Not every snowboarder needs this stuff – but those who do, really do. The dangers of finding lines far from the beaten track are well-documented, and won’t always be surmountable, but these items (along with a strong knowledge of what you’re doing) will give you the best possible chance of staying safe in the backcountry.
“When you consider that it’s potentially the difference between life and death, the cost suddenly doesn’t seem too bad”
Anyone with a focus on scoring the best powder days needs a transceiver, shovel and probe at the bare minimum. Plus you need a backpack to put it all in, and one designed specifically for that purpose will always trump your old schoolbag – especially if it’s kitted out with an airbag system. For more advice, check out our guide to packing for the backcountry here.
It’s all fairly pricey – the most expensive gear in our entire gear guide can be found right here – but when you consider that it’s potentially the difference between life and death, the cost suddenly doesn’t seem too bad.
We’ve gathered together the best transceivers, shovels, probes, packs and accessories from the world’s leading brands. Some are also covered in more detail in The Snowboard 100, so be sure to check those out – in the meantime, here’s our complete overview of backcountry safety products for 2016/17.
Scroll down to view all avalanche transceivers and backcountry products, or skip to a particular brand using the links below
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Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Tobias Grünwald / Sam Oetiker / Sami Tuoriniemi