Best Women’s Ski Jackets 2017

November 23rd, 2016

Picking out what to wear is a daily struggle for women and that’s why we are here to help. This list of women’s ski jackets will assist in putting that perfect parka in your closet. From sturdy and strong GoreTex shells for big mountain and backcountry, puffy down with waterproofness, to style and warmth on and off the slopes, we’ve got you covered for all your winter recreational needs.

 

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket  ($$$)

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: May the harshest, cold, wet days beware when you’re wearing this burly GoreTex shell jacket. Sweet Protection is from Norway and got their start in white water kayaking, so you can rest assured that their outerwear can stand up to wet conditions. The Voodoo jacket is streamlined and comes in rich jewel toned colors, best suited for long days in the resort with a backpack or out in the backcountry. Highly recommended for backcountry as it only has big chest pockets, no lower waist pockets, which are easily accessible while wearing a pack.

Description: This women-specific, 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro jacket is pure function for high alpine activities. Its fit and shape is all about coverage, ventilation and a full range of movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I have averaged around 100 days on skis the last couple of years and this jacket beats any of my previous ones. It’s genius! The front pockets are big enough to fit a GoPro with a chest mount (which few jackets can without a struggle), and that is huge for me. One pocket has a little pocket for my phone, which makes it really easy to figure out where to put my phone. On cold days I have my phone in one of the two inside pockets, and then my phone lasts all day. All the pockets are big enough so there is no hassle to get things out with your gloves on.
    The one thing that I truly love is the length! This jacket fits over my butt. This makes it impossible to let snow in and it is super comfortable. During storm days I always wear the hood over my helmet, which works perfectly. There is no loss of visibility at all, and it keeps me nice and warm. I’d highly recommend this jacket to anyone who likes to ski and wants a durable and comfortable jacket.
  • I love this jacket. It fits nicely and is really comfortable. It has kept me totally dry in seriously wet conditions and has just enough room to add layers underneath when it gets chilly outside. I love that it has wrist gaiters to keep all the snow out and keep you perfectly dry. I’m typically not one for powder skirts but this one doesn’t bother me or ride up. The pit vents have two-way zippers so you can chose if you’re a zipper up or zipper down type person when it warms up or you’re hiking to the next line. This jacket is fantastic and when you add the Voodoo pants you’re going to be unstoppable because you’ll be right in the goldilocks temperature zone and totally dry. Plus the color is awesome!

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket  ($)

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: We found this layering piece to be similar to our men’s listing, the Scott Insuloft Explorair hybrid hoody. It’s a cross between a down sweater and a stretchy soft shell, which is so handy for chilly winter days. Whether worn underneath a technical shell or even insulated jacket for extra warmth, or stand alone for après or when you warm up on a ski tour ascent, this jacket is a great value and serves many purposes.

Description: Designed for dynamic activities in cool-to-cold temps, this versatile, water-resistant jacket features a 650-fill down-insulated core and lightweight stretch panels on the sides and sleeves.

 

 

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket ($$$)

Arc'teryx Nadina Jacket

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Arc’teryx is simply a super high quality brand and this jacket is no exception. The Nadina is a tremendous all-in-one jacket that includes insulation with hardcore GoreTex shell material. What’s unique about this jacket is Arcteryx’s patented waterproof zipper technology. They’ve created their own seam taped zipper that can zip all the way up with no gap at the top of a pocket or pit vent, which eliminates the need for extra material to cover the top of the zipper. The attention to detail and thought that goes into each of their jackets is why they are worth the price.

Description: Lightly insulated GORE® THERMIUM™ jacket for freeride skiing and boarding.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The design is truly women’s specific and reflects the Arc’teryx commitment to delivering optimal fit and freedom of movement. The insulated StormHood is helmet compatible and its single adjuster is easy to use, even with gloves on. Overall this package is surprisingly light for the features it has.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer

Patagonia Powslayer

SkiGenie Recommendation: You really can’t go wrong with a Patagonia women’s ski jacket. The updated Powslayer is a higher end selection, built specifically for skiing, and is best put to use in a big mountain environment or in the backcountry. Its burly GoreTex material provides an excellent barrier between you and the elements, but you can tell it’s burly because it sounds a bit krinkly when you move. Yet the audible concerns are outweighed by its well thought out design for skiers. The parka has plenty of pockets, especially on the inside with big mesh pouches for goggles or gloves and seam taped inner pockets for the important stuff like your phone, keys or music player. We also love the color choices with contrasting zipper colors for a sharp look.

Description: Updated with the Cohaesive™ embedded cord-lock system, the PowSlayer Jacket is lightweight and packable protection for backcountry pursuits.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

686 Parklan Mystique Insulated Jacket ($$)

686 Parklan Mystique

686 Parklan Mystique

SkiGenie Recommendation: Warm, cozy and long enough to cover your assets, yet stylish enough to wear around town. If looking good is high on your priority list when you ski or when you’re bundled up, then the 686 Mystique is right up your ally. The demure color choices lend themselves to its versatility for non-skiing activities while the feminine cut maintains your shape.  The non-bulky attributes allow for plenty of layering room. Plus, waterproof breathable coating and pit zip vents give it the technical details you demand.

Description: Born at the intersection of the mountains and the streets, Parklan’s inspired designs and complex fabrications are as at home in the city as they are on the hill.

What Skiers Say:

  • This jacket is awesome! I have the maroon, which is a really nice color, it’s longer than other jackets, it’s warm and has a fuzzy/fleecy hood that I’m a total fan of. It also runs true to size. One downfall, however, is the lack of a pass pocket. There’s some clips in two of the pockets, so i have to find something that will work for easy access of my pass while riding for the day. Otherwise, I’d definitely recommend this jacket
  • I’ve used the jacket for about a month now, wears well, is very comfortable and the color is a great orange. The jacket could be a bit fit, it’s a big large around the chest and waste, but I ordered a Large to make sure I could layer underneath. It doesn’t actually have the neat fold or rib detail by the rib cage.
    The hood is amazingly comfortable and warm, issue is it holds a lot of moisture on those powder days… but that can be dealt with.
    I love the button up feature at the front of the jacket and how long it is. I wish the powder skirt had some more buttons and the zipper to detach is pretty loose and can come undone. Keeps me very warm, but I typically wear good layers underneath. The vent’s are always a good thing for those days when the sun comes out. Overall a great jacket, good color, nice and long – could be a bit more waterproof.
  • This jacket combines the best of both worlds! It’s stylish with its fiery orange-red color yet soft with its sherpa-lined hood. I love the cinching at the back and cuffs lending it a feminine feel. Even though I only tried this piece on at the store, I suspect it would keep me very warm during all-day play in the snow. I don’t usually wear this brand but I fell in love with this coat!

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

 

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody ($$$)

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: When it comes to insulation there are so many options, most of which are synthetic and can absorb some unique odors when you’re working hard. However, wool keeps you warm, dry and doesn’t absorb the stink. Duckworth is making wool cool again. This jacket is so unique because it’s a down-looking piece, yet they use wool as the insulator in the baffles. Its super lightweight yet can definitely be worn as the outer layer on milder days or with their other super warm, soft, cozy layering pieces underneath. It could also work extremely well as a mid-layer beneath a technical shell because of its low profile. This is another jacket option that can be taken from the slopes to the streets no problem. It’s a simple, clean look with a sustainable, made in the USA background.

Description: The WoolCloud Full Zip Hoody is filled with lightweight Duckworth Woolcloud insulation inside a shell of 40 denier rip-stop Polyester. A paneled hood, two large hand pockets and a full zip front make this jacket a versatile layering piece that’s light in weight and warm enough.

Find it on sale at Duckworth

 

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1 Jacket ($$$)

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

SkiGenie Recommendation: Three in one jackets make us feel like we’re getting away with something because its comes with so many ways to wear it. This option from Berghaus is unique because its inner layer is recycled fleece, not down or synthetic down like a lot of other versions.  It still has a GoreTex outer shell that’s fully waterproof and breathable and includes an eco-friendly fabric that will stay bright and looking like new all season long.

Description: The Berghaus Womens Island Peak 3 in 1 Jacket is an essential winter jacket, combining a flattering waterproof Gore-Tex COLOURKIND shell and a cozy recycled fleece inner for a great layering system that is perfect for year-round use on the hill in all weather conditions.

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

The North Face Sickline Insulated Jacket ($$$)

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This one of our top go-to women’s ski jackets for long cold days lapping the resort. It’s an incredible value for what you get, which is bomber waterproofness, stretch for mobility and warm insulation without weighing you down. It’s got a super streamlined look with cool color choices that will withstand a season of hard charging. With all the choices and gimmicks offered in women’s outerwear, this one will outshine the rest in its value, design and technical features.

Description: This is a go-to jacket for long cold days lapping the resort. It’s an incredible value for what you get, which is bomber waterproofness, stretch for mobility and warm insulation without weighing you down. It’s got a super streamlined look with cool color choices that will withstand a season of hard charging. With all the choices and gimmicks offered in women’s outerwear, this one will outshine the rest in its value, design and technical features.

What Skiers Say:

  • The jacket is lightweight, so I was skeptical about how warm it would be. Turns out to be pretty warm, not too warm where you feel like you are going to overheat though.
  • Beautiful and nicely shaped jacket- the radiant orange is exactly that, radiant.
  • This jacket is perfect! Super warm, was cold inside and headed outdoors and it actually heated me up just standing there. The fit is great, have enough room for an extra sweatshirt but it somehow still looked cut and svelte. Love it, buy it.

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

 

Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket ($$$)

OR Floodlight Down

OR Floodlight Down

SkiGenie Recommendation: It’s rare to find a traditional down ski jacket so waterproof, yet OR’s Floodlight Down does the job. Not surprisingly as OR was founded in Seattle, no stranger to wet weather, they’ve had over 30 years of experience developing gear for outdoor pursuits. You’re going to want to grab this jacket for those cold mid-winter days in the resort when snow is in the forecast.

