Best Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews

October 11th, 2016

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

 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell ($$$) 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Helly Hansen

 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket ($$) 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket ($$$)

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at MooseJaw.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Evo, REI

 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus ($) 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus


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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Scott

 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody ($) 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at The House

 

Eider Shaper Jacket ($$$) 

Eider Shaper Jacket

Eider Shaper Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it at Eider

 

Black Diamond Mission Shell ($$$) 

Black Diamond Mission Shell

Black Diamond Mission Shell

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 



Best Mens Ski Pants 2015-2016

December 31st, 2015

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

 

Flylow Gear Men’s Baker Bib ($$$)

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

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

Flylow Gear Baker Bib

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

 

The Northface Freedom Pant ($)

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

The Northface Freedom Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant ($)

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

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Scott Ridge Pant ($$$)

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

Scott Ridge Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

 

 

Mammut Trift GTX 3L Pant ($$$)

A highly technical backcountry shell pant

Mammut Trift 3L GTX Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry & Evo

 

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex ($$$)

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

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Evo

 

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant ($$)

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

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Spire Pant ($$)

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

Marmot Spire Pant

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Outdoor Research Valhalla Soft Shell Pant ($$$)

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

 

 

 

 



Best Ski Jackets for Men 2015-2016

October 28th, 2015

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

 

Eider Spencer C Knit Jacket ($$$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

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

Eider Spencer C Knit

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell ($$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Stretchy, breathable titanium shell for all mountain.

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Flylow Genius  Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Technical shell – supreme ventilation – lightweight/touring specific 

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

Flylow Genius

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Black Diamond Zone ($$$)

 Burly insulation – technical shell exterior – easy adjustable features

Incredibly insulated with hardcore exterior shell.

Black Diamond Zone Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Millet Men’s Cosmic Couloir  ($$$)

Freeride style – mountaineering performance

Freeride style in a technical mountaineering jacket.

Millet Cosmic Couloir Jacket


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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Scott Ultimate GTX  ($$)

High style – ergonomic insulation – durable Gore-Tex

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

Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

NorthFace FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket  ($$$)

Big Mountain performance – extremely durable 

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

North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

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

  

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

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

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

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Parka ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

Durable material keeps you warm and dry on deep days

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

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

 

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, REI

 

 



Most Popular Ski Goggles

February 3rd, 2015

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

 

Smith I/O (Unisex)

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

Smith I/OX unisex ski goggles

Smith I/O

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Spy Trevor Goggle (Unisex)

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

Spy Trevor green tinted mirrored goggles

Spy Trevor

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Oakley Canopy (Unisex)

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

Oakley Canopy black and purple sick ski goggles

Oakley Canopy

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Uvex Fire lite mirror (Unisex)

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

Uvex Fire all black classic cheap ski goggles

Uvex Fire

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Anon M1 (Unisex)

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

Anon M1 retro style hot ski goggles

Anon M1

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Zeal HD2 Camera (Unisex)

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

Zeal HD video camera in lens ski goggle

Zeal HD2

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marker Big Picture (Men’s)

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

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

Marker Big Picture

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

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

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $128 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Onset (Men’s)

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

Giro Onset blazing orange inexpensive price men's ski goggles

Giro Onset

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Smith I/O7 (Men’s)

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

Smith I/O7 ultimate men's ski goggle

Smith I/O7

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bolle Duchess (Women’s)

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

Bolle Duchess slim fit goggles for alpine women

Bolle Duchess

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Field Goggle (Women’s)

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

Top value pick for women's ski goggles

Giro Field

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Scott Dana Goggle (Women’s)

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

Scott Dana purple and pink style first ski goggles

Scott Dana

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

POC Retina (Women’s)

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

POC Retina goggles for wide scope of vision

POC Retina

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bolle Gravity – Photochromic (Women’s)

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

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

Bolle Gravity

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry

 

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