Gear of the Year – Skiing


Straight Chuter

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Straight Chuter Jacket

This sexy waterproof softshell is designed for breaking trail. We can only assume Mountain Hardwear Athlete and local legend, Andrew McLean, had something to do with its inspiration. $450

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Patagonia Women’s Capilene Lightweight Baselayers

Fast-drying and super wicking–they’re made from 100% recycled polyester and are unbelievably comfortable, breathable, and durable. $49-$59

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Outdoor Research Men’s Softshell Cirque Pants

A great winter wardrobe option for the man who wants one pair of pants for every mountain adventure. Highly breathable, durable, and wind/weather resistant. $150

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Anon Women’s WM1 Snow Goggles

One of the coolest innovations in snow gear tech, these goggles have a Magna-Tech lens changing system. 14 rare-earth magnets on seven secure points of connection make for easy magnetic lens switching in variable light conditions. $219

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Smith Men’s Vantage Snow Helmet with MIPS

Features Aerocore construction that maximizes airflow, a BOA fit system with a 360-halo design, and MIPS technology—specially designed to protect your brain from impact.

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FITS Ski Pro Socks

Very cushy high performance ski socks featuring dynamic toe cup, heel lock, a full contact cuff, flat-knit toe, arch, and calf for perfect boot fit. Made from wood, nylon, polyester, and Lycra. $23

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Icebreaker Oasis Balaclava

This midweight insulation balaclava is ideal for varying temperatures because it’s made from Merino wool so it warms when it’s cold outside and cools when it’s warm outside. Breathable, odor resistant, and very soft. $34

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Arc’Teryx Men’s Lithic Mittens

Warm fingers make happy skiers. These fully-featured technical true mittens are waterproof, breathable, insulated, durable, and allow for exceptional dexterity. $249

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Dakine Arc 34L Technical Backpack

This pack has all the bells and whistles: adjustable diagonal ski carry, dedicated A-frame ski carry, snow tool pockets, deployable helmet carry, a top load back panel entry, and, yes, an integrated rescue whistle. $170

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K2 Luv Boat 108 Women’s Skis

108 underfoot and perform nice ‘n’ floaty on pow days. Made with K2 Bioflex technology, all-terrain rocker and a bamboo core; they are a perfectly sweet freeride ski. $699

Salomon Ski Poles

Salomon MTN Carbon S3 Ski Poles

Featuring the Salomon S3 BC grip, articulated BC baskets, S3 straps, Kevlar reinforcement, and an easy lock system, this is the adjustable carbon backcountry pole everyone wants. $150

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Atomic E Lithium 10 All Mountain Bindings

Super lightweight and easy to adjust without tools, these all mountain bindings have an oversized platform, low-profile chassis, stomp pedal, step-in aid, and whole bunch of other technical details that make them pretty special. $119

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Black Diamond Equipment Shiva Mx Ski Boot (Flex 110)

The women’s-specific version of the Factor Mx, the Shiva Mx, is incredibly comfortable and ideal for the gal who needs a one-boot quiver for downhill and touring because of its swappable-sole. $769


About Author

Melissa McGibbon is the Senior Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide Magazine. She is an award-winning journalist and is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Her work also appears in Outside Magazine, Lonely Planet, SKI Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Elevation Outdoors, Scuba Diving Magazine, and Matador Network. She is usually in pursuit of adventure, travel, or some daring combination of the two. IG @missmliss //

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