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Old 10-21-2011, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can't Find Ogio Flak Jacket? Welcome TNF Powder Guide Vest

ok so the BC vest thing isn't for everyone, but i believe these have a place in the mountains.

the ogio flak jacket has had a bit of a cult following among those who have/have seen them but they had a pretty limited run, and are really hard to find.

just saw this thing... i think it's new (correct me if i'm wrong) The North Face Powder Guide Vest:





any thoughts? anyone seen em in person? thinking i'll cop one..... gearjunkyism is a motherfucker.....
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I checked this out at TNF store in Whistler a few weeks ago. Pretty sweet little piece.

I think I caught a glimpse of it during TGR's One For the Road too, can't remember who though.
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Old 10-21-2011, 02:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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couldn't resist and ordered one from Tactics... hopefully its useful in some capacity...
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It's very cool but for that kind of money I can buy a AvaLung pack
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That is actually a fairly ideal Sidecountry item. For stuff like the East Vail area, Loveland, or some of the Winterpark runs, that would be a slick item to have. For what I do in the backcountry, not so much.
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i already have an avalung, and i wouldn't want it to be tethered to a single pack. i'd run my avalung with this thing.

the point of this thing is that it isn't a backpack. i have a BD outlaw and a BCA Stash OB... lol shit i got so many fucking backpacks... maybe i'll sell one or two when this thing comes...

anyway, this thing looks pretty good for yo-yo day trips out of the car or snowmobile. probably perfect for building on the resort and slack.

edit: depending on how much it weighs it could be great for taking out on multi-day trips where you are snowcamping in a base area and leaving most of your gear in the tent when you're out for the day...

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i already have an avalung, and i wouldn't want it to be tethered to a single pack. i'd run my avalung with this thing.

the point of this thing is that it isn't a backpack. i have a BD outlaw and a BCA Stash OB... lol shit i got so many fucking backpacks... maybe i'll sell one or two when this thing comes...

anyway, this thing looks pretty good for yo-yo day trips out of the car or snowmobile. probably perfect for building on the resort and slack.

edit: depending on how much it weighs it could be great for taking out on multi-day trips where you are snowcamping in a base area and leaving most of your gear in the tent when you're out for the day...
So do you run your avalung under your shell and if you were on a budget would you get this or an avalung first?
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absolutely get an avalung first. this vest ain't gonna do shit to save your life.

(disclaimer: i do not endorse or advise you to do this, but its what i did - and i would do it again. you will have to make your own decision.)

Black Diamond warns not to but i cut the sling off of my avalung sling. i strap it to my backpack shoulderstrap and the back of the pack with a velcro strap and a carabiner. i would rig it on this vest accordingly - looks like there are enough attachment points.
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You NEVER run an avalung under your shell. That is not how it's designed to work. The Avalung II (sling model) is worn on the outside of your shell. Your pack goes on afterward. For this vest thing, not sure how it would work if at all actually.

First you should have a beacon, shovel, probe and have taken a Level 1. Then the Avalung. Or better yet get an airbag. I would definitely get an avalung over the vest if you are planning on doing any real backcountry riding in Utah. The snowpack there is less sketchy than Colorado but only slightly so...
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Interesting mod there with the Avalung Shred. You feel that it is secure enough. I've read somewhere that even the Avalung packs can be prone to be ripped off of you in a powerful enough avalanche. I believe of course that the people in question probably didn't have the pack on tight. Open belt buckle, etc...
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