Backcountry and Snowsports
Fresh Descents has chosen a simple eclectic 'light is right' mix of backcountry gear which allows fast and safe travel in our mountains and valleys
As we don't carry much stock, some items may take 2 weeks minimum for delivery, feel free to contact us prior to your purchase.
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The solution to the high-volume pack that weighs too much before it’s even loaded, the 4400 Windrider is ideal for expeditions and multi-sport adventures where resupplies are infrequent. Made for extreme environments, we designed these ultralight packs with 100% waterproof Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (formerly Cuben Fiber) and additional elastic frame sheets that provide support for extra load carrying capacity.NZ$650.00
We had the multi-day alpine climber in mind when we expanded our alpine backpack line to include the 3400 Ice Pack. Streamlined and minimalist, this ultralight backpack is perfect for light and fast alpine ascentsa one- or two-day FA in the Ruth, Alaska, or a Tetons Grand Traverse-style link up. Given a four-star review in Rock & Ice magazines 2013 Photo Annual issue, this pack offers exactly what you need and nothing more (i.e. no frills, gizmos or fancy extras). Made from 100% waterproof Cuben Fiber, the 3400 Ice Pack is highly durable and weatherproof. Use this backpack with our Cuben Fiber Stuff Sacks for a nearly perfect waterproof kit.NZ$550.00
Made for gnarly bushwhacking or desert sandstone adventures, the 2400 Southwest was designed to be used hard. Optimized for comfort and high functionality, this backpack is ideal for weekend hikes, section hiking or months on the trail where frequent resupply points are available. Built with 100% waterproof Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (formerly Cuben Fiber), the 2400 Southwest is bombproof and foolproof. Use it with our Stuff Sacks for a highly rainproof kit.NZ$450.00
Ultralight techniques dont just apply to carrying minimal weight on long-distance adventures; they are equally important for speed and efficiency while hiking technically challenging trails in sub-24 hours. Our Daybreak is an optimized, high-performance, ultralight daypack constructed with waterproof, rip-stop Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (formerly Cuben Fiber). It comes in small, medium and large, and will stay snug and comfortable while you navigate tricky terrain.NZ$360.00
Designed for passionate, goal-oriented thru hikers and backpackers, the Echo II Tarp provides the ultimate in lightweight shelter versatility. With its tight catenary cut, sealed ridgeline and double reinforced tie-outs, this ultralight tarp tent is perfect for skilled adventurers accustomed to sleeping directly on the ground. It provides almost 70 square feet of coverage, but weighs less than a glass of water. Pitch it at varying heights and angles using hiking or tent poles or even tie it out to trees. Set up takes two to five minutes. Available in Classic White or Spruce Green. Stakes sold separately.NZ$500.00
Ideal for passionate, goal-oriented adventurers hiking or backpacking through wet, buggy landscapes, the two-person Echo II Insert clips directly into the Echo II Tarp. Made with a 100% waterproof DCF11 floor and side panels and no-see-um bug mesh, it converts the tarp into a fully-enclosed zipped and floored tent system. You can also use it as a ground cloth in nice weather or alone when the mosquitoes are bad. Set up takes one minute. We recommend you utilize adjustable trekking poles for set up. Our Inserts also work with the 86 x 86 and 8 x 10 Flat Tarps. Stakes sold separately.NZ$480.00
18 mm and 16 mm two-section pole, adjustable through the patented Up&Down system.
Hot forged extractable steel blade to overcome difficult and dangerous situations.
In this latest iteration of an ORTOVOX classic we've used the most innovative materials available and cutting edge production methods to achieve the best weight-to-rigidity ratio possible. Stabilization ribs and high sidewalls give the anodized blade rigidity, while the integrated shaft socket makes it easy to pack. With the new quick-lock, the blade and the fluted telescoping shaft can be put together in one motion. The new T-Grip Pro is revolutionary. It can be inserted for both right and left-handers - and also facilitates economical clearing. One hand grasps the long grip side, which serves as an ergonomic lever, while the other hand has maximum hold on the shaft's rubber-coated grip zone.NZ$250.00
We have designed a specific product for ski touring considering the technical needs of users together with the search of simplicity and lightness. Totally new and “bomb-proof” model that can easily adapt to the modern ski touring boots. Front part made of steel with 6 points arranged in rational order.
Flex regulation bar.
Rear part made of light alloy with 4 points. Antibott mounted on the rear part, optional in the front part but included in the package. Compact storage and minimum weight for transport. Weight 558 grams with antibot platesNZ$285.00
The Ready-Heat Warming Vest uses the same heating technology as our blankets, and comes in an Overhead Style for maximum comfort. It warms to 100°F/37.8°C in 8-10 minutes, and works off a low amount of oxygen making it perfect for wearing under your jacket for increased protection against the cold.NZ$50.00Out Of Stock
The satellite communicator that allows you to type, send and receive, track and SOS all from the palm of your hand! If you’re going off the grid, stay in touch with inReach™. Now you can both send and receive messages — that means interactive SOS messages, text messages, emails, social network updates and GPS tracking. In short, an affordable remote satellite connection that is no less than revolutionary.NZ$480.00
Attention! Please Read! This hardware kit is for Sawing Your Old Board. Does NOT mount onto factory-built splitboards that have inserts!
The Voile Split Kit is the do it yourself saw your old board kit.
The Voile Split Kit includes all the DIY Voile splitboard hardware and step-by-step instructions to split your old board.
Improvements include completely new Voile Split Kit Puck with 2-hole secure t-nut mounting, lighter Voile touring brackets, more durable rear tabs on the Voile Slider Track, new binding support riser for easier uphill skinning and side-hilling, and new dual height climbing wires.
Weight 1.lb 12oz./.79kgNZ$350.00
An all-mountain fat ski that suits anyone from first time off-piste skiers to Freeride World Tour experts. The Preacher has proved itself on the world’s stage and gives back as much as you can put in. This ski has massive amounts of float in fresh powder however, the positive camber and full length torsional stiffness allows for an incredible edge hold on even the hardest of pistes.”
Designed with a 155mm wide tip to allow for a weight forward stance for ease of turn initiation, and a tapered tip to avoid hooking in the soft stuff.
From tree runs to the biggest back bowls or the last piste home, the Preacher will be a companion that will not let you down.NZ$650.00
The Ranger provides an ideal ski choice for all backcountry conditions and terrain. It has been designed to reach into the deepest corners of glacier environments, conquer steep ground as well as float effortlessly down powder bowls.
The performance profile of the Ranger allows for efficient ski touring and aids steep ascents; the skin clip tail feature gives the rider assurance that their skins will remain firmly in position all the way to the summit.NZ$650.00
Conquering the backcountry with the Ranger CarbonLite has been made all the more easier with the weight-saving of half a kilo per pair, which is the equivalent of carrying 3kg on your back!
The CarbonLite version of this ski continues to provide all the benefits and features of the Ranger, notably the performance profile that allows for efficient ski touring and aids steep ascents along with the skin clip tail feature.
Weight p/ski: 1635gNZ$750.00
“The Preacher is a Freeride World Tour winner. It has proven its excellence against the competiton. We have taken the design elements of the ski and built on its success by introducing it to our CarbonLite construction.”
With added weight-saving and durability, the Preacher continues to give large amounts of float in the powder. Combined with the positive camber and full length torsional stiffness, retains its incredibly strong edge hold on the hardest pistes.
From tree runs to the biggest back bowls or the last piste home, the Preacher will be a companion that will not let you down.
Weight p/ski: 1835gNZ$750.00