Gear of the Year

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Skiing & Snowboarding Must-Haves

By Melissa McGibbon and Jenny Willden


Skiing Gear of the Year

By Melissa McGibbon

Motorola Two-way radios
Motorola T800 Two-Way Radios
Share and track locations with others at resorts or in the backcountry with these radios. If there isn’t cell service, use the TalkAbout App to connect your smartphone to exchange locations and information. $109


Mammut Alvier Soft Bib
Mammut Alvier Soft Bib
3-layer GORE-TEX and soft lining combine to provide a lightweight yet extremely durable and quiet fabric. The bib and pants can be separated while the snap buttons and belt loops connect to compatible Mammut jackets. $549


Mammut Barryvox Package Light
Mammut Barryvox Package Light
This avalanche safety kit won’t weigh you down in the backcountry. The beacon has an intuitive interface, a triple antenna, and a 230-foot digital range. Shovel and probe deploy easily—even while wearing gloves. $449


Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis
Rossignol Soul 7 HD Skis
Great for intermediate skiers looking for ample dexterity on and off the trail, these freeride skis feature a paulownia wood core, increased stability, and a tough but light carbon matrix for powder days. $850


Black Diamond Equipment Men's Liquid Point Shell
Black Diamond Equipment Men’s Liquid Point Shell
Keep moisture at bay with this temperature-regulating jacket made from lightweight Gore-Tex PacLite hardshell fabric that’s just 14.5 ounces. $249


Eddie Bauer Women's Slate Mountain 2.0 Down Vest
Eddie Bauer Women’s Slate Mountain 2.0 Down Vest
Switch your snow jacket for this stylish vest when it’s time to après. Its RDS-certified (Responsible Down Standard) 650-fill premium down insulation keeps you cozy with or without the faux fur collar. $149


Prana Après Pant
Prana Après Pant
Slip these babies on over your baselayer for après, or ditch your bottom baselayers altogether. These hemp/recycled polyester/Tencel terry pants are peak hygge. $89


Fits Medium Downhill Ski Socks
Fits Medium Downhill Ski Socks
For ultimate comfort and warmth on the slopes, choose these fine-gauge Merino wool socks with a fully cushioned foot and shin. Heel Lock stitching secures your heel while the toe cup contours to the shape of your feet. $25


Salomon X MAX 90 W Ski Boot
Salomon X MAX 90 W Ski Boot (Resort)
Best for resort skiing, this boot has a calf adjuster, improved rebound and dynamic flex, and an oversized pivot. The Back-heel-hugging design keeps your foot in place for superb performance. $499


Dynafit Radical Ski Boot
Dynatfit Radical Ski Boot (Backcountry)
Suitable for pros and greenhorns alike, this boot weighs just over 63 ounces but packs a powerful punch with patented Motion Lock Ski/Walk and 15-21 degrees of forward lean. $549


Snowboarding Gear of the Year

By Jenny Willden

Dakine Wyeast Jacket
Dakine Wyeast Jacket
Stay dry on a powder day thanks to this jacket’s longer length, built-in powder skirt, and wrist gaiters. Bonus goggle pocket so you don’t misplace them during après. $260


Sweet Protection Women's Trooper II MIPS Helmet
Sweet Protection Women’s Trooper II MIPS Helmet
Protecting your head is worth the price of this new helmet. Equipped with a shock-absorbing liner and MIPS, a technology that reduces rotational forces on your brain during impact. $250


Zeal Optics Hatchet Goggles
Zeal Optics Hatchet Goggles
Zeal Optics’ first-ever cylindrical goggles use the Rail Lock System to glide and lock lenses in place for fast changes. Plus, every pair includes a Sky Blue Mirror lens for night riding and powder days. $159


BlackStrap Hood Balaclava Facemask
BlackStrap Hood Balaclava Facemask
Always pulling your balaclava up and down while riding? This helmet-compatible facemask’s unique mouth hinge makes it easy and is built of stretchy, UPF 50 fabric. $30


FlyLow Ronan Pullover
FlyLow Ronan Pullover
Stay cozy on the slopes with this lightweight pullover stuffed with 80 grams of Primaloft insulation. Warm for its weight and great on its own or under your favorite ski shell. $255


Helly Hansen Powderqueen Bib
Helly Hansen Powderqueen Bib
With the snow Utah’s been getting this season, a bib’s essential on the slopes. Feature light insulation, waterproof/breathable fabric, reinforced hems for durability, and beacon pocket—just in case you’re venturing into the backcountry. $300


Seirus Heatwave Plus ST Escape Mitt
Seirus Heatwave Plus ST Escape Mitt
If you’re constantly taking off your mitts to snap photos or adjust your bindings, you’ll love this pair with warm liners built in. Just unzip to reveal your fingers while keeping digits toasty. $120


Vasque Men's Coldspark Boots
Vasque Men’s Coldspark Boots
There’s no better feeling than swapping boarding boots for shoes at the day’s end. This insulated hiking pair’s a winning choice thanks to its sneaker-like comfort, stay-dry construction, and tough traction for snowy streets. $140


Ride Warpig Snowboard
Ride Warpig Snowboard
Looking for a board that’s out of the box but a thrill to ride? Built for everything from powder in the woods to the park to a slushy spring day, this little piggy rips on everything. Downsize from your normal length for surprisingly agile turning and powder float. Available for men and women. $460

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