Must-have Safety Gear for Off Piste Snowboarding

For some snowboarders, boarding is not all about speed and adrenaline. Sometimes, it can include exploring the backcountry and feeling one with Nature. Haven’t tried it yet? Well, before you get carried away with all the nature stuff, you’ve got to think about safety outdoors. Below is some of the gear you should bring with you if you’ll be snowboarding off piste:


Avalanches are an ever-present threat for off piste snowboarders. A quality avalanche shovel like the Black Diamond Deploy 3 Shovel ($69.85) will be handy in helping you get out of heavy snow and is designed to deploy immediately when there’s an emergency.

  • Black Diamond Deploy 3 Ski Shovel

Avalanche airbags like ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Powder 5 Airbag Backpack ($607.72) can be pricey, but they’re definitely an investment for your safety. In an avalanche larger objects typically rise to the surface. So if you get buried, it’ll be easier for you to get out if your backpack has an airbag system that can be inflated immediately. 97% of avalanche airbag users have survived avalanches since 1991, so it’s definitely doing something.



You may not get buried by an avalanche, but there are lots of other risks for the enterprising snowboarder. You may be taken off your route or get disconnected from your buddies and left alone in the unforgiving cold of the great outdoors and exposed to the dangers of frostbite and hungry night creatures. This probably won’t happen if you’ve got a good set of navigation gear with you.  Garmin offers one of the best outdoor GPSs on the market. Its GPSMAP 62St Handheld GPS Navigator ($287.82) is waterproof and is robust enough to withstand the rigors of the outdoors.


Anti-cold Gear

Keeping yourself warm is essential if you’ll be out in the cold for hours. Be sure to bring items that give you maximum warmth. Your hands are often very exposed compared to your feet which are protected by boots, so don’t forget to get a hand warmer like Zippo’s during your off piste snowboarding trip. At $13.85, Zippo Hand Warmer can last for up to 12 hours, long enough to keep your hands warm and safe from frostbite.


Hot Water Bottle

When it’s getting too cold out there, a nice warm beverage can be a big relief. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($31.49) can keep your coffee or any of your favorite beverages warm for up to 12 hours. This 40-ounce insulted water bottle is made of stainless steel and is under a lifetime warranty.



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