Description: Completely windproof and seam-taped with bonded down channels protected by Pertex® Shield+ 2L, the Floodlight is a better take on waterproof insulation. This season, we’ve added 20 percent more down, so the beloved wet-weather insulator is even warmer.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket. It is super warm and keeps me dry in bad weather. I have worn it in upper single digits and it has kept me warm (properly bundled with hat, mitts, snow pants, and heavy boots) which is great since I get cold easily. The only fault is that the material is loud. You can hear it rubbing on itself when you move. Some people won’t like that. For me however, the good very much outweighs the bad and I went out and bought another to have as a back up when I eventually ruin this one. I am hard on my jackets and this one is holding up very well.
  • My down jacket is now a dry jacket! The Floodlight does trap my own body heat and I stay toasty warm. I use this jacket primarily for ice climbing and wear it while I am belaying. I have even worn it while climbing because the temps have been that low, (my record with this jacket is -22F.) The jacket sheds water and keeps me warm. The bonus? The Floodlight is a beautiful down jacket. I wear mine out on the town and I get compliments all of the time. I purchased the Flame (red) and the white piping/zippers/accents look awesome. I think the cut is flattering… especially since it is meant to be worn over additional layers. I would recommend the Floodlight Jacket to anyone looking to stay warm and dry, (not just ice climbers.)

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Mountain Gear, REI

 



Women’s Ski Pants Top Picks for 2016

January 26th, 2016

Of all the women’s ski pants on the market, there are a number of options that create a comfortable fit while allowing for all the functionality you need to enjoy a great day on the hill.  Important attributes to consider when researching ski pants include slim or looser fit, waterproofness vs. insulated, technical vs. stylish, etc.  Certain brands are sized to fit specific body types, so reading reviews can inform you personally as to how things fit. We include a range of price points in our list, but a higher price tag is not unusual for high quality gear that uses advanced fabric technologies to keep you warm and dry. The women’s ski pants reviews below are the Ski Genie’s top picks out of a wide range of great options out there. Also included are links to purchase them at the best prices. Please let us know your feedback on any of the gear you’ve experienced on SkiGenie.com.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Bib ($$$) $599 or Less

Femenine cut bib style gore tex shell pants with venting and pockets for touring.

Patagonia Powslayer Bibs

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you’re looking for a lightweight, weatherproof bib shell for touring, this is definitely your pant. Minimalism is this pant’s middle name, which makes for seriously lightweight packable adventures in the mountains. Great venting and superior gore-tex material keep your temperature regulated as you’re working up a sweat. The best part about these bibs is that they’re designed for a woman’s build. They contour the hind regions to maintain a nice shape and come up just high enough without choking you or squishing your chest in the front.

 

Description: The Women’s PowSlayer Bibs are lightweight and packable protection for backcountry 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:

  • Product Video
  • In my opinion these bibs are the best I could find online out of most Ski brand companies and I am very happy with them! Im 5’6 150lbs, think thighs, I usually wear a size 8 or 10 pant and I got the Large and they are not too baggy and feel great as far as mobility in the legs for touring. These bibs do not have the micro fleece inside you sometimes find in snowpants which makes your legs a bit chillier but I love that because it makes them super lightweight for touring. The suspender straps are comfortable on your shoulders with a backpack on, the drop seat zippers can also be used as vent zips and they are as flattering as bibs can be. I knew I wanted bibs specifically for skiing in the future because I’m tired of always hiking up my regular pants from them always slipping down.
  • What’s up with the color choices for the women’s bibs for the past two years in a row? Light grey and tan are going to get dirty-looking so fast! And the magenta (hot pink) color choice for last year? Seriously?! I love almost everything about these bibs. They keep the snow out and my lower half dry and warm. The cut is improved and more flattering and the added belt loops are a plus. The quality is also top-notch. But please Patagonia, choose darker colors for next year’s line up.

Find them on sale here for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo

 

Marmot Davos Pant ($) $175 or less

Softshell pant with articulated knees for ease of movement and built in belt.

Marmot Davos Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Don’t let this ski bunny looking pant fool you. Its waterproof, breathable, warm, and best of all, stretchy! It’s super cute slim fit with built in belt will have you looking like a diva while ripping it up all day long. Its low price point is also an added bonus.

Description: Super-stretchy, waterproof M1 softshell breathes naturally for all-day comfort. Cordura® scuff guard at the cuffs rebuffs sharp edges, and roomy articulated knees promote both tricks and turns.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I love my Marmot ski pants. I skied in the rain in them and they are very water resistant. The fit is perfect for me. I bought a small and usually wear a size 2 or 4. They were also just the right length and I am only 5’2″ and pants are usually always too long if they aren’t a petite size.
  • I bought these pants for a spring ski trip in Utah. Temperatures low in the 20’s, highs in the 50’s — stayed warm and comfortable. Easy to move in, slim fitting but not tight, very comfortable. I’m 5”2″ 125# and the S/P fit perfectly. Have become a fan of Marmot.
  • I bought these pants for cold weather hiking and I couldn’t be happier. They run true to size. I’m 5’4 138 lbs and a medium fits perfectly with enough room for a base layer if I need it. I have trouble buying pants as I have wide hips and these are perfect. The length is great as well, they don’t drag on the ground and fit over my hiking boots nicely. These pants keep me warm on windy days. I haven’t worn them in the rain yet so I can’t comment on that, but given the quality of Marmot’s products, I’m sure they’ll do just fine. The only complaint I have, and it’s hardly a complaint, is that the belt feels a bit flimsy.
  • Watch this hilarious video from Marmot on how to care for your waterproof garments.

Find them on sale here for $175 or less at Backcountry & REI

 

Flylow Daisy Pant ($$) $219 or less

Warm, comfortable and femenine, slimming cut insulated ski pant.

Flylow Gear Daisy Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Given all the great features of Flylow’s Daisy pant, the best part of all is that they are just plain comfy. Flylow has a way about using the best materials, getting the women’s specific cut right and adding lots of intuitive venting to create a great all around ski pant.

Description: Picture a slimming pant that magically manages to add an extra layer of warming insulation. That’s the Daisy Insulated Pant, built with a two-layer stretchy waterproof fabric with a “barely-there” lining of synthetic down insulation.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • Bought these pants at the beginning of ski season because I wasn’t feeling the baggy fit of my old ski pants anymore, and liked the slimmer lines of this pant. I wanted something that was lined and still slimmer than my old pants, but would not give off a ski-bunny vibe. These are perfect because although they aren’t baggy there is plenty of room for movement, and they fit well and are flattering. I don’t have any issues with them being too low-rise, even when hiking around the mountain or bending over to adjust boots. They aren’t quite as warm as previous pants, but I just make sure to layer properly and if I overdo it the leg vents help cool me down.
  • These are fantastic ski pants, they look and fit like a great pair of jeans. I bought the red color, it’s a little more pink than I expected but still very nice. I don’t have the problem of “plumbers butt” (low rise), these go quite far up for me in the back. I’m 5’8″ and 150lbs, usually wear a size 6/28 pant. Bought the medium, they are perfect with a bit of room to spare. Fitted, but not tight.

Find them on sale here for $219 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant ($$$) $399 or less

Highly durable and technical 3 layered pant with mesh backed venting and pops of color in the zippers.

TNF FuseForm Brigandine 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is another highly durable, lightweight, high quality shell pant for the list. What we love about these pants is that in addition to all the great features The North Face includes, like adjustable waist tabs, fully waterproof materials, extra reinforcement where you need it most, and mesh-backed venting, they also feature stylish color options with pops of neon in the zippered pockets and logos. They’re built with a relaxed fit so you can move around in any of the outdoor sports you choose, and come with a lifetime warrantee.

 

Description: Our equivalent of big-mountain armor, these super durable waterproof pants are constructed with new FuseForm™ technique that seamlessly integrates four-way stretch with abrasion resistance. Reinforced nylon eliminates bulk to achieve a low-profile fit that’s lightweight yet strong in high-wear areas around the knees and seat.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have had these awesome pants for about a month and absolutely love them! I have been snowboarding, climbing, snowshoeing, and winter hiking in them and they are great. Unlined makes them perfect to stay active in. The length is good for tall women and I love the color. I highly recommend these for any woman who likes to stay active outdoors.
  • I am pear-shaped and usually wear size 6 or medium pants. Since this isn’t insulated and I ski in 0 degree F weather, I wear a base layer and fleece layer under my snow pants. Even with the 3 layers, my hubby says they are more slimming than my insulated snow pants.

Find them on sale here for $275-419 or less at Backcountry and Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Marmot Aoraki Pant ($$) $210 or less

Technical construction built to rip, these fleece lined pants are weather-proof and ready for a full day on the hill.

Eider Aoraki Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aoraki Pants are definitely for women who rip, given Eider’s list of technical features that make them 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable. These pants look like they’re ready to send anything and ski bell to bell. The articulated knees, connect-ability to a powder skirt, and higher, fleecey back makes moving around, adjusting your boots or bending down to pick up skis simple. They come in “euro” sizing, so use their chart to match up your size. Also, one of their color options is called “wine lover,” I mean, come on.

Description: Lightly insulated, the Aoraki’s will keep you warm even on frigid days, while the vents with mesh lining allow for airflow during times of exertion. Pre-formed knees and a moderately relaxed cut give the option to layer, and the raised back with soft, light fleece lining provides extra coverage.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Very very well-made pants! Eider stuff, as always, is quality and function first while maintaining a beautiful aesthetic. I got these pants in a size 12, which would correspond to about a size L in US sizing. The fit in the waist is perfect (I usually wear a 10 or 12 pants). The adjustable waist cincher on these pants makes a belt completely unnecessary. The waist is flattering but not so low that you’ll end up full of snow at any point. They come up a little higher in the back, too, which is awesome for coverage. They’re fitted enough that you can still tell I’m a girl from a distance, but not so tight that you can’t move around in them. As far as length goes, I’d love another two inches, but I’m 5’9″ with long legs so if you’re under that they should be perfect. They’re not TOO short, but I’d like a bit longer length just because I like a little drape to my pants at the bottom. It’s largely an aesthetic request and not one of function. The mesh-lined thigh vents are well-placed, not bulky and a must for pants this warm. The reinforced canvas-y material around the bottom hem is great, because that’s where my pants tend to get the most abuse. These pants feel like they’re going to last a very long time and keep me warm on really cold days.

 

Find them on sale here for $210 or less at BackcountryEvo & US Outdoor 

 

TNF Freedom LRBC Insulated Pant ($) $160 or less

A classically styled women's ski pant with all the features you look for at a great price.SkiGenie Recommendation: Another classic all-around pant from The Northface. Great as a daily go-to for resort skiing that can also stand up to ski patrol working conditions. A versatile pant that can tackle many situations and weather conditions with a relaxed fit and standard features that will endure a season of skiing hard. If decisiveness isn’t your strong suit, good luck trying to decide between over 10 different color options of this pant!

Description: Heatseeker synthetic insulation beats back the cold and the Chimney Vent cooling system, funnels air from the StretchVent gaiters to the inner thigh vents, to keep things comfortable when temperatures rise. A relaxed fit andplenty of pocket space makes a practical pant for backcountry or terrain park.

