By Sean Weas Explorebigsky.com Contributor

As a backcountry snowboarder, nothing can be more
annoying than bulking up
my pack for the ride down.
using BD’s z-pole technology,
the Compactors ($119) fold up and
become basically nonexistent
on the descent.

Light, strong
and incredibly small, your legs
will thank you on the way up,
and your mind will forget about
them on the way down.
Adjustable up to 20 c.m.

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