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Whitey161 07-04-2012 04:24 AM

Planning Heli-Boarding next year - Gear Upgrades
Hi all,

Havent posted on this forum for a while.

I am planning on going heli-boarding next year 2013-2014 season. This will most likely be in canada but i have not booked or decided on location yet.

Having read quite a bit of advice it seems obvious that i will eed to upgrade some of my gear in order to be able to deal with the deep powder and back country conditions. I obviously dont want to take brand new gear with me so i want to purchase the gear this year so i have a season to break it in.

Im looking for advice on specific gear which will need to be upgraded. At the moment im thinking boots and bindings. I have some pretty basic forum freestyle boots and Ride EX bindings. Any recommendations on upgrades for heli-boarding?

Either specific brands or certain criteria i am looking for?

thanks in advance

ETM 07-04-2012 04:34 AM

I dont see why you would need different boots and bindings because you just got out of a heli. I would be looking at a nice big powder board before anything else.

Whitey161 07-04-2012 04:43 AM

It was an article i read where it stated that the deep pow can work its way under certain bindings and cause then to come away from the board. Also wrt boots i presume i may need something with more support.

This is why im asking for advice :)

Agree about the pow board, i have an old timeless 161 (green genie) which is nice in the pow but a board i can get next season before i go, trying to spread the cost a bit.

ETM 07-04-2012 05:02 AM


Originally Posted by Whitey161 (Post 509516)
It was an article i read where it stated that the deep pow can work its way under certain bindings and cause then to come away from the board..

Ahh a magazine article. All magazine articles are thinly veiled adverts, go back and read the article again, I bet its steering you toward a pair of bindings that are advertised on the page after the article. Its a classic magazine caper.

I managed to get through a few weeks of this without my bindings being worked loose by the deep pow.

Whitey161 07-04-2012 05:12 AM

oooh nice. TBH it wasnt a magazine article. It was on a website which sold hel-boarding holidays. I shall try and find the link.

Besides the avalanche safety stuff are there any specific items you would recommend taking/upgrading?

ETM 07-04-2012 05:40 AM

All you really need is gear you are comfortable with. Sounds like you want new stuff which is a completely different matter to needing new stuff and perfectly normal by the way.

Whitey161 07-04-2012 05:47 AM

Haha new stuff is always good but if i dont need it i'm happy to save the money for more heli-runs :)

I will most likely get new boots this year anyway though tbh.

Edp25 07-04-2012 06:09 AM

Did my first heli trip this year and it was life-changing beautiful. I would stress preparation as well as gear. Being from the east coast i had never been in powder that deep
and had a sharp learning curve. Get into the deep to prepare if you can. Also felt that me pack was most critical piece of gear as i was happy mith my board, boots and bindings. The ability to access things in th pack easily and to ride any terrain comfortably was huge. Having my camera and radio quickly and comfortably accessible was also key.
Have fun!

Whitey161 07-04-2012 08:48 AM

Good advice, thank you. I shall invest in a decent pack. I would imagine one of the packs with a drinking straw type thing would be great as its thirsty work?

Will try get me some pow but not that likely as i board in europe.

Edp25 07-04-2012 02:33 PM

We were actually cautioned away from the packs that have hydration bladders and drinking tubes. They freeze. Have a few good water bottles in your pack. Cheers!

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