Women’s Ski Pants Best of 2011-2012

November 27th, 2011

Check out our newer best of womens ski pants editions for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014

 

#1: Mammut Robella Pant—Women’s ($$$)

Description: Mammut Robella Pants – Women’s: Best selling and best fitting, the Mammut Robella Pants meet the demanding needs of an aggressive woman skier. The Robella pants are made of premium, high-quality DRYtech™ with a cozy microfibre filling and splash-proof, 2-way side ventilation.

What People Say: Mammut hit the nail on the head with these pants. They’re just the right length. I’m 5’7″ and they fit great with my ski boots on. I’m 115 pounds and the size four was spot on. They come up pretty high in the back, which I like so that snow can’t creep up. Out of the 5 pairs I ordered, these were the most expensive but the ones I kept because they fit great.

Recommendation: As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. These pants come a higher price than most, but are built with the best quality product in mind; warm, comfortable, stylish and high performance. Built for the devoted skier.

Sizes: 6-12

ON SALE HERE

 

#2: Patagonia Snowbelle Insulated Pants — GREAT DEAL FOR THE PRICE ($)

Description: You don’t mind the cold. Well actually, that is a gigantic lie. You hate being cold. And you love to ski. It’s a conundrum that can only be solved by the Women’s Snowbelle Insulated Pants fromPatagonia. The H2No barrier combined with the lightweight insulation of Thermogreen will keep you dry and warm on the mountain so you can stay comfy while you enjoy the freedom of flying down the mountain.

What People Say: These are the best ski pants I have ever owned. Comfortable and cozy. I have always had a problem keeping my legs warm and these do the trick. I wear one thin base layer and I am toasty the entire day – even on a windy snowy day! I would definitely recommend them. They fit true to size.

Recommendation: Women, if you are looking for a flatteringly cut, high performance, comfortable pant, then look no further than the Patagonia Snowbelle. At this price, it’s the best pant around.

Sizes: XS-XL

ON SALE HERE

 

#3: Marmot Starstruck Pant – Women’s ($$)

Description: The Marmot Starstruck Pants keep up with you whether you’re slaying the steeps during a winter storm or searching for sidecountry pow after a big dump.

What People Say: Durable, breathable, functional, good-looking, I plan to use these pants everywhere!

Recommendation: If you’re a skier who’s all over the frontside and backside, this is the pant for you. Comfortable, warm, and built to withstand all conditions.

Sizes: XS-XL

ON SALE HERE

 

 

#4: Spyder Circuit Pant – Women’s ($$)

Description: If neither baggy nor skin-tight is your look, pull on the Spyder Women’s Circuit Pants. These straight-leg ski pants feature non-bulky insulation and waterproof breathable fabric to protect you from cold chairlift seats, frigid winds, and blower pow while you schuss your favorite resort. Adjust the waistband to fit over your layers, secure the gaiters around your ski boots, and commence skiing. Scuff guards ensure your edges don’t eat your pant cuffs alive.

What People Say: These pants fit like a pair of jeans… not bulky, but they’re totally functional. So warm, waterproof and windproof too. They are a bit high waisted for my taste, but there’s a reason for that. Material is really soft. They kept me toasty on the back bowls at Vail in powder up to my knees…

Recommendation: Comfy as jeans, and a whole lot more waterproof. What can be better?

Sizes: 4-14

ON SALE HERE

 



Men’s Ski Pants Best of 2011-2012

November 26th, 2011

Don’t see your perfect ski pants here? Check out our latest best of men’s ski pants for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.  

 

#1: Patagonia Powder Bowl Men’s Ski Pants ($$$)

Description: Needless to say, we’ve all had our share of lousy winter experiences. Those don’t happen when you cruise the mountain wearing the Patagonia Men’s Powder Bowl Pant. This powder-cruising shell has waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance fabric, fully taped seams, side vents, a regular fit, and a smooth inner lining that won’t hamper your shredding skills.

What People Say: I love the fit/finish of the Powder Bowls. Tons of pockets and better placed than most pants including the Primos. 2 layer Gore-Tex Performance shell feels solid and a nice mesh lining to wick moisture will be great! Side zip vents go from just below the waist to the knee. These seem more like a softshell, not loud and crinkle sounding like typical Gore-Tex (Primo’s are a good example of loud). They just have the elastic cuff with no synching or tie down option, which would be a nice addition.

