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Dakine BC Vest

Photograph By Colin Bane

Hate wearing a backpack? If that's the only thing keeping you from riding with the basics when you head out for a brief backcountry excursion, this low-profile vest -- with room enough to stash a shovel, probe, radio, hydration bladder, climbing skins, and other essentials -- is a sleek solution. Vertical snowboard carry straps and a retractable cable ski carry system complete the package. [$130, due out next season at Dakine.com]