The North Face Powder Guide ABS Avalanche Vest

An airbag-equipped vest that fits over standard ski jackets     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Airbag-equipped backpacks are (wisely) everyone’s favorite new avalanche safety tool, and nearly a dozen manufacturers now sell them in the U.S. But only the North Face thought to incorporate the technology into apparel. Designed with airbag-veteran ABS, the Powder Guide ABS avalanche vest fits over a standard ski jacket, making it ideal for short sidecountry missions. And, yes, there’s enough room in the vest for a small shovel and avalanche probe.

Brand: The North Face $1,200

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