‘Best In Show’ Winter Gear At Outdoor Retailer (part II)

All-In-One Rescue And Descent Kit — This small kit could save your life, or that of your partner. Made to give climbers and backcountry skiers in alpine and glacial terrain quick access to rescue gear, the RAD System from Petzl (stands for “rescue and descent”) includes a 30-meter line of 6mm cordage, carabiners, ascenders, and a sling.

The package, made for crevasse rescue, rappelling, or roping up on glacial traverses, weighs a mere 1,045 grams and fits in a tiny bag that you wear on a harness. This is half the weight (and half the size) of similar options, Petzl cites. The slick package will cost you a lot at $400 but it could be worth the convenience, and it’s definitely worth the increased safety if you frequent the alpine danger zone. (July 2015)

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.