Gear recommendations? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-22-2013, 05:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Whistler
Posts: 142
Default Gear recommendations?

Time to get out in the backcountry...

I just ordered a Pieps DSP Tour beacon from Canadian Cartel. Seemed like a good deal for $259 and I found lots of positive reviews so I hope it was a good purchase.

Can anybody recommend a good probe, shovel, and pack? What else should I pick up? I plan on taking an AST 1 course as soon as I get everything. Can anybody recommend one in Whistler? Seems like there are lots to choose from. I've read that a 300cm probe is a good idea for the PNW. Would that apply to Whistler as well?

Escape Route and Excess Backcountry are the two main shops here, but I'm willing to shop online to save some money as I didn't find too much help in the stores.

As far as bags, I was looking at the smaller Dakine Heli pack or Baker. I'm looking for a small pack that I can wear on lifts with a board carry system. Just need room for a shovel, probe, skins, poles, and maybe a water reservoir system.

I'll probably be riding a bit of sidecountry for now, but shopping for a splitboard by the end of this season and planning on buying a sled next season.

Any other advice is appreciated.
luckboxing is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 02-22-2013, 07:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
Veteran Member
killclimbz's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Front Range
Posts: 11,042

I take it you are planning on doing lift accessed backcountry. You are probably looking for a pack that carries around 20 maybe 25 liters. Skins take up a fair amount of room. A Dakin Heli pack will probably do that for you though you won't be able to carry much in the way of extras. If you are planning on doing any sort of touring I would highly recommend going up to a 30-35 liter pack. Cinch it down if you don't need the space. I would definitely plan on carrying some water and food with you.

Pieps DSP tour is a solid beacon. No worries there. Learn how to use it as much as you can before your level I.

I would say get a 300cm probe. I use a 340. Overkill in Colorado, but when I am in the PNW it is pretty obvious that you want one for the deeper maritime snow pack, which Whistler has.

As far as shovels go, get one with a metal blade. Several good companies for this. I like shovels that can convert into a snow hoe. That can be very handy for moving snow quickly without picking it up. In a team rescue situation this can be useful.
killclimbz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
jwelsh83's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: East
Posts: 290

Nice, I'm in the same boat as you my friend. I'm gearing up to go out to Jackson Hole next year with a buddy and started accumulating stuff this past year. I ended up getting a Quiksilver Travis Rice backpack that is 24L and holds all my stuff. I've got the basic Mammut Element Beacon, Black Diamond Quick Draw Probe, and a Black Diamond Deploy 7 Shovel. The Shovel isn't the biggest but its folds nicely into my pack and the way I see it, in the time in need, the adrenaline will be pumping and Ill most likely be on my knees shoveling. It's small, but I can shovel away. I've also got a basic 2 person first aide kit, and being a Paramedic myself, I threw some extra things in the kit. I'm just trying to figure out what else I may need beside the essentials (Probe, shovel, and beacon). I've also got extra gloves, jacket, etc. Hope this helps. My buddy thinks I'm too paranoid, but he'll be thankful if he goes down and I've got enough life saving tools for the both of us. Avalanches are no joke...go to and they have everything with stuff on sale

Last edited by jwelsh83; 02-24-2013 at 04:08 PM.
jwelsh83 is offline   Reply With Quote

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 02:36 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
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