The Ounce Shaver

Light essentials for wilderness touring

Jan 1, 2003
Outside Magazine


Protection: Black Diamond AvaLung 2 The new AvaLung allows buried slide victims to suck O2 out of snow, at less than half the weight of its predecessor. ($120; 9 oz)

Beacon: Backcountry Access Tracker DTS This is the most popular transceiver in North America, and for good reason—five LEDs point the way to a buried victim. ($300; 11 oz)

Skis: Atomic TG:10 Super light The TG:10s feel like helium underfoot during uphill slogs, yet deliver a steady downhill ride if not pushed beyond their comfort zone. ($314; 6 lbs, 2 oz)

Skins: Backcountry Access Deluxe Low-Fat Climbing Skins Every ounce counts. These daisy-hued strips have less heft, and stick like pine tar. ($120; 1 lb, 4 oz)

Pack: The North Face MG45 A simple, stout pack for pared-down hut trips, the MG45 has 2,750 cubic inches for food, fleece, and sleeping bag, plus ski slots for the occasional ridge scramble. ($129; 4 lbs)

Probe: Black Diamond Quickdraw Probe Tour 235 Finding an avalanche victim is stressful enough without a clumsy probe. The seven-foot-seven pole extends in seconds and locks automatically. ($52; 9 oz) Shovel: G3 AviTech This digger offers bike-tube-style welding where telescoping shaft meets blade. Shaving ounces? Leave the handle's middle section at home. ($61; 1 lb, 7 oz)

Boots: Dynafit TLT 700 Stiffer tongues and a new, burlier cuff don't make for the market's most featherlight slipper. But then, cranking turns with a 40-pound rucksack was never this fun. ($435; size 8, 7 lbs, 1 oz)

Poles: Indigo Equipment Epic Ice can clog the holes of lesser push-button adjustable poles. But these light carbon-fiber/aluminum tubes block it with a weather-stopping membrane. ($99; 1 lb, 3 oz)

Bindings: Dynafit TourLite Tri-Step Son of the groundbreaking TourLite Tech, the Tri-Step moves closer to a step-in binding. Requires boots with special fittings. ($300; 2 lbs)

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