The Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal Card has all the snow safety/avalanche info available on an easy to read aluminum card.
The Backcountry Access Aluminum Crystal card helps you identify snow grain types while also providing additional information to help you travel safely in the backcountry.
|Dimensions:||6x4 inches / 15x10 centimeters|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||894913002448|
|Weight:||1.7 oz (48 g)|
|Backcountry Access Back Country Access Crystal Card||$11.95|
This card is great! I have used plastic cards for years and finally stepped up to this about a month ago. i find that once the card is cold crystals will last much longer allowing you to get a batter view of what the conditions are like!! This is much more durable than it's plastic counterparts when pushing into icy layers, and works well a a knife measurement in your tests. This card will melt crystals if you take it right out of your pack and try to use it. Let it cool down first!!
I love having this in the pack to check out crystals! I do like that it is aluminum as opposed to plastic- but you need to make sure it's not super heated up before you try and put some flakes on there. I like the durability and sturdiness that the aluminum offers. Overall, nice little tool to throw in the pack- doesn't take up much space/weight, and it's a good thing to learn how to use!
There is nothing wrong with this card....but since I deal with warmer temps in general and sunny skies for the most part....I find that the metal card tends to melt the grains rather fast. I've noticed similar plastic cards not having the same problem. Again...not a knock on the card...probably just something to consider if you ski in the Southwest like I do.
Would be nice if they combined this card with an inclinometer or something. but overall it provides the info needed to study the pow.