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It’s almost that time of year again.
The mountains are gradually filling their bases and outdoor shops across the country are mushrooming with boarders, skiers and really anyone looking to try their hand at snow activities this year (potentially for the first time).
Whether it’s with color choices or low-carbon manufacturing methods, it’s this shifting canvas – upon which the entire mountain sports industry depends – that gear makers seem to draw inspiration for new designs. .
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Of course, durability is paramount and while style tags do and must change, one of the biggest constants today is long lasting function. Kits should be light, durable and reliable – a philosophy with which to run from Colorado to California and from Austria to Norway.
For this year’s list, we’ve organized things more conveniently. If you are new to winter sports, well done. You will need the right equipment, but not the crazy technical skill of an elite athlete. On the other hand, basic waterproofing won’t be enough if you venture deep into the backcountry.
Here is our selection of key pieces to make the 2021-22 season the best yet.
For the mountain rookie
Columbia Sportswear Timberline Triple Interchange Jacket
This three-in-one jacket is a great option when you just need something to pull on for a winter hike, but know that you will be covered in the event of sudden snow showers. Decent waterproofing and mid-level fleece will get you where you need to go in solid comfort.
Smith Scout Helmet
Do not resort to renting a ski / snowboard helmet. Good head protection doesn’t have to cost a lot, especially when it comes in a sleek design like this option from Smith. This season, a more streamlined round fit is also available. Finally, this helmet is also approved for hot weather sports like cycling and skateboarding.
Peter Manning snow pants
We can’t tell you how difficult it is to find suitable ski pants for anyone with a crotch less than 30 inches. Peter Manning specializes in clothing specially designed for short men and at first glance these pants are ready for many snowshoe hikes and several ski lessons. We’re excited to release them this winter and really put them to the test.
Do you know what’s not fun? Dehydration at altitude. This is a more common problem than you might think, especially if you’re spending a ton of energy just standing on skis. The solution is a thin bag with enough water to get you through the morning having lunch without having to take a break off Rabbit Hill. Want to go further ? Get one of the new reservoirs built into LifeStraw for supreme hydration.
For those who have experience under their belt
Spy Marauder Elite Goggles
You might have rented or borrowed a friend’s glasses on your first few runs, but now is the time to get yours. Spy “Happy Lens” technology comes to life here with impressive visibility and a 60% increase in ventilation over the previous model. Clear days and bluebird skies are coming.
Oros Orion Parka
We don’t blame you if you are looking for a jacket that can withstand the rigors of the mountain, but lets you ‘watch’ the lifts once the day is over (this is also handy when traveling to said mountain with a limited bag. space). That’s why we love the Orion parka. It certainly has all the performance specs you need to go down the hill, but it’s cut in a way (and with colors) that will land well in the afternoon.
Glove Vermont Jefflo Mitt
Are you ready to invest in the last pair of winter gloves you will ever need? We thought so. It is a glove that goes the distance and puts longevity in the foreground.
POC Obex BC Mips Helmet
Beyond all the cool and protective features of this rugged headset, we think the addition of an NFC medical ID chip is pretty nifty. If you have an accident, whoever finds you can scan the ID and they will have access to your critical medical information.
Garmont Vetta Tech GTX
Leave it to the Italians to come up with soft winter shoes that have the comfort of a boot, but the performance of a hiker. When it comes to snowshoeing (and other winter hiking activities), the right shoes make a huge difference and traction is key. First example? The Michelin outsole delivered here.
Expert grinders and sculptors
Goldwin Arris jacket
Goldwin equipment is efficient. It’s definitely in the high end of the price range, but you get a ton of performance and a bit of streetwear flair incorporated into the entry price. The Arris is a GORE-TEX 3L jacket designed to go with you wherever you go.
Stio Men’s Skillet Stretch Down Hooded Jacket
Insulation layers are a delicate subject. It seems like everyone has their own favorite, but one thing we all agree on is that it should keep you warm and dry under the most demanding circumstances. Stio’s gear is battle tested in the unpredictability around Jackson Hole, WY, so there’s that bit of reassurance. Plus, it’s a great combination of stretch and breathability that we can all embrace.
Glcr 686 Men’s GORE-TEX Stretch Expedition Bib
Bibs are another of those “love them or hate them” items, but when they’re done right, they’re right. The 686 gear performs in the upper echelon of ski and snowboard clothing with parts like the Glcr, which has all the performance and comfort features for long days in the mountains.
Dæhlie wool training pants
Bottom insulation matters too. The wool / polyester blend is a bit more breathable than average full wool tights, and you have peace of mind knowing they meet the standards of legendary cross-country skier Bjørn Dæhlie.
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