Nov 10th 2023

Get Ready To Ride – Preseason Gear Check (2024)

Winter is fast approaching, and with it, fresh powder, good times, and new thrills. Get ready to ride this season by completing a thorough gear check to ensure you're prepared for that first shred. Below we have compiled a list of general guidelines that, if followed, will help you maximize your safety, comfort, and enjoyment this season.

Avalanche Beacons/Transceivers

Our #1 Recommended Item For The Backcountry (Browse Beacons)
Beacon Batteries


  1. Check for signs of corrosion and clean battery terminals.
  2. Replace batteries with a fresh set.
  3. Test your beacon functionality and practice.

For backcountry riders without an avalanche transceiver, it's highly recommended to get one. During the off-season, it's crucial to remove the batteries from the beacon to prevent corrosion, which can damage the device permanently. Before riding, ensure to check the battery compartment for any deterioration, clean any corrosion, and replace with fresh batteries. Cleaning battery debris does not guarantee that your beacon is functional or reliable. Regularly test the beacon in transmit and search modes to guarantee its reliability (preferably before each ride). If your transceiver is buggy or inaccurate, it may be time to upgrade.

Avalanche Airbags

Canister Airbags | Electronic Airbags | Refills
Airbag Canister & Trigger


  1. Canister Airbags: Check canister pressure and ensure canister is installed properly.
    Electronic Airbags: Check for signs of corrosion, clean battery terminals, and replace batteries.
  2. If possible, test and deploy your avy pack frequently.
  3. Check the airbag balloon for wear and tear, and properly stow/fold the balloon.
  4. Pack your gear: At a minimum your pack should carry a shovel and a snow probe.

Ahead of the first ride, inspect the avy bag battery compartment, dispose of old batteries, clean the connections, and replace with new ones. Regularly test and deploy the airbag system to ensure proper functionality, while also ensuring that canister airbag packs are stored according to the manufacturer's guidelines and that a spare canister refill is available.

For ABS Canisters, weigh the canister without the cap to verify the canister

Backcountry Radios

Browse Backcountry Radios

The key to protecting any electronic gear is to avoid battery corrosion. This can be done through careful long-term storage and routine maintenance. Users should store radios with the batteries removed (if possible) or maintain a charge of 80–100%. To save time on the sled, test your radio before your ride and preset your channels.

Other Electronics

Heated Gloves | Heated Goggles | Heated Layers

At the start of each riding season, properly dispose of old batteries (if present) and replace them with a fresh set. Test your gear before your ride to avoid unpleasant surprises. Follow manufacturer guidelines on proper storage and maintenance of each device.

For internal or proprietary batteries: between rides store with the battery removed (if possible) or store with a full-charge (periodically maintain the charge).


Coats & Jackets | Pants & Bibs | Sprays & Treatments

Regularly wash and clean your riding gear to maintain waterproofness and comfort. You should wash your gear when: (1) water repellent is no longer effective at beading and shedding water, (2) your gear looks or smells dirty.

This article provides general guidelines for gear care and maintenance; always refer to the manufacturer guidelines for best care instructions.