Winter Gear Review | Avalanche and Cold Weather | Bob Wards
By Hookemharry

Posted: February 8, 2012


  • Pieps DSP Tour Avalance Transceiver
  • K2 Pilchuck Backside Kit with Shovel & Probe
  • Electro Amp™ Parka from Columbia


The Experts at Bob Wards gave us some insight on some hot products for Winter 2012. Get the real reviews from the people to test the products.

Pieps DSP Tour Avalanche Transceiver

In an emergency only one thing counts: unconditional, hands-on reliability

For technology you can depend on when the need arises, trust
Pieps. They’ve been producing quality transceivers since 1972. The DSP Tour
offers a state-of-the-art, compact and light system that perfectly complements
a trained and well-practiced companion with a probe and shovel.

-Maximum circular receiving range, digital, in all directions
-Direction and distance indicators from first signal
-3 x antennas for pinpoint accuracy
-50 m search strip width
-iProbe support
-Exact self check
-Mark function for multiple burials
-Updateable to latest firmware

K2 Pilchuck Backside Kit with Shovel & Probe

Get everything you need to take on the Backside of the
mountain with the K2 Pilchuck Backside Kit. This thin,
lightweight minimalist pack can easily be worn while riding lifts and comes with the K2 Aluminum Probe 300 and
K2 Rescue Shovel. This top-of-the-line backcountry
equipment is just what you need in an emergency

K2 Aluminum Probe 300

-300cm extended
-Lightweight aluminum avalanche probe
-Trigger pull handle and non-slip textured shaft for ease
of assembly with gloved hands
-Weight: 350g


K2 Rescue Shovel

-Lightweight multipurpose shovel acts as a sled,
stove, dead man’s anchor and rescue shovel

-Blade: 9 1⁄2” x 11” (25cm x 28cm)
-Extended: 64cm (25 1⁄4”)
-Collapsed: 28cm (11”)
-Weight: 695 g


Electro Amp™ Parka from Columbia

Long days in bitter cold are no problem with the fully charged Electro Amp Parka wrapped around you. It’s loaded with
everything you’d expect in a high-performing mountaintop jacket from waterproof zippers and articulated elbows to underarm
venting and a removable snap back powder skirt. The built
in Omni-Heat Electric technology offers instant heat at the
push of a button to keep you fired up even after hours of
shredding on wind-whipped slopes. The liner is a toasty
stand-alone piece with Omni-Heat insulation, electric
and thermal reflective technologies – along with a
stain-and-rain repelling exterior. When you put the shell
over the top, you have an impenetrable combination that
will keep you comfortable in the worst conditions that
winter can dish out.

View these and other fine products at one of 5
Bob Ward & Sons store locations including Bozeman, Butte,
Hamilton, Helena, and Missoula or shop online at



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