That’s why these sunproof concoctions are natural, antioxidant rich, and free of harmful additives.
BCA Float 18 Airbag Pack ($685)
This airbag pack is easy to use and refill, and has ample room for a day trip. Its upper-body-cradling pillow shields and keeps you afloat if you happen to get sucked down the slope by an avalanche.
Poler Out O’Bounds Kit ($60)
A bundle of emergency goods for the car trunk or backcountry pack. Loaded with heatbags, flashlight, whistle, tarp, strobe beacon and more.
UCO Stormproof Matches ($4)
These are the hot fiyah, seriously: a waterproof, windproof way to light it up when you need to most.
Voile Rescue Shovel System ($85)
Two essential tools in one. This buff blade not only chops through chunder, it also features an eight-foot, six-inch aluminum probe stashed inside for rapid access when you need it.