It’s always better to be safe than sorry; and that is especially true for free-skiers and snowboarders. The POC Spine Ergo Bug ($100) should be on the back of every snow-traversing individual. It features optimal protection without compromising flexibility and movement as it employs EVA cushioning technology. The protector safeguards your spine as it is capable of great shock absorption and improved impact distribution. It is also extremely light, well-ventilated, and adjustable to the user’s height. Don’t hit the slopes without it.