What Skier’s Say:

  • Definitely a relaxed fit. Found them to be a bit baggier in the legs than I originally anticipated but this was an error on my part. Very comfortable and warm pants. If you want a slimmer fit there are not the pants for you; however, from a performance perspective they’re great!
  • I would definitely buy another pair in another color if I lived in the snow or partook in snow sports more. I went skiing for the first time and these pants kept my bottom dry! There was lots of falling and sitting in the snow (for good 10 minute increments) and yes, it was still cold and felt wet but as soon as I stood up I didn’t notice it and when I changed my leggings underneath were totally dry! Impressed
  • I love these pants. I am 5 feet tall and these are about the only decent ski pants in short. I love the fit and they are warm.

 

Find them on sale here for $160 or less at BackcountryBerg’s, Eastern Mountain SportsEvo, & Mountain Gear

 

Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant ($$) $300 or less

A body-mapped insulated pant with removable suspenders, mesh-backed venting and durable, waterproof material.

Scott Vertic 2L Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: What we love about these pants is that the insulation is body mapped for where you need it most, ie; down panels on the back so you don’t freeze your bum on the chairlift. A stylish cut, good amount of pockets, adjustable waist and leg gaiters add to the perfection of this pant. These will be an admirably stylish look for colder days in the resort.

 

Description: The SCOTT Vertic 2L Insulated Women’s Pant is a freeride pant that keeps skiers warm in the areas that count and looking good at the same time. Enjoy all the integrated features needed for a big powder day and match it up with the Vertic 2L Insulated Jacket.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • Once again, Scott’s attention to detail on both the look and feature front caught our eye. Standout specs include the suspender option that zips out/in at your convenience, burly abrasion resistant cuff panels that also add a color pop and super easy to adjust leg gaiter.

 

  • I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath – have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven’t had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!

Find a retailer to purchase at Scott

 

Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant ($$) $350 or less

High quality, durable shell pant with tons of pockets and an athletic yet flattering cut.

Helly Hansen Aurora Shell Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Helly Hansen is known for quality outerwear, and the Aurora Shell pants are no exception. These shell pants are cut to flatter a female figure yet are articulated in the knees to allow for movement. Tons of zippered pockets in the front can store ski straps, snacks and tissues, while reinforced scuff guards and gaiters keep you in check from the knee down.

Description: Designed for action filled days on the snow, the Aurora Shell Pant has a freeride style built with Helly Tech Professional 3L fabric and a flow membrane enabling unparalleled breathability, guaranteed to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable. Also included is the Recco® advanced rescue system.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I wore the entire Aurora kit all last season and fell in love with these pants. The fit is sporty, taking into account where you need the most room to move- especially the knees. Yet it still creates a silhouette that is flattering. The fabric is remarkable- super light, windproof, waterproof, AND breathable due to the Flow membrane! And the attention to detail is impressive- they thought of every big mountain skiers needs. Dual pockets for extra storage and easy accessibility with a backpack on. A stretch powder skirt on the jacket that actually zips into the pants. This is huge on a powder day- no one wants a bucket of freezing snow down their pants if they can help it! I also am super pleased with the burly scuff guards. By the end of the season, whether with my edges or crampons, I inevitably slice my pants a few times, but not these- they are so durable! A really great pant for anyone that charges hard (or even not so hard) and wants to look good doing it!
  • Last winter I wore these pants everyday. I fell in love with them. The first thing I noticed when I tried them on was they are sooo light! The fit was exactly what I was looking for in a freeride pant. Not too tight, not too baggy. The cargo pockets came in handy all the time. These pants will allow you to spend a day on the mountain and just worry about skiing and nothing else.

Find them on sale for $350 or less at Helly Hansen & Evo

 



Women’s Top Ski Jackets for 2016

November 20th, 2015

A new ski jacket must meet some high demands. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and the inner workings must keep you warm.  But skiing is a strenuous sport and working up a sweat in frigid conditions can be dangerous, so these jackets simultaneously offer high quality ventilation.  It should be easy to zip in and out of and protect you from all the elements winter may throw at you. But, above all, for the modern day skier it needs to look good…unless you are trying to impress the guy in the starter jacket.

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2015-2016 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka ($$$)

A three layer jacket system provides warmth and versatility in a longer cut to cover your assets on cold chairlifts

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka

SkiGenie Recommendation: North Face has created a truly all-in-one jacket with this 2 layer zip-in system. The exterior shell jacket is long enough to cover your bum for comfort on icy chairlifts, its completely waterproof, stretchy for ease of motion, has a removable hood, tons of pockets for extra gear and includes an interior puffy down jacket that can be worn separately or together as a system for the ultimate in insulation on cold winter days.

Description: No matter what the snow report calls for, bring this perfectly paired zip-in system to the hill for reliable weather protection and unmatched versatility. The waterproof parka has alpine-specific features and is crafted with a longer 29-inch length for additional coverage.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a good coat. Great zippers, great quality, and nice length. I’m 5’10” and 150lbs and i have a large. I thought the sleeves could be longer, but I’m used to that feeling. Also, it is a little roomy in the chest area so it’s not very form fitting, but I doubt I could go down a size because then it would be too short or too tight. The inside feels very nice though, almost like wearing a cloud.
  • I wear this jacket to teach Ice Skating. If I’m not moving around this jacket keeps me warm and I can remove layers if needed. I like that the sleeves are long so when I stretch my arms, my gloves stay tucked in. It is slightly fitted, and not bulky

Find it on sale at BackcountryEvo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline .

 

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody ($$)

A light down filled layering piece or stand alone jacket with intelligent "body mapping" insulation.

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: The all-new Spyfire line of women’s ski jackets from Kuhl has created a new benchmark for down outerwear technology. The 800 fill “certified non force fed / not “live plucked” goose down is body mapped to keep you warm where you need it most and reduces bulk for layering. The soft shell reinforced fabric on the shoulders allows you to shoulder skis with sharp edges that would shred any ordinary down sweater. Plenty of pockets, lighter weight material in the underarms, large, 5-panel hood and water-resistant, wind-proof coating round out this jacket’s design for one of the best layering pieces of the 2015/2016 winter season. Wear this jacket on its own around town or layered under a shell for any day on the hill.

Description: One look at KÜHL’s exclusive new Women’s Spyfire™ Hoody ultralight Down Jacket and you realize it is different by design, construction, and features than any down sweater that has come before it.

What Skiers Say:

  • You almost forget you have it on, it’s such a natural, comfortable fit.
  • Awarded the eKomi Silver Seal of Approval in customer feedback
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at KUHLBackcountryBerg’s, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Descente Kensie Jacket ($$$)

Three layered shell jacket that moves with you in an athletic cut and helmet compatible hood.

Descente Kensie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Kensie jacket is an all-around everyday shell with an athletic cut and stretch to move as you move around the mountain. Its designed with simple, clean lines, and lots of great color options with an extra pop of color on the zippers. Tons of pockets including interior media pocket, removable powder skirt, stretchy wrist cuffs, pit zips and 20,000mm rated waterproofing create the perfect jacket no matter the conditions.

Description: The Kensie is the perfect go to jacket, a 3-layer shell designed to optimize performance and breathability. Fully seam sealed and finished with a 20K waterproof finish to keep you dry in all conditions.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Kensie jacket is functional, warm (has a three shell layering and a great hood which fits over your helmet for cold charilift rides), and ​stylish. I’ve been complimented on mine several times in lift lines! –Keely Kelleher, Descente International Athlete and former US Alpine Ski Team Member.
  • OntheSnow.com buyer’s guide review

Find it on sale at US Outdoor Store

 

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

A super stylish yet incredibly well made, durable jacket with big pockets, adjustable hood and powder skirt connectable with the matching pants.

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Bergans is a known and trusted Norwegian outerwear and outdoor gear brand offering sleek, clean lines and superior quality. This shell includes all the specifications of a technical shell like stretchy, waterproof, windproof breathability. It has a unique pit zip design that runs diagonally so it can easily be reached while wearing a backpack. The intuitive features of this jacket are clearly designed with the alpine ski tourer or mountaineer in mind. Yet this jacket made our list primarily for its great color options and stylish look. 

Description: Long, technical jacket developed for alpine and freeride. Myrkdalen is made from waterproof, windproof, and breathable 3-layer Dermizax® fabric. The jacket features a ski pass pocket and detachable snowskirt, and connects to several of our ski pants to create a complete suit.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Moosejaw.com

 

Marmot Mountain Down

Super warm, wind & resistant goose down jacket for very cold days.

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I purchased this jacket after an extensive search for a wind resistant warm down coat for hiking and cross-country skiing. Local temps were predicted to be -10 to 25 degrees F, and this jacket kept me toasty warm even in significant wind chills. The goggle pocket was convenient and the large side zip pockets were perfect for extra gloves and hats. The wrap around hood and neck cover worked well for the especially cold days, although I would have liked the inner lining near my face to be softer- sometimes the zipper was scratchy. It also comes with a pretty matching stuff sack and removable powder skirt. Because the outer shell fabric is stiff, the coat does not compress significantly for packing. Overall I was SO GLAD to have this heavy down jacket instead of the lighter puffies others were shivering in.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

An intuitively designed jacket thats waterproof and warm

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket has all the stretch, versatility and extreme waterproofing of a shell with the extra warmth, comfort and intuition of body mapped Primaloft insulation. What we really love about this jacket is that even though its insulated, its designed with a slimming look in mind that’s articulated for movement. It includes all the pockets you need, wrist gaitors, fully taped seams, removable powder skirt and a Recco avalanche reflector. The Motion Stretch is a total package for those bitter mid-winter days that can dump heat with Helly Hansen’s signature ventilation system when the temps start to rise.

Description: Altitude and speed inspire this performance insulated ski jacket. Waterproof breathable Helly Tech® Performance stretch fabric is combined with PrimaLoft® insulation, and our innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting provide ultimate temperature regulation.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket ($$$)

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a sweet jacket, no doubt. The day I received it I was so stoked to check out the waterproofing that I ran a sleeve under the faucet and little beads of water repelled off without saturating the fabric, and I thought to myself “yes, this is what I have been looking for!” I love that there is a primaloft/down blend, but it gets HOT! This is the jacket you throw on for your descent, but don’t expect to exercise in it, or else it’ll make you sweat. This jackets best uses are for belaying in the brisk mornings, hanging out in cold weather, mountain descents, and walking the dogs out on freezing cold days. The fit is a little strange, I bought a medium after reading other reviews and the hips are still tight, and I am not a “hippy” kinda gal, but roomy in the chest area (but I experienced that I don’t need to layer with this jacket). I’m generally a small in outerwear. I also went with black, and am not dissapointed, it was very true to color which was “black as midnight on a moonless night”. Overall it’s a great jacket for a great price!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry & Eastern Mountain Sports

 

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket ($$)

Warm, waterproof, and texturized material with a low price make this jacket a great value

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Columbia never fails to create great alpine outerwear that’s warm and waterproof with active pursuits in mind. We love this jacket for all of its incredible insulation and brushed texture, but most of all, its price point. This is a great jacket for everyday on the hill that leaves enough in the bank for a proper après ski afternoon or day trip to a mountain you’ve never skied before.

