Greatest Gear For 2015: ‘Best In Show’ At Outdoor Retailer

Avalanche Air Bag Add-On — Avalanche air bags are expensive and traditionally integrated into a backpack. The North Face built a strap-on air bag system, the Modulator ABS, to allow a user to integrate the technology into almost any pack.

The product consists of two pods, which contain the avalanche airbag system and nitrogen canister, and a harness system that can be yoked to a backpack and the skier wearing it with webbing shoulder straps and leg loops. ($1,000; fall 2015)

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Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.

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