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The North Face designed its Men's Powder Guide Vest so ski patrollers and backcountry riders can carry all the essentials without having to shoulder a pack. Built for trips through the gates or quick touring missions, the Powder Guide Vest is a lightweight and ergonomic way to stay safe in the backcountry without inhibiting your shredding capabilities.

Its incredibly durable Cordura shell is water-resistant to protect you against wet weather as well as tree branches and rocks. Mesh side panels offer a surprising amount of breathability and the mobility you need to move naturally as you bob and weave through trees. Polyurethane foam in the back panel offers a comfortable fit, and adjustable side straps ensure a close, secure fit for better balance when you're skiing.

External ski and snowboard carry straps hold your planks when you're bootpacking up exposed ridges. The Powder Guide also features plenty of pockets to hold everyday backcountry essentials. Dedicated shovel and probe pockets keep avalanche rescue gear close at hand. Multiple other pockets give you spots to stash water, snacks, maps, and more.

  • Ballistic nylon Cordura fabric
  • Mesh side panels
  • PU foam back panel
  • Recco reflector
  • External ski/snowboard straps
  • Adjustable side panels
  • Shovel and probe pockets
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Great Vest!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: S/M

I bought this for my girlfriend and myself to wear on a heli skiing trip this spring. I have taken it out on one tour thus far and it was very comfortable. I could strap my board on horizontally and the front pockets were large enough for beacon snacks phone etc. The dedicated pockets for shovel and probe are accessible and comfortable to use. My girlfriend is 6 foot, 36D, 31 inch waist, and I am 5 foot 7, 34C , 26inch waist and the S/M fit both of us relatively well considering there is not a women specific option.

Best Vest Yet

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: Large/XL

Large front pockets big enough to fit skins. With plenty of pockets in front and back. Enclosed shovel pocket to keep the snow out. Improved tightening of the vest with extra padding on the shoulders. Bet vest yet!

What is the ski carry on this? Horizontal or Aframe? Not a whole lot of details from the description or the TECH specs. Backcountry.com, please do better due diligence in your descriptions. How hard is it to standardize your ski and snowboard carry options in the description or tech specs. This should be standardized on all ski and snowboard carrying devices.

Is this vest real northface?