Recommendation: When you think performance, you thinkPatagonia. These are one of top ski pants on the market, with all the features to shred the mountains all day, every day.

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#2: Arcteryx Sabre Men’s Ski Pants ($$$)

Description: A lot of today’s high performance, active-fit clothing looks a bit too slim to be really fashionable. Free-skiers and snowboarders whined. Arc’teryx listened. Designers gave the Sabre Pant a more generous cut so they would be a little more in touch with today’s baggy fashions than many of the company’s previous pants. The Sabre still has the technical features of the rest of the line; Gore-Tex waterproof breathable construction, thigh vents, and articulated knees. As a special topping, Arc’teryx added color-matched Keprotec instep patches to the pant’s cuffs to add a heap of resiliency–never fear the ski-edge shreddage again.

What People Say: Finally Arc’teryx is bringing some new school, freeride style to their line. I like a straight shell pant – no need for insulation in Tahoe. I was worried that the fleece lining was going to be too hot but it is super thin and does not over-insulate the pants. Just provides a little fuzzy comfort. Belt is lame but easy to remove and replace with whatever you want. Classic Arc’teryx bomber construction – weatherproof and zippers in the right places. Sweet

Recommendation: This is an exceptionally designed pant for skiers and snowboarders alike. It’s built with quality, performance and value in mind. This pair will last you forever.

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#3: Mammut Pizol Men’s Ski Pant ($$)

Description: The Pizol Pant is a traditional looking ski pant featuring a drytech exterior and high quality 40g fiberfill insulation, ensuring that you’ll stay warm and dry no matter how cold and snowy the mountain is. Featuring a regular fit and all the features you expect from a technical company like Mammut, including edge protection, stretchable snow gators, waist adjustment system, and spray resistant ventilation zippers, these pants will undoubtedly be a go-to pant for any alpine enthusiast.

What People Say: I use these pants mainly for backcountry ski touring. Despite my tendency to sweat buckets, they keep me warm, dry, and comfy. Perfect fit, not overly baggy, which I like. I added my own belt. Great looks too!

Recommendation: Excellent in all climates, the Pizol Pant is a great fitting shell that that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable at a great value! Great pant for weekend warriors.

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#4: The North Face Freedom Insulated Men’s Ski Pants ($)

Description: Ski the mountain wrapped in the waterproof, eco-friendly warmth of The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Pant. These ski pants have articulated knees and a Free Fit so you’ll get to make your turns with flexibility and casual style. The Freedom Insulated Pant has fully taped seams to shore up the HyVent shell and protect you from moisture, and the new Heatseeker Eco insulation will keep you warm while lowering your carbon-footprint at the same time. Wear these with your Pant-a-lock compatible The North Face jacket to create an impenetrable barrier against powder invasion.

What People Say: These pants work for a wide range of temps. Enough insulation that with the right underlayer they’ll withstand the cold yet thin enough that modifying what’s underneath will work for warm temps too. I’m 6’1″ and the XL has a nice loose fit, upsize if you want a baggier fit and go true if you like a traditional fit. All in all a well rounded pant, especially for the price.

Recommendation: An all-around solid choice for ski pants. These pants will work well in all conditions and come at a lower price point than most others. Perfect for any level of skier.

BEST PRICE HERE

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Women’s Ski Jackets Best of 2011-2012

November 23rd, 2011

Don’t see your perfect jacket here.  Check out our latest best of women’s ski jackets for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.  

A selection of the top Women’s Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:

 

#1:Patagonia Women’s Primo Down Jacket ($$$)

Description: Our warmest, most protective freeriding jacket features 700-fill-power European goose down with a durable, waterproof/breathable 2-layer GORE-TEX® Performance Shell – a combination that keeps you comfortable in the coldest, wettest conditions.

What People Say: This is the warmest most waterproof jacket I own. It’s really nice being able to wear a super warm down jacket on a wet Tahoe storm day and not worry about the down getting wet. Even on cold high-pressure days this is the jacket I reach for. One of my favorite features is the integrated powder skirt. You can snap the skirt to the pants and never worry about a windy or snowy back.

Recommendation: This is the best jacket on the market.Patagonia has again made a premier product that is waterproof, warm, and comfortable in any condition.

