2018 Gear Spring Shoot – Last Ride
You don’t need great snow to have fun riding in the mountains. Really, it’s time spent goofing off with friends that makes mountain sledding so enjoyable. But when the long days of spring turn that magnificent winter powder into concrete, it can be disheartening to know that your season’s sledding days are numbered. What better reason for one last ride than to get together with friends and try out some 2018 gear. Who cares if the snow is a little stiff, and the weather ain’t great. It’s still fun! And it’s a memory that can tide you over until that glorious white blanket descends upon the land once again.
Photos by Alex Hanson
Spring Shoot in the Mountains: 2018 Gear
1. TOBE VIVID BOA JET BLACK BOOT $529.95
Boa-laced boots are ultra-fast on and off, and dual-zone adjustment ensures a perfect fit that won’t slack off as the day goes on. 100% waterproofness and optimal breathability make this boot a winner.
2. MAMMUT BARRYVOX $425 / MAMMUT BARRYVOX S $599
70m search strip width and incredibly intuitive use are two key features of the new transceivers from Mammut. Barryvox S includes smart search features which reduce signal overlap.
3. HIGHMARK CHARGER R.A.S. 3.0 $899
For riders who want impact protection built into their avalanche airbag vest—without a bunch of extra bulk and weight—the Charger is the ticket. It’s form-fitting and comfortable, with generous arm cut-outs for easy mobility.
11. HIGHMARK BY SNOWPULSE PRO P.A.S. 3.0 $1059
For 2018, the venerable Highmark Pro has been upgraded to the 3.0 Snowpulse airbag system, which is considerably lighter and takes up less space in the pack than the 2.0 system. The pack is redesigned to be smaller and lighter than previous models, with a more streamlined profile.
Helmets and Goggles
4. 509 IGNITE SINISTER X5 BLACK OPS GOGGLE $289.95
Lens fog is a thing of the past with the new battery-powered thermal conductive heated lens of the Ignite goggle. A single button allows riders to select between two-minute auto or always on modes.
6. 509 BLACK OPS ALTITUDE HELMET $349.95
Black never goes out of style. The Black Ops model can be found in both the thermoplastic poly-alloy constructed Altitude and Carbon Fiber Altitude helmets. Both models feature Fidlock easy-open magnetic chinstrap.
7. 509 REVOLVER BLACK TEAL GOGGLE $189.95
Lens pivot technology in the Revolver allows the user to quickly release the lower lens attachment and pivot the lens up to vent pent-up moisture into the air. This can all be done without removing the goggle. It also allows for super fast lens swapping for good vision in changing light conditions.
12. FXR BOOST CX PRIME BLACK/OPS MATTE HELMET $240
Lightweight with a secure fit, this helmet does the trick for keeping your noggin protected at
a very reasonable price. It even comes with a few bells and whistles including a neck-brace compatible collar and a super handy ratchet-style quick release buckle.
5. 509 FORGE ORANGE JACKET $379.95
Keep it simple is the mantra of the Forge Jacket. Minimalist though it may be, premium features such as 5TECH fabric, waterproof zippers and critically taped seams remain, just at a lower price-point.
8. 509 EVOLVE ORANGE JACKET $449.95
For maximum freedom of movement, 509’s 5TECH waterproof breathable fabric is cut specifically for the aggressive riding position of mountain sledders. Fully taped seams, waterproof zips, snow skirt and wrist gaiters all work to keep snow and moisture outside where it belongs.
9. 509 EVOLVE LIME BIB $399.95
Mid-rise front and rear bibs keep the snow out, while 5TECH fabric keeps you dry. Zipper placements are well thought out with a two-way front zip and side zips for easy boot access. Elastic side panels allow for an aggressive fit with ease of movement.
10. TOBE LUDO FUCHSIA PURPLE MONO SUIT $799.95
Ludo is TOBE’s lightweight, entry-level mono. It’s a three-layer, 100% windproof and waterproof nylon uninsulated shell. There’s no liner and no suspenders, but the usual goodies such as waterproof zips and reinforced knees and cuffs are all there.
13. FXR HELIUM TRILAM LITE BLACK/MINT/ NUKE RED MONO $540
FXR has got it figured out with this mono. Four-way stretch outershell allows easy movement, while its slim cut is built for active riding. It is both uninsulated and without a liner, making it super lightweight and minimalist.
14. FXR CX LITE MONO $550
The uninsulated Lite version of the CX Mono is the ticket for the mountains, but for maximum versatility it can be combined with a removable liner for cold days or lighter activity. Dry seat and knee inserts are among the many bonus features.
17. TOBE NOVO HAWAIIAN OCEAN MONO SUIT $1079.95
Novo is the latest mono suit in the TOBE line-up. It’s got lightweight, bomber Cordura fabric that is fully seam sealed. Vent zips on the outer thigh, an additional chest pocket and different styling are what separate it from the popular Vivid Mono Suit, but otherwise it features similar top-notch construction.
15. ALPYNE APPAREL VERNON POM-POM BEANIE $25.99
16. ALPYNE APPAREL YELLOWSTONE SLOUCH BEANIE $25.99
Don’t let your head freeze when it’s time to stop for lunch. Bring some classic style to the mountains with a pom-pom or slouch toque.
17. MOUNTAIN SLEDDER SNOWMOBILE FIRST AID KIT $49.95
The only first aid kit designed specifically for sledders has everything you need and nothing you don’t. It comes packaged in a handy zippered soft case that is water resistant and fits easily in your pack.