The Bomber

Solid, sturdy A.T. gear for picking off couloirs and steep chutes

Jan 1, 2003
Outside Magazine


Skis: K2 Shuksan A pair of aluminum-titanium sheets and a healthy waist make these big-mountain planks ideal for GS turns in powder or spring slop. ($459; 7 lbs, 10 oz)

Bindings: Fritschi Freeride The step-in-and-go favorite of ski patrollers gets beefier with clamping power that now rivals that of in-bounds bindings. ($250; 4 lbs, 7 oz)

Poles: Black Diamond FlickLock Adjustable Probe Pole with optional Whippet self-arrest conversion kit. Bound for dicey terrain? Affix the Whippet to one of your FlickLocks to prevent a steep-angle stumble from turning into a ripper. (As shown: $165; 1 lb, 8 oz)

Skins: G3 High Performance Climbing Skins A new ultratacky adhesive keeps these glued to your boards when the going gets vertical. ($104; 1 lb, 5 oz)

Beacon: Ortovox X1 This user-friendly avalanche transceiver tries to eliminate human mistakes. One feature: You can't put it on without switching it on. ($280; 6 oz)

Protection: Life-Link ABS PACK Grabbed by a slide? Pull the rip cord, and a pair of air bags hidden in this backpack inflate. With a little luck, they'll bob you to safety. ($645; 6 lbs, 7 oz)

Shovel: Backcountry Access Tour Shovel and Probe System Shovels are much alike, but this one's stout handle hides a seven-foot probe pole. ($80; 1 lb, 8 oz)

Boots: Lowa Struktura EVO A stiffer, one-piece tongue makes these three-buckle wonders a top choice when atop a hairy couloir. ($500; size 10, 8 lbs, 10 oz)

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