Mountain Gear ($1,049-$1,149)

Touring in the backcountry can be risky. Avy danger is a real threat that backcountry enthusiasts do their best to avoid or mitigate. Enter Black Diamond’s Avalanche Airbag Packs. From one-lap runs to all-day tours, the Black Diamond JetForce Pack is built to store essential gear and provide an innovative addition to your avalanche kit. JetForce Technology is the first avalanche airbag system to use jet-fan inflation. The JetForce packs are also rechargeable, allowing for multiple deployments on a single trip or throughout the season. Mountain Gear’s Scott McDonald explains how it works. “An internal fan fills an airbag that you deploy from the pack in the event of an avalanche. The airbag acts like a life preserver, helping to propel you to the top of the snow mass, which can aid you in both survival and rescue.” //