Description: A warm winter coat with a sophisticated air—the waterproof Alpine Action Jacket is crafted with our patented thermal-reflective technology and 100g of synthetic insulation for all-day warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Granted this is my first Columbia jacket, I am completely satisfied with my purchase. Extremely high quality. Only complaint would be breathe-ability. Could use air ventilation under arms.
  • If you’re short then this coat would work. I’m tall and thin and its too short in the arms and body.
  • True to size… Super warm! Lots of pockets, and the powder skirt is great.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Patagonia Untracked Jacket ($$$)

An all-in-one weatherproof and warm jacket with plenty of pockets and high quality design from Patagonia

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket ($$$)

Stylish and warm synthetic down jacket with real fox fur collar.

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aimie Down jacket is definitely one of the most stylish pieces on our list for 2015/2016. We believe it’ll be your go-to jacket for those cold clear January days on the slopes and even colder winter evenings out on the town. If you’re looking for a seamless transition from the slopes to the streets, this one’s for you.

Description: Spyder’s Aimie Jacket is made of incredibly soft, yet water-repellent fabric, with a subtle crosshatch texture. Insulated with 700 Fill Power Down, it’s topped off with a real fox fur accent, which is removable so you can wash it with ease.

What Skiers Say:

  • The most comfortable, sexy style going by Spyder. Once you put it on you won’t want to take it off. Nicely fitted and real fur that removes for washing. True to size. I am a Medium to small and i wear a 6 if I want to wear a sweater underneath it.
  • The Aimie Down is my favorite all around women’s ski jackets. It’s stylish and warm to wear at night, very packable for all the travelling I do, and I love the classy fit and feel. The fur collar is a great addition that feels sporty and chic. -Julia Mancuso, Olympian and US Alpine Ski Team member

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Skis.com, & SummitOnline

 

 



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

 

Find additional gear reviews for the best ski goggles of 2015 here:

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Top Picks for Women’s Ski Gloves 2015

December 15th, 2014

Finding the right women’s ski gloves can be an arduous task when considering all the demands you put on them. Skiing all day in the cold may be one factor, but what if it rains or snows? How about taking you from the lodge to the parking lot? What about when temperatures rise and you need to stay regulated? Waterproof breathability, warmth, durability, dexterity and all around comfort come into play when making a decision on women’s gloves or mittens. The products we’ve highlighted below are some of the best on the market that cover all of those bases. Please let us know your thoughts, questions and comments.

 

Outdoor Research Southback Women’s Ski Glove ($$)

all condition performance – warm & Gore Tex waterproof – durable leather

warm and waterproof women's ski gloves

Outdoor Research Southback

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around performance women’s glove that keeps you warm and dry no matter the weather. The powder cuffs help keep snow out if you’re getting deep or take a digger and its intuitive, durable design lets you move freely.

Description: The Outdoor Research Southback Glove is the kind of glove that you can wear every day of the season without having to worry if your hand is going to freeze off by lunch. Outdoor Research designed the insulation to concentrate the heat where you need it, then gave the Southback a guaranteed waterproof breathable membrane to let moisture out while guarding against Mother Nature’s most insidious attacks.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve used these gloves for the past two seasons and they’ve held up very well because of the nylon shell and leather palm. They are a great glove to have when you are just not sure how cold it will really be or how stormy. If I am trying to choose a glove before I go out skinning around for lines, the Southback is usually the glove I throw in my pack.

Find it on sale for $85 or less at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, The House

  

Dakine Odyssey Gore-Tex Women’s Glove ($$)

low bulk – warm & waterproof – anti-microbial – leather

dakine blue and black leather winter gloves

Dakine Odyssey

SkiGenie Recommendation: A high quality leather, waterproof, durable glove from Dakine that will carry you through the season in style. Its low profile design allows for ease of movement yet don’t be fooled by low bulk as it still keeps you warm and dry.

Description: Long seasons demand durable gloves, like the Dakine Odyssey women’s glove. This Gore-Tex lined waterproof glove takes cues from a dedicated ski racing glove, with a full leather palm, and leather/synthetic shell. The result is a glove that breaks in buttery soft. The 170g PrimaLoft insulation keeps your hands warm. A wool liner is sweat absorbent to keep you dry, plus it’s antimicrobial, so it won’t get funky even as you rack up days on the mountain.

What Skiers Say:

  • Initial impressions show these to be quality, quality, quality. Came with leather treatment and size and color are as stated. These will be plenty warm.

Find it on sale for $90 or less at Backcountry & U.S. Outdoor Store

 

Black Diamond Mercury Glove ($$)

 high quality – Gore Tex, wool & fleece materials – removable liner – multi-sport use

insulated women's ski gloves for the backcountry

Black Diamond Mercury

SkiGenie Recommendation: Black Diamond has created a high end, high quality women’s glove with the Mercury. It’s loaded with warmth from the inner wool backing and fleece lining to the Gore Tex and leather outer shell. Make an investment in this glove and you won’t be sorry, or cold, ever.

Description: Our premium women’s glove, the Mercury combines professional-grade materials and protection with a stylish design and comfortable fit for everything from alpine climbing to skiing in-bounds. Mercury features the total weather protection of GORE-TEX® XCR and the durability of a goat leather palm.

What Skiers Say:

  • These gloves are super warm and keep my hands toasty in the coldest conditions. I would have to be freezing everywhere else to feel it in my hands. One thing to note is they run on the bigger side. I originally ordered a small and had to return for an extra small and I still have a bit of room in the finger area.
  • Went skiing in 9 degree weather in Northern Vermont (Jay Peak) the other day and everything was cold but my hands. They, in fact, were hot. LOVE THEM.

Find it on sale from $104 or less at Backcountry, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI

 

Hestra Leather Fall Line Mitten ($$)

warmest women's ski mittens to keep hands extremely warm

Hestra Fall Line Mitt

SkiGenie Recommendation: Hestra makes high end, high quality leather gloves and mittens that will prove, day in and day out, to be a great investment. The fall line mitten is clearly made to take a beating and continue to keep you warm and comfortable. They also come in fun color combinations.

 Description: The Hestra Women’s Leather Fall Line Ski Mitten looks at home in powder bowls, trees, and terrain parks. Impregnated cowhide leather helps the Fall Line battle winter’s weather to keep your hand dry, and fiberfill insulation ensures warmth throughout. Hestra added a smooth Bemberg lining for soft comfort, and the neoprene cuff works with the hook-and-loop closure to keep snow out.

What Skiers Say:

  • Leather balm included. Super warm, internal finger separators, neoprene wrist straps so you don’t drop one off the lift when you’re trying to take a selfie! I actually used the size guide, bought size 7 and they are perfect. Also, I bought the pink/orange ones – definitely very bright (a little brighter than I expected) but I love them! Not a pink person at all, but I am stoked on these!
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Find them on sale for $104 or less at Backcountry, Backcountry’s Exclusive Edition, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Celtek Hello Operator Winter Mitten

three finger design for dexterity – warm insulation & fleece lined – unique colors ($)

colorful split finger mittens for women looking for style on the slopes

Celtek Hello Operator

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this hybrid glove/mitten. The funky color options are best for the fashion conscious skier, while its trigger finger design maintains warmth and handiness.  

Description: Love the warmth of mittens but the dexterity of gloves? The Celtek Hello Operator 3 Finger Mittens are the solution.  An acrylic cuff and soft fleece lining keeps your hands comfortable while PrimaLoft® insulation keeps them toasty.

What Skiers Say:

  • These gloves are way cute, and super warm. The bottom cuffs keep the warmth in really nicely. I would suggest a good under-glove or a warmer pair on freezing cold days, but for normal winter days these are great.
  • I’ve just been snowboarding in 12 degree weather. This is the very first time that my hands and fingers never felt cold up in the mountains during a trip. I couldn’t believe it, I highly recommend.

Find it on sale for $50 or less at Backcountry & Evo

 

Columbia Torrent Ridge Ski Glove

waterproof, breathable – powder cuffs – ergonomic ($)

all purpose and cheap, great value ski gloves for women

Columbia Torrent Ridge

SkiGenie Recommendation: A simple option at a good price for a glove that includes the features you need like waterproof breathability, ergonomic fit and cuffs to keep the snow and wind out.The Torrent Ridge Glove will work best on mid-winter days, perhaps not the best on a wet storm day.

Description: These insulated, waterproof-breathable gloves are lined with Omni-Heat thermal reflective to keep you extra warm during work or play in frigid winter conditions. Pre-curved to conform to the natural contours of your hand, they provide low-profile dexterity and excellent grip.

What Skiers Say:

  • I went out skiing for a whole day (8 hours) and by the end of it, my hands were sweating. They stayed warm the whole time. The long cuffs are nice too.
  • I liked the gloves and they kept my hands warm, but my hands became wet after skiing a few hours. They fit well and were easy to adjust. But based on the description, I expected them to stay drier.

Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry

 

The North Face Montana Women’s Mitten ($)

super warm & breathable – attached wrist leash

stay warm in negative temperatures with these ski mittens

North Face Montana Mi

SkiGenie Recommendation: The state of Montana is no stranger to extended periods of negative temperatures, even at high noon. So you know these gloves are built to keep you extra warm. The insulation paired with supreme wicking ability help maintain steady comfort as you ride into the late hours of the day. These are a great value for all the features you want in a mitten at a low price.

Description: The North Face Montana Mittens are made to keep your fingers warm and cozy when you’re skiing on the coldest days. The HyVent Insert helps provide lots of breathability so any moisture can evaporate and move out of the glove while simultaneously preventing precipitation from seeping in.  

