I’m all about being light and minimal when I ride. Don’t like riding with a backpack. I used to have one of these Bakoda Hi-Backs but have since done without it (also it doesn’t fit over my current bindings, Burton c60s). It’s crucial to have a tool on you for emergency, on-mountain repairs but should I risk jabbing myself with a tool in my pocket? No thanks, I ride wearing the 686 Original Snow Toolbelt.
You might be able to tell from the pictures, there’s a lot of wear and tear on this belt and it’s because I’ve had it for probably 5 years already. I’m surprised how well the leather has held up to the snow. It’s saved me countless times, like when the rental shop doesn’t tighten a friend’s bindings enough. The bottle opener and studs make for lethal combo of being practical as well as a rockin’ fashion statement.