gear| Mountain Sledder Magazine
The 509 Evolve Jacket and Bib use a proprietary weatherproof fabric they call “5TECH”. For maximum mobility, the jacket and bib have been tailored for an aggressive riding posture—they are shaped for the position you’ll be in while riding, not while putting out the vibe at the pump.
The Elevation Dry-Link is called a monosuit, but it isn’t really. It’s two pieces (jacket and bibs) that zip fully together to form one. And from what I’ve seen so far with one day under my belt (haha), you kind of get the best of both worlds.
What about your emergency kit? There is a pile of info on these online and I encourage you to do a search. Being prepared and as comfortable as possible in an emergency situation can make a big difference in the final outcome. A few of my must-haves besides the obvious are a bivy sack, small cook stove, flares and two-way reliable communication that can reach the outside world.
The iPhone 8 does bring a few new features to the table that will help sledders capture better sledding footage, so it’s worth taking a look at what’s new.
Some key improvements include an increased 70m search strip width, which can improve search times. Also, the interface on both transceivers has been completely redesigned to help simplifying searching technique in a rescue scenario. Combined, these improvements should drastically affect search and rescue times.
Opinions on monosuits are fairly polarized. People seem to either love them or hate them. But those in the latter camp are usually just that: haters who have never actually tried one. Those that have can agree that monosuits are pretty great, but the fact remains that not all are created equal. It’s time to take a look at TOBE Privus monosuit to see how it stacks up.
If you ride in the mountains without training and gear, then you are not a mountain sledder. I don’t care what kind of hot-rod sled you own. Don’t call yourself that. Being a mountain sledder means something. It means that you’re prepared. It means that you can take care of yourself and others. And it means that you’ve taken the necessary steps to be as safe as you can out in the mountains