What Skiers Say:

  • I love my Montana Mitts! They will be great for Alaska winters that lay ahead. I love hiking and walking my dog and I know they will keep me warm and cozy.
  •  Love the long cuffs, love the elbow elastics, and really love how warm they keep my hands! It’s not uncommon for my extremities to go numb even as we get into later fall. The elastic elbow straps make them easy to whip on and off and not have to carry and my fingers have yet to get frostbite.
  • I need to spend a lot of time outside for my job and really was desperate to find something to keep my hands warm as even my insulated ones from another manufacturer didn’t work. These were a great investment.

Find it on sale from $55-$70 at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Sun&Ski

 

Swany Toast 3in1 Mitten ($)

soft shell –removable liner – touchscreen compatible

keep your hands toasty with these ski mittens

Toast 3in1

SkiGenie Recommendation: A super warm and convenient mitten option when you want to multi-task to get the Instagram shot or reach for chapstick in your pocket, all without having to remove it. 

Description: The Toast 3in1 is built with a soft shell that helps keep hands comfortably dry with stretch for mobility, and Insuloft-80 insulation ensures warmth. The removable fleece liner adds warmth in chillier temps. The Toast’s external shell also features an odor-resistant bamboo lining, a grippy LeatherShield palm, and a zippered pocket for handwarmers.

What Skiers Say:

  • These are a great combo of i-touch functionality and mitten warmth. The liner is not waterproof however, so it is not great alone.
  •  It has an inner glove liner that does not shift or come out of the mitten when you pull your hand out. There is a side access feature on the mitten, which allows you to use the inner glove liner to grab things outside without taking off the glove or getting your fingers cold. It’s a rad feature. I liked that they could hold up in the cold wet conditions and I could use the inner glove to operate my cell phone or camera when I needed to.

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

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Women’s Ski Helmet Reviews 2015

November 11th, 2014

Wearing a helmet for protection is a necessity when using today’s ski equipment and traveling at high speeds.  The new highly engineered equipment is made with lightweight, strong materials and more sidecut to help initiate and carve smoother and faster turns.  But the resulting speed in the turns increases torque on the upper body and creates the potential for imbalance and falls. The imaginative new helmet designs will not only save you from serious injury but also and let you enjoy your speed experience in style and rhythm. Each season, we research present the best new women’s ski helmet reviews from the top manufacturers.   The helmets for 2015 are jam-packed with new tech features such as adjust-ability down to the contours of each head and venting to regulate body temperature.  Cushy soft linings, comfortable straps and options to let you groove to your favorite music while taking laps all day are some of the latest helmet amenities. We’ve compiled a list of top picks and where to buy them online. Please contact us with any questions, comments or add your own ski helmet reviews.

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.

 

Smith Arrival Ski Helmet Review

classic style – adjustable fit and vents – lightweight ($)

smith ski helmet for women

Smith Arrival

SkiGenie Review: Smith’s classic Arrival helmet delivers its classic proven fit and function, all with a ladylike polish. This is an excellent option for the resort skier looking for lightweight comfort in a timeless style that can be worn season after season. With tech features like a customizable fit, thoughtfully placed adjustable air vents, audio compatibility and removable ear pads, you’re sure to have a smooth ride from bell to bell in this ski helmet.

Description: Lightweight in-mold shell weighs only 14 ounces, so you aren’t going to feel top heavy when you’re schussing down the mountain. The Adjustable Dial Fit System gets the perfect fit with just the turn of a dial, and the fleece tricot lining keeps it cozy against your head. Overheating won’t be an issue thanks to the Airevac system that pushes air through the helmet and keeps your goggles clear.

What Skiers Say:

  • This was a great find! I have been searching for a well-constructed helmet with a great fit that fits my budget. The adjustable fit system lets me get just the right fit. I like the pearl finish too, just enough to make it less boring than plain white but not too flashy.
  • I have tried on many helmets trying to find one I like that works with my goggles. This one is the most comfortable and has vents I like. The front brim is shaped well to go over many goggles and it has vents positioned over the goggle vents and I love the silky fleece ear covers.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eastern Mtn Sports, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

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

 

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Ski Helmet

known for safety and quality ($$$)

safest ASTM helmet ratings and EN certification

Poc Fornix MIPS

Recommendation: With POC helmets at first the padding can seem a bit tight but once it packs out its perfect.  This is a great helmet and with the addition of MIPS it is now arguably the safest helmet on the market.  MIPS is a low friction layer between your head and the rest of the helmet.  The idea is that the layer breaks away upon impact (especially a oblique impact — when your head hits an object at an angle).  Additionally, it has all the bells and whistles such as goggle strap and adjustable head role; we highly recommend it.

What Skiers Say:

  • This helmet has every ounce of technology on the market and is competitively priced.  Comes with a variety of pads to help personalize the fit.  Has great venting and works well with goggles.  Known for safety and comes in some fun colors.  Works with all my different goggle brands. Feels light like a beanie.  The list goes on…

Find it on sale for $199 or less at Skis.comEvoBerg’s Ski & Snowboard ShopU.S. Outdoor Store & SummitOnline.

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

 

Marker Consort Ski Helmet Review

 all-around great helmet – tech features – ample adjustable venting – stylish color & design ($$)

safe brain bucket for fast skiers

Marker Consort

SkiGenie Review: Built with all the features you look for in a helmet, the Women’s Consort is a go-to choice for those of you rack up days on the hill. Tech features like the fully adjustable fit and magnetic closure are ideal, while the soft fleece liner adds extra comfort on those cold days. Great for the backcountry thanks to the superior adjustable venting in this helmet that allows you to let off steam before sending it back down. The color options, cool logo design and embroidered ear pads add an understated style to the rest of your ensemble.

Description: The women’s Consort is a version that has been carefully refined to meet women’s specific needs. The extra-soft volume fleece inner lining offers extraordinary comfort and a significant warmth boost – yet its also removable and washable. RTS Fit System and the MarkAIR Channel System ensure an optimal fit and pleasant climate for the head.

What Skiers Say:

  • Super light with a double shell for extra protection from side impact, its magnetic strap closure gives a secure fit while cutting fiddle factor. The dial on the back adjusts the size and there’s a fluffy liner for extra warmth.
  • Product Video

Find it one sale for $110 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Salomon Shiva Custom Air Helmet

unique fashionable look – tech features – audio compatible ($$)

fashionable ski helmet for ladies

Salomon Shiva

SkiGenie Review: A super stylish option that will impress in the park and all across the mountain. Shiva’s style is complemented by tech features that create a fully customizable fit—removable audio-compatible ear pads and a comfortable padded chin-strap. This helmet adds a fashionable touch to the cool progressive skier looking to set herself apart from the crowd.

Description: The light weight, half shell Shiva combines Twin Shell for less weight and more airflow, with EPS 4D to absorb more shock than traditional helmets. Salomon’s Custom Air technology provides a personalized fit while the Twin Shell ventilation system keeps your egg from ending up over-hard at the end of a steamy day.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Custom Air means that with a push of a button an air-filled cushion forms around your head for a perfect fit. Be sure not to over-pump or the custom feature could fail.

Find it on sale for $120 or less at Backcountry & Evo.

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

 

Salomon Aura Custom Air Helmet

big-mountain style – full tech features – audio compatible ($$)

built in audio ski helmet for women manufactured by Salomon

Salomon Aura

SkiGenie Review: The Aura has the look of a burly, big-mountain helmet and yet its pattern design and feminine touches from helmet to ear pads soften it around the edges. This helmet is fully tech’ed-out with Salomon’s custom air fit, ventilation, soft lining, removable, washable padding and audio compatibility. A great option for the dedicated skier that demands safety and style while getting after it.

Description: Oval fit, Custom Air system and a magnetic buckle help make Aura the most comfortable women’s all-mountain helmet available. Salomon’s Active Ventilation system gives you three different options to keep your temperature regulated whether its a frigid mid-winter day or you’re making the last turns of the season in your bikini top.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • I get a great fit with the custom air feature.
  • This helmet is lightweight, comfy and will keep you looking cute out on the hill. Lots of bells and whistles

Find it on sale for $150 or less at Backcountry.

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

 

K2 Virtue Audio Helmet

intuitive ventilation – sleek stylish look – built-in audio for mp3 or phone ($$$)

textured, warm, stylish audio helmet with speakers for winter sports

K2 Virtue

SkiGenie Review: Unique to the K2 Virtue helmet is its efficient and thoughtfully placed ventilation. Its ample vents located where you’d place your goggles after a run, prevent goggle fogging. Its sleek, simple style with cute color pops on the logo and straps intend a subtle, womanlike look. This is another solid all-around, all-mountain helmet for the discerning skier looking for tech features with a unique, stylish flare.

Description: Arriving at the corner of style and comfort with a perfect fit and great performance is the Virtue ski helmet, a favorite among females. It’s the answer to all-day performance in a lightweight design. Featuring Dual Active Matrix Venting for customized ventilation, 360 K2Dialed Fit System for the perfect fit, and Level 3 Baseline Audio System to keep you connected without having to take your gloves off.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve tried other brand’s helmets and none have fit me as well as the K2. No gaps anywhere, no sliding around, easy to dial in with or without ponytail, and fit my non-K2 brand goggles great. Love the color, materials, and venting system. No fog in my goggles ever with the goggle vent, and top vent is very efficient. I would like to see a better quality audio system with louder speakers.
  • Easy to put on and take off, great construction, lightweight. It looks good, feels good, and is easy to adjust.
  •  Product Video

Find it on sale from $96-160 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mtn Sports, The House, & US Outdoor Store.

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

 

Anon Galena Helmet

high safety construction – fully tech’ed out – lightweight  ($$$)

all white anon women's ski helmet with vents and cozy ear flaps

Anon Galena

SkiGenie Review: The Galena Helmet utilizes an advanced construction method for the ultimate in safety, and is well suited for big-mountain terrain or park and pipe. With all the tech features under the sun, this helmet is best for the high level skier looking to push her limits in a comfortable, easy to use, and safe ski helmet.

Description: Delivering the best in customizable helmet fit, Anon has partnered with the industry leader BOA® technology to create a fit system that allows for easy, on-the-fly micro adjustments with just a turn of the dial. The BOA fit system smoothly distributes pressure for all-day comfort, without adding any bulk to your kit. It features a hybrid of in-mold and Endura Shell construction to combine serious protection with a lightweight feel and low-profile fit, and it has adjustable vents for comfort in any conditions.

Find it on sale for $160 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

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

 

Pret Facet Helmet

 superior venting – lightweight – wool blend ear pads – audio compatible – backcountry friendly ($$$)

ultimate women's ski head gear for safety on the slopes

Pret Facet

SkiGenie Review: This helmet makes a great option for backcountry skiing adventures by featuring the most vents of any helmet out there and a low profile design that can fit in your backpack. It is super lightweight with an adjustable fit and magnetic closure for ease of use. The fleece and wool blend audio-compatible ear pads keep you warm, and most importantly, dry on those uphill jaunts.