Sizes: XS-L

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#2: Eider Yangra Women’s Jacket ($$)

Description: Most lightweight down jackets have a slight problem that isn’t often mentioned: down tends to get out and water tends to get in via the seams. The Eider Women’s Yangra Down Jacket handles this problem by thermally bonding the seams instead of stitching them, so that everything stays in its proper place. This feature, along with the shell’s Defender waterproof breathable laminate and DWR treatment, makes the Yangra weather-proof in any conditions.

What People Say: I just got this jacket and I love it already! It’s down-lined and waterproof and the two handwarmer pockets on the front on incredibly convenient!

Recommendation: Eider never ceases to produce a new and improved product. Not many jackets combine the warmth of down-lining, with the durability of waterproof lining. This jacket does it all, and looks good too. A high-end jacket for a consumer looking for it all, performance, comfort, warmth and style.

Sizes: 4-14

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#3: Armada Kayo Jacket—Women’s ($)

Description: Just because the snow is out doesn’t mean you’re going to sacrifice a single day of ski season. When you’re braving the slush and occasional unpredictable nor’easter, don the Armada Women’s Kayo Jacket and enjoy a versatile shell that protects you from a variety of conditions.

What People Say: I plan to live in this jacket all year. It’s light, breathable, and stylish. I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything but it keeps me warm and dry all day.

Recommendation: In Armada’s first year with outwear, the Kayo jacket has found its way into the upper echelon of women’s jackets. It’s light, breathable, stylish and functional. You can wear this coat on the hill and off the hill.

Sizes: XS-XL

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#4: The North Face Bitsy Jacket – Women’s ($)

Description: Sometimes expensive waterproof ski jackets look completely overstuffed with insulation, but this Bitsy Jacket for women from The North Face is a practical and fashionable alternative to clothing inspired by polar expedition outerwear. This jacket is fully seam-sealed and features breathable, waterproof two-ply HyVent® softshell fabric for excellent weather protection. The Bitsy Jacket has a tapered, feminine look throughout the torso, but it’s thoroughly insulated with Heatseeker™ Eco for optimal thermal retention. Ski resort refinements include an internal media pocket, detachable hood, snap-back powder skirt with elastic grip, and zippered handwarmer pockets with an attached goggle cloth.

What People Say: This jacket is exactly what I wanted, affordable, stylish and perfect for ski weekends.

Recommendation: If you are looking for an affordable performance ski jacket that doesn’t look like you climbing Everest, the Bitsy Jacket is the perfect jacket for you.

Sizes: XS-XL

BEST PRICE HERE



Men’s Ski Jackets Best of 2011-2012

November 23rd, 2011

Don’t see your perfect jacket here?  Check out our latest best of men’s ski jackets for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.  

A selection of the top Men’s Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:

 

#1: Patagonia Men’s Primo Ski Jacket ($$$)

Description: The primo uses the most durable recycled nylon face fabrics available. The three-layer construction uses a Gore-Tex membrane, which is bonded between the outer material and robust inner lining for total waterproof/breathable protection.

What People Say: I purchased this jacket because I needed a shell that I could ski in as well as a jacket I could hike/backpack in and this one does it all. The fit is perfect, no too much excess material but enough room to layer underneath if needed. It is totally waterproof and the powder skirt zips out so that you can use it as just a packable rain shell for camping trips. The material is good but not quite as burly as say an Arcteryx jacket. I skied 4 days in Jackson Hole in this jacket with just a base layer beneath and it kept me plenty warm. All in all a great all around shell jacket from Patagonia!

Recommendation: Patagonia continues to make the some of the finest quality outwear around. This jacket is comfortable, durable, waterproof and warm. It is expensive, but worth every penny.

Sizes: M-XL

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#2: Eider Jackson Hole Men’s Ski Jacket ($$)

Description: Equip yourself with the best. The Eider Jackson Hole jacket offers a killer fit, with full weather and winter protection. It is the most versatile two-layer jacket in Eider’s Defender Twill fabric. This jacket feature waterproof lining, a removable hood with “plug-in system,” exposed aqua-guard zippers, removable powder skirt, and underarm air vents.

What People Say: This jacket in black looks great, feels great and is super warm.

Love it. Style, warmth, and quality – all 5 star. So far so good.

Recommendation: Definitely one of the best jackets on the market today. It’s stylish, warm and durable. Its waterproof lining makes it a great fit for skier who experiments in all types of conditions.

Sizes: M-XL

BEST PRICE HERE

 

3: Mammut Ransom Men’s Ski Jacket ($$)

Description: From hard skiing in sun-soaked bowls to your favorite thigh-high powder stashes, the Ransom delivers. Complete with a fully adjustable, helmet-compatible hood, tons of accessible pockets and a second neck zip, the Ransom provides a relaxed or sealed collar for added comfort in all conditions.

What People Say: I can’t say enough about this jacket. I ski in many different types of conditions, and I need a jacket that is comfortable, but also provides the warmth needed in more extreme conditions. The fleece lining, combined with the premium outer-layer, make this jacket perfect for my needs.

Recommendation: Whether your skiing under the sun or weathering the storm, this jacket does it all. Its high quality materials provide comfort and performance.

Sizes: M-XL

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#4: Flylow BA Puffy Coat ($$)

Description: This jacket uses waterproof and breathable nylon ripstop fabric to keep the wet stuff out, but also has 15-inch pit zippers to cool you down at the bottom of a run or on a quick bootpack. The jacket is seam taped and uses Thinsulate micro puff insulation to keep the jacket super warm and pretty darn packable.

What People Say: This is the single best jacket I have ever owned. The insulation is just right, so on most winter days you can wear it over a base layer and spine protector and be plenty warm, and on a bootpack or traverse you can unzip and cool off super quick. On those balls-cold days, throw this over a micropuffy and you will not get cold. Great fit, excellent hood and bombproof!

Recommendation: With only a few years to prove itself, Flylow Gear has shown it can make a top quality product for a lower price point than its competition. The BA Puffy Coat has received rave reviews and is cheaper than most of its competition.

Sizes: S-XL

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#5: Armada REM Men’s Ski Jacket ($)

Description: Do you love snow but hate the wet cold that comes with? Well no worries, you’ll be dry, warm and ready for more with Armada REM Jacket. Armada has come through once more bringing you at top-of-line jacket. Boasting Armada’s SuperFlo lining system created by skiers for skiers, with the REM Jacket you’ll have the tools and pockets to be ready for it all!

What People Say: This jacket is great. It’s not too bulky, and has a great ventilation system for those warm days.

Recommendation: For the average skier, Armada makes a great product. With less technical components, it provides comfort, warmth, and stylish looking jacket.

Sizes: S-XL

BEST PRICE HERE



Women’s Ski Helmet Reviews Best of 2011-2012

November 11th, 2011

Don’t see your perfect helmet here?  Check out our latest best of women’s ski helmet reviews for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.

 

#1: Bern Cougar II Women’s Ski Helmet ($$$)

Recommendation: This is a fan favorite of many female skiers. It is a multifunctional helmet made by one of the premier helmet companies in snow sports today.

What People Say: Helmet fits snug on head and won’t wobble when skiing/snowboarding. Zip out lining allows for adjustment as tempature changes. Sleek black color compliments any jacket.

Description: Rawwrr! Get ready to get feisty on the mountain with the Bern Cougar II Helmet. This hard charging head protector is built with ZipMold™ foam construction and features an incredible venting system. Works well with goggles worn both over and under the helmet. The fully adjustable strap allows you to customize style and comfort for the perfect feel.

Sizes: S-L

ON SALE HERE

 

#2: Smith Allure Helmet 2012 ($$)

Recommendation: If you’re looking for the perfect combination of fashion, function, and comfort, then this is the helmet for you. A top of the line women’s helmet, at a reasonable price, with a variety of colors to choose from.

What People Say: My 13 year old wanted this helmet. It fits great and she loves the fuzzy ears. She picked the bronze and is thrilled with how it looks and the comfort. Would definitely recommend.

Description: Become fully enchanted with the smooth, effortless lightweight Smith Allure helmet. A clean modern design offers a level of functionality that is very enticing. Features such as the AirEvac 2 create a seamless integration of the Allure with Smith goggles to decrease fog buildup and the versatile Airflow climate control with 9 waterproof vent plugs keeps the warm air in when you want it most. The removable Snapfit SL ear pads with the ability to upgrade into an audio kit round out the options to meet all of your needs easily.

Sizes: S-L

ON SALE HERE

 

#3: Red Pure Helmet Women’s ($)

Recommendation: A safe, and well designed helmet at a low price. Some buyers warned that the shape is somewhat bowling-ball-esque.

What People Say: AWESOME! Saved my life three times already… blowing snow … low visibility… hitting multiple trees.

Description: The RED Women’s Pure Helmet knows how you want it. Actually even better, it knows that you know what you want, and it is happy to give it to you. Customizable fit and venting options lets you create your own personal happy place for your head so you get a perfect fit and a perfect feel.

Sizes: XS-L

Find the right size: Sizing Information

ON SALE HERE



Women’s Ski Pole Reviews Best of 2011-2012

November 11th, 2011

The best women’s ski pole reviews from our experts:

#1: Leki Trigger Flair S Womens Ski Poles ($$$)

Recommendation: Leki has consistently shown that it makes some of the highest performing poles out there. And the people agree. If you want to get to the bottom first, then this is the pole for you.

What People Say: Great design, Great functionality, Very well made. If you like Top of the line than that’s the one.

Description: The Leki Trigger Flair Ski Pole has proved to the outdoor enthusiasts as to the quality, value and technology that goes into every product. This Trigger Flair Ski Pole by Leki has the state of the art quick release strap with exclusive cord connection, internal auto-release spring visible through grip window and integrated positive angle for perfectly positioned pole plants. The connection between grip and strap and between grip and glove has been reduced to a ring-shaped cord, a tear proof material used in the production of parachutes lines. The Trigger Flair Pole by Leki provides an unmatched system of convenience, performance and security. This unique styling and construction combines for a quick, easy click-in/click-out performance.

Sizes: 44in-48in

ON SALE HERE

 

#2: K2 6 Karat Womens Ski Poles ($$)

Recommendation: K2 has always made a quality pole at a great value. It seems as though they continue to do so. The 6 Karat is a solid choice for any female skier looking for comfort and performance at a solid price.

What People Say: These are the first poles that my wife has owned, and she loves them! They are lightweight but still are durable and stiff.

Description: The K2 6 Karat is the flagship of the T:Nine pole series. An Alliance-tested smaller women’s grip is wrapped in saddle leather, accented with chrome featuring an improved strap design and topped off with a gem. Built with Exo12 Carbon Composite Technology, the 6 Karat is extremely lightweight and durable for the aggressive all-mountain skier.

Sizes: 46in-50in

ON SALE HERE

 

#3: Salomon Topaz Women’s Ski Poles ($)

Recommendation: A great pole for beginning skiers. The small grip gives female skiers more control and precision on the hill.

What People Say: These are the first pair of poles I’ve bought. I used to rent, and the poles were always too big and heavy. The smaller grip is a much better fit for my hands. And the pole is light but still durable.

Description: Ladies the Salomon Topaz pole is a perfect pole for you. An Ergonomic bi-material womens grip is made specifically for the smaller female hand. The aluminum shafted pole has a standard strap and an ice tip for better grip on firm snow or stabbing your boyfriend when he has been starring at the ski bunny in the lift line for too long.

Sizes: 110cm-120cm

ON SALE HERE 

 



Men’s Ski Pole Reviews Best of 2011-2012

November 11th, 2011

The best women’s ski pole reviews from our experts: 

 

#1: Leki Carbon 14 Ski Pole ($$$)

Recommendation: High performance pole, for the high performing skier. The lightweight design and secure grip give you extra precision and control on even the most difficult terrain.

What People Say: Fantastic! These are super light poles.

Description: First tracks over freshies only happen once a day, so drive yourself to the front of the crowd with lightweight Leki Carbon 14 Ski Pole. With the Trigger S pole-binding system built into the grip, you’ll have the secure connection you need to push with power and the safety to keep your wrists and arms injury-free in the event of a fall. Stabilize yourself with this carbon-shaft alpine pole, and enjoy the ride from the rope drop to the final chair.

Sizes: 115cm-135cm

ON SALE HERE

 

#2: K2 6 Speed Ski Poles ($$)

Recommendation: These are a great top of the line all-mountain pole. K2 has continued to refine its technology to develop a pole that is durable, yet lightweight and comfortable.

What People Say: Great poles! Lightweight, stylish and get the job done.

Description: The K2 6 Speed pole is the top-of-the-line high-performance composite pole. The 2010-11 model is built with the most durable Exo 12 carbon fiber technology that provides the lightweight benefits of carbon fiber with durability previously found only in aluminum poles. New for 2010-11 this model includes a padded, ergonomic adjustable-strap system offering skiers better support and comfort.

Sizes: 46″-50″

ON SALE HERE

 

#3: Swix Sonic Ski Poles ($)

Recommendation: Whether you’re skiing the park, the backside or just some front-side groomers, this pole does it all at a great price point.

What People Say: This pole is strong and durable, and does all that I ask it to. Definitely a great buy!

Description: Your blending all-mountain and free-ride styles demands a burly utility pole like the Swix Sonic Ski Pole. Built with a sturdy aluminum shaft, an ergonomically shaped DD4 grip, and versatile powder basket, the Sonic stands up to technical upper-mountain descents, countless park laps, and hard landings.

Sizes: 115cm-130cm

ON SALE HERE



Men’s Ski Goggle Reviews Best of 2011-2012

November 10th, 2011

Also check out the latest men’s ski goggle reviews guides for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 here.

 

#1 Oakley Crowbar Goggle ($$)

Description: Strap on the Oakley Crowbar Goggle and get prepared for any action the mountain throws your way. Oakley’s lightweight impact-resistant O Matter frame and dual-layer anti-fog Plutonite lenses give you the goods to go anywhere on the mountain and see clearly through any kind of weather you encounter there. Add triple-layer face foam with moisture-wicking fleece, and a silicone strap-retention strip, and you feel like you’ve just strapped on the last goggle you’ll ever need.

Recommendation: Great goggle, with versatile use. They provide great vision in all types of conditions and keep you looking good on and off piste. However, some skiers did note that they were bothered by the heaviness of the bulky frame.

What People Say: The goggles offer you a great range of vision especially peripheral and the Black Iridium lens, not only is mirrored so it looks sick but is great for bluebird sun to overcast conditions. I loved how the goggles blended style, great vision, ZERO fogging and an awesome fit, perfect for an aggressive and avid skier like myself. Oakley has made some of the best products over the years and continues to do so while also creating newer and better innovative products.

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE

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#2 Smith Phenom Goggle ($$)

Description: The Phenom Goggle uses Smith’s Vaporator lens to dish out top-notch optical quality and make fogging a thing of the past. Adjustable top vents let you tailor the air flow to exactly where you want it. Smith’s QuickFit strap adjustment helps you get dialed in seconds, so you spend more time ripping and less time messing with gear in the parking lot. These fully featured goggles also include an Articulated Outrigger Positioning System for a precise fit with or without a helmet

What people say: This goggle is super sweet for men and women and they fit seamlessly with Smith brain buckets like the Holt and the Variant Brim. I’m a freak when it comes to optics, so these goggles more than pass the test, especially with the Sensor Mirror or Platinum Mirror. Plus they have so many dope styles you won’t look like the other guy in the Gondi line.

Reccomendation: This goggle received top marks across the board. Good for both men and women, the Phenom provides best in class performance. Great vision, great shape, and great looking!

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE

 

#3 Spy Bias Goggles ($)

Description: Spy designed the Bias to give folks with smaller faces a high-performance, better-fitting goggle. This is the smaller version of the revolutionary Spy Soldier goggle. The flexible frame provides a snug fit to keep air out and prevent eye-watering. The anti-fog, anti-scratch dual lenses feature a spherical shape to reduce distortion, and the patented Scoop System eliminates fogging.

What People Say: I love these goggles. They are a great fit for women’s faces, not only do I own them, I sell them at a ski store as well. They work for about the 75% of the women who try them on. The other 25% of the women need either kid’s googles or larger googles for really wide faces.

Recommendation: A top choice for female shredders. A smaller frame provides a snugger fit for maximum performance.

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE

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#4 POC Iris X Goggles ($)

Description: POC’s treated double lens and excellent frame venting prevent the Iris X Goggles from fogging, so you never have to ride in your own personal whiteout. A cellulose propionate inner lens adds fog-fighting performance and proves once again that POC goes above and beyond the norm. The Iris X Goggles come in two sizes to better fit your face, and the wrap-around design increases peripheral vision.

What People Say: These goggle are great but took me a little while to get used to because they were really big on my face. I think I got them before they came in two sizes. Women should consider getting the smalls. I never had a problem with them fogging up, even when I was hiking.

Recommendation: POC never fails to deliver a high performance product. The Iris X provides excellent vision and anti-fog performance in all conditions. However, some buyers have been turned away by the bulky design.

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE

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#5 Smith Stance Goggles ($)

Description: Go huge under the lift in the Smith Stance Goggles. The Stance’s impact-and-scratch-resistant Carbonic-X lenses will help you keep your landing in sight, so you don’t embarrass yourself before the après-ride meat market. Even if things get a little steamy later, the Stance’s adjustable Regulator air flow system will keep your vision clear –well, as clear as it can be after four pitchers.

What People Say: When compared to the Scope Pro I find that the Stance fits even more comfortably with my helmet due to the “out-rigger” strap design, and the entire frame feels significantly more solid and sturdy. Additional benefits can be found in the thicker padding and manually operated vent that is built into the brow of the lens (which is perfect for strenuous uphill treks and warmer days). As always, the lens options from Smith are top-shelf and the warranty is awesome. Overall: Very pleased, perhaps the best Goggle for the money.

Recommendation: This is goggle provides the best bang for your buck. It provides all the quality features of a top goggles at a lower price point.

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE

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#6 Scott Sanction Goggles ($$)

Recommendation: These goggles will protect your eyes from the sun, while enhancing your vision on the snow. A quality goggle, at a low price point.

What People Say: Just a basic Scott goggle – lightweight and comfortable, overall its a quality pair of goggles.

Description: The Scott Sanction snow goggles feature a spherical lens that matches the curvature of the eye, greatly improving clarity, accuracy and peripheral vision. No Fog™ lens treatment provides permanent resistance to gog)gle fogging. Soft, hypoallergenic foam forms a precise fit around facial features and seals out the elements. Silver Chrome lens excels in medium to bright light, and the reflective coating reduces glare; lens allows 20% visible light transmission

FIND THEM ON SALE HERE



Men’s Ski Helmet Reviews Best of 2011-2012

November 10th, 2011

See the latest in our 2013 and 2014 Men’s Ski Helmet Buyers Guides (this one is a bit older).

 

#1 POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet ($$$)

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Description: The POC Receptor Backcountry helmet is targeted towards advanced free skiers who find themselves off trail in exposed environments. The 2012 model is based off of the proven Receptor construction but where the Backcountry model separates itself from the rest is through the MIPS Protection system.

Recommendation: Go big or go home with this backcountry bucket from POC. This is one of the best helmets around for backcountry shredding. With a state of the art protection system, drop the biggest lines from coast to coast.

What people say: Really nice helmet, comfortable, not itchy, has excellent protection. The sizes might be a little smaller than what you’d expect from a helmet. The sizes are true to the tape though, so take the time to measure your head before ordering.

Sizing Information: Poc Sizing Chart (M-XL)

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($249 at Backcountry.com)

 

#2 Uvex X-Ride Motion LAS Snow Helmet ($)

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Description: X-Ride is Uvex’s most popular recreational helmet series, and has been redesigned for this season. This version features an innovative air fitting system. The new sculpted shape is lighter, provides more ventilation, and features a slight brim and a more comfortable fit. A very comfortable and versatile helmet that’s a great choice for most skiers and riders.

Recommendation: Uvex never fails to produce a quality helmet. With a new shape, and lighter and more comfortable fit, this helmet is a great choice for all types of skiers and comes at a reasonable price.

What People Say: Very warm helmet for the cold days. Good ventilation for warmer days via top vent and detachable ear pads. Ordered for my son, he absolutely loves the helmet. The look, the feel and the fit, everything is just right.

Sizing Information: Uvex Sizing Chart

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($138.95 at Altrec.com)

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#3 POC Receptor Bug Adjustable Helmet ($$)

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Description: The newly refined Receptor Bug Adjustable sticks with the Double Shell technology that allows for great flow through venting that is puncture proof and adjustable. Inside the hard outer shell EPS and Polycarbonate create the inner liner for excellent protection and comfort. Where the Receptor Bug Adjustable differs is by using two shell sizing (i.e. M/L) with an adjustable sizing system allowing the Receptor Bug Adjustable to fit head shapes the previous Receptor helmets could not.

Recommendation: Feels true to size and fits well all for a mid-range price.  Lightweight and great airflow make this helmet a must have for anyone speeding down the mountain or throwing tricks in the park.

What People Say: Whether your riding through the park, or dropping cliffs, the Receptor Bug provides excellent protection and fits true to the sizing chart. One customer notes that it’s everything they needed in a helmet, it looks good, fits well, its light and provides warmth on those really cold days. Works well with goggles over or under the helmet.

Sizing Information: Poc Sizing Chart

FIND IT HERE ON SALE ($149 at Backcountry.com)

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#4 Bern Watts Carbon EPS Helmet ($$$)

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Description: Designed to be the first visor helmet with vents, the Bern Watts Carbon EPS Helmet has been improved with the top of the line, unbreakable Carbon Fiber shell. Plus with EPS hard foam, the Bern Watts Carbon EPS is lighter and more comfortable than traditional hard foam helmets. Use this high-tech piece of equipment any season; the Bern Watts Carbon EPS Helmet is ideal for all your adventures.

Recommendation: Perfect for Powder/Backcountry skiing demanding top safety. variable ventilation and comfort

What People Say: A perfect mix of style and functionality, it looks great and is well made with great ventilation and comfortable goggle integration

Sizing Information: Bern Helmet Sizing Chart

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($230 at Backcountry.com)

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Description: Position yourself at the front of the pack with the Smith Vantage helmet. Loaded with slick features the Vantage is the perfect blend of form and function for the ultimate competitive edge. The extremely lightweight, high impact Hybrid SL shell construction works effortlessly with AirEvac 2 Ventilation for the performance you need and expect.

Recommendation: This helmet has been drawing rave reviews. Definitely one of the best helmets on the market this year. A fantastic overall design and loaded with features.

What People Say: This is my favorite helmet I have ever owned. The Variant Brim was good but this is just a hair bit better. Lighter and a more comfy fit to my head. Low profile so you don’t look like a lollipop skiing down the hill. Works great with my IO goggles. If you are going to wear a helmet this should be the one.

Sizing Information: Smith Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($220 at Backcountry.com)

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Description: The Smith Variant Brim helmet is always imitated but never duplicated. A leader in the marketplace for innovation the Variant Brim offers a lightweight, high impact Hybrid shell construction with a slew of features you have come to expect from Smith. The AirEvac 2 Ventilation system offers a seamless integration with your goggles that virtually eliminates fog by keeping the air circulating. The low profile Regulator climate control with 22 vents and the X-Static performance liner is the ultimate in thermo dynamic management technology that provides all day wear and comfort. An easily adjustable Boa fit system offers a custom feel with a spin of the dial even with gloves on. You’ll appreciate the well thought out design and dedication Smith put into the Variant Brim and wonder why you ever wore anything else.

Recommendation: Another great product from Smith. Lightweight, good value and protection.

What People Say: This helmet is lightweight and comfortable and can be warm or cool depending on the vent settings. The size adjustments give the helmet a custom fit for each person. This helmet also works great with smith goggles. The goggle vents on the brim of the helmet direct air into the goggle to prevent fogging of the lens. If you are looking for a great helmet, look no further…

Sizing Information: Smith Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($159 at Backcountry.com)

 

 

#7 GIRO Seam Helmet ($$)

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Description: Breakthrough comfort meets no-brainer safety in the Giro Seam Helmet. Giro has been making heads safe for years, and the Seam’s impact-absorbing polycarbonate shell and foam liner still do the trick when you lose an edge in your favorite stash of trees.

Recommendation: Great helmet, with a low profile look and excellent protection in all conditions, even bullet proof east coast ice. However, buyers note that their goggles fell off too easily.

What People Say: This would be perfect except when you put the goggles up they just fall off the back side held only by the goggle strap. The helmet has stellar adjustments that make it fit perfectly. And with the vent adjustments you can let your melon breath when it gets warm out. I was set on buying the Maze but when I tried them at the store there really wasn’t any comparison. The extra $60 is worth it for the Seam.

Sizing Information: Giro Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)

FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($159 at Backcountry.com)

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The 2011/2012 skis are available online now!

November 3rd, 2011

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