10 Big Mountain Gear Essentials

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Swatch Big Mountain Freeskier

If you want to go big, there’s a few pieces of gear you’ll need to help get you there.  Here is our quick list of 10 big mountain gear essentials to get you out and down in the safest and most stylish manner possible:

1. Marmot Freerider Jacket

When you’re in big mountains, you are going to want gear that can hold up to the elements.  The Marmot Freerider jacket is a perfect fit featuring GORE-TEX and fully seam taped zippers.

2. The North Face NFZ Pant

Tough and durable, The North Face NFZ pant is sure to hold up much better than you after a fall through the cheese grater.

3. Lange XT 130

Everyone knows that without the right boot, you’re powerless as a skier.  The Lange XT 130 is the perfect match for big mountain skiers combining a stiff, narrow, and race like fit with light weight materials and a walk mode for optimal hiking performance.

4. Volkl KatanaVolkl Katana Skis 2014

After your boots, the next most important tool of the trade is the ski.  And the Volkl Katana is just the big mountain stick you need in order stay up on your feet while getting down on some big mountains. And the fact that it comes in a burly 198 ain’t a bad thing either.

5. Rossignol FKS 180 Bindings

The Rossi FKS is one of the most tried and trusted bindings on the market, with superior lifetime you can count on shredding these bindings for seasons to come.

6. Smith Vantage Helmet

Keep the brain in tact with the Smith Vantage Helmet.  Offering optimal styling, protection, and venting you will not be disappointed.

7, Smith I/OX Goggles

Get the most out of your helmet’s ventilation system and maximize your field of view by pairing the Vantage with a pair of Smith I/OX goggles.

8. Hestra Seth Morrison 3-Finger Pro Mittens

Keep your fingers warm and your knuckles safe with the Seth Morrison 3-Finger Pro mittens by Hestra.  You get the warmth of mittens, while maintaining dexterity and functionality.

Poc Spine VPD 2.0 Vest9. POC Spine VPD 2.0 Vest

One of the key pieces of equipment that’s often overlooked by big mountain skiers is the spine protector.  This little piece of gear can be the difference between a banger pow day and a heli ride to your favorite hospital.

10. Burton Total Impact Shorts

You don’t always fall, but when you do you’re going to want to keep the hips and groin safe with the Burton Total Impact Shorts.

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