off-piste gear - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
SnowboardingForum.com is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-24-2012, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 106
Default off-piste gear

So off-piste gear includes the transceiver, the probe, the shovel, and what else??

Where do you guys buy them?
And they dont help much when I am snowboarding off piste on my own? Strangers wouldnt know even if im buried, would they?
kusanagi is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-24-2012, 12:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,850
Default

Avalanche education and the knowledge on how to avoid them.

REI will have avalanche gear. Mountaineering shops in general carry it. Yes, you need a partner outfitted with the same to even have a shot at rescuing you. Otherwise, you just made it easier for search and rescue to find your body. Which is a nice thing to do actually. Sometimes family members have to wait for months for a buried victim to melt out of the snow to find them. Causing them pain yet again as they finally get a body to bury.

I highly recommend taking a level I avalanche course. It is something that can be a lot of fun, one seemingly meaningless mistake can often lead to someone losing their life is the problem.
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 06:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
Reformed Creep-o-saurus
 
poutanen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 5,587
Default

Yeah! Buying the gear and heading into the back country would be like buying a parachute and jumping out of a plane!

Take a lesson and respect the backcountry. There's a reason I've been boarding for 20 years and still haven't ventured into the backcountry. I'll admit I'm 100% a wuss and like the avalanche controlled bowls of major resorts.
poutanen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 07:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 926
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by poutanen View Post
Yeah! Buying the gear and heading into the back country would be like buying a parachute and jumping out of a plane!

Take a lesson and respect the backcountry. There's a reason I've been boarding for 20 years and still haven't ventured into the backcountry. I'll admit I'm 100% a wuss and like the avalanche controlled bowls of major resorts.
Haha, easy pow and not as dangerous but i bet that the feeling you get from slashing pow after you work hard for it must be something close to sex. Calling it.
Im taking classes for avy, any bets how fast am i going to kill myself?
Honestly, im taking it slow and steady. Respect for the mountain is vital.
blunted_nose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
walove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bozeman/Seattle
Posts: 764
Default

classes are great and will help you make your own decisions, meeting others with experience that will let you tag along is priceless. Its the small details in the backcountry that makes it all work. gear, planning, route finding, weather, technique...
__________________
SHRED HAPPENS
walove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
walove's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bozeman/Seattle
Posts: 764
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kusanagi View Post
And they dont help much when I am snowboarding off piste on my own?

Never go alone

reminded me of this nice little video

not an attack on snowolf at all. good judgement is key. When im solo im thinking on a different decision matrix. I scale back all risks, as any little mistake can create a big problem
__________________
SHRED HAPPENS

Last edited by walove; 09-24-2012 at 08:40 PM.
walove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 11:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
ETM
Veteran Member
 
ETM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: The winds are a changing
Posts: 2,069
Default

+1 on everything everyone else said (except blunted) lol. You will also need a splitboard or snowshoes, adjustable poles, and a backpack that fits everything you need.
ETM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 09:31 AM   #8 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
killclimbz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 10,850
Default

Depends on what sort of backcountry the OP is talking about in regards to snowshoes, splitboards, and such needed. I would like to point out that for any avalanche course I have taken, you are required to show up with the requisite avalanche gear. Beacon, probe, shovel. If you are required to take a level I course before buying said gear, that would cause some problems.

I also think it's not a bad thing that a person is wanting to buy this gear. That means they are thinking about the dangers. You have to start somewhere. I can't tell you how many people I see at places like Bert or Loveland Pass that are riding/skiing without any gear. They are also not even thinking about the dangers, just the pow. No bueno...
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 09:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
snowvols's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SLC, UT
Posts: 1,402
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by blunted_nose View Post
Im taking classes for avy, any bets how fast am i going to kill myself?
I know you're joking, but that is pretty damn stupid to joke about......
__________________
The journey of me becoming an Ironman and earning the M-dot tattoo http://ironmaninthesnow.wordpress.com/
snowvols is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 09:52 AM   #10 (permalink)
The Rooster King
 
ShredLife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 3,276
Default

you do not need to own a beacon to do every level I class - it can be a great way to "demo" different transceivers before you decide which to buy. obviously check with your instructor first.
ShredLife is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums