Top 10 Men’s Ski Pants 2017

January 17th, 2017

Skiers demand a tall order from their outerwear. It has to serve multiple functions that may seem in opposition of each other at times, but not this list. The men’s ski pants we’ve scoured the industry to find can serve dual purposes in maintaining waterproofness while also letting your sweat breathe so you’re not frozen when you cool off. From bibs to insulated to gore-tex shells, you’ll need plenty of pockets, the right fit and the right look to complete the outfit. Whether it’s the backcountry that gets you out of bed in subzero temperatures or the resort that serves as your vacation go-to, we’ve got you covered.

 

Patagonia Powslayer ($$$)

Powslayer Bib

Powslayer Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Patagonia has updated their men’s ski pants with the Powslayer Bib. This super high quality bib pant includes huge venting zips down the sides that can also allow you to fully zip open and unleash without taking off your pants or suspenders completely to go to the bathroom in the backcountry. The intelligently designed fit of the pants leaves enough room and cut to let you move comfortably and not feel as restricted as other bibs on the market. Cool colors with contrasting zippers that can mix and match with other Patagonia jackets round out the look.

Description: Updated this season with a refined fit, the PowSlayer Bibs are lightweight and packable protection for all of your snow sports pursuits. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skier’s Say:

  • If snow somehow manages to invade these bibs, it’s only due to neglecting to close the side zippers. Once everything is buttoned up, these pants offer some of the best protection from the elements, from the bibs to the three-layer GORE-TEX Pro material. The fit allows plenty of room for heavy-duty base layers and flexibility for just about any snow sport. Patagonia cleverly includes side zippers that mostly function as air vents, but they can also be fully unzipped if you need a bathroom break and can’t drop your drawers completely. – OnTheSnow
  • I really like the Powslayer even though not normally being that big a fan of bib pants; the loose, comfortable fit and well thought out design means they’re really comfortable whether riding or hiking. The durable build of the Powslayer Bib means that you’ll get a pair of ski pants that should see out several seasons, which goes a long way towards justifying the high price. –Snow Magazine

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Evo & REI

 

Marmot Mantra Insulated Men’s Ski Pants ($$)

Marmot Mantra

Marmot Mantra

SkiGenie Recommendation: These men’s ski pants from Marmot are insulated but not too bulky. They have tons of pockets, a good high waist, sturdy gaitors, and inner thigh venting. The special material Marmot uses helps prevent and dissipate condensation build up so you’re not shivering after you work up a sweat. The Mantra will help you stash all your necessities and stay warm and dry no matter how cold temps drop.

Description: Updated with a modern, trimmer fit, the Insulated Mantra is a big mountain brawler ready to launch. Starting off the construction of this pant with Marmot MemBrain® laminate technology for breathable, waterproof protection and Thermal R® synthetic insulation for warmth, we tweaked every pocket, closure and lining for supreme performance.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Very high quality product from Marmot. Comfortable in all conditions. Never had to wear thermals and it did get cold, Plenty of vents and zipped pockets for security. Usually buy North Face but these are better.
  • This product held up like it is supposed to. Not once did I get wet at all. Couldn’t have asked for a better pair of snow pants.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, REI, Evo & The House

 

Flylow IQ Pant ($$$)

Flylow IQ Pant

Flylow IQ Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Flylow is known for its hefty construction and their shell pants are some of the most waterproof pieces you’ll ever own. The simple, clean lines, incredibly lightweight material and unique avalanche beacon attachment system lends itself to specifically to backcountry pursuits. Don’t let the low bulk fool you, the IQ Pant comes with reinforced Cordura cuffs and seam taping to outlast the next downpour.

Description: The IQ Pant is magically both light and resilient. It’s made with the lightest Polartec NeoShell fabric available, which offers maximum stretch, breathability, and seriously powerful waterproofing.

What Skier’s Say:

  • This is an extremely lightweight, form-follows-function pant designed for the active skier. What defines an “active skier” you might ask? A skier who often works for his turns, isn’t scared to layer if the day gets cold (long johns often needed with these on colder days) but keeps charging for lines well off the beaten path into May. Durability has been great, pockets well thought out, venting a bit less than I’d like but the pant so light it hasn’t effected me like other pants I’ve owned. The pant fits true to size, not too baggy, not to tight. I have used crampons with these without catching my pant leg every other step. Fit: 6’2″ 195lbs 34/32 – size large fits great.
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Find them on sale at Backcountry, Evo, & REI

 

Flylow Baker Bib ($$$)

Flylow Baker Bib

Flylow Baker Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another solid selection from Flylow Gear, the Baker is a versatile bib for both backcountry and in resort. It features a relaxed fit so you don’t feel trapped in constrictive overalls, lots of pockets, and some unique color ways. When you’re rocking the Baker Bib you evoke the attitude of a seasoned veteran no matter where your skiing takes you. This is a high quality, high value pant that will last you several seasons.

Description: Most bibs are created for ski mountaineering. And yeah, our bibs can handle alpine ascents—they’re made with a weight conscious three-layer waterproof fabric, ample pocket storage for maps and other essential gear, but they also fit loose and are comfortable enough to rock the resort or the après-ski scene. The Baker Bib has become the gold standard in the ski industry for tough, high performance waterproof bibs.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I’m not sure manufacturers in general understand how terrible it is for those of us outside the “normal” fit range to buy stuff that can be worn but isn’t actually anywhere near fitting properly. THANK YOU FLYLOW FOR MAKING A LARGE-TALL! And THANK YOU FLYLOW for making pant legs that can fit skier legs!! No binding when you move, nor problems adding a layer for insulation. Well made & nice details overall!
  • I have owned multiple pairs of Flylow’s snow pants and they have all been amazing! These Baker Bibs are the best of the best. The durability, construction, materials, weatherproofing, venting are all great. I’ve skied both tele and alpine in these and they move as if they are one with your body, never bunching or riding up. They regulate the temperature very well, never getting too warm or cold. These are by far the best bibs that I have owned.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, REI, & Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Stio Environ Pant ($$$)

Stio Environ Pant

Stio Environ Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Stio is a fairly new company that has made a splash in the ski outerwear scene. The Environ pant is one of those standard, wear them everyday no matter what type of weather or activity pant. They are made with this super soft, flexible, sort of brushed material that moves with you extremely well. When you put them on you may feel like they were made just for you. They are cool looking with chunky zippers and contrasting colors. Overall solid construction that will get the job done well.

Description: Our Teton-tested, all-mountain ski pant with Dermizax® 3-layer stretch waterproof/breathable technology, built for resort, side and backcountry. Features include an adjustable waist with belt loops, internal boot gaiter with gripper elastic, and MaxVent™ outside thigh vents.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Arctic Chill arrived two days after my Environ pants so I decided to take them for a long outdoor skate at -10 with the wind whipping. Bought them to ski, but the skating test on a big open lake showed me how great they would be. Warm, flexible, pockets for my phone, and when I got called in to warm up by the fire, the cooling unzips were put to use. Looked high and low for pants to do this work, and am happy that I found and ordered these. Thanks for making them.
  • Was looking for a solid ski pant to wear in resort skiing and side country. I am 6 foot one and 170 pounds and was swimming in the large size. The medium size fits well, not tight but looks nice. My wife loves them. They look good with the contrasting heel cuffs and feel very durable. Wore them with one pair of long underwear in 20 degrees skiing and was plenty warm but would want another pair of underwear of really cold. Side vents are a little odd in that there is no mesh behind so if you open them up you are open directly to air. Seem like they’d work. Pockets well positioned and quality zippers. Very waterproof – sat on wet ski lifts one day and was completely dry. Great pant!
  • I was really looking forward to receiving my order, and when I did, I felt the quality was immediately apparent. I used the sizing chart, and it suggested I should be a medium. Granted this is outerwear, but I feel that they run a tad big for what it is worth in case you think you might be between sizes.
  • Good fit, high mobility, good windstopper proof, true to fit, overall excellent pant. One wish – suspenders or ability to connect suspenders.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Stio

 

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell Pant ($$$)

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell


SkiGenie Recommendation
: Helly Hansen may be best known for their foul weather gear for sailing, so we trust that these shell men’s ski pants have extremely waterproof features that are basically guaranteed to keep you dry from weather on the outside or sweat from the inside. This pant breathes. It also has a freeride fit that takes into account your jacket fitting a bit longer, so they’ve lowered the pants pockets to fit with the look. Since they’re shells they can go the distance into the backcountry, but they can also perform on those long cold, snowy or wintry-mixed days.

Description: Designed for action filled days on the snow, the Elevate Shell Pant has a relaxed freeride cut built with Helly Tech® Professional 3L fabric. Featuring a new FLOW membrane enabling unparalleled breathability, these are guaranteed to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Built with premium freeride specific features throughout including jacket-pant integration buttons, large reinforcement and Recco® advanced rescue system.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Elevate Shell Pant fit seamlessly with boots on, giving just enough length to cover all the buckles without bunching. The velcro waist adjustments worked well when the day called for tightening up after losing a layer. Great maneuverability and surprisingly warm. Bravo. –onthesnow
  • They are a minimalist but still versatile pant. On the other hand, they are not particularly durable, have weirdly shaped pockets, and lack belt loops. –TGR

Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant ($)

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: When a ski patroller can rate this pant as a solid work pant they trust day in and day out, you know you’ll be in good hands, or should we say, good legs. The Returnia Pant is a solid men’s ski pant, simple and durable so you can wear them all day, everyday and never doubt its ability to keep you warm and dry. They also come in short, tall and regular lengths for an enhanced fit.

Description: Lap on: Lightweight, with great breathability so you won’t sweat out. Thigh vents, edge guards and powder cuffs with bonus fleece lined hand pockets.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Have about 70 days in these pants this year many of them working patrol days. So far these pants are real durable and easy to move around in. A good buy!
  • I used the Returnia Pant for both Skiing and work. The weather conditions were from -20F to 50F, in wind and calm, light snow to wet thick snow. The Pant was cool in the extreme cold, but warmed up after some time. I wore a mid-weight base layer during the coldest times, and a lighter base for the warmer times. The pant was both durable, protective, and had plenty of movement for skiing, hiking, and outdoor work.
  • I got to ski in my new Returnia pant over the weekend. It was below freezing the whole time, so the pant wasn’t tested in the wettest conditions, but it seemed to repel water nicely. I wore it just with some not very fancy long underwear and my lower body stayed warm and dry. The pockets for your hands are not very deep, but its nice that they are fleece lined. I found the thigh pocket very handy for my cell phone and the key leash in the left pocket made me feel a lot better about not losing my keys.

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Mountain Gear, REI, Skis.com, SummitSports, Tahoe Mtn Sports, & The House

 

Norrona Roldal Gore-Tex Pant ($$$)

Norona Roldal Pant

Norrona Roldal Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Faint of heart need not apply for the Norrona Roldal pants. These Norwegian numbers are made of hardcore gore-tex material yet soft to the touch, durable, extremely waterproof, and they look super sharp on – like you’re a pro. They also come in some fun colors like bright pink and bright highlighter green as well as black and navy.

Description: Waterproof freeride pants with an urban look and a 3-layer GORE-TEX® membrane for men. They’re better equipped for active freeriding as they have good breathability as well as the classical details like ventilation options on the side, practical pockets and water resistant zippers.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I land on my behind quite frequently and these pants have taken all I’ve thrown at them this past season. The fit is great and I love that they’re a bit longer so that they don’t ride up your lower leg when doing grabs. I’m a big fan of using suspenders so I zipped the ones I have from my lyngen pants onto the røldal and it works great. When you don’t have to tighten them around your waist it’s like you have a huge vent up top, perfect for touring on warmer days.
  • I bought the pants last year and they are still in great shape after a whole season on the hill. They are pretty long on the fit but that is fine in ski boots, I roll them up for aprés. There is plenty of space in the large thigh pockets for extra gear. Not quite as tough wearing as the Lofoten pants as the ankle reinforcement isn’t as tough.
  • These Pants are amazing! The Material is great but not easy to describe. The finish feels very soft (almost like cotton) but at the same time it is really strong and durable. I used it for a whole season now. It survived everything from some drops, rock contact to bad weather and also washing. It still looks like almost new.
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Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants ($$)

Outdoor Research

OR Blackpowder Pants

 

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants are a tremendous value for the die-hard skier who may even work at the resort or puts in 100+ days. They have simple, adjustable and removable suspenders and come with Outdoor Research’s lifetime guarantee.

Description: Built to hold up to the demands of mountain professionals, the Blackpowder Pants let you approach season after season of steep chutes with complete confidence.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Pants fit according to the sizing chart. I am 6’2, 200lbs. My sizing was right in the L/XL line. I am pleased I went with the XL’s. All the pockets are easily zipped with gloves. Zero concerns about being wet in any conditions. The leg interior and exterior vents are sweet. You can dress warm and dump heat when needed. If you like suspenders cool, if not they are easily removed. I rock a thick belt and the belt loops accommodate it with ease. The reinforced scuff guards re durable. I have had several knees to chest moments recently and the pants don’t feel like they bind up at all. Great product.
  • I really love these pants. They are very light compared to my old pants which makes a big difference when hiking or skiing lift accessed terrain. The vents really work well for air flow to cool you off. I love the softer fabric of the pertex, but they still are very rugged and durable. The suspenders are a great addition as I’m often in between pant sizes and size up, so it’s nice to have your pants not sagging down to your hips which gets old very quickly. The beacon pockets is another well thought out feature. They are very breathable and warm enough for the entire season here in Colorado. The fit is a nice slightly baggy fit, but not park rat obnoxious. I have nothing to bad to say about these great pants.
  • I purchased these pants this season and have been thoroughly impressed with the fit and mobility so far. The dual vents on both inside and outer leg are a savior when your carrying around ski gates etc. all day. If you have your base layers in check then warmth will not be an issue for a comfortable and especially dry day. With ample pockets for all the gear there is plenty of space for everything to have it’s own place.

Find them at Backcountry, REI, & Eastern Mtn Sports

 

Eider Alta Badia Pant ($)

Eider Alta Badia Pant

Eider Alta Badia Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Fit and design are the highlights of this basic, standard men’s ski pant. The Alta Badia includes a built in elasticized belt and pre-shaped knee articulation so they stay on and move with you. A well thought out design for a competitive price. One of the color options is a heather gray that would complement any bright colored or even simple black jacket.

Description: Lightly insulated with a durable outer, the Alta Badia Pants can take a beating while keeping resort skiers warm and dry.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Pants are excellent. Not all the bells and whistles but great gear! They do run a bit small and short. XL fits a bit smaller than a pair of 36×32 pants.
  • These are a great basic ski pant, if you’re looking for high quality fabric and construction for a reasonable price. These aren’t going to have all the bells and whistles of other higher end pants out there…but they do have all the basic features you need. There is no venting, but the breathability of the fabric will keep you comfortable. It’s a classic ski fit- so not tight and not baggy.

Find them at Backcountry

 



Best Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews

October 11th, 2016

From cold, wind and snow to sunny sweaty days, choosing ski jackets is all about managing and adapting to the ever-changing conditions on the mountain. For each activity comes a jacket for that specific use. Yet the all-in-one jackets can stand on their own. Mainly, you must stay warm enough and dry in order to be comfortable in those changing conditions. The list we’ve compiled includes a selection of jackets for varying mountain environments, but we’ll leave it up to you to choose your personal style.

 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell ($$$) 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket meets our criteria as one of the best for 2017 because of its high tech new H2 Flow paneled fabric on the back for superior breathability and waterproofness. It is heavy duty without being too boxy with its longer, relaxed tailored fit and thoughtfully placed pockets to access with a backpack on. This is a high-end jacket for hard charging, day in, day out skiing across the resort, into the backcountry and on a dream heli or cat-skiing trip.

 

Description: This freeride ski jacket takes protection, performance, and comfort to a new level for endless backcountry adventures.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • “This burly shell takes its inspiration from the company’s marine history. Starting with Helly’s proprietary Helly Tech 3L face fabric, the Elevation sports a longer length and a relaxed tailored fit designed to work with backpacks. A high-visibility contrast hood, snap-away powder skirt, wrist gaitors with thumb holes, and a helmet-compatible hood make the Elevation a bomber jacket for the hardest-charging of skiers in the most inhospitable of conditions.” Skinet.com
  • I’ve skied this jacket for a year now and put it through the ringer, from NW powder days (as well as the occasional sub part wet days too), to hiking laps in Aspen this jacket put up with all of it. The burly face fabric wears in nicely like denim and put up perfectly with my close calls with trees. The shining star in this piece really is the new version of H2 Flow in the back, I constantly run really hot and wear a pack every day that I ski. This is the only jacket I have ever used where you actually get active airflow across your back with the pillows of insulation providing space for air to circulate, a big time game changer for this sweaty guy.

Find it on sale here at Helly Hansen

 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket ($$) 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

SkiGenie Recommendation: This two -piece jacket system that offers three ways to wear the combination is truly a great value. The fully waterproof and breathable outer shell protects you from the majority of conditions found at the resort. The synthetic down insulating inner jacket keeps you warm and dry and can be worn independently while knocking around town. The high quality of this jacket proves its mid-level cost since it’s not full GoreTex or true goose.  A choice that sets you at ease and can be put through the wringer.

Description: 3-in-1 layering system with a waterproof stretch shell featuring a dry-touch coating that eliminates the need for a liner. For versatile warmth, zip in the ultralight jacket that’s insulated with our ThermoBall™ powered by PrimaLoft® clusters at the core and PrimaLoft® sleeves.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • You typically turn to a 3-in-1 jacket as a means to save a little cash, so $299 price of The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate may come as a bit of a surprise. Most 3-in-1 options are excessively bulky and lack any real shaping, but the North Face is nicely fitted even if you decide to leave the insulating jacket at home. The real savings, however, is in the Thermoball synthetic insulating piece, which we’ve found does a pretty good impression of a lofty down jacket—all while continuing to insulate when wet. If you can spring it, I do think the Thermoball is worth it. But for those on a strict budget or just getting into the sport, the Columbia Alpine Action below sure has a compelling calling card: a sub-$200 price.  – SwitchbackTravel.com
  • Good cold weather / wet item. Nice air gap for additional ventilation between the inside and outside pieces.
  • Well made and just the right jacket for most occasions. If I were skiing etc, I would opt for something that has a exterior fabric that is a little thicker just in case you tend to fall as much as I do! Great color and perfect zipper locations.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI

 

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket ($$$)

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Cozy, warm and technical all in one beautifully simple yet unique down jacket. Bergans of Norway is known for the highest quality products, especially their down jackets. The Fonna is no exception. If you ski in frigid temperatures, this jacket is for you. Yet if you work up some extra warmth after a top to bottom run, you can quickly dump heat with its pit zip vents before you get back on the chair.

 

Description: Technical down jacket developed for skiing. An extremely high down quality combined with long zip vents, a detachable snowskirt and a ski pass pocket.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • A solid technical down jacket for the coldest ski days, the Fonna appealed to me with its funky assymetrical front zipper, water-repellent down, detachable snow skirt, extended back, and poppy contrast zips.

Find it on sale here at MooseJaw.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: There’s a reason why the Patagonia Powslayer Jacket continues to make our list year after year. Patagonia simply makes some of the best outerwear, period. The updated Powslayer for 2017 has tailored its fit to be a little less boxy and a little more fitted, yet relaxed for movement. Burly three-layer GoreTex creates a superior barrier from weather along with chunky zippers add a fashionable and sporty touch. The biggest appeal is the super soft material on the inside of the collar where you zip up to cover your face. No more chin-chap for the dedicated resort and big mountain/backcountry skier!

Description: Updated this season with a refined fit and a new adjustable powder skirt. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skiers Say:

  • You have to love the PowSlayer’s name (and what it conjures up). You’ll also love that this jacket feels like it can survive any weather without feeling bulky or heavy. A plethora of pockets greets those who tend to carry too many items on the ski slopes. We counted nine, some of which are integrated into larger pockets (for example, the phone pocket inside the exterior chest pocket). For those who use them, the cord adjustments in the hood and waist are cleverly designed, integrating the release into the seam inside a rubbery pouch. Patagonia calls this its Touch Point system. – OntheSnow.com
  • The Powslayer is meant to be very light, breathable and weatherproof, yet have all the bells and whistles. It succeeds wonderfully on that score thanks to the new Gore-Tex Pro shell fabric and some careful engineering. The material may actually be overkill for most riders, who could save some cash going with a less premium material.

Find it on sale here at Evo, REI

 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus ($) 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus


SkiGenie Recommendation:
 We love this mid-layer jacket because of its combination of down insulation and stretchiness. It’s built to be worn as a layer and not shed the moment you start to get warm. The body mapped down, intelligently placed around your core keeps your temperature regulated while the stretchy “Active” material on the arms and back allows for complete freedom of movement. Insulation only where you need it, but overall less bulk underneath a technical shell.

 

Description: Good for any time of year, featuring on-mountain, technical high-performance traits via VX™ Active, a breathable, stretchy insulation. VX™ Active gets rid of the need to drop layers during fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is the only midlayer you’ll need, no matter the conditions, thanks to its VX Active stretchy, breathable insulation, which is remarkably adept at responding to what your body needs to keep cool, warm, or somewhere in between.

Find it on sale here at Scott

 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody ($) 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another smart mid-layer designed to be worn underneath a shell and regulate temperature extremely well. The Down Hoody is a simple, streamlined, loose fit jacket that could be worn alone on mild days or around town.

 

Description: Arm yourself against the cold in this premium, insulated jacket from Under Armour. Water-resistant technology keeps you dry and warm.  Synthetic “V-Lap construction” achieves a higher loft and allows a higher air transport due to its vertical setup.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • UA touts its active insulation, called Reactor, as “intelligent” enough to know when you need to heat up, cool down, or hold steady. Packed with a synthetic filament that uses its springy nature to form vertical walls of waves throughout the garment, the Reactor is designed to do the work of a midlayer beneath a shell or be worn alone on dry days.
  • Great jacket. Incredibly comfortable, warm and packable. Makes for the perfect piece of equipment for camping, hunting or skiing. So comfy I sleep in it.
  • I’ve had this for 2 days now and I love it! Perfect lightweight, but very warm, packable jacket. I’m 5’8 and 170 pounds and the medium fits great. It’s been around 30 degrees here and all I wear under the jacket is a long sleeve shirt and I’m perfectly comfortable.

Find it on sale here at The House

 

Eider Shaper Jacket ($$$) 

Eider Shaper Jacket

Eider Shaper Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: We truly appreciate that ski companies are starting to take into account the interface between the high collar and zipper of the jacket and how it feels against your face. Eider has spent years developing this unique technology solely for comfort’s sake. This jacket is a backcountry skier’s dream with “Defender” fabric that makes it both durable and abrasion resistant on exposed areas, with a unique, modern style.  

Description: Thanks to the unique teeth of the Fix A Zipper, the zipper creates a convex and then concave curve that follows the shape of your chin, protecting your face from exposure to harsh weather without compromising comfort or mobility.

What Skiers Say:

  • Stop zipping your chin. For real. With the Shaper Jacket, Eider raises the bar by overahauling the zipper on its newest jacket to finally make room to comfortably zip up around your chin—with room to spare. The Shaper’s ergonomic zipper, exclusive to Eider for now, is athlete approved, and its solid three-layer shell construction keeps skiers dry and comfortable.

Find it at Eider

 

Black Diamond Mission Shell ($$$) 

Black Diamond Mission Shell

Black Diamond Mission Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: At first glace this jacket looks incredibly sleek, stylish and simple. The two large chest pockets can easily hold skins and super long arm pit vents can dump heat in seconds. Although it’s a shell jacket, that’s usually bare bones, this one has a brushed liner that feels soft to the skin.  Wearing this jacket will make you look like a seasoned veteran who knows what they’re doing, especially in the backcountry.

Description: A fully featured, do-it-all ski jacket featuring waterproof and breathable GoreTex fabric, the versatile Mission Shell has the mobility, protection and comfort needed for any day of the season, in- or out-of-bounds

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Black Diamond Mission jacket provides great wind and waterproof protection, is highly breathable, and steezy despite its low-key looks. It has amazing range of motion while maintaining a quiet (almost soft shell) feel, and the hood easily swallows a ski helmet. Plus, its pockets were well placed and inconspicuously cavernous—I was hoarding four days worth of trail maps and beef jerky without showing any exterior bulk. But while I’m not a big guy, the fit seemed a bit narrow around the waist/hips. As a skier who heats up fast, this durable shell allowed me to dump heat and remain dry and comfortable up and down the mountain.
  • Zip up, pull on the hood, and laugh in the face of foul weather. The Foresight 3L is a big-mountain, technical coat that is not only flush with clever appointments and well-placed pockets, but it’s impervious to snow and wind. Between the thumb loops, removable powder skirt, taped seams, and robust face fabric, I have yet to encounter a day where I’m at all hesitant about putting it on. Not to mention the subtle, yet dapper panel design that fetches longing eyes both on the mountain and across the bar.

Find it on sale here at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 



Best Mens Ski Pants 2015-2016

December 31st, 2015

When choosing a pair of mens ski pants its important to recognize what you’ll be using them for most of the time. Are you an alpine touring enthusiast, an in-bounds resort ripper, a skier on a budget looking for a pair that will stand the test of time, or perhaps all of the above? Do you ski in sub-zero temperatures more often than not, or are you a California sunshine kind of skier? The list we’ve compiled below for 2015/2016 includes a little something for everyone including insulated and shell models, combining useful features such as bibs and vents with durable and/or waterproof fabric. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We invite you add your own reviews of these products in the comments section.

 

Flylow Gear Men’s Baker Bib ($$$)

SkiGenie Recommendation: Bibs come in handy on powder days because they keep the snow where it should be and not where it shouldn’t be – down your pants. The multi-purpose Flylow bib pant leaves enough room for you to move, sit, stand and ski while keeping you dry and temperature regulated. These ski pants are sturdy and strong, ready for tight spaces and open faces, plus, they’ll resist damage for seasons to come.

durable bib style ski pant with reinforced seams, articulated knees and venting

Flylow Gear Baker Bib

Description: Prefer the added coverage of bibs? Opt for the watertight Baker Bibs, which have a more modern, freeride fit, breathable fabric, and large side vents.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Baker Bib Pants will keep the snow off with the Intuitive (3-layer) Fabric. The outer material will lose its ability to bead off snow and water over time, but you can always retreat it with something like Nikwax Tech Wash
  • I skied 1 pair of the Baker bibs for 2 full seasons and then some. They are hands down the most durable pant I have ever owned. After 200+ days there is hardly any tearing or cuts in on the inside cuff where most ski pants are swiss cheese within the first 50 days. I am hard on my gear and these can take anything I throw at them. These pants drive nails, do your self a favor and get a pant you’ll never need to replace
  • They fit great with even looseness to not “melvin” you when you’re bending over, sitting at apres, skiing hard, hiking or skinning for that next run. Each year these pants get better and better with design and fabric. These can take an absolute beating. The buckle shoulder straps and hip to knee side zips make these easy to get in and out of, especially when you need to post up in the porcelain office for a lap or two. And they do their job when it comes to venting off the heat during the hike.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports, The House

 

 

The Northface Freedom Pant ($)

A high quality, high value ski pant that keeps temperature regulated

The Northface Freedom Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: This ski pant is an incredible value with great venting access when you need to dump heat, yet warm enough for colder days. A basic, sleek and athletic cut looks like you mean business on the slopes. 

Description: On epic powder days, dial in your lower half with fully featured alpine ski pants that are seam sealed and crafted with a lightweight, yet durable waterproof HyVent® exterior for all-day weather protection.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Right out of the box I could feel the quality in the pants and after close inspection I was sure these were a good first time purchase from TNF. The first test was a couple days ago with 6″ of snow & 25MPH wind with just a base layer and the freedom pants I was just fine heat wise and my mobility was as if i was in just my base layer, look no further these are the snow pants for winter.
  • Great pants for skiing and snowboarding. They are lightweight yet provide just enough warmth to allow you to move freely about. These pants are awesome and at a great price.
  • Very good light pants for snow. I have personally used them in high altitude mountaineering, snow and ice climbing. Pockets are good enough for small useful gear and snacks. Fabric lasts and endures hard use.

Find them on sale at BackcountryREIBerg’s, Evo, Mountain Gear, Skis.com

 

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant ($)

A standard ski pant at an affordable price point that will keep you warm and dry all day

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Excellent value for a great pant that keeps you warm and dry. The insulation technology in this pant traps your own body heat to keep you warm all day long and their durable construction is built to last. Great for day-to-day wear on the mountain, shoveling snow, or cold outdoor activities. Stylish, simple, athletic cut with streamline cargo pockets for ski passes or extra belongings will be a hit on the slopes at a fraction of the cost.

Description: Ideal for staying dry and warm, these versatile waterproof yet breathable pants feature a fully seam-sealed exterior with a heat-keeping thermal reflective lining. Features like leg venting, an internal leg gaiters, articulated knees and reinforced cuff guard make them ideal for hard-charging aerobic cold-weather endeavors.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I bought these pants for my husband. We moved to Chicago and quickly realized we were not equine for this brutal cold winters. These pants were used as outdoor pants anytime we had to be more than 20 minutes outside…. Usually when we are walking out dog. He loves it and the fit is great.
  • These pants have worked well for me and have been warm, the ‘foil’ type interior does require you to generate some heat so if you just walked outside and stood there they may not be the best choice (you might notice this on the first chair). I however have been warm and appreciate that they’re not bulky. I’ve never felt any moisture or wetness even in snowy conditions.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski, The House

 

Scott Ridge Pant ($$$)

A versatile zip in/out bib style pant created with Gore Tex durability for long days in harsh weather.

Scott Ridge Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants sell out quickly so if you are lucky enough to spot a pair you should jump on it!

Description: : Designed with versatility in mind, the Scott Ridge Pant doubles as a heavy duty big mountain pant and as an easy, everyday driver. With detachable, zip-off bib and suspenders, you can easily handle waist deep powder shots or setting a boot pack. Gore-Tex three Layer ensures durability, breathability, and protection while Cordura scuff panels assure you’ll be ripping turns in these pants for seasons to come.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Ridge jacket/pant combo is stylish and well designed. Its soft to the touch, quiet, and 100-percent waterproof/breathable with a 20k/20k rating. Although, not very packable; pocket placement is anything but predictable.
  • Product video

Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

 

 

Mammut Trift GTX 3L Pant ($$$)

A highly technical backcountry shell pant

Mammut Trift 3L GTX Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: A top backcountry option, these pants crave deep powder and will take you the distance to get it. One of the most convenient features on these pants is the ankle gaiters that attach to your ski boots so there’s no way snow is getting where you don’t want it. Incredibly durable and waterproof GoreTex material will last the test of time while the cut and design looks slick around the mountain. Whether you’re earning your turns in the backcountry or soaking up a fresh dump in the resort, these pants wont quit.

Description: The GoreTex Trift 3L Pant offer an impressively loose, comfortable fit for the freedom of movement necessary for freeriding. The sophisticated technical features include a map pocket on the leg, mesh-backed side vents and tearproof material.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The original pants sent to me had large Velcro tabs on the INSIDE for size adjustment. The tabs are similar in size to the Nordwand Pro pants I was looking at. In addition, the edge protection at the bottom of the leg is slightly different than the picture shows but same in terms of size and placement. It’s nice to see a large area of protection at the bottom. The rest was the same as pictured. The sizing is as advertised. Just go by the Mammut sizing chart
  • OntheSnow editors choice

Find them on sale at Backcountry & Evo

 

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex ($$$)

A stylish yet durable option with side vents, designed with a freeride fit.

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex

SkiGenie Recommendation: Tough GoreTex material makes these pants hardcore, yet the cut makes them stylish and modern. Extensive seam taped venting allows you to cool off during heart pounding laps and a Recco avalanche reflector adds security if you’re beyond resort boundaries. These are a fashion forward take on a pant that has all the features you need to accompany you anywhere you want to go on the mountain.

Description: The Aircraft 3L Gore-Tex® Pants are designed to the specifications of pro riders to deliver a protective fit that locks in heat and blocks out harsh conditions on the mountain. A boot gaiter with Lycra® and boot hook provide secure connections with footwear, and reinforced cuff webbing and kick patches stand up to rugged terrain.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The waist is true to size but the legs have a slight snug/irregular fit. However, for me not too bad. I am 5’11” and weigh 205 lbs.
  • I’m 5’10, 145lbs and my waist is between 29 and 30; I bought both small and medium to try them both. The small look awesome when I’m standing up but I felt the waist band on my abs when I sat down, plus I had the velcro all the way out. So I went with the Mediums, they rock, I do need to synch up the velcro but that’s OK because I they are so cozy. They are great for skiing in the pacific northwest, let it rain!
  • I’ve tried these on several times and they’re absolutely amazing. They go perfect with the Aircraft 3L jacket as well. The Grigio Scuro is the same color as the grey on the jacket. They match perfectly. For me it was a little too much of a match so I went with the black pants and the blue jacket. They have a more fitted feel to them than Oakley’s gear in the past which makes them fit more like normal brands. Exactly like the matching jacket. They’re truly meant to go together. I’ve worn the jacket with the same gore tex layers in rough storms and never got wet. It’s simply amazing. I usually wear a medium and I still went with a medium with these. 5’10” 135 lbs.

Find these on sale at Evo

 

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant ($$)

A classically styled, looser cut ski pant that wont fail season after season

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: High quality skiwear and the Spyder brand have gone hand in hand for over thirty years, and these men’s pants for 2016 are no exception. Articulated knees and heavy-duty scuff guards add to their quality construction, while an anti-abrasion finish helps keep these pants looking timeless for seasons to come. An excellent option for a resort skier for all winter weather conditions.

Description: Spyder’s Dare Pant combines highly waterproof and breathable fabric with 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation, for a stacked feature set. The athletic fit incorporates bold styling into a roomier fit.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Fit great. Nice and warm skiing in negative 11 degrees F.
  • I love these pants! The fit is awesome – not too baggy and the stretchy fabric allows for a complete freedom of movement. The side vents are nice for the warmer days. Plenty of pockets and removable suspenders – these ski pants have all the featured you want in a great pair of ski pants. I am 5’10”, 160 lbs, with 31″ waist. The small size fits me perfectly. Highly recommended.

Find them on sale at BackcountryEvo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski 

 

Marmot Spire Pant ($$)

Full side zips and Gore Tex make this pant versatile and user friendly

Marmot Spire Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Marmot Spire is a full side-zip GoreTex shell pant built for deep days. Its construction is as hardcore as any GoreTex pant yet given the reviews they seem to run larger than standard sizes. Size down for a simple yet excellent pant that can be used for alpine touring or resort laps with layers or on milder days.  

Description: This state-of-the-art three-layer GORE-TEX® pant was conceived and built for shredding and carving in the deep stuff. Removable adjustable suspenders keep you together when the mountain tries to take you apart, full side zips make getting in and out a snap and a relaxed fit and articulated knees put no barriers between you and your best moves.

What Skiers Say:

  • These pants are good protection against the elements, but they do have some issues. The suspenders do not stay up unless you get them so tight that you’re skiing with a wedgie. Also, the elastic cuff is so loose that it doesn’t grip around a downhill ski boot. In addition, the zipper tabs for the pockets are tiny. They might be that way to avoid pressure points under a pack, but they should come with zipper pulls. I haven’t skied with these pants in the rain yet. If they are waterproof as other reviewers say they are, I’ll be able to live with the drawbacks.
  • Let me say up front I am huge Marmot fan for years. I actually bought these two years ago but have been unhappy with them… The overall quality of the build is pretty bulletproof; however there are two main issues: the suspenders need to be strapped up super tight or they slide off…hello wedgie…and the second issue is the billowing, tent-like legs. These are way overcut.
  • I normally fit into a XL just fine with a little room for extra layering when needed, however the waist on these pants were huge. I would recommend making a size smaller . Other than that seem like great pants and I just need a different size.

Find them on sale at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, Evo, Mountain Gear

 

Outdoor Research Valhalla Soft Shell Pant ($$$)

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you spend your ski days earning turns, working hard on the uphill for the reward on the downhill, then the Valhalla Softshell pant is for you. Durable softshell material keeps you protected while vents running along your upper leg dump heat at a moment’s notice. Articulated knees, scuff guards and easily adjustable ankle powder cuffs are designed for enhanced maneuverability. Best for the backcountry enthusiast or for sunny days in resort.  

Description: In response to requests from many of our Ambassadors, the standard cut of the Valhalla Pants provides a roomier fit when breaking trail and linking turns through bottomless snow. The GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Soft Shell fabric is windproof, water resistant and highly breathable, allowing perspiration and excess heat to escape while setting the skin track and fending off wind and snow on the descent.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have owned these pants for a few months and have been very happy with them. The fabric is thin but does a decent job of blocking the wind. I was recently out in 50 mph winds with snow and the pants did a great job of keeping me warm and relatively dry. They are very flexible and the zippers operate very smoothly. The only things I would change are; have the internal gaiter seal adjustable, It does not seal around my boots and, make the bottom of the pant legs not quite so flared. I ripped the protective fabric with my snow shoe. Other than that, they are great pants.
  • This is my dream cold smoke ski touring pant. Light, stretchy, comfy, keeps the weather out, breaths and ventilates well, bomber over your ski boot cuff and stays there for quick and fast transitions like no other pant I have used. Style is relaxed so looks cool when you are out with all the cool kids, and the colors are great too. I wore these pants on warm sunny days, and cold stormy ones and it performed in all conditions.
  • These are well thought out ski tour pants for people who earn a lot of vert and run hot. The softshell material is on the thinner side, requiring more base layers than I’m used to wearing. But this does allow more breathability on the up, especially when coupled with the big side vents. 4 big pockets keep my gear close at hand. I think the best thing about these pants are the powder cuffs. They allow a good seal around an AT/Tele boot, but don’t require any fiddling when switching your boots each lap.

Find these on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

 

 

 

 



Best Ski Jackets for Men 2015-2016

October 28th, 2015

The top ski jackets and parkas for Men for the 2015-2016 cover all the bases with durable, technical materials that keep you warm, dry, mobile, and above all, looking good. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for this season from some of the top respected brands in the industry. Depending on where you ski the features you love will vary but will consistently include good pockets, an adjustable hood to stay warm and dry and good insulation / waterproofing to keep your core protected.  A good ski jacket is worth the investment and will withstand the elements for a number of winters. Send us a note if you have any questions and as always, feel free to add your own comments and reviews below.

 

Eider Spencer C Knit Jacket ($$$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Gore-Tex material provides weatherproof protection with excellent venting to regulate heat.

Eider Spencer C Knit

SkiGenie Recommendation: New for 2016, Eider has utilized an even lighter, more breathable iteration of the long trusted Gore-Tex material that is incredibly durable. This is a highly technical jacket with a relaxed, cool look to provide all the features you could want for mountaineering while looking good in resort.

 

Description: The Spencer Jacket is designed for the skier who needs a technical, mountaineering level of protection with a freeski look. GORE-TEX Pro membrane provides maximum weatherproofing and durability, while its relaxed fit allows for freedom of movement and space for layering.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Named “Skiing’s Hot Gear” for 2016 on Skinet.com “Give a big ol’ welcome to the new fabric in town, Gore-Tex C-Knit, 15 percent more breathable and 10 percent lighter than Gore Pro. When used in the Spencer all-mountain kit, it amounts to a supremely lightweight and versatile yet fully featured shell.”
  • SkiNet.com Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell ($$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Stretchy, breathable titanium shell for all mountain.

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: Columbia is a known and trusted brand for good quality, high value outdoor gear, and the new A Basin Ripper Shell is no exception. The cut and design of this jacket allows for plenty of movement whether bootpacking just beyond the rope line or hot lapping the resort all day. The hood fits well over a helmet and well-placed venting dumps heat when you need it. Overall, a great value for a jacket that will stand the test of multiple seasons.

 

Description: With its 4-way stretch ability, chest venting and a pocket for your lift ticket, this waterproof, breathable and fully seam-sealed Titanium shell is perfect for anyone who truly rips it up on the mountain.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This shell is awesome. Wore it for a week skiing in Chile, and it’s the right jacket for every condition. It’s thin, stretchy, and waterproof. Has vents on the front which allow air to actually zoom in while you’re moving, so it cools you off immediately.Comfy, well thought out piece that I’d totally recommend. Fits like a new-age piece of ski gear should, with the new-school style and loose fit that works well, but looks good.
  • SkiNet.com 2016 Best Jacket review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Flylow Genius  Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Technical shell – supreme ventilation – lightweight/touring specific 

shell jacket made of light material and superior venting to regulate temperature.

Flylow Genius

SkiGenie Recommendation: Going along with the Backcountry and Side-Country trends in skiing these days, Flylow has evolved to create this brand new jacket for the ski touring enthusiast in mind. However, as it is a shell, this jacket will also thrive in resort on warmer days or with layers underneath. It is guaranteed waterproof and super breathable with smartly designed venting/pockets placed out of the way of backpack straps. This jacket is light enough to pack on a multi-day ski touring adventure yet durable enough for day to day in bounds use. 

 

Description: Skiers have been asking for a super lightweight touring shell and Flylow has delivered. The Genius Jacket is their lightest, all-season jacket yet, made with Polartec NeoShell and high-tech features.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Skiing Magazine’s “Hot Gear” for 2016 “This super-light touring shell is made with Polartec Neoshell is among the lightest in the category. With forgiving four-way stretch and articulated sleeves and shoulders, the genius of this jacket is its backcountry versatility.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Black Diamond Zone ($$$)

 Burly insulation – technical shell exterior – easy adjustable features

Incredibly insulated with hardcore exterior shell.

Black Diamond Zone Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Sometimes you want to look tough on the outside while feeling warm and cozy on the inside, and  Black Diamond has created a jacket for just that. Incredibly warm and insulated on the interior for those bone-chilling January days, yet waterproof, breathable and highly durable Gore-Tex on the exterior, this jacket suits multiple needs whether you’re in resort, ski mountaineering or touring.

Description: Black Diamond’s warmest GORE-TEX® ski jacket. Featuring easily adjustable hood, high collar and removable powder skirt. A range of zippered pockets stash your small must-haves, and extended two-way zippered armpit vents make for quick temperature regulation.

What Skiers Say:

  • Skinet.com Best Ski Jacket 2016 “Designed for lift riding on cold days, the Zone takes advantage of PrimaLoft Silver insulation, which is high-loft and very warm yet still compressible. Extended pit zips let you cool down as needed, while a stowable powder skirt offers options in the deep.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Millet Men’s Cosmic Couloir  ($$$)

Freeride style – mountaineering performance

Freeride style in a technical mountaineering jacket.

Millet Cosmic Couloir Jacket


SkiGenie Recommendation:
 This freeride style jacket is built with all the techy and protective features you look for like incredibly durable Gore-Tex material that’s 100% waterproof and breathable yet lightweight for moving around the mountain. Plenty of pockets, pit vents and adjustable hood make this an all around high performance jacket, yet what sets it apart is its mountaineering look yet more freeride fit and feel.

 

Description: This jacket is built for freeride and it will not let you down. It delivers a good durability-to-weight ratio with its longwearing Gore-Tex abrasion resistance that does not sacrifice lightweight performance. Sealed seams and water repellent zips makes this jacket 100% waterproof and an integrated powder skirt is joined to a stretched fabric band to create a barrier against snow without losing mobility.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This three-layer Gore-Tex duo is a streamlined freeride option. Seam-sealed and with reinforced shoulders, elbows, and hemline for more durability, the Cosmic Couloir shell has a fixed, helmet- compatible hood with visor.

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Scott Ultimate GTX  ($$)

High style – ergonomic insulation – durable Gore-Tex

Super stylish jacket that includes all the durability and waterproofness of a technical jacket

Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If, above all else, style is a priority in your ski attire, then the Scott Ultimate jacket is your go-to. As with most jackets on Ski Genie’s list, it includes Gore-Tex durability, insulation, good venting, plenty of pockets, adjustability and a helmet compatible hood, yet the color and design of this jacket is what caught our eye. With six different color choices and relaxed, freeride cut, this jacket will make you look like a boss at the top of any line. 

 

Description: Utilizing a partial Thinsulate™ interior and GORE-TEX® 2L exterior, the Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket is an all-in-one, design-specific jacket for the all mountain skier looking for the most technical jacket in the “Ultimate” Line.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • SkiNet.com Best Ski Jackets 2016,“The Ultimate is an all- mountain jacket for the resort skier who wants performance and style. Insulated with strategically placed Thinsulate where you’re likely to get cold (chest and arms) and lined with Scott’s performance mesh in the back, then sealed in a two-layer Gore-Tex shell, the Ultimate kit provides the thermal regulation you need before you know you need it.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

NorthFace FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket  ($$$)

Big Mountain performance – extremely durable 

This jacket has it all - technical features in design, freeride style, big mountain performance.

North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket is technical in design with a freeride fit for comfort with NorthFace professional athletes charging big mountains in mind. The list goes on with technical features included like light yet strong fibers in construction, fully seam sealed, abrasion zones with more durable fabric, adjustable, helmet compatible hood, pit zips, hand warmer pockets, and internal waterproof phone pocket.  This jacket is a great investment for a dedicated skier that values technical design and desires an all-in-one piece that will withstand many seasons of abuse. 

  

Description: Battle the elements while skinning uphill from base camp, or drop in high above the tree line with the protection of our most technically advanced waterproof jacket that integrates four-way stretch with targeted abrasion resistance using our new FuseForm™ construction technique.

What Skiers Say:

  • What I like about this jacket is its fit, simplicity and its durability. Brigandine is literately chain mail and this jacket lives up to the name, Its deflected sticks, and can handle brushes with rocks and normal wear and tear is nothing. TNF has used Fuse Form Tech to make this jacket super strong and abrasion resistant in high use areas, without seams. One downside to the super durable fabric is that in really cold temps it stiffens up a bit making it possible to miss align the zipper and it can bind up. With extra care and alignment during extreme cold this can be avoided. As far as fit, I am 5’10’ and like a baggy fit, the large is big but not too over the top. XL is BIG… -Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, TNF Athlete

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mountain Sports

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super warm and light makes this a cozy, yet packable down jacket. Arcteryx even includes a stuff sack for easy travel. This is a great down option that includes a water-repellant finish, adjustable hem, and plenty of pockets. Though Arcteryx is known for their highly technical outerwear, the clean lines of this jacket make it versatile for off-mountain use.

 

Description: Perfect as a mid-layer or outer layer, depending on what you’re using it for and in which temperatures. This jacket features Down Composite Mapping™—synthetic insulation goes into areas prone to moisture, while 100% goose down goes where warmth is most necessary. The 100% nylon Colibri™ face fabric is lightweight, durable and wind resistant.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Its lightweight, water repellent, and warm. The goose down is still super compressible and really light. I recommend buying 1 size up if you want to layer underneath.
  • Of all the ultra-light down options I considered, this one seems to get toasty the fastest. The non-adjustable hood is great because it’s snug. If you want a jacket for standing at the bus stop in 0 degree weather, throw a shell over it and feel the heat, just remember it doesn’t really cut wind on its own.

Find it on sale for $398 or less at BackcountryBerg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn. Sports, US Outdoor

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

 All-around multi-condition use – classic styling – hood compatible – great value

Classic styling with all the tech features you need to stay warm, dry and looking good.

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is an excellent all-around jacket that can be worn on cold mid-winter days, un-zipped when it gets warmer, and chic for après when the day is done. The classic clean lines and high quality construction create a valuable piece of gear that will withstand multiple seasons of use.

 

Description: The Great Scott Jacket is a 100 percent seam-taped, two-layer construction of Marmot MemBrain® waterproof/breathable shell. Additional features include a soft-brushed collar lining, zip-off storm hood with laminated brim, under arm venting, powder skirt, adjustable hem and cuffs and ample pockets. 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Great Scott is one of my favorite jackets I’ve owned. It has all the technical features you need, from efficient ventilation, awesome waterproofing, and cuffs that are easy to get over the top of your gloves. The hood is also spacious enough to fit over your helmet.
  • I’ve used the Great Scott in all conditions. It has kept me warm during deep powder days and doesn’t overheat when out for a tour. I Love how it fits too, it has a looser free ride fit, which allows full mobility in the air. The unique texture also keeps it classy so I feel comfortable heading out to dinner in this jacket. 

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Parka ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

Durable material keeps you warm and dry on deep days

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around high performance jacket that serves the hardest charging athletes or the resort skier looking for a quality, long-lasting piece. Although the price-tag is on the high end, you will get what you pay for with the kind of well-made, extremely durable and ethically sourced materials Patagonia is known for. In addition to its high quality, it comes in cool color combinations that won’t go out of style.

 

Description: Ambassador driven and tested on every level, this fully dialed jacket gives you the best available stormproof performance for every imaginable condition. It’s made with extremely light yet highly durable, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for the pinnacle of waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skiers Say:

  • The pow slayer jacket is incredible. The fit is new school, but not excessive. The fabric is incredibly durable, but also light and performs well in storms. There’s enough pocket space for anything you need.
  • The cut moves really well, whether hiking or skiing.
  • I’ve put this jacket through the wringer, and it’s hands down the best performing ski gear I’ve ever used. I believe it will last a lifetime of hard use.
  • Product Video

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, REI

 

 



Most Popular Ski Goggles

February 3rd, 2015

It’s difficult to ski if you can’t see… Having a trusty pair of high quality ski goggles with the right lens tint, that fit comfortably on your face and helmet, and don’t fog makes your day on the slopes that much more enjoyable and safe. Here is a list of top men’s, women’s and unisex ski goggles that fit the bill, and are highly regarded for unique tech features, style, quality and durability. When selecting goggles it is important to make sure they fit your face and are compatible with your helmet. With so many stylish options out there we hope this list of the best recommendations for 2015 is helpful.

 

Smith I/O (Unisex)

cool, modern styling – the standard in lens interchangeability – multitude of color/lens options ($$$)

Smith I/OX unisex ski goggles

Smith I/O

SkiGenie Recommendation: Even with new lens interchangeability technologies from other brands, Smith’s I/O sets the standard. Having one high quality goggle with a few different lenses is the best way to go, because it will always fit the same, yet it can adapt with you to what the day brings. Classic, modern styling in more color and lens combinations than you can wear in a season.

Description: When we created the I/O, it was a category killer.

What Skiers Say:

  • Such an attractive design that fits my helmet perfectly. Loved that it comes with spare lenses for low visibility days. Feels very high quality and the customer service is absolutely superb – they were very quick and helpful about replacing my frame after I broke it!
  • Works as advertised, rain or shine. The I/O fits great. So the website is correct in the sizing. The lens for both are the same technology, and I wore them in 50+ degree rain and -5 degree wind. The goggles did not fog in either. I’ve switched the lenses out multiple times, and they were a little tricky at first. But after a couple changes I figured them out and now they are easy to change quickly. I’d buy these again, and recommend them.

Find them on sale for $175 or less at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store

 

Spy Trevor Goggle (Unisex)

simple style – standard tech features – great value ($)

Spy Trevor green tinted mirrored goggles

Spy Trevor

SkiGenie Recommendation: A great goggle option at a low price, fit with style and the tech features you need. The Trevor is a low profile, streamlined style goggle without flashy gimmicks, yet includes great venting, a comfortable, universal fit, and lens options that will keep you from squinting or fogging up.

Description: Retro-inspired styling meets modern technology. A flexible polyurethane frame conforms to any face for a comfortable fit, dual-lens system has anti-fog and anti-scratch protection, 100% UV protection, and is helmet compatible with most popular helmets.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale from $60 – $75 or less at Backcountry, Sun & Ski, The House, US Outdoor Store

 

Oakley Canopy (Unisex)

unique design – massive field of view – large fit – high tech features – helmet compatible

Oakley Canopy black and purple sick ski goggles

Oakley Canopy

SkiGenie Recommendation: The unique design of a large lens with a narrower frame in the Canopy goggle creates a viewing experience like none other. It’s like you’ve opened a window to the world. You won’t go back to a smaller, more traditional goggle design. Jam packed with technology from the lens treatment, pliable frame material and moisture wicking foam, this goggle has it all, plus a whole lot of style.

Description: Don’t settle for the tunnel vision of ordinary goggles. The razor-sharp optics filter out 100% of all UV, and with the combination of dual vented lens architecture and anti-fog coating, you’ll have superior protection against the threat of fog‑ups.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are by far the best, most incredible pair I have ever had in over 40 years of skiing. They even fit over my glasses and do not fog up here in the Pacific Northwest where we get some pretty sketchy wet weather. The field of vision is incredible and the two lenses that come with the goggles cover the range.
  • The contrast that is provided when looking at snow during skiing really helps when going down the slope. Thank you for the great product.
  • The first time is skied in the Oakley Canopy it was game changing. The oversized lens in this goggle gives you an unreal field of view. After using this goggle, whenever I use a more standard midsize goggle it feels so small and all I notice is how much of the goggle I actually see while skiing. Once you use the canopy it will be hard to ever go back to a midsize goggle again.

Find it on sale for $130 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Mountain Gear, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Uvex Fire lite mirror (Unisex)

basic, classic styling – mirrored solar protection lens – lightweight – high value ($)

Uvex Fire all black classic cheap ski goggles

Uvex Fire

SkiGenie Recommendation: A basic yet classic goggle from Uvex that includes high tech features like mirrored solar protection with a wider footprint for greater field of view. With more masculine or feminine color options, guys and gals alike can enjoy a great value in this goggle as a backup pair to a higher end goggle, or as a trusty pair for the weekend warrior on a budget.

Description: Your burning passion for powder always shows in your eyes, so protect them with Uvex’s Fire Lite Mirror Goggle. Apart from its mirrored surface, Supravision’s coating resists reflection and glare. The lens also protects your eyes from UVA, UVB, UVC, and infrared rays.

What Skiers Say:

  • An in depth comparison of a low cost Uvex goggle to a higher priced goggle, with comprehensive pros and cons for each based on uses in various conditions here: http://www.skiingthebackcountry.com/ski-articles/Uvex_Goggles

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry and REI

 

Anon M1 (Unisex)

cutting edge lens interchangeability – wide peripheral view – fits face with or without helmet ($)

Anon M1 retro style hot ski goggles

Anon M1

SkiGenie Recommendation: Anon’s M1 goggle is for the skier on the go, who must stay at the front of the line in the latest and greatest technology. The ground breaking ease in changing out your lens is a game changer for skiers who experience variable conditions on the regular. This goggles is offered at an incredible value for its quality and technology.

Description: Anon’s proprietary Magna-Tech lens technology makes for the fastest, easiest lens interchangability ever. There are six magnets holding the lens in place, and while you can swap lenses in seconds without removing the goggles, Anon’s team hasn’t been able to knock them loose, no matter how harsh the cased knuckle, or how far the overshot landing. The goggle employ 3D shaping for crystal-clear optics. Between the triple-layer face foam and the pivoting hinged strap anchors, the M1 isn’t going anywhere, even if you wear a helmet.

What Skiers Say:

  • Compared to the competition, we’ve found that both the M1 and M2 undoubtedly offer the quickest, simplest interchangeable lens system on the market, and are two of the best goggles we’ve tested to date.
  • I think the build was bomb and the quality of the product top notch.
  • Check out another compehensive review here
  • Product Video

Find it on sale from $99 – $199 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Zeal HD2 Camera (Unisex)

capture every moment in 12-megapixel photos or brilliant 1080p HD video + photo goggle ($$$)

Zeal HD video camera in lens ski goggle

Zeal HD2

SkiGenie Recommendation: The techy skier’s dream goggles. Gone are the days of multiple Go Pro mounts getting in your way… Now you can capture your run and create a sick edit with your just goggles! There is a whole lot of technology built into these goggles including an HD camera, but also includes the tech features of a standard goggle that you need. Yes, the price tag is high, but so is the quality and multi-purpose optionality of this game-changer.

 Description: The camera shoots 12-megapixel photos and HD video with the use of glove-friendly buttons on the side of the frame, and in addition to the Micro SD memory card storage, the HD2 can also wirelessly transfer your data directly to your phone, if you’re into that sort of thing.

What Skiers Say:

  • I live in Colorado and decided to buy a pair of these on a whim – my best friend owned the HD Camera Goggles last year, and it made our season so much more fun! On the deepest of pow days we could get all of our cliff and pillow drops on film so easily! It was amazing! They’re even better than the last version!
  • Works great and stoked on the quality!
  • For more info and user videos, check this out

Find them for sale for $499 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Marker Big Picture (Men’s)

extra large field of view – superior optics – comfortable fit – helmet compatible ($$)

Marker Big Picture white strap with teal lens ski and snowboard goggle

Marker Big Picture

SkiGenie Recommendation: The field of view in the Big Picture goggles says it all… they have some of the largest lenses in the game, allowing for an almost IMAX visual experience, yet they don’t look huge on your face. Cushy foam lines the lens for a comfortable feel and will fit paired with most helmets.

Description: The big picture wins converts with top-notch engineering combined with stylish looks. The Superfit frames with V-Split nose adapt automatically to your face shape meaning the goggles fit comfortably and securely every time.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $128 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Onset (Men’s)

large fit, large field of view – Carl Zeiss optics – venting & anti-fog – excellent fit with Giro helmet ($$)

Giro Onset blazing orange inexpensive price men's ski goggles

Giro Onset

SkiGenie Recommendation: New goggle trends for 2015 point toward a large field of view, and the Giro Onset is no exception. A wide field of view and a ton of cool color and lens options round out the tech features of this goggle as a great investment in a solid piece of gear.

Description: Crisp clear optics with a Carl Zeiss vision lens, a low profile spherical frame design, and unmatched field of view. The Onset offers a full array of premium features and lens options plus seamless helmet compatibility for superior performance, comfort, fit and function.

What Skiers Say:

  • They really do have an amazingly large viewport. Or rather, you don’t really see the goggles at all. You just see the world around you. I put back on my old goggles, and I felt like I was driving a tank or something.
  • Pay attention to the lens tints – I really wanted the cobalt blue lens, but I chose Amber Scarlet because I wanted a good all-day, variable-conditions choice. I’m really happy I did- a darker lens would have been too dark. These were just right. I wasn’t blinded in full sun, and I could still see where I was going in overcast afternoon conditions.
  • This is really a great goggle. I love everything about them. It’s basically like skiing without goggles since the field of vision is so big. They have a very comfy fit with or without the helmet. I haven’t had any issues with fogging. I mainly ski with the Persimmon lens. I can’t be bothered switching things around. This tint work great in all conditions and most importantly it allows you to see the terrain in difficult or flat light conditions.

Find it on sale for $149 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Smith I/O7 (Men’s)

even easier lens interchangeability – large frame and field of view – lots of color and lens combinations ($$$)

Smith I/O7 ultimate men's ski goggle

Smith I/O7

SkiGenie Recommendation: A step up from Smith’s I/O, the I/O7 has streamlined the already super easy interchangeability of the I/O and created an even cooler looking frame. A large fit and large field of view looks like you’re sponsored and fits great with a helmet.

 Description: Introducing the next level in rimless interchangeability. Where others have chosen to sacrifice fit, flexibility, and ventilation to incorporate more parts, more weight, and more gimmicks, the I/O 7 is the ultimate in minimalist performance. Single-Pivot Quick Release, AirEvac Integration technology, and Facial Geometry frame design.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love the single toggle lens change. They are tight for OTG, over the glasses. So if you have to keep moving your goggles up, ski instructor, then you probably will want to go with the I/OX.
  •  I’ve been wearing Smith for many years. This is by far their best goggle ever! Fit, feel and ease of lens change is top notch. Go out and grab your I/07’s!
  • The goggles make a super comfy seal against your face (three different foam densities!). The lenses are crisp, clear, and look awesome (Steez is important!)
  • These goggles are great for medium faces, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you have a small or large face. They come with a great lens protector as well as good instructions!

Find them on sale for $225 or less at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store

 

Bolle Duchess (Women’s)

small frame – comfortable foam – feminine esthetic – great value ($)

Bolle Duchess slim fit goggles for alpine women

Bolle Duchess

SkiGenie Recommendation: A great value for a simple goggle that will hold up to the performance you demand. Cushy foam surrounds a smaller framed goggle that fits a petite face perfectly. Feminine color options round out a high tech looking frame with lens options that perform double duty for varying light and weather conditions.

 Description: Bollé’s newest goggle for women is their best yet. The chic and sleek Duchess is packed with technology to keep you fog free and enhance your vision all day long.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are amazing, particularly for the price. They arrived in excellent shape and fit my small face perfectly. I was very happy with how these performed on the two overcast and snowy days that we skied. We had no extremely bright sun, but I believe these would sufficiently reduce glare on a bright day. I loved the rose tint and the clarity. I had absolutely no fogging issues or discomfort from pressure points. These goggles are an amazing value.
  • I didn’t want enormous goggles so I thought these will do the job… and they are perfect for what I was looking for. They fit perfect, the quality is amazing, and they are not too big, so the look really cute. Ideal for a mountain princess!

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Field Goggle (Women’s)

women’s version of the Onset – large field of view, smaller frame – Carl Zeiss optics – cool, feminine colors & design ($$)

Top value pick for women's ski goggles

Giro Field

SkiGenie Recommendation: Similar technology as Giro’s Onset, yet with a women’s specific fit. The Field goggle fits with a large field of view, yet doesn’t overwhelm your face with a whole lot of goggle.

Description: Combining stunning style with groundbreaking technology, The Field is an all new women’s-specific design that adds yet another amazing option to our EXV Collection. The clean aesthetic of this medium-size, helmet compatible design are highlighted by the vast view of its spherical dual lens by Carl Zeiss, a full array of fit and function features plus colorways with style for days.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $150 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Scott Dana Goggle (Women’s)

simple, feminine style and fit – helmet compatible – spherical lenses ($$)

Scott Dana purple and pink style first ski goggles

Scott Dana

SkiGenie Recommendation: A cute and simple looking goggle for the skier chick ready to shred anything, even if that’s just a green circle. These goggles will fit great with just a hat or helmet and provide a wide range of view even though they have a smaller, women’s frame size. They are packed with features you need like an anti-fog coating, great venting, and a variety of lens choices.

Description: If you’re sick of feeling like your entire face is covered by your goggles, check out the Scott Women’s Dana Goggle. Its women-specific design and fit will cover your eyes without swallowing your nose.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are great – block out enough glare but not too dark even when things flatten out toward the end of the day or when it’s snowing. They’re comfortable on my face, don’t leave marks, and are a good size for my face…I also love the green color! Only down side is they fog a little too easily when your neck warmers pulled up high on your face.
  • I love these goggles! The field of view is great with these goggles I can see everything around me when I am skiing. I have had no issues with the lens fogging up, it is crystal clear all the time. They are so comfortable too, there are no weird pressure points, and they fit great with my helmet. These goggles are incredible.

Find it on sale for $120 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

POC Retina (Women’s)

high quality optics & materials – mod style – lightweight – women’s specific fit ($$)

POC Retina goggles for wide scope of vision

POC Retina

SkiGenie Recommendation: POC is known for making a high quality goggle and the Retina Women’s is no exception, including mod styling and a sleek design. The premium lens treatment and material allows for a superior view in nearly all weather conditions. These are a great investment for the skier who takes their gear seriously, uses it in many conditions and values high style.

Description: The goggles have a soft PU mid-size frame with a triple-layer face foam for a optimal fit. The double lens is made of optical grade material and has the best anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment available to promote vision and resistance.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love the retina lens. I feel like I can see clearly! Which is always a plus when you’re on the hill. I’ve used them on sunny and overcast days with no problems. I have a medium sized face and they fit it pretty well. They’re super cushy too, due to the triple layer face foam (which makes them super comfy!) I am mostly happy with my purchase, however I do wish they were a little bit bigger.

Find them on sale for $124 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Bolle Gravity – Photochromic (Women’s)

classic styling – articulated frame hinge for ease of use & fit – advanced lens technology ($$)

Bolle Gravity no frills highly durable and well regarded ski goggle for women

Bolle Gravity

SkiGenie Recommendation: A classically styled goggle that borrows its look from the Oakley crowbars of yester-year – it features extensions on the sides of the frame for ease of use popping the up onto your head or helmet and placing them back on your face. The photochromatic lens takes the guess-work out of your morning preparations for the hill as it adapts to changing light.

Description: The Gravity has it all – performance, comfort, and style. Its spherical lens delivers a wide field of view. Equalizer technology and Flow-Tech venting keep your goggle fog free all day long. The plush triple layer face foam and Bolle’s Forestay outrigger system provides a comfortable, perfect helmet fit. The Gravity has a medium to large fit, and will have you performing in style.

What Skiers Say:

  • Pretty good googles. They were a little small on my giant head but they did the job very well. I have only used them twice and they can start to get uncomfortable by the end of the day, but I think that’s the size issue.
  • They fit like most women’s goggles, so if you’re not especially small, like I am, you may love them. They appear well made.

Find it on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry

 

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Top Ski Gloves Reviews Men 2014-2015

November 21st, 2014

Joy is staying warm and comfortable during a long, cold and crystalline day of skiing. And good ski gloves will keep you at that summit of pleasure. Our extremities tend to get the coldest, so having the right pair of gloves or mittens keeps you out on the slopes longer and in all weather.  When choosing the right pair it is important to consider the following choices: (i) gloves for dexterity vs. mittens for warmth, (ii) synthetic materials for cost and waterproofing vs. leather for durability and natural water resistance, (iii) membrane for breathability to prevent sweaty buildup, (iv) lining material for comfort and (v) cuff length to keep the powder and biting wind off your wrists.  The gloves we’ve chosen below will let you focus on the skiing even if your body runs warm and needs a thinner glove, or your digits are no strangers to numbness. Please feel free to leave your own reviews, comments or questions in our comment section.

 

Dakine Titan Ski Gloves ($)

waterproof Gore-Tex – temperature regulating – touch screen liner

dakine men's insulated ski gloves

Dakine Titan

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent glove option with all the features that you look for and then some. They are made with waterproof Gore-Tex material and regulate temperature for a comfortable fit on a mild day or much colder. The touch screen compatible liner allows your fingers to keep you wirelessly connected, even at 10,000 ft.

Description: The Titan’s 280g insulation provides plenty of warmth for most days, and they stay dry thanks to guaranteed waterproof, breathable Gore Tex insert. The tacky Rubbertec palm grips to just about everything. And when the storms roll in, the zippered stash pockets make a perfect home for heat packs.

What Skiers Say:

  • I put these ski gloves to the test in Mountain Creek NJ. It was a cold day, between 10-15 degrees, and they worked great. I used the liners with sticky grip that comes with them. Wow, what a great feature. It worked great for using my cell phone/GoPro and kept my hands warm. They were also waterproof which was a big welcome. All in all, I would definitely recommend these gloves.
  • I used these Gloves to ski every week in Utah, they never felt too hot or cold. On warm days where it was 30s, they were cool; on Cold days near 0, they kept my hands toasty.
  • Product Video

Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun & Ski, US Outdoor Store.

 

Noronna Narvik Dri1 Insulated Short Ski Gloves ($)

highly insulated – low bulk – wrist leash – leather palm

green all leather ski gloves with wrist strap

Noronna Narvik Dr1

SkiGenie Recommendation: If your hands tend to get cold easily, these are a great glove option at a reasonable price point. Highly insulated and waterproof, and yet, streamlined, and not bulky. The leather palm allows for a good grip, and an attached wrist cuff keeps them from dropping off the chairlift when you remove them.

Description: Packed with PrimaLoft insulation throughout, the Narvik Dri1 keeps your hands exceptionally warm and comfortable. Its waterproof breathable Dri1 insert shields your hands from slush, melting icicles, and falling flakes.

What Skiers Say:

  • My hands were kept warm and dry at all times. Perspiration was so well-managed that, even after several days of use, the gloves never got funky enough to wash. These ski gloves are also fairly dexterous for their size, and the goatskin palms provide a confident grip.
  • These gloves are quite warm and comfortable. Great grip as well. We’ve had a lot of sub-zero temps this winter with wind chills up to -40F. They haven’t failed me yet.
  • I’ve spent about 10 days in these gloves in Colorado recently and I’m impressed. Most days its been 10-20 degrees and windy, two days it was dumping/powder-day and I have no complaints with the Dri1 Short. I usually carry glove liners and hand warmers but I never had to consider using that backup plan, these are very warm. After a few days of wearing them I’ve gained pretty good dexterity but its not the best. I wear size L in Swany and Mountain Hardwear but ordered XL based on the Norrona sizing chart and they fit great.

Find them on sale for $90 or less at Backcountry.

 

Swany X-Cell II Mittens ($$)

durable leather – very warm – waterproof – warmer pocket – wrist leash

super warm male ski mittens

Swany X-Cell II Mitten

SkiGenie Recommendation: Swany’s X-Cell II mitten is an excellent all-around performance mitt that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable on those chilly mid-winter days. It features extremely durable outer layer material with a snug cuff to slide underneath your jacket and an attached wrist cuff so you can take them on and off easily. The zippered hand warmer pocket boosts your warmth and the wrist cinch allows for a snug fit when sending it down the pitch.

Description: The Swany X-Cell II Mittens keep your hands warm and highly dexterous in cold, wet conditions. The leather construction reminiscent of a bomber-jacket-style could be at home in an aerial dog fight.  A Dryfinger Reflection membrane keeps out moisture and helps water vapor escape while  theThermolite insulation holds in warmth. Your hands stay toasty even in freezing temps.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve never had cold hands with these and they are now well into their fifth season. The durability is excellent. These may be too warm above 40 degrees, but at that point most any glove or mitt will be. The wrist leash works great. The warmer pocket is key on cold days and they dry out every evening without much fuss.
  • Great for skiing! Soft and pliable. A great fit and very warm.
  • This mitten is hands down better than The North Face Summit series mitten for use when skiing. I was warm the whole time with not much need for hand warmers. My skin was always dry, and there was not any wind penetration from the cuff up my jacket or into the mitten.

Find them on sale for $135 or less at Backcountry & REI.

 

Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves ($$$)

high quality, durable – Gore-Tex insulation – temp regulating – long cuffs – ergonomic design

ultimate ski glove choice for warmth with high wrist to protect from powder and cold

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: “Ultimate” is in the name, and rightfully so. Marmot’s Ultimate Glove is one of the best for warmth and durability. It helps regulate your temperature when it’s warmer and keeps you cozy on cold days. The long cuff  cinches over your jacket for both easy handling and keeping snow out. Unlike similar caliber ski gloves, the supple leather design, unique to the Marmot Ultimate, prevents bulkiness and allows you to move around easily.

Description: GORE-TEX® technology provides durable water and windproof performance; patented synthetic down offers warmth without the weight. Brushed tricot DriClime® manages moisture for a cozy interior microclimate. Accordion finger design lends improved dexterity and extends the life of the glove.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • These are my favorite, go to glove. Have skied all over the Rockies, from cold Jackson Hole powder mornings, to Utah and through the snow machines, and wet Colorado snow. I love the leather as it allows a more natural use of my hand. I never had a wet hand, and mine stays warm, or at least not frozen without using heat packs or liners.
  • Warmest glove in my arsenal. Warm enough I could justify shelling out the $175 for a new pair whenever these wear out, which doesn’t look to be anytime soon.

 

Find them on sale for $175 or less at Backcountry, REI, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store.

 

Hestra Henrik Windstedt Pro Mittens ($$$)

 high quality, durable leather – super warm – wrist leash – fashionable colors

the best all around men's ski mittens

Henrik Windstedt Pro Mitt

SkiGenie Recommendation: A high quality, fully tech-featured mitten that will keep you warm and dry season after season. The leather exterior and supreme insulation of these mittens offers durable protection from the elements . Cuffs that stretch up and over a sleeve  keep the snow out, and the classic Hestra wrist leash keeps them by your side. These gloves work best on cold mid-winter days but may become a bit bulky as temperatures rise.

Description: This mitt is part of Hestra’s Alpine Pro collection and thus, one of the best models they offer. The cowhide exterior is available in four, two-tone colors with a quilted pattern on the back of the hand.  Thermolite insulation keeps your fingers toasty while internal finger dividers help with the structural integrity of the mitt.

What Skiers Say:

  • Best mitts I’ve owned. They are super warm, the leather is quick to break in, and the quality is super high. Although I thought they were a bit childish at first, I have come to love the wrist loops. Never have to worry about dropping a mitt when on the lift or when snapping a picture if a friend.
  • I am on the third 100+ day season with these mitts. I use them almost every day unless it is spring-like warm. They seem to have a temperature control built in them so they are not too hot when it is warm and warm when it is cold. I admit that when it is really cold, I use the little ‘Hottie” heater packs to keep comfortable. My gloves show no wear even after hard use for all those ski days.
  • Powder Magazine review

 

Find them on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Black Diamond Kajia Glove ($$)

 light – streamlined – leather – padded knuckles – mild weather/spring glove

ski gloves good for movement and protection

Black Diamond Kajia Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: This streamlined yet fully tech’ed out spring weather glove with a woven nylon and goat leather shell and Gore-Tex liner will keep you warm enough on mild days and dry on stormy days. The low bulk design and Velcro cuff allow for movement if you’re on the skin track or pole planting like a pro down the slopes. The high quality Black Diamond leather design will keep you skiing into the late season year after year.

Description: The Kajia is our premium midweight freeride glove for milder temps, sunny resort days and the occasional blower spring storm. Outfitted with a durable goat leather and woven nylon shell, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® insert and 80g of synthetic insulation, the Kajia has you prepped for the spectrum of skiing conditions. EVA padding protects against unexpected impacts.

What Skiers Say:

–  I wanted ski gloves warm enough for Vermont weather. They initially felt warm, and I love the blue color and overall look. The fit is snug but not too tight which makes them feel like they should be warmer. In temps in the low 20’s with wind however, my fingers got cold. I’ll probably have to find a thin glove liner for the really cold days.

 

Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove ($)

durable – light – waterproof sealed – work glove

old school style ski gloves for men

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation:

These are a great “work glove” for those of you who earn your living out there on the hill day in and day out. They are tough, durable and warm enough when you’re moving around, and using your hands a lot. They may not be the best option in negative degrees, but are a trusty companion on most other moderate days.

Description: All leather gives added protection from the wind on those super cold days. They are still hand-baked in Colorado with Sno-Seal to keep you dry and warm with HeatRac insulation.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve been a patroller for 15 years. Kinco has been my go to and it always requires a can of sno-seal. Its nice that the Flylow comes pre-waxed, but I still put more on as they get abused. A tough, multi-season investment that works on all but the coldest (or warmest) ski days.
  • This is a great glove, but not for everyone. The insulation is moderate and the glove cuff is short (i.e. snow will creep in if you fall in the pow). This is my go-to glove when I am out touring. I hike in a lighter glove and pull these on for the descent. If you plan to resort ski with these on cold days you may have cold fingers.

 

Find it on sale for $40 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove ($)

warm – waterproof – grippy – touch screen compatible

mobile phone touch screen friendly ski gloves

UA Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent warm, waterproof glove option that features a touch screen compatible finger. The grippy palm will keep your phone secure as you browse or keep your poles in place while skiing. We often need to use our phones while on the chairlift, and this glove allows you to do just that while also keeping you comfortable.

Description: If you can’t keep your hands off your high-tech gadgets because you need to know what the latest forecast is or get that Instagram shot, the Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove if the one for you. This softshell glove is armed with UA Storm for water and wind resistant protection, and its ColdGear fleece lining features Infrared ceramic heat-reflective power for warmth. Extra-long cuffs won’t leave your wrists out in the cold, and a printed palm gives you good grip.

What Skiers Say:

  • What I like most about these gloves is that they never let any moisture in, they keep me perfectly dry as well as letting me use my mobile devices’ touch screens without taking them off.
  • These gloves have been excellent so far. I need something warm for when I ride my bike to work in the morning but I also need to be able to use my phone to track my ride. These gloves do just that, and I like that they are waterproof.

 

Find it on sale for $50 or less at Backcountry.

 

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Men’s Ski Helmets for Safety and Cool Factor 2015

November 5th, 2014

Wearing a helmet while skiing is an absolute necessity. Gone are the days of rocking a flimsy beanie while sending lines or ripping groomers. Our desire to ski steeper and deeper terrain and charge down slopes packed full of skiers and riders results in our need to wear a protective helmet for our noggins. In this article, we’ve assembled a selection of new men’s helmets for the coming ski season that are sure to suit your needs for protection and safety while still looking good, providing warmth and even playing your favorite tunes. Please feel free to leave questions, comments and your own reviews below.

For safety certifications see each helmet review.  The “ASTM” denotes it meets U.S. industry standards and “EN” it meets European standards.  The specific Class A vs. B designation is related to head coverage and impact protection.  Class B has to protect the top and rear of the head but doesn’t have to cover the ears and must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 375mm (37.5cm) .  Class A has to protect the top and rear of the head and also the ears/side of the head and must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 750mm (75cm).  As a follow up to this article, we will compile a list of Class A helmets, however, these are generally full “racing” style helmets that cover the ears and aren’t as popular with recreational skiers, for example the POC Skull Orbic Comp.

 

Pret Helmets Cynic  

Pret Helmets Cynic – simple, understated – light – soft ear material ($)

green half bucket helmet with flare

Pret Helmets Cynic

SkiGenie Recommendation: Deemed one of the lightest helmets on the market, this helmet lets you forget it’s on your head as you rip around all day. When we care most about our new skis and fresh outerwear, we want a discreet helmet that can be a necessary part of the kit. The Pret Cynic will be there to complement your gear and keep you safe without stealing the show.

Description: Deceptively simple, clean, and capable with a skate-inspired design. All conditions. All areas. Featuring a removable audio-ready sound curtain and ecoSmart recycled liner.

What Skiers Say:

  • I personally love this helmet for its lightness, comfortable fit and great venting. It’s also set apart from the rest in its clean, simple design, which makes me feel unique.
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Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Anon Talan Helmet  

Anon Talan Helmet – park style – goggles fit underneath – magnetic closure ($)

warm ski helmet with soft chin strap

Anon Talan Helmet

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you like wearing your goggles under your helmet then this is the one for you. Winner of the 2015 “Editor’s Pick” in Freeskier Magazine, this helmet is specifically designed for the park skier, integrating park style with safety. In addition to the comfortable fit, it includes a magnetic snap buckle, that makes it easy to take on and off.

 Description: The Anon Talan helmet is integrated with passive ventilation channels to draw in fresh air through the front vents and pull moisture out the back, cooling you down without chilling you out. A Boa fit system ensures optimal comfort, and Strap Stash, a recess in the customized EPS foam liner, allows you to comfortably sport your goggles under the helmet.

What Skiers Say:

  • I got this helmet mainly for the BOA system because I like a snug fit. The helmet is very large, not the actual fit, but the helmet itself is quite big, making it difficult to fit my hood over it.

Find it on sale for $110 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Marker Ampire Helmet  

Marker Ampire Helmet – all-around great helmet – comfortable – light – audio compatible – unique color options ($$)

safe ski helmet with good venting

Marker Ampire

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-in-one helmet that’s stylish, safe, ventilated and audio compatible. This helmet is fit with a small visor that helps keep goggles in place and minimizes any gap between goggle and helmet. Constructed with ultra-lightweight material and adjustable open or closed ventilation, the Marker Ampire  comes in classic black or white or in fun, colorful options.

Description: Thanks to premium quality hybrid shell construction this helmet is light, comfortable and rugged. The RTS fit system means that it adjusts to your head’s shape in one simple step.  Paired with new Marker goggles, the Ampire forms a superlative unit that reduces any goggle fogging. The ear pads are compatible with audio systems so that your tunes will be with you wherever you are.

What Skiers Say:

  • Comfortable, seems secure, seems to work based on a few impacts. Can add speaker system to earpads, which is a plus. The buckle is unique and really cool, it uses a magnetic system to make it easy to unlock with a single gloved hand.
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Find it on sale for $129 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Salomon Prophet Custom Air Helmet

Salomon Prophet Custom Air Helmet – big-mountain performance – snug, custom fit – removable padding ($$)

helmet for men's freeride skiing

Salomon Prophet

SkiGenie Recommendation: This helmet is built for the hard charging skier ready to push his or her limits. The customizable fit eliminates any movement between the head and helmet creating a snug, comfortable and safe interface. It even has ear pads for warm, spring days and a completely removable lining to wash out after epic adventures.

Description: Top of the line big mountain helmet with Custom Air fit system and built in visor. Light, protective, ready for big descents in big conditions.

What Skiers Say:

  • The Salomon Prophet Air fits nicely all around and has performed well in the park and out of bounds.
  • This helmet fits very comfortably, plus the solid build and the “air” inflation system are great. I also liked the addition of the mesh over the air vents, which prevents snow from coming into the helmet.

Find it on sale from $160-175 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com, SummitOnline & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

POC Receptor+ Helmet

 POC Receptor+ Helmet – multi-sport versatility – advanced safety – snug fit ($$)

classic and cheap ski helmet for men

POC Receptor+

SkiGenie Recommendation: Versatility is the name of the game with the POC Receptor+. If you pursue multiple sports throughout the year then this is your one-helmet quiver. Built to be knocked around, this helmet is as safe as it gets and is suitable for taking hard falls on the slopes.

Description: Receptor+ is developed for multi-disciplinary activities and is the only helmet in the world that has the appropriate safety certifications for skiing, snowboarding, biking, skateboarding and water sports. The helmet is equipped with the patented VDSAP system with double overlapping shells and has an Aramid Penetration Barrier and a multi-impact EPP liner.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve had it for two seasons now and love the way it fits and how durable it is. It’s taken some serious hits and still holds up. I have POC goggles, and it’s a seamless fit. Really impressed.
  • I love this helmet, yet be aware of the fit. POC helmets fit a little smaller than giro and smith. Otherwise, it is a great helmet.
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Find it on sale from $150-$220 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Smith Vantage Helmet

Smith Vantage – all-around performance & comfort – superior venting – audio compatible ($$$)

best selling ski helmet made by smith

Smith Vantage

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another great all-around helmet option from Smith. The fit, comfortable padding, customizable ear pads and sleek design create a top contender in the 2015 helmet lineup. It comes in understated yet cool color options and has perhaps the most vents of any helmet out there to create a climate- controlled environment.

Description: The Vantage was built for the hard-core, demanding the ultimate in everything. Using AEROCORE™ construction that features Koroyd® simultaneously maximizes full coverage protection and increased airflow. For the most custom fit, the Vantage offers the Boa® fit system. Combine all this with the Smith pioneered AirEvac technology for goggle integration, and the Vantage delivers the perfect blend of technology, venting and style.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve been really happy with the Smith Vantage. The BOA system makes it easy to adjust for just the right fit. The Vents are easy to open or close while skiing, and it keeps my head safe and warm.
  •  This is the best helmet I’ve ever owned. It vents super well, I haven’t had a single problem with fog. Smith stepped the game up over my old Variant helmet with a protective mesh on the vents and it’s quieter, with less wind noise.
  • The BOA system is great and will give you a snug fit even on the strangest head shapes. Also the earpads are removable and have a zippered pocket so you can add speakers.

Find it on sale from $143-$220 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eastern Mountain Sports, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet – advanced safety design – super lightweight – streamlined look ($$$)

the safest ski helmet technology for serious skiers

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS

SkiGenie Recommendation: POC has designed one of the safest helmets out there with the MIPS system, that both protects your head on initial impact and as you continue to tumble. Its streamlined design is a lightweight, no-frills answer for the dedicated skier out there pushing the limits either in the backcountry or in bounds.

Description: The Fornix Backcountry MIPS is known for its award winning lightweight and aramid reinforced shell. The helmet is equipped with the patented MIPS system to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in case of an oblique impact. The Fornix is generously ventilated and the size adjustment system makes it possible to customize the fit of the helmet to make sure it stays safe and comfortable in place.

What Skiers Say:

  • I like the look, it’s reminiscent of helmets past like the round Boeri helmet. It doesn’t have a visor, which makes flipping your goggles up easier.
  • The helmet is really comfortable. There are no pressure points, the harness doesn’t dig in anywhere, and it fits the shape of my head nicely. It has generously cut and soft ear pockets that are comfortable all day long.
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Find it on sale from $200-$219 at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

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Top 5 Men’s Frontside Carving Ski Reviews

November 5th, 2014

If you like to cruise groomers, hold on ice and punish the steeps our selection of the 2015 top men’s frontside carving skis will help you capitalize on all that time you spent improving your technique.  A pair of skis specifically designed for carving allows you to finish your turns on the steeps and better control your speed without “sliding”.  If you ski the resort and like to impress with your turns, frontside skis are far superior to many of their all mountain brethren, especially for advanced to expert skiers.  They are also great options for your local beer league ski races.  Specifications include more torsional stiffness in the tip and tail to generate powerful turns and better performance on the ice and hardpack.  So find your magic for arcing hard.

carving a turn at jackson holeSkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Frontside Carving Ski Category.

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Head i.Supershape Titan 

skis for carving fast turns

A new shape is designed to deliver automatic hookup in the tip, even at lower speeds / edge angles. 

The Head i.Supershape Titan is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert skiers looking for a versatile frontside carving ski (70% frontside/30% off-piste). “It is built for maximum hard-snow integrity, with full sidewalls for edge grip; metal reinforcement for damp solidity at speed; and classic laminate layup for integrity.  The integration of piezoelectronics is really the differentiator. This technology turns mechanical energy into electrical energy, to ensure rigidity and grip at higher speeds and allows the ski to relax at slower speeds. Ski innovation or at least ski marketing at its finest!”

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (134-81-112mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170, 177cm

Blizzard X-Power 770 IQ

powerful carving ski for men

Amazing blend of new technology with full vertical sidewalls and amazing edge grip.

The Blizzard X-Power 770 IQ is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate male adult skiers as a performance carving ski that will tackle the hardpacked groomers and scratchy afternoon conditions of most resorts (especially in the East Coast and Midwest).  The ski’s tip & tail rocker help skiers engage their turns.  The modest price-tag is a surprise as the construction utilizes the best materials on the market.

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Video Review | Radius: 15m (123-77-105mm) | Sizes: 153, 160, 167, 174cm

 

Nordica Fire Arrow 76 Ti

best carving ski on the market

Two skis in one with a stable GS body and an easy turning slalom tip for edge hold and stability.

The Fire Arrow 76 Ti is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers with the skills and physical conditioning to handle a race-like carving ski (90% frontside/10% off-piste). The ski is quick and explosive, and will lay trenches in the groomers for days.

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Video Review | Radius: 14.0m (126-76-109mm) | Sizes: 152, 160, 168, 176cm | Other Review

 

Rossignol Pursuit 16

new men's ski

High-performance carving ski loaded with world cup tech and horsepower for technical skiers.

The Rossignol Pursuit 16 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced men looking for a carving ski speed machine with race-like construction (100% frontside/0% off-piste). Feel confident laying deep arcs on both hardpacked and scratchy afternoon snow conditions.  The construction highlights explosive power between turns with a touch of reverse camber in the tip to easy roll from edge to edge at high speeds.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.0m (124-74-104mm) | Sizes: 149, 156, 163, 170, 177cm | Other Review

 

Volkl Racetiger GS Speedwall UVO

beer league race ski

First of its kind ‘beer league’ race ski with race construction and a wider footprint.

The Volkl Speedwall UVO is recommended by SkiGenie for adults in Master’s and night leagues looking to set records and embarrass their friends under the lights (100% don’t drink and drive).

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Video Review | Radius: 19.1m (116-70-98) | Sizes: 175, 180, 185cm | Other Review

 

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Best New Twin Tip Ski Reviews

October 31st, 2014

Best new twin tip ski recommendations and ski gear guide reviews for those looking to boost the tables, slide the rails, ride the pipe and hit natural features!  If your a newschooler who likes to land backwards and partake in generally gibberish behavior on the ski slopes then we’ve got your back.  Whether you are a beginner or seasoned skier these twin tips allow you to do things other models can’t but still provide high performance on the usual tracks.  Check out our reviews and leave a comment if you have any questions.  Keep your tips up.

big air jackson hole air force

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Twin Tip Ski Category.

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Salomon Rocker2 100

best park skis for men

One stop shopping for an energetic ski that does it all from park to pow.

The Salomon Rocker2 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult skiers as a freeride ski capable of stomping table tops in the park (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Building on a tradition of signature freeski’s, this twin tip ski version gives park focused riders from the East to West Coast’s the optionality to transition into the powder and crud.

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Video Review | Radius: 17.6m (129-100-122mm) | Sizes: 162, 170, 178, 186cm | Other Review

Nordica Soul Rider

park and pipe skis for expert skiers

Dance through the trees, float through the powder, and party through the park.

The Nordica Soul Rider is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for a pair of jibbing twin tip ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). With its huge tip the Soul begs to be bent and carved, but mount it a few clicks back for improved carving. Don’t count on it in powder – it’s too narrow.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.5m @ 177cm (134-97-124mm) | Sizes: 165, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Rossignol Slat

twin tip skis by rossignol

Competition-level slopestyle ski with increased pop and shock absorption for park hits.

The Rossignol Slat is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skier looking for a park and pipe ski that can progress from big air and natural features to carving on the frontside (50% frontside/50% park & pipe). A crossover twin tip ski that is wider than most park skis allowing the pros to quickly shift gears from stomping landings to carving turns.  The softer “buttery” flex is fun, but keep them off the icy steeps.

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Video Review | Sizes: 160, 167, 174, 181cm | Other Review

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Fischer Nightstick

top choice for park & pipe skiing professionals

New thoroughbred twin tip was designed with pro specifications in mind.

The Fischer Nightstick is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to expert level skiers looking for a park and pipe ski that can handle everything from the halfpipe to carving the frontside (30% frontside/70% park & pipe). This ski is designed with symmetrical sidecut for maneuverability forwards and backwards and a reduced swing weight thanks to the beech poplar wood core and carbon technology.  The Nightstick allows you to be quick on your feet and the extra sheet of metal under the binding aids in stability on the rails.  All is complete with matte black graphics for a hot look while doing your thing.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (114-84-114mm) | Sizes: 163, 172, 181cm |

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Best Freeride Ski Reviews for Men

October 30th, 2014

Freeride ski equipment is the hottest new ski category.  As a cross between powder and all mountain skis, the freeride category is a favorite among advanced and expert skiers who have mastered the mountain.  These skis are generally 100-110mm underfoot, with a 20-25m radius, torsional stiffness, carving ability and plenty of surface area to float through the powder and cut through the crud.  Our men’s best of 2015 review list will provide you ultimate access to go where others won’t without sacrificing performance on-piste at the resort.  We recommend you choose a size longer than you might with a traditional pair and go with an early rise tip or moderate rocker, but not full powder rocker.  So check out the cool new graphics for this season’s top selections and get out and enjoy the pow, bumps, trees, cliff jumps and even the hardpacked!

powder skier in the trees

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Freeride Ski Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Blizzard Cochise

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

Ultimate one ski quiver for hunting soft snow off-piste with snappy, crisp feeling on-piste.

The Blizzard Cochise is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain freeride ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste) perfect for the varying terrain and snow conditions at Western resorts.  The ski’s softer feel will benefit those cruising through crud and trees, but, despite having a little more camber, it will not perform well on the hardpack and ice.

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Video Review | Radius: 28.5m (134-108-122mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 185, 193cm | More Reviews

 

Salomon Q-LAB

Salomon Q-Lab ski picture, green and black

The guts of race skis, optimized now for a lighter freeride application.

The Salomon Q-Lab is recommended by SkiGenie for expert adult male skiers as an all-mountain utility ski that does not sacrifice frontside performance (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Built with 42 vertical laminates and 2 sheets of metal, the Q-Lab’s gradual rocker and best-in-class torsional stiffness not only allow skiers to command firm edges at high speeds, but also delivers them a playful feeling in the moguls and trees.

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Video Review | Radius: 20.5m (138-104-127mm) | Sizes: 176, 183, 190cm | More Reviews

 

Line Supernatural 100

top pick for men's freeride skis

Award Winning, hard charging technology packed into a versatile shape.

The Line Supernatural 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for an all-mountain freeride ski that receives top accolades for its performance on the groomers, moguls and in choppy conditions (45% frontside / 55% off-piste).  The Line Supernatural 100 replaces its predecessor the Influence 105, and its reduced waist width and softer flex allow for quicker turns making the ski well suited for the East Coast.

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Video Review | Radius: 21.3m (132-100-121mm) | Sizes: 172, 179, 186cm | More Reviews

 

Volkl Mantra

best volkl ski

The undisputed original all mountain freeride ski, excelling in any snow conditions.

The Volkl Mantra is recommended by SkiGenie for the advanced to expert male skiers looking for a ski that will lay deep trenches on the front side and hang with the big boys on the backside (60% frontside/40% off-piste). This year’s design updates, such as the moderate rocker, may take away from groomer performance yet improve versatility off-piste.

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Video Review | Radius: 24.3m (132-100-118mm) | Sizes: 170, 177, 184, 191cm | More Reviews

 

Nordica NRGy 100

brand new freeride skis

A combination of power and energy for the West Coast scene.

The Nordica NRGy100 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers looking for a true one-ski quiver (50% frontside/50% off-piste). This is a smooth, crisp and energetic with versatility in the big mountain and great for western terrain.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.5m (136-100-120mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | More Reviews

Blizzard Bonafide

red blizzard bonafide with bull logo

It’s a Master. This ski will let you fly from East Coast ice to the back bowl crud and bumps.

The Blizzard Bonafide is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male adult skiers looking for an all-mountain ski with a freeride bias (60% frontside / 40% off-piste).  The Bonafide sports 2 sheets of metal which allows for maximum edge hold on hard snow and the width to play all over the mountain. It is recommended for strong skiers capable of bending a stiffer ski.  This ski put Blizzard on the map and it is here to stay.

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Video Review | Radius: 21m (133-98-118mm) | Sizes: 166, 173, 180, 187cm

 

Fischer Ranger 96 Ti

a narrower freeride ski recommendation

A freeride ski with great versatility for off-piste and sidecountry.

The Fischer Ranger 96 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced skiers looking for an all-purpose freeride ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). After years of perfecting a freeride line, this ski deserves high marks for its performance across soft snow conditions.  The lack of metal in the construction allows for a softer “buttery” flex and is recommended for sidecountry and skinning due to the square flat tail.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (136-96-120mm) | Sizes: 170, 178, 186cm |

Head Venturi 95

alpine freeski recommended for high performance on the hardpack

Best suited for skiers who know they’ll ski as much hardpack as powder.

The Head Venturi 95 is recommended for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for big mountain adventures (65% frontside/35% off-piste). Testers found the Venturi 95 great for carving and average for playfulness, commenting on the ski’s quickness and stability. Tech details include impact-resistant sidewalls and a sandwich cap construction that’s a combo of world cup sandwich with a cap that wraps over the sidewall tops only. When pushing it on the hardpack this provides stability under foot, quick on edge-to-edge control and a lively tail. Back off the gas and it’s perfectly adept at squirreling around in trees in search of powder.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.0m (139-94-125mm) | Sizes: 161, 171, 181, 191cm

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10 Best Powder Ski Reviews for Men

October 25th, 2014

The secret stash is calling.  Find and research the MEN’S best powder ski gear guide reviews to shred the gnar this season!  No matter where you ski, we all seek to get away from the crowds and find a secret stash of uncorrupted powder on a far away ridge line.  When selecting the best powder skis it is important to consider the type of terrain you plan to ski.  All these skis will provide sufficient float on the deepest of powder days but if you are looking for something that transitions well in and out of bounds the lower half of the list (less than 115mm underfoot) is recommended.  If you prefer to stick to the big mountain or slip off into the backcountry, go big (in length and width) and try one of the top dogs greater than 115mm.

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SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s Powder Ski Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

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Volkl Three

Volkl Three

 Got powder ski surfers? Surf’s up.

The Volkl Three is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male skiers, looking for the next level of powder ski (100% off-piste).  This is Volkl’s widest ski yet, and one of the best deep powder and big mountain skis on the market.  Skier’s who are unsure about the daunting 135mm waist width, but looking for a similar build, should consider Volkl Two (124mm) or One (107mm).

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| Video Review | Radius: 51m (150-135-140mm) | Sizes: 176, 186, 196cm |

 

Blizzard Spur

Blizzard Spur skis

Athlete inspired, POW slaying futuristic construction.

The Blizzard Spur is recommended by SkiGenie for expert only, male adult skiers looking for a big mountain powder specific ski (10% frontside / 90% off-piste), perfect for most powder havens and above tree line terrain.  The advanced materials construction which includes carbon tip & tail to reduce swing weight in technical sections creating a more stable powder ski than you might expect.

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| Video Review | Radius: 28m (145-125-134mm) | Size: 189cm |

 

Line Eric’s Magnum Opus

Line Eric's Magnum Opus

Impossibly light powder ski crafted from futuristic materials.

The Line Magnum Opus is recommended by SkiGenie for expert adult male skiers as a superlight, freestyle and powder specific ski (10% frontside / 90% off-piste).  As the latest generation in a long line of award winning designs, this ski has been meticulously retooled to allow for maximum float and decreased drag.  Great for dropping pillows in the backcountry and navigating big mountain lines. The only thing missing is a private helicopter.

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| Video Review | Radius: 17m (148-124-146mm) | Sizes: 188cm |

 

Atomic Bent Chetler

Bent Chetler

Agility and stability combined, this ski is ridden by the world’s best skiers.

The Atomic Bent Chetler is recommended by SkiGenie for serious adult powder and big mountain skiers (20% frontside / 80% off-piste). This ski is unlike any of its predecessors. The new technology, with less effective edge touching the snow, allows it to plane smoothly and you’ll catch fewer tips in soft snow. Additionally, the decreased waist width allows for better edge control without losing float in the powder (tip and tail width remain the same).  This ski is used by the best…

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (142-120-134mm) | Sizes: 178, 185, 192cm |

 

Fischer Big Stix 122

big mountain powder skis made by fischer

A tool for true freaks who take no prisoners when they attack the big mountain

The Fischer Big Stix 122 is recommended by SkiGenie for larger than life powder and backcountry skiers looking to tame the big mountain (20% frontside/80% off-piste). A woodcore sandwich construction make this a powerful ski in the backcountry and also allows you to cut through the crud.  The most progressive ski in the lineup with a tapered tip and tail sidecut and less camber underfoot.  The sidecut geometry is built for extreme jumps and spins.  If you don’t ski the West Coast and aren’t confident going BIG on waist width, try the Big Stix 110.

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Video Review | Radius: 22.0m (114-84-114mm) | Sizes: 163, 172, 181cm |

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Rossignol Super 7

Rossignol Super 7 ski image

Balls-to-the-wall big-mountain pow-slayer.

The Rossignol Super 7 is recommended by SkiGenie for larger framed advanced to expert level powder skiers looking to ski their asses off on the big mountain (0% frontside/100% off-piste). The modified construction excludes metal, producing a more supple feel for precision on the tough lines.  Super 7 will give any filmmaker confidence handling high speed runouts while filming an epic run on a helmet cam!  For smaller framed skiers the Soul 7 is recommended.

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| Video Review | Radius: 30m (145-120-126mm) | Sizes: 180, 190cm |

 

Head Cyclic 115

top men's big mountain downhill skis

Nimble when you need it to be but with camber underfoot for strong edge hold.

The Head Cyclic 115 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers for backside and powder exploration (25% frontside/75% off-piste). With World Cup-quality wood core on the inside, the Cyclic is an ex-racers dream. It’s stable at high speeds and punishes chopped-up snow. It’s also easy to maneuver in tight spaces—as long as you’re balanced and alert: it’s not a lazy skier’s choice. It locks into a smooth, round, 19-meter-radius arc. The perfect ski for your typical resort powder day—say, eight inches of new snow on top of a firm but chalky base.

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| Video Review | Radius: 16.5m (148-113-131mm) | Sizes: 171, 181, 191cm |

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Playful resort powder specific rocker ski.

The Blizzard Gunsmoke is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male adult skiers looking for a twin tip powder ski for resort and backcountry terrain (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  This ski is not stiff and will be forgiving and playful in softer conditions and deep powder days.

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| Video Review | Radius: 22m (140-114-130mm)| Lengths: 179, 186, 193cm |

 

Salomon Q BC LAB

Salomon Q BC Lab powder ski

Everything you want in a backcountry ski and nothing you don’t.

The Salomon Q BC Lab is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers looking for a perfect touring setup (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  A decreased sidecut underfoot allows for smoother traverses and the superlight carbon/flax components creates balanced performance in more variable snow conditions, making it a perfect candidate for touring.

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| Video Review | Radius: 21m (140-114-128mm) | Sizes: 176, 184cm |

 

Nordica Helldorado

Nordica Helldorado backcountry skis

Built for speed, power and all-condition mountain stomping domination.

The Nordica Helldorado is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert male skiers looking to be king of the mountain (30% frontside/70% off-piste). This is a stiff ski for a strong man. Sporting two sheets of metal and a vertical sidewall, it arcs on the open hardpack and maintains stability at high speeds when your straight-lining backcountry chutes. Made for Whistler, BC, the 113mm underfoot also enable flotation in the soft stuff.

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (143-113-132mm) | Sizes: 177, 185, 193cm |

 

Line Sick Day 110

Line Sick Day 110

Midrange softer flexing powder ski capable of fun, playful long cruising turns.

The Line Sick Day 110 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for a midrange powder ski (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  This ski is capable of long cruising turns and is fun and playful.  Calling all jibbers: with no metal in the construction, this one is for you.

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| Video Review | Radius: 18m (142-110-125mm)| Lengths: 172, 179, 186cm |

 

Atomic Automatic 109

Atomic Automatic 109 skis

Built for charging on deep days, inbounds or out.

The Atomic Automatic 109 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers looking for a powder ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste).  As the middle-fat child in the Automatic family, the ski balances the right width underfoot to tame the resorts with enough girth to sneak off into the side country.  Good for skiers who crave a lighter weight ski (no metal) and a surfy feel.

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| Video Review | Radius: 19m (134-109-124mm) | Sizes: 175, 182, 189cm |

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Top Ski Jacket for Men 2014-2015

October 24th, 2014

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From technical to stylish, down insulated to synthetic, waterproofed or warm, the top ski jacket for Men in 2014-2015 will always keep you cozy and dry.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for this season from some of the top brands in the industry.  If you are going to enjoy yourself this winter, you will want to find a jacket with a look you like. Depending on where you ski the features you love will vary but will invariably include good pockets, a hood to stay warm and dry and insulation / waterproofing to keep your core protected.  Expect to pay a bit more than you thought.  But a good ski jacket will last multiple seasons and will be well worth the investment.  Our researched selections will keep you on the slopes longer and allow you to stylishly transition to après. Let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to add your own comments and reviews below.

 

Marmot Tuner Down Ski Jacket ($)

button-up shirt style – mid-layer or après jacket – quality down fill

grey quilted men's ski jacket with breast pockets

Marmot Turner Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great around-town, après, or mid-layer under a shell jacket. The fashionable style with button front and collar creates the look of a down button-up shirt. It would also work well as a paired down jacket for skiing if you wear a backpack or have extra pockets in your pants for any necessities.

 

Description: The Tuner is a modern take on an old-school classic with a 100-percent recycled polyester face and a vintage down “shirt” styling. Water-resistant and super warm with 700-fill power down, the jacket works as outerwear, or can be worn as a mid-layer for colder days.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • It is a nice jacket – light, warm and looks good. However, if worn as an outer layer you may be wishing for hand pockets.
  • I was surprised firstly at how light it was, and secondly by its ability to break the wind. I really dig the button up front, making it easy to rip off at the end of the day. Good style, good fit, good quality. Hand zippers would be nice but not a deal breaker.
  • This is a very warm and one of the lightest ski jackets that stands out from other typical down jackets. It’s very stylish with its buttons on the sleeves and front. I like how it fits; the length is perfect and there’s room to wear a base layer or a sweater under it.

Find it on sale for $164 or less at Backcountry.

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

 All-around multi-condition use – classic styling – hood compatible – great value

orange elegant and simple men's ski jacket

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is an excellent all-around jacket that can be worn on cold mid-winter days, un-zipped when it gets warmer, and chic for après when the day is done. The classic clean lines and high quality construction create a valuable piece of gear that will withstand multiple seasons of use.

 

Description: The Great Scott Jacket is a 100 percent seam-taped, two-layer construction of Marmot MemBrain® waterproof/breathable shell. Additional features include a soft-brushed collar lining, zip-off storm hood with laminated brim, under arm venting, powder skirt, adjustable hem and cuffs and ample pockets.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Great Scott is one of my favorite jackets I’ve owned. It has all the technical features you need, from efficient ventilation, awesome waterproofing, and cuffs that are easy to get over the top of your gloves. The hood is also spacious enough to fit over your helmet.
  • I’ve used the Great Scott in all conditions. It has kept me warm during deep powder days and doesn’t overheat when out for a tour. I Love how it fits too, it has a looser free ride fit, which allows full mobility in the air. The unique texture also keeps it classy so I feel comfortable heading out to dinner in this jacket.

Find it on sale from $153 – $265 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI, The House, & U.S. Outdoor Store.

 

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Ski Jacket ($$)

 High-tech features – quality insulation – progressive cut and color

bad ass ski jacket with dark faded with camo pattern

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket is crammed with high-tech features that make it a contender as one of the best ski and snowboard pieces out there. And yet it’s most defining feature may be its fashion-forward camo fade print. It has a longer and leaner fit but still ensures that you have enough room to move. If you demand function and style in your ski gear then this is the jacket for you.

 

Description: The Nighthawk BioZone™ Jacket features a magnetic hood secure system, breathable protection from the elements, and underarm zip vents with mesh insets. The fleece lining delivers moisture management, insulation and comfort while multiple pockets offer ample storage. Finished with critically taped seams and a removable storm skirt that allows for easy integration with snow pants, this jacket is a functional and protective layer for any extreme activity.

What Skiers Say:

  • Pro rider inspired – the Oakley Nighthawk Biozone is a pretty sharp looking number, and it’s packing some equally snazzy features.
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Find it on sale for $299 or less at Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

 

Under Armour Enyo Shell ($$)

 Streamlined cut – highly waterproof – insulation without bulkiness

high performance ski parka for men

Under Armour Enyo Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is one of the sleeker looking ski jackets that’s highly waterproof and sports a streamlined look. Without the typical bulky insulation this jacket traps your own body heat with infrared technology. Its long, tailored fit keeps things covered and allows for layering. An excellent option with handy features and a trim cut that keeps you super dry and warm all day long.

 

Description: The Enyo Shell is the most waterproof jacket we have. Boasting 20k/20k Armour storm Waterproof Breathable, ColdGear Infrared printed interior, Recco, fully taped and waterproof exposed zippers, three-piece helmet-compatible hood, and mesh-backed core vents.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $179 – $300 or less at Backcountry.

 

Eider Manhattan Ski Jacket ($$)

 Unique fashionable fabric – warm – versatile on hill/off hill

warm mid winter eider men's ski jacket with warm hoodie

Eider Manhattan Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another stylish, functional jacket built with all the technical aspects: waterproof breathability, warmth, pit zips and a powder skirt. And the unique brushed twill-looking outer fabric also looks sharp off the slopes. A great option for the resort skier looking for all-day comfort and style.

 

Description: This is a multi-purpose and accessible jacket for everyone, whether in town or in the mountains. Thanks to the Defender membrane’s warmth, this jacket traps the heat and keeps cold and moisture out.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a super versatile jacket with an awesome fabric. It feels like a twill/denim but is actually 100% waterproof, breathable, and seam sealed with 2 way stretch. Inside you have a removable powder skirt, cell phone pocket, big mesh pocket… everything you’ve come to expect from a ski jacket.
  • Since it has waterproof metallic zippers and leather pullers you get a lifestyle look that isn’t out of place in the office or at the bar.

Find it on sale for $349 or less at Backcountry.

 

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie ($$$)

Lightweight down insulation – warm & packable

super warm puffy full zip ski jacket

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Salomon keeps it simple with this lightweight, warm, packable down jacket. A great layering piece or wear it on its own on chilly dry days with color options to go bold or understated.

  

Description: Super Halo uses down with DWR, so it won’t hold water from sweat or humidity. Super light, with a Pertex lining and face, it’s the ultimate down insulation piece.

What Skiers Say:

  • A nicely designed down jacket that will keep you warm in the backcountry on a cold bluebird day or while you’re out on the deck sipping beers after a long day running laps. It’s got an active fit, which makes it less bulky and perfect under a shell. It’s also super lightweight so it won’t weigh you down.

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Evo & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super warm and light makes this a cozy, yet packable down jacket. Arcteryx even includes a stuff sack for easy travel. This is a great down option that includes a water-repellant finish, adjustable hem, and plenty of pockets. Though Arcteryx is known for their highly technical outerwear, the clean lines of this jacket make it versatile for off-mountain use.

 

Description: Perfect as a mid-layer or outer layer, depending on what you’re using it for and in which temperatures. This jacket features Down Composite Mapping™—synthetic insulation goes into areas prone to moisture, while 100% goose down goes where warmth is most necessary. The 100% nylon Colibri™ face fabric is lightweight, durable and wind resistant.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Its lightweight, water repellent, and warm. The goose down is still super compressible and really light. I recommend buying 1 size up if you want to layer underneath.
  • Of all the ultra-light down options I considered, this one seems to get toasty the fastest. The non-adjustable hood is great because it’s snug. If you want a jacket for standing at the bus stop in 0 degree weather, throw a shell over it and feel the heat, just remember it doesn’t really cut wind on its own.

Find it on sale for $398 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

 

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Ski Jacket ($$$)

Technical shell – intuitive design – highly waterproof

ridgeline two tone stylish men's ski jacket

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Intuition is the key factor in the design and fit of this jacket so it can move and stretch while keeping you dry on storm days. This is a high quality technical shell built for the dedicated skier looking for a jacket that can keep up. Its durable three-layer shell keeps out all elements, yet lacks insulation. You’ll need to layer up on the coldest days.

 

Description: Specifically designed for the skier, this jacket features an ultra-durable, lightweight waterproof breathable Pertex laminate that keeps you dry all day. Atomic‘s Ski Fit gives you room where you need it but isn’t overly baggy either. There is enough room for layering and extra flex over the knees and around the shoulders. It features an assortment of pockets and zip vents for dumping heat.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Atomic was striving for a comfort level that was on par with the highest performance capacity. It is light and soft yet has all the technical features you would expect being fully seam sealed, 20K/20K, 3L construction and of course properly placed pockets.
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Find it on sale for $400 or less at Evo.

 

Flylow Gear Lab Ski Coat 2.0 ($$$)

Lightweight technical shell – venting – removable powder skirt

new ski jacket for this season top rated in red

Fly Low Lab Coat 2.0

SkiGenie Recommendation: Flylow makes some of the best shell jackets and pants on the market, and has won a Polartec Apex Award for this jacket. This jacket could be the best for a backcountry skier in need of lightweight waterproof material that can dump heat through its venting or be used in the resort on sunny days.

 

Description: Designed by a top mountaineering apparel designer for the Flylow team to make it the ultimate shell for skiing, the Lab Coat is made with truly waterproof and breathable Polartec Neoshell fabric.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Product Video
  • The polartec Neoshell fabric was lightweight and extremely waterproof. I’m not a fan of powder skirts, so I liked that it was removable. I’m 6’0″ and a Large fits perfectly.
  • Check out another comprehensive review here

 

Find it on sale for $479 or less at Backcountry, Evo & REI.

 

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

top of the line men's ski jacket from the top outdoor retailer patagonia

Patagonia Pow Slayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around high performance jacket that serves the hardest charging athletes or the resort skier looking for a quality, long-lasting piece. Although the price-tag is on the high end, you will get what you pay for with the kind of well-made, extremely durable and ethically sourced materials Patagonia is known for. In addition to its high quality, it comes in cool color combinations that won’t go out of style.

 

Description: Ambassador driven and tested on every level, this fully dialed jacket gives you the best available stormproof performance for every imaginable condition. It’s made with extremely light yet highly durable, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for the pinnacle of waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The pow slayer jacket is incredible. The fit is new school, but not excessive. The fabric is incredibly durable, but also light and performs well in storms. There’s enough pocket space for anything you need.
  • The cut moves really well, whether hiking or skiing.
  • I’ve put this jacket through the wringer, and it’s hands down the best performing ski gear I’ve ever used. I believe it will last a lifetime of hard use.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $679 – $699 or less at PatagoniaEvo.

