Q:

What's the best avalanche safety gear?

I’ve been reading about a lot of avalanche fatalities recently. What do I need to stay reasonably safe in avalanche country?

Black Diamond Quickdraw Super Tour Probe 265

Black Diamond Quickdraw Super Tour Probe 265    Photo: Courtesy of Black Diamond

A:

Next, you'll need an avalanche probe. Ski poles won’t do. Black Diamond's QuickDraw Super Tour Probe ($50) is like a really long, jointed tent pole with a point on one end. It’s light, deploys quickly, and penetrates snow well.

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