"Gearhead's Choice: This package features the Pieps Pro, which has one of the largest search radiuses out there. It also comes wiht the Evac 7 shovel. I love the fact you can convert this shovel into a hoe for when you want move massive amounts of snow quickly. The blade is bullet proof for chopping through ice. "
"Runner-Up: This package is all about fast & light from start to finish. Quality materials, quality tech, quality product. "
"Best Value: User friendly and price conscience. If you are just starting to venture into the backcountry, look no further. "
"Gearhead's Choice: The new fan technology that they came out with for airbags is ground breaking. Allows you test to the bag before every time you go out, giving you piece of mind. With the 40L you can bring everything you'll need for the day and then some. "
"Runner-Up: Arva has really dialed in pack functionality with this thing. Even with the airbag, this thing swallows gear and carries well. "
"Best Value: BCA was one of the first in the airbag game and that shows in the way their packs fit and functionality. At $400, this thing is a steal. "
"Gearhead's Choice: Take studying your snow pits seriously? This is your kit. Study your pit like your life depends on it. Because it does. "
"Runner Up: Wanting the basics for getting into snow science? This is your kit. "
"Necessity: This saw attaches to your pole incredible well and the blade is super sharp. Cuts through ice or branches like a hot knife through butter. Keep your snow pits on point with this saw. "
"Necessity: Make the cut on the back-wall of your snow pit easier than ever. Also works great for cornice cuts!"
"Neccesity: Never have communication with your partner be an issue for you in the backcountry. Sometimes it can be the difference between life and death, and at the very least you can tell your partner coming down second where the better pow slash is. Lapel feature gives you total control of your radio when you have your radio buried in your pack. "
"Neccisty: If the worst case scenario ever comes, you'll want every advantage you can get. Make sure to ski/ride with it in your mouth!"