 

Spyder Rocket Down Mens Insulated ($$$)

Undisputed warmth – waterproof and down – killer jacket

waterproof down mens jacket

Spyder Rocket Down Ski Jacket

Recommendation: Fully waterproof and adjustable compression at speed make the Rocket a viable choice for those who work up a sweat and ski in the fast lane, as long as the added weight and hood incompatibility are not deal breakers.

What Skiers Say:
• Pros: Stretchy face fabric reduces insulation compression at speed, high weight to warmth ratio. Lots of pockets, bells, whistles, wrist gaiters and powder skirt seal out snowdrift.
• Cons: Pit zips too small for effective venting, but you likely will not be using a large down jacket in temperate weather. If you wear a helmet check to make sure the hood fits once you buy, but you can always zip it off if you don’t want it.

Find it on sale for $449 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

 



Top 10 Best All Mountain Skis for Men

October 23rd, 2014

Best 2015 all mountain ski reviews and ski gear guide for MEN to tackle the corduroy, ice, tree lines, bumps and occasional powder!  If you are planning to do a handful of ski trips this year wouldn’t it be nice to have a new pair of all mountain skis in your quiver?  Unless you are lucky enough to live in a 24/7 powder paradise, these  all mountain skis can handle just about any conditions mother nature throws at you — and ski it well.  For east coasters, try something in the 90mm underfoot range and for west coasters go big or go home and get yourself a pair of ~100mm skis.   See our ski reviews below specifically focused on your personal ability and usage preferences and find your magic for the mountain today.

view of lake tahoe skiing

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Men’s All Mountain Skis Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

skigenie supernatural awards logo

Rossignol Experience 100

stable high performance all mountain skis

Rocker and camber blend provides powerful edge grip with better float and control.

The Rossignol Experience 100 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for all mountain ski fanatics (50% frontside/50% off-piste). As a replacement to the Experience 98, this ski features Air Tip technology, which means combining more camber for gripping and carving on the trails, with a softer flex and rocker that permits skiers to bend their skis and glide in the back bowls and trees.  At 100mm underfoot, it also offer plenty of float for the occasional powder day.

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Video Review | Radius: 18.0m (140-100-130mm) | Sizes: 166, 174, 182, 190cm | Other Review

Atomic Vantage Theory

best looking all mountain skis

Carbon Backbone construction is super lightweight, strong and stable.

The Atomic Vantage Theory is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced adult male skiers as an all-mountain specific ski with a freeride look (60% frontside / 40% off-piste).  This ski prefers mid to long radius turns and handles well at speed due to its full woodcore and titanium backbone.

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Video Reviews | Radius: 19m (130-95-119mm) | Sizes: 168, 177, 186cm | Other Review

 

Nordica NRGy 90

90mm all mountain skis

The most modern and versatile all mountain skis with significantly easier turn initiation.

The Nordica NRGy90 is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate male skiers looking for a ski that is light and quick yet rewarding at higher speeds (70% frontside/30% off-piste). The sidecut enables fast, long arcs and the width will give you confidence and performance on the groomers, bumps, crud and trees of the east coast. Rated “2015 Best Value” ski by SKI Magazine.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.5m (126-90-110mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Volkl Kendo

narrow freeride skis that look cool but perform well on the groomers

Sets the bar a notch higher for all mountain freeriding.

The Volkl Kendo is recommended by SkiGenie for the intermediate male skiers looking for a freeride aesthetics but packed with all mountain performance (50% frontside/50% off-piste). Easy handling on the groomers plus great soft snow performance, the Kendo takes any skier from the bowls to the frontside and back on a rock solid platform.  You can really push these skis on fresh groomers.

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Video Review | Radius: 20.5m (126-89-110) | Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184cm | Other Review

Salomon Q-90

cool ski graphics

Explore all mountain terrain with a lightweight wood core, tip rocker and forgiving early rise tail.

The Salomon Q-90 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate adult male skiers looking for all mountain skis with high performance (65% frontside / 35% off-piste).  A simple but forgiving ski that provides plenty of energy in the turns and also allows for off-piste fun (East Coast skiers should consider the Q-85).

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Video Review | Radius: 17.4m (130-89-117mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review

Salomon X-Drive 8.8 FS

explosive all mountain skis for cruising the resort

Blurs the line between high performance frontside carver and backside shredder.

The Salomon X-Drive 88 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers as a frontside ski with a wider platform (80% frontside / 20% off-piste).  Designed for those looking to carve bigger and faster turns, this ski delivers the confidence of holding an edge on just about anything.

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Video Review | Radius: 18m (130-88-116mm) | Sizes: 165, 172, 179, 184cm | Other Review

Blizzard Brahma

180cm all mountain skis for tree skiing

Early rise tip, camber underfoot create a hard snow bias still great off trail.

The Blizzard Brahma is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male adult skiers looking for an all mountain skis with a freeride look (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) to conquer the entire mountain including moguls, crud, trees and long fast groomers.  At under 2 kilograms and sporting a simple design with sleek graphics, this is the perfect weapon for those who can’t decide between a freeride and all-mountain ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 19m (125-88-110mm) | Sizes: 166, 173, 180, 187cm

Fischer Motive 86 Ti

light all mountain ski technology

Offset milled structure makes the core 25% lighter and maintains performance.

The Fischer Motive 86 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced level skiers as a no frills all mountain ski (80% frontside/20% off-piste). This is a great option for advancing skiers looking for a versatile ski with a lively attitude.  The ski produces crisp clean arcs due to the two sheets of metal. An all mountain profile balances moderate flex with torsional rigidity.

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Radius: 17.0m (128-86-116mm) | Sizes: 161, 168, 175, 182cm

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Head REV 85 Pro 

hard charging all mountain downhill skis

Metal reinforcement gives this ski a different, more trail-oriented flavor. 

The Head REV 85 Pro is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert all mountain skiers (60% frontside/40% off-piste). Highly regarded in the all-mountain frontside category, it’s great in the crud or a few inches of snow. Testers also noted stability at high speeds and in the bumps. Design features include ERA 3.0 technology, which combines tip rocker plus a progressive radius for better edge contact and soft snow performance.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.3m (131-85-113mm) | Sizes: 163, 170, 177, 184cm

Volkl V-WERKS RTM

high end carbon all mountain skis for men

Gentlemen, start your engines – a ski that is 15% lighter, and even more stable at high speeds.

The Volkl V-WERKS RTM is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced male skiers looking for a light weight, agile all mountain ski machine (70% frontside/30% off-piste).  The ski’s shape and more rigid tip spread the force evenly throughout the ski enabling it to snap off smooth, medium-radius arcs.  The carbon construction improves performance on the backside, but don’t mistake this for a powder ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 18.0m @ 176cm (129-84-111mm) | Sizes: 166, 171, 176, 181cm | Other Review

Atomic Nomad Blackeye Ti

all mountain skis with bindings for resort skiing

ARC Technology, allowing it to flex easily and naturally for maximum versatility.

The Atomic Nomad Blackeye Ti is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult male skiers looking for an all-mountain option (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) versatile enough to handle any conditions, with a killer instinct to rip hero turns on groomed terrain.  A similar model, the Nomad Smoke, comes at a lower price point and is more suitable to advancing beginners and intermediate skiers.

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Video Review | Radius: 15m (129-81-109mm) | Sizes: 160, 167, 174, 181cm | Other Review

 

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Best Mens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 9th, 2014

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Men’s ski pants for 2014/2015 season come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The new mens ski pants have everything you’re looking for, from loose, stylish fits, waterproof insulation, to unexpected colors and major venting. When choosing the right ski pants consider durability, weatherproofing and pocket space and type. For example, a pair of suspender or bib pants as opposed to a waist pant may keep your core warmer and drier.  Listed below are a selection of the newest mens ski pants for the resort skier and the backcountry aficionado.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. We invite you add your own reviews of these products in the comments section.

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Under Armour provides a great product at an affordable price. The Infrared Snocone pants have a loose fitted stylish cut that allows for layering and come complete with all the features you look for in a pant— waterproofing, taped seams, pockets and venting. These pants get the job done for the resort skier who values staying warm and dry in a classic style that is less waterproofed and technical than other options.

black men's warm ski pants

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

Description: This pant features ArmourStorm fabrication for a weather-proof outer layer, fully taped seams, 10K waterproof and breathable, ColdGear infrared technology in the lining. Primaloft insulation with added oomph in the knees and seat, inseam thigh vents with mesh backing, zippered gussets at ankle, and a loose fit. You can layer it on thick when temperatures tank and the snow is too good to miss and play in the snow all day long without ever getting icy-cold!

What Skier’s Say:

  • These Pants Performed Awesome. Just What I Was Looking For.
  • I’m not usually one to buy Under Armour, but my old pants needed to be updated. Turns out, these things do quite well. I try to ski hard in deep snow and I have not been cold or wet in these pants. The 10k/10k waterproof rating means that it won’t hold back a tidal wave. But, if all is well, you should be skiing in deep powder that will brush off and not get to your inners. I honestly enjoy how stylish they are too. They aren’t the best pants out there but they most certainly get the job done and allow me to give a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Find them on sale for $159 or less at The House

 

Spyder Troublemaker Pant

red spyder troublemaker men's ski pants

Spyder Troublemaker Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Spyder is known for making quality ski outerwear for over three decades. The troublemaker pant is a mainstay in ski outerwear, offering durability and insulation with modern twists in the cut and pockets. These are classically styled pants for the all mountain or park and pipe skier to wear for multiple seasons.  

Description: Our park and pipe athletes asked us for a durable pant with cargo pockets and the trusted warmth.  Featuring critically taped seams, 10k waterproof, scuff guards, articulated knee construction, thigh vents, inner snow gaiters with gripper elastic, two hand and one cargo pocket, adjustable waist and belt loops.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants are of a thinner fit but they are neither too tight nor too baggy.
  • I always travel with these as a backup. The pant holds up really well to the abuse that I put them through (70+ days a season on one pair). These are great pants and can’t be beaten for the price.

Find them on sale from $170 or less at Backcountry, REI, & Skis.com

 

Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

ski pants with cargo pockets for men

Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Snowshot Freeride pant is one of Patagonia’s most trusted all-around, all-season, all-conditions ski pant, and we agree. The freeride cut of the pant adds a stylish touch to all of the tech features including sizeable pockets and hand warmers. The flexible fit provides great range of motion as you charge down the hill and the mid-range price tag offers a great value.  

Description: A smooth mesh liner for comfort and ease of layering, while thigh vents let you release excess heat. The shell has a waterproof/breathable barrier for storm protection and a durable water repellent finish to prevent wet snow from saturating. Includes an embedded RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I spent months looking for a pair of pants that fit me, looked good and could perform on the slopes. These pants meet all 3 requirements.
  • These pants are great, they show very little wear and are super comfortable. I like the scuff guards a lot, they help tremendously, and the vent zips work well and cool you down quick if running warm.

Find them on sale for $189 or less at Backcountry & REI

 

Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

Marmot Mantra blue men's insulated ski pants

Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Marmot Mantra pants are an all-around, all-season, high quality pant with high tech waterproof features. The looser fit accommodates body movement while shredding. These pants include thermal insulation, ample pocket space, thigh vents, and rugged durability. A great partner for those colder wet and stormy days most common during mid-season—may be on the warmer side for spring skiing.

Description: Hang loose and let the creativity flow. 100% seam taped 2 layer construction, fully zippered pockets, Cordua® scuff guards, MemBrain® laminate technology and high performance Thermal R™ Insulation.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants were very good for a week-long visit to Jackson Hole. I used them for resort, side-country, and backcountry riding, in snow ranging from deep powder to spring conditions. They were best in cold powder on the resort – warm enough and they kept out the wind and snow perfectly. In warmer conditions and while hiking, I wished for larger vents. In spring conditions, the MemBrain waterproofing performed very well. They seem to run on the longer and looser side.
  • These are great for skiing. They are colorful and have almost all of the features that I find important in ski pants, such as lots of waterproof pockets, a warm cushion on your butt and cuff protectors.

Find them on sale from $135-250 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mountain Sports & The House

 

Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

light blue Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Men's Ski Pants

Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: All the bells and whistles of a truly versatile ski pant, the Mission Cargo will perform well in a variety of conditions. The tough Helly Tech material will keep you warm and dry for many seasons, while strategic venting cools things off when needed. Hand and cargo pockets fit necessities and bold styling separates you from the crowd. Best for the dedicated skier in or out of bounds.  

Description: Helly Hansen’s most innovative ski pants combines a technical edge with a sophisticated Scandinavian Design. These highly breathable, waterproof, PrimaLoft® insulated relaxed fitting ski pants will be your best friend on any side of the mountain.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have put these pants through the ringer and they never fail to preform. They keep you warm on the coldest days and have great vents for the warmer spring days or long hikes. The pockets are not bulky and are actually very helpful through the day.
  • The Mission Cargo pant is a deceiving name as it is not the typical bulky cargo pant you would expect. Helly’s design is much more streamlined with a singular pocket on one thigh. I was very impressed with the fit and shape of the pants.
  • These pants truly live up to their fullest expectations. I used them all day in 23 degrees with white out conditions at Breckenridge and they were very warm, I stayed completely dry and the moved perfectly. They are a perfect length and the Velcro on the sides is a great way to personally adjust the fit. I highly recommend them.

Find them on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mountain Sports  

 

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you spend your ski days earning turns, working hard on the uphill for the reward on the downhill, then the Valhalla Softshell pant is for you. Durable softshell material keeps you protected while vents running along your upper leg dump heat at a moment’s notice. Articulated knees, scuff guards and easily adjustable ankle powder cuffs are designed for enhanced maneuverability. Best for the backcountry enthusiast or for sunny days in resort.

Description: Reward your legs with a comfortable experience even under pressure. Designed to always satisfy, the three-layer critically taped Gore WindStopper construction stops wind, water, and sweat from ruining an amazing day. A pair of suspenders or a belt may be easily added.

What Skier’s Say:

  • This is my dream cold smoke ski touring pant. Light, stretchy, comfy, keeps the weather out, breaths and ventilates well, bomber over your ski boot cuff and stays there for quick and fast transitions like no other pant I have used. Style is relaxed so looks cool when you are out with all the cool kids, and the colors are great too. I wore these pants on warm sunny days, and cold stormy ones and it performed in all conditions.
  • These are well thought out ski tour pants for people who earn a lot of vert and run hot. The softshell material is on the thinner side, requiring more base layers than I’m used to wearing. But this does allow more breathability on the up, especially when coupled with the big side vents. 4 big pockets keep my gear close at hand. I think the best thing about these pants are the powder cuffs. They allow a good seal around an AT/Tele boot, but don’t require any fiddling when switching your boots each lap.      

Find these on sale for $290 or less at Backcountry

 

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant 

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro top rated ski pants

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: An uninsulated softshell pant fit with serious venting to keep your temperature regulated on uphill attacks. These pants have one of the higher waterproof ratings at 20k to keep you dry on storm days and wet chairlifts. Ideal for the backcountry skier who wants a lightweight ventilated pant. Also perfect for the resort skier willing to layer.  

Description: Named after Magnum, P.I., these pants are made from three-layer softshell.  The pants still have an articulated knee box, but to keep them lightweight, the Cordura knee reinforcements typically found on Flylow pants have been eliminated.

What Skier’s Say:

  • My Magnum Pro pants are awesome. I didn’t expect softshell to be this waterproof, but these pants keep you dry on the wettest of storm days. The huge side vents are ideal for warm spring days hiking in the backcountry. I’m 6’0″ and wear a size Large that fits me perfectly lengthwise, and the diaper-straps in the waist cinch it down in case I forget my belt. Comfortable fit and styling that Flylow is known for…
  • Check out Flylow Gear’s product video for the Magnum Pro Pant

Find them on sale from $167-$300 or less at Backcountry & Evo  

 

Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

suspender bib pants for maximum warmth and comfort

Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Being brand new to the market, customers have yet to fully review the Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant. These pants are ultra-light, waterproof, articulated for movement and made as a bib to keep snow where you want it when you are chest deep— in your face, but not inside your layers.  These pants will perform at their best in a deep backcountry setting, paired purposefully with the accompanying Motionfit Soulquest Jacket.  

Description: Pro level technical backcountry pant designed in collaboration with Salomon pro skiers, these pant boast GORE-TEX® Pro 3L protection, and Motion Fit designed for big lines and technical descents.

Find them on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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