Description: The Facet provides completely adjustable ventilation for all conditions. Light weight and compact, the Facet features multi-shell, In-Mold Polycarbonate composite construction with ACT technology and the RCS fit system.

What Skiers Say:

  • My first reaction was “Dang, this is light!” Secondly, “Wow, this is comfortable.” The padding in the helmet is minimal, but just enough to be comfy.
  •  My new Pret is much lighter in weight than other helmets I’ve used.  Its low profile shape fit’s my head perfectly, but did take a day or two to break it in. There is an adjustable dial in the back that helps snug the helmet to your head for added support and comfort. No matter which brand of goggle I use I get no “gaper gap”. It’s got a vent system that is easy to adjust with my gloves on.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $170 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com and SummitOnline

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

 

Bern Brighton EPS Thin Shell Helmet Review

multi-sport use – great safety rating – good value ($)

bright pink and comfortable ski helmet

Bern Brighton EPS

SkiGenie Review: Versatility is the name of the game with Bern’s Brighton helmet. It will keep you warm and comfortable as a hard hat but is not a true “helmet”. But if you are an all-around outdoor sport enthusiast then this could be a great value for a helmet that meets standards for year-round sports.

Description: This model uses a thin ABS shell lined with EPS Foam to create a burly yet lightweight lid. This certified helmet is designed to crack and absorb a gnarly impact. Depending on the season your helmet will come with either an EPS Summer Comfort Liner or an EPS Winter Liner with options to buy the alternating season’s liner based on your needs.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • I like the helmet, though it fits on the snug side, it keeps me warm while skiing.
  • It’s warm and comfortable. Excellent value for the price.

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

Safety Certification: None

 

 

 



Women’s Top Freeride and Off-Piste Skis

November 5th, 2014

After months of dryland preparation you’ll be thankful for your strong legs out on the slopes this season.  But if you crave traversing the sidecountry and treking to the back bowls as much as you do carving up the groomers, you may want to consider a pair of freeride and off-piste skis for your next adventure.  We’ve compiled a list of top women’s ski reviews for this season with widths around the 100mm underfoot range to make every day count.  So check them out or try or famous ski finder.  Think snow.

ominous cliffs ready to be skied

Our SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s Freeride and Off-Piste Skis Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width).

 skigenie lantern awards

Salomon Q-103 Stella

best downhill alpine freeride skis for women

Floatation to handle the deep days and also the stability and edge grip for groomers.

The Salomon Q-103 Stella is recommended for intermediate to expert adult women skiers looking for an everyday freeride ski (40% frontside / 60% off-piste).  This ski is first in the lift line for a powder day and the honeycomb tip gives it a lighter swing weight to easily carve turns on the frontside.  At 103mm underfoot, it is better suited for Western resorts.

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Video Review | Radius: 23.3m (127-102-119mm) | Lengths: 158, 165, 172cm | Other Review

 

Volkl Aura

intermediate to expert women powder ski

Stiffer big mountain ski with titanium core and two sheets of metal.

The Volkl Aura is recommended for intermediate to advanced female skiers, this is the ‘ladies first’ freeride ski rebuttal to the perennial powerhouse, the Mantra (50% frontside/50% off-piste). Ski this on the East or West coast with full confidence. The width and rocker allow for soft snow play, while the metal core and side-cut retain the skis versatile, hard snow performance.  A true all mountain ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 19.3m (132-100-118mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170cm | Other Review

  

Blizzard Samba

new powder ski technology for women

Exceptionally versatile in softer snow and mixed conditions.

The Blizzard Samba is recommended for advanced to expert adult women as a wider freeride ski for Western resorts (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  A bit softer flex than the male version (Kabookie), but a rockered tip and traditional camber make the Samba perfectly suited for bumps, trees and resort powder days.

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Video Review | Radius: 19m (131-98-116mm) | Sizes: 152, 159, 166, 173cm

 

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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Women’s Best All Mountain Downhill Ski Reviews

October 28th, 2014

The hardest thing about choosing skis is not selecting between manufacturers and lengths, it’s simply a skier’s indecisiveness about equipment type.  Alpine skiing is an outdoor activity and mother nature is unpredictable so out of necessity, all manufacturers market their skis as “x” and “y” but all mountain.  However, it is important that you select a true all mountain ski for all the right reasons.  What are the right reasons?  You travel and ski different resorts often, you only ski a few days a year, you always stick to resort terrain, but you like to go fast, carve big turns, handle icy conditions and occasionally hit the back bowls if the conditions are right.  This is the most common skier persona but it is still important to think about.  True all mountain downhill skis for women live near the 85-95mm range underfoot and it often depends if you plan to ski on the east coast or west coast more frequently.  We are here to help and this guide will provide you with the best women’s all mountain downhill ski reviews and buyer’s guide selections for the upcoming season.  Tackle the resort groomers, eastern ice, western tree lines, steep moguls and occasional powder!

top of the lift at alta snowbird

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s All Mountain Ski Equipment Category.

(skis organized by descending waist width).

skigenie supernatural awards logo

Nordica Nemesis

98mm women's all purpose skis

Downhill Skis that eliminate the lapse that many rockered skis have had on hardpack.

The Nordica Nemesis is recommended for advanced to expert females as a western all mountain ski (40% frontside/60% off-piste). The updated tip and tail design make this year’s Nemesis more maneuverable in the powder and a dependable backcountry ski.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (134-98-118mm) | Sizes: 153, 161, 169, 177cm | Other Review

 

Line Soul Mate 90

best graphics for ladies skis

Solid, high-speed power, thru firm terrain while maintaining plenty of float in soft snow.

The Line Soul Mate 90 is recommended for intermediate adult women looking for a tamer all mountain ski (50% frontside / 50% off-piste).  Good for women who like to turn and control their speed, the Soul Mate is responsive and easy to ski, but not recommended for those trying to chase Lyndsay Vonn down the mountain.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.7m (125-90-113mm) | Sizes: 151, 158, 165cm

 

Blizzard Black Pearl

high performance blizzard black pearl all mountain ski

Elevate your game on trail and off trail with a ski that is amazing in every condition imaginable.

The Blizzard Black Pearl is recommended for intermediate to advanced adult women as an all mountain freeride ski capable of fast resort skiing and the occasional powder day (70% frontside / 30% off-piste) on the East or West coast.  With camber underfoot, the Black Pearl downhill skis command grip on the groomers but comes with a width that allows for all mountain exploration.

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Video Review | Radius: 18m (125-88-110cm) | Sizes: 152, 159, 166, 173cm | Other Review

 

Nordica Wild Belle

top ski recommendation for women

Women’s equivalent to the NRGy, an all mountain ski with camROCK to increase the versatility.

The Nordica Wild Belle is recommended for intermediate to advanced women looking for a solid all-around ski (75% frontside/25% off-piste). It has a more playful tip and tail shape that allows it to float through powder and variable snow, while absorbing bumps.  These shape modifications slightly affect the ski’s ability to grip ice.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.5m (124-88-108mm) | Sizes: 145, 153, 161, 169cm | Other Review

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Fischer KOA 88

easy turning women's all mountain ski recommendation

Air Tec Ti for better performance with less weight.

The Fischer KOA 88 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level skiers as a one-ski-quiver for all mountain freeski fanatics (55% frontside/45% off-piste). Fischer is known for high performance sidewalls and this ski holds an edge so well it provides confidence for going fast or navigating icy conditions.  The addition of Freeski rocker compliments its agility and creates a shorter contact length to ensure that the ski’s turn initiation is effortless.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.0m (128-88-115mm) | Sizes: 152, 160, 168cm

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Rossignol Temptation 84

women's best all mountain carving skis

Heart of a high-performance carving machine with an effortless freeride feel.

The Rossignol Temptation 84 is recommended for intermediate women looking for an all mountain resort ski (80% frontside/20% off-piste). Point these skis downhill and feel confident cruising at speed or controlling your speed on more difficult terrain.  Excellent for Western resort corduroy. For the same confident feel, East Coast skiers should consider the Temptation 80.

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Video Review | Radius: 16.0m (133-84-120mm) | Sizes: 146, 154, 162, 170, 178cm

 

Salomon Q-83 Myriad

purple and blue skis great for tree skiing

Offers comfort and control on piste with utility rocker and hook free taper.

The Salomon Q-83 Myriad is recommended for intermediate to advanced adult women skiers who crave a stable all mountain ski (70% frontside / 30% off-piste).  Downhill skis sporting plenty of sidecut and solid construction, this ski is constructed to help improve technique while controlling speed.

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Video Review | Radius: 13.6m (128-84-112mm) | Lengths: 152, 159, 166, 173cm | Other Review

Atomic Vantage Polarity

atomic women's skis good for hard snow conditions

Ideal for less-experienced All Mountain ladies looking to cruise the groomers and dabble off-piste.

The Atomic Vantage Polarity is recommended for intermediate adult women skiers as a fun all mountain vehicle, with a frontside trail bias (70% frontside / 30% off-piste).  These skis provide better snow contact creating grip and stability while carving turns.  Also in the Vantage family, the Elysian and Supreme have wider widths for advanced skiers looking to conquer more adventurous terrain.

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Video Review | Radius: 14m (120-83-104mm) | Sizes: 149, 157, 165cm

 

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Top Powder Skis Buyer’s Guide for Female Skiers

October 28th, 2014

The technology for powder skis has advanced over the past few years.  Top ski manufacturers now offer not only the latest and greatest in shorter sizes and with a softer flex, but have reshaped the molds and re-engineered the guts of powder skis to cater specifically to the female skier.  For more information, see our article on 2015 women’s ski trends.  All in all, this season there are some great ski options for ladies to explore the powder, backcountry, big mountain and much more.  If you just finished watching Lyndsay Dyer’s Pretty Faces capitalize on the inspiration and get yourself a new pair of sticks.  Below is our analysis on the best female powder skis buyer’s guide for aspiring powder hounds and backcountry skiing enthusiasts.

sunshine and fresh snow on the ski slopes

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Female Powder Skis Category.

(planks organized by descending waist width)

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Volkl One Womens

Volkl One Womens specific powder skis

Taper in the nose and tail allow this ski to go anywhere you point it with confidence.

The Volkl One Womens is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert women skiers, looking for next level of powder skiing (90% off-piste / 10% frontside).  This is Volkl’s best powder specific ski yet, and one of the best deep powder and big mountain skis on the market.  Easy to ski and super stable but with plenty of float.

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| Radius: 20m (138-116-130) | Sizes: 156, 166, 176cm |

  

Blizzard Gunsmoke

Blizzard Gunsmoke soft buttery women's powder skis

All-around weapon that makes pow skiing effortless.

The Blizzard Gunsmoke is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced women adult skiers looking for twin tip powder skis for resort and backcountry terrain (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  While the Gunsmoke is mainly advertised as a men’s ski, this ski is not stiff and will be forgiving and playful in softer conditions and deep powder days and as a result is a great option for women.

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

  

Nordica La Nina

Nordica La Nina female ski equipment

Rockered, blunt-nosed ski perfect for those deep tree lines.

The Nordica La Nina is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate female skiers looking for user friendly backcountry powder skis (30% frontside/70% off-piste). A forgiving ski that is great for those just looking to get outside the lines and ski some white, fluffy stuff.

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| Video Review | Radius: 14m (143-113-132mm) | Sizes: 161, 169, 177, 185cm | Other Review |

 

Line Pandora

Line Pandora women's blue powder skis

Light, nimble and fun feel and geometry to surf pow while maintaining plenty of control on firm snow.

The Line Pandora is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult women skiers looking for a powder specific ski with the latest technology in construction (20% frontside / 80% off-piste).  Powerful when it has to be and nimble when you ask it to be, this ski design benefits from an early taper tip and tail giving it a surfy feel.  Allow these graphics to make a statement in a lift line near you.

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| Video Review | Radius: 12.2m (142-110-125mm) | Sizes: 152, 162, 172, 179cm | Other Review |

Head Big Joy 

top ranked women's powder skis for expert big mountain skiers

A dramatically different women’s ski with high scores for versatility and float.

The Head Big Joy is recommended for advanced female skiers looking for a non-nonsense bomber that does it all (30% frontside/70% off-piste). It’s the Holy Grail of light and strong wood core is reinforced with graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick that earned its developers the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. A rockered tip floats in the deep, and low-profile camber in the rest carves on groomed. It’s more directional than smeary, but it craves speed. For ladies who like to go big, especially if you take a heli trip or frequent the Wasatch, Jackson or AK.

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| Video Review | Radius: 14.8m (149-110-132mm) | Sizes: 158, 168, 178cm |

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century wide width underfoot female ski gear

Super light build, a fat waist and powder rocker for flotation and sprocket power boosters.

The Atomic Century 109 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to expert adult women skiers as powder skis (30% frontside / 70% off-piste).  The ski performs well at most Western resorts known for softer snow conditions, but the lightweight poplar wood core makes it difficult to drive on the hardpack.

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| Video Review | Radius: 16.5m (132-109-122mm) | Sizes: 159, 167, 175cm |

 

Rossignol Savory 7

Award winning backcountry powder skis for ladies

Revolutionary fusion of backcountry freestyle and freeride performance.

The Rossignol Savory 7 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced women looking for an all-purpose freeride ski (30% frontside/70% off-piste). After years of perfecting the new freeride line, this ski deserves high marks for its performance across snow conditions.  On the trail the Savory 7 initiates turns easily. On the steeps and in soft snow, the lightweight tip and tail reduce swing weight and increase maneuverability without sacrificing stability (fully explained here).  The snow contact edge is decreased due to rocker, so choose a longer pair.

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| Video Review | Radius: 17m (136-106-126mm) | Sizes: 162, 170, 178cm |

 

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Top Frontside Carving Ski Reviews for Women

October 23rd, 2014

Top carving ski reviews and ski equipment gear guide for WOMEN looking to knife the groomers, crush the steeps and arc hard!  We present our selection of this year’s award winning skis.  When choosing the perfect pair of women’s carving skis you should consider your ability, how much you want to spend and how you plan to use the skis.  Feel free to comment or email us with any questions.

women carving down top of sugarloaf resort

SkiGenie 2015 Supernatural Awards for the Women’s Carving Ski Category.

(skis organized by descending waist width).

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Volkl Yumi

high performance carving skis

The Yumi is as delicious as it sounds – an all mountain free-ride ski with plenty of sidecut.

The Volkl Yumi is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate female skiers (65% frontside/35% off-piste) looking for a ski that performs well in the variable conditions and tight spaces of the East Coast. The narrow, 83mm waist doesn’t allow for pronounced soft snow floatation, but it improves agility.

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Video Review | Radius: 17.1m (125-83-103mm) | Sizes: 147, 154, 161, 168cm | Other Review

 

Salomon Quartz + XT12 Ti

black carving skis

Find maximum control and confidence to tackle the whole mountain for demanding skiers.

The Salomon Quartz is recommended by SkiGenie for beginner to intermediate adult women as a frontside ski with a more traditional look and feel (80% frontside / 20% off-piste).  The softer flex aids advancing skiers with turning and balance.

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Video Review | Radius: 15.2m (129-83-112mm) | Sizes: 153, 160, 167, 176cm | Other Review

 

Blizzard X-Viva 770 Ti IQ

explosive skis

Skis that are easy to turn but responsive and crisp when you ask them to be.

The Blizzard X-Viva 770 is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate women adult skiers looking for a softer, user-friendly frontside carving ski.  The shape helps any skier carve perfectly sized turns at low or medium speeds.   The construction does not include metal which makes it light weight, but not recommended for speed demons.

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Video Review | Radius: 16m (123-77-105mm) | Sizes: 146, 153, 160, 167cm

 

Atomic Cloud Eleven Arc

atomic white hard charging womens skis

For ladies who stick to the piste but demand high performance.

The Atomic Cloud Eleven Arc is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert adult women skiers as a frontside carving ski capable of taming the piste with deep edge sets and fast elegant turns.  Good for skiers looking for something with pure performance and no funny business.

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Video Review | Radius: 12.5m @ 158cm (122.5-74-103mm) | Sizes: 144, 151, 158, 165cm

 

Rossignol Unique 10 WTPI

carving skis for ladies

New Air Shape provides Confident downhill performance with fatigue-free maneuverability.

The Rossignol Unique 10 is recommended by SkiGenie for advanced to expert level women looking for a high performance frontside carving ski (100% frontside / 0% off-piste). “The thicker wood core stiffens and dampens this new speed demon.  Holds up really well carving bigger turns.”

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Radius: 15.0m (120-72-101mm) | Sizes: 156, 163, 170cm

 

Volkl Racetiger GS Speedwall UVO

night racing skis

There is a beer league racer in all of us and now a new way to go fast!

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

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Fischer C-Line Devine

high performance carving ski specifically for women

Light, stable and torsionally stiff to cater to the requirements of sporty women.

The Fischer C-Line Devine is recommended by SkiGenie for intermediate to advanced level women looking for a high performance frontside carving ski (100% frontside/0% off-piste). The full carbon jacket both stiffens and dampens this new speed demon.  With Giant Slalom inspired performance this ski will hold firm edges in hard conditions and carve big turns exceptionally well.

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Radius: 18.0m (118-68-98mm) | Sizes: 145, 150, 155, 160m 165cm

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Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

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A new ski jacket must fulfill and avalanche of expectations. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and warm, while paradoxically offering ventilation when you’re working hard.  It should be easy to zip in and out of yet sport a high collar to cover your face from the blistering wind. But let’s be honest—bottom line—it needs to look good…

 

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2014-2015 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

  1. Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded Jacket – high style – warm & waterproof – unique cut & colors ($).

  2. Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket – shell with light insulation – sleek fabric in jewel-toned colors ($).

  3. Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket – well-insulated & waterproofed – plenty of pockets – venting – fun striped colors ($).

  4. Mammut Alpette Insulated Jacket – clean lines, classic look – warm & waterproof – hi-tech features ($$).

  5. Marmot Mountain Down Jacket – super warm – lightweight – mid-winter cold weather jacket ($$$).

  6. Trew Stella Jacket – stylish cut & colors – versatile in and out of bounds ($$$).

  7. Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket – highly weather-resistant & hybrid down insulated – cold weather, backcountry or high alpine use ($$$).

  8. Patagonia Untracked Jacket – highly technical shell – superior venting – helmet compatible ($$$).

  9. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket – high end, technical – suitable for top athletes to everyday skiers – hardcore Goretex ($$$).

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great jacket for the discerning skier or snowboarder who demands high style while on the slopes. This is one of the more stylish women’s ski jackets out there today with its sleek pullover cut, hoody style kangaroo pockets and double zipper for comfort around your chin. It maintains all of the features you look for to stay warm and ultra dry while keeping you the best-dressed shredder out there. 

Description: The Scope Pullover is a great stay-warm style. Features Volcom’s unique V-science 2-way stretch fabric to keep you warm while letting you move freely, plus their V-science breathable lining system prevents overheating. Also offers critical taped seams to keep the cold out. This high-tech top offers plenty of extras like a cozy super suede chin guard, an adjustable powder skirt, zip-in to Volcom pants, a media player pocket and a whistle zipper pull. 15K waterproof rating.

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Find them on sale for $230 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & The House.

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around jacket that’s at home on the city streets as well as the slopes. Lots of style with its shiny, sleek outer fabric liner and jewel-toned colors. It may require a few more layers on the coldest days of the winter, but will always keep you dry on storm days.

Description: The new Phoebe Jacket is a lightweight, two-layer shell with 40 grams of synthetic down insulation featuring a helmet-compatible hood, internal cuffs with thumbholes, and a removable powder skirt for casual use. YKK waterproof zippers give the Phoebe extra protection that most ski jackets don’t have.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a great jacket, but I’d like to see more venting.
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Find it on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry, REI & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this jacket. It is highly insulated to keep you warm throughout the day while side vents dump heat when temperatures rise. Great for the resort skier who needs a warm, waterproof jacket in fun striped colors, outfitted with all the pockets you need – hand, internal and media player.

Description: Dry.Q Core shell provides reliable waterproof breathable protection, and Thermal.Q Elite down feels light and heavenly even though it’s a protective synthetic insulation. Also includes an insulated hood for extra coziness, and a zippered chest pocket protects your valuables from wet weather.

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Find it on sale from $275 or less at Backcountry, REI and Sun & Ski.

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Great all-around insulated women’s ski jacket with waterproof exterior. Clean lines make this a classic,stylish enough to be worn season after season. High tech features like wrist gaitors, two-way arm-pit vent zips, removable powder skirt and pockets galore make this a great buy.

Description: The Alpette Insulated Jacket looks snazzy out on the hill, and high-performance functionality keeps you comfortable. Breathable, waterproof DryTech fabric works with low-bulk synthetic insulation to keep you dry and warm. The powder skirt seals out snow and Lycra hand gaiters give a protective fit. Underarm vents allow you to cool off. An internal goggle pocket with built in cloth wipe and additional small phone or ipod pockets keep all your necessities at hand.

What Skiers Say:

  • Mammut jackets tend to fit trim with plenty of length in torso and arms.
  • Very good price and quality.

 

 

Find it on sale from $160-$399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I recently purchased the Mountain Down Jacket and it’s amazing, extremely warm and well-made. I will highly recommend Marmot products.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
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Find it on sale for $374 or less at Backcountry.

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

tri-tone colored women's ski jacket the trew stella

Trew Stella Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super stylish in its cut and color design and highly technical in its materials. Best for the dedicated skier who rips snow at the resort and out of bounds as well.

Description: The technical women’s ski shell has a refined fit with contouring in the arms and a redesigned waist profile. Lightweight, durable Private Reserve 3L construction, thoughtful storage options, and attention to detail set this flattering, functional alpine shell apart.

What Skiers Say:

  • Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so style-y are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket. I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is best in class. The articulated elbows really make a difference as well as the articulated hem.
  • This jacket fits great up top, but it’s tight in the hips.

Find it on sale from $167-$420 or less at Backcountry, Evo & US Outdoor Store.

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

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Find it on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry.

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
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Find it on sale for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Top of the line all-in-one jacket. It includes high tech features like conveniently placed front pockets to facilitate wearing a pack, helmet compatibility and user-friendly internal pockets. Top athletes and everyday skiers alike love this jacket. Great for storm days, in resort or out of bounds.

Description: Nearly indestructible 70D Gore-Tex® Pro 3L offers premier waterproofing and windproofing, with exceptional breathability, that allows you to perform longer in remote mountain zones.  The stretch powder skirt features clip-in integration to seal out the elements. Comes with a standard, embedded RECCO® transponder in case of emergency.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket women’s ski jacket. For one reason it is lightweight yet warm. Another reason is I love the style of it and all the pockets. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
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Find it on sale from $479-599 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

 

 



Best Womens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 2nd, 2014

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There are many features to women’s ski pants that create a comfortable fit while allowing for all the functionality you need, ie; waterproof, durability, venting, style, etc. Certain brands are sized to fit specific body types, so reading reviews can inform you personally as to how things fit. A higher price tag is not unusual for high quality gear that uses the new fabric technologies  to keep you warm and dry while enduring the elements. Quality is important and well manufactured pants tend to last many seasons. The womens ski pants reviews below are only a sample of the great options out there for the coming ski season. Online links as to where you can purchase them at a discount are listed. Please let us know your feedback on any of the gear you’ve experienced on SkiGenie.com.

 

 

 Helly Hansen Legendary Womens Ski Pants ($)

recommended womens ski pants

Helly Hansen Legendary Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants offer a classic resort look that never goes out of style. Insulation and durability featured in the Legendary Pants will carry you through the season. For the resort skier who desires tech features in a classic, flattering fit.

 

Description: A waterproof ,breathable, 2-way stretch and insulated ski pants for women that blocks wetness with two-layer Helly Tech Protection shell fabric, fully taped seams and boot gaiters at the base of leg. This pant is stuffed with 60g Primaloft WarmCore insulation to keep lower extremities warm. The adjustable waist keeps this pant snug, while the regular fit and articulated knees allow a full range of skiing motion.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • I’ve been looking for a new pair of ski pants for some time. These have all the features I love… Enough loft to be warm but still stylish, lots of pockets and thigh vents (for those Spring skiing days). Couldn’t be happier.

 

  • The Legendary is a simple pair of insulated pants that are relatively inexpensive and work well for a broad range of temperatures. They’re also extremely comfortable and plenty warm with the right combination of layers, and while they’re too hot for bootpacking on warm spring days (not surprising), they are a bit cooler than other similar pants I’ve used.

*Read up on another review of this product here.

Find them on sale here for $119-199 or less at Backcountry and Tahoe Mountain Sports

 

Northface Freedom LRBC Insulated Womens Ski Pants ($)

slim and sleek womens ski pants

The North Face Freedom LRBC Insulated Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another classic all-around pant from The Northface. Great as a daily go-to for resort skiing that can also stand up to ski patrol working conditions. A versatile pant that can tackle many situations and weather conditions with a relaxed fit and standard features that will endure a season of skiing hard.

 

Description: Heatseeker synthetic insulation beats back the cold and the Chimney Vent cooling system, funnels air from the StretchVent gaiters to the inner thigh vents, to keep things comfortable when temperatures rise. A relaxed fit andplenty of pocket space makes a practical pant for backcountry or terrain park.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants feel great, and I’ve gone through several pairs of snow pants (Salomon, Burton, etc). I’m a snowboarder (and not a skinny one), so it’s important for me to find pants that aren’t so low rise that I can’t bend over or sit in the snow to strap in. Wore these for several days on my trip to VT. The short length was great, and I was also a big fan of the buttons on the fly, they also have velcro to keep them in place.

 

  • I ski 6 days a week during our 16 week season as a ski patroller. These pants do it all. Great fit for my shape. Love the velcro adjustable waist to give me extra room for heavier layers. The insulation is warm without being bulky, and the waterproofing is unbelievable, even in pure rain. The front thigh pocket is perfect for so many things. My previous pair of these pants are 5 years old and still going strong as a back up pair.

Find them on sale here for $96-160 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s, EMS, Evo, Mountain Gear, REI, Skis.com and Summit Online.  Or for girls here.

 

Flylow Gear Chione Pants ($$)

ski pants with modern zippers and durable cuffs

Flylow Gear Chione Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: These pants combine style with function. Great for the skier who values looking good while charging down the mountain in all kinds of weather and snow conditions.

 

Description: New to the Flylow family the techy and stylish Chione Pants have a sturdy, twill exterior, a silky, smooth interior, and a flattering slim-leg cut Stretch twill fabric, a 10k waterproof breathable membrane, fully taped seams, Cordura reinforcements for durability, high performance DWR (Durable Water Repellent), adjustable waist, powder cuffs, and venting continue Flylow’s tradition of quality.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • The FlyLow Gear Chione Pant is most appreciated by the population who is looking for top of the line items. I absolutely love this item. Great purchase, nothing negative to say at this time. Best money I have ever spent. I extremely recommend having one of these around.

Find them on sale here for $234 or less at Backcountry

 

Trew Chariot Bib ($$$) 

best bib ski pants in bright red for women

Trew Chariot Bib

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another great addition to women’s ski apparel combining function and  style. As uninsulated bibs, the best use of these pants is on deep powder days in milder climates or when you’re earning your turns in the backcountry.

 

Description: The fitted bib and sleek design of the Chariot Bib ski pant unites durability with performance for a comfortable ski experience.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • I love the height in the waist & how the waist actually fits instead of feeling like you’re in Alaskan fishing gear! The material stays flexible even in -20 degrees, and with a liner they are warm enough. The stiffness in the boot cut leg is enough to keep them down in most snow conditions even without gaiters.

 

  • Love these pants!! Lightweight but warm with a pair of tights underneath. I am 5’7″ 145lbs and I got the medium and they fit great. I feel cute and they are also very practical for comfortable skiing all day.

Find them on sale here for $275-419 or less at Backcountry and US Outdoor

 

Patagonia Untracked Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

looser fitting ski pants provide great range of motion

Patagonia Untracked Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: Patagonia is known for their superior quality active and outerwear, and the Women’s Untracked Pants are no exception. Although it has a higher price point, you get what you pay for with these pants. Insulation, waterproof, venting where you need it, and a stylish, figure flattering cut hit every woman’s desire for performance that looks good and will continue to do so season after season.

 

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit and a soft brushed tricot backer, the Untracked Pants offer freedom of movement and low-bulk warmth while freeriding or hiking. Built with 3-layer Gore-tex fabric for durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • The fit is awesome, considering my hit-or-miss experiences with Patagonia. Ample room in the thighs and legs without looking too steezy. Fairly high rise, but that’s for the best when you somersault into a couloir in front of all of your friends. Your pride might be bruised, but your tush and lower back stay dry.

 

  • I typically wear a light merino base layer underneath – have skied them in -10F to 65F. While I haven’t had a problem with them being too cold, sometimes on those long hikes they get a little bit warm: unzip the thigh vents and perfection!

 

  • There’s something about the Patagonia Untracked Pants that just feels good. The material is soft and flexible. The pants have a high waist and fit in all the right places, while the knees and legs still have plenty of room. You can move in these pants. For women, pants that flatter your curves and still crush it on a steep boot pack are worth every dime. Two long vents that run down the top of your thigh on each leg and have a mesh liner allow you to dump heat quickly (although the mesh gets stuck a lot when you want to zip your vents back up). The material is durable, and the inner cuffs around your ankles are reinforced.

Find them on sale here for $314-449 or less at Backcountry and Evo

 

Arcteryx Stingray Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

slimming ski pants look great on taller women

Arcteryx Stingray Pants

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Stingray Pant finds its home among highly technical ski pants with the mega-tough Gore-tex for which  Arcteryx is known. The sizing and fit are cut for the slimmer female planning on some long days on the slopes and in the backcountry.

 

Description: The classic Stingray pants have been upgraded to include side vents, color matched instep patches and an improved, flattering fit. Comfortable and easy to wear, these Gore-tex with 3L softshell construction pants offer a supple, soft-to-the-touch face fabric and superb weather protection.

 

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have three pairs of these pants in various colors. I am 5’8, 157 pounds. I have purchased the medium and the large. I always get compliments on them. The large I can get multiple layers under and the medium a single layer. My only complaint is that the size difference between medium and large seems to be more than one size. The medium is snug in the waist and the large is too big. Everyone loves the flattering fit IF you fit in the size. Another great feature is the length in the pant. Perfect length for my height. I’m usually a size 8-10 in ski pants. I also like the ski guard on the inner leg on this pant over the other styles they make.

 

  • These pants do run small and that’s my experience with the other Arcteryx pants. A little on the long side but when you’re wearing ski boots its not too noticeable. Pockets are okay, not huge. The side vents are great although there is no mesh beyond the zipper so if you’re wearing shorts, your bare skin will be exposed– nice for warm touring days but not so much if you fall. The waterproof Gore-tex is awesome. No wet pants, ever.

Find them on sale here for $299-399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s, Evo, REI, Tahoe Mountain Sports and US Outdoor

 



 

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