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

 



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:

*Outside Online

*On The Snow

 



2015 Backcountry Ski Gear Trends

January 5th, 2015

Backcountry and “sidecountry” skiing wins in 2015 with an array of new gear that is

lighter, more comfortable, and user friendly. Being properly prepared with the right

backcountry ski gear for fun and safety is critical. Although

considering your activity “sidecountry” may seem a little safer due to its close

proximity to ski area boundaries, light, bombproof equipment such as avalanche

beacons, trekking poles, bindings and boots will be to your advantage for a safe and

enjoyable time out of bounds.

 

However, before anyone crosses a ski area boundary, even just for one run, he

or she needs a working avalanche beacon or transceiver. New in 2015 is the

Backcountry Access is introducing the Tracker3 —a smaller, lighter version of the

best selling avalanche transceiver in America, the Tracker2. The Tracker3 is 20%

smaller than its predecessor and claims to be the thinnest multi-antenna beacon on

the market. It is sleek, streamlined, and even easier to use in a worst-case scenario.

While investing in an avalanche beacon (or better yet, an airbag) is absolutely

necessary for any kind of side/backcountry adventure, becoming familiar with

how it’s used is vital.

Backcountry Access Tracker3

Backcountry Access Tracker3

 

A good pole plant is key to any skier’s technique, and the new G3 Via trekking poles

are just the tools to get you there. This year they have surprise improvements that

will help you when you’re out on the skin track as it starts to get steeper and you

want to adjust the hike assist on your touring bindings from one level to the next.

To date, the easiest way to change the ladder on your binding has been to flick it

up, down or to the side with your ski pole. Now, with the Via, G3 has created a

trekking pole with a built in “QuickFlick Utility Tab” to assist in this move. Gone are

the days of struggling to flick your binding heel lift with a flimsy pole basket or

bending over to manually adjust with your hand. Just simply use the Utility tab on

the end of Via’s pole grip to flick and go. In addition to the handy “QuickFlick” utility,

G3 Via poles feature ergonomic, comfortable grips with removable straps. The

durable connection between pole sections has simple to use aluminum levers for

adjustments. At the pole’s base is an asymmetrical powder basket and a carbide tip

for secure grip on hardpacked snow.

G3 Via Trekking Pole

G3 Via Trekking Pole

 

A key piece of equipment in any skier’s quiver is his or her boots. Ski boots link

you to your skis and their design and fit should respond sensitively to changes in

pressure and direction. Using their patented “Vacuum” technology and ergonomic

“Soma-Tec” concept of “ducked feet”, Fischer has created a knee-saving touring

boot with the Transalp Vacuum TS that feels natural, fits comfortably, and responds to a skier’s

pressure and power transmission from boot to ski performance on the snow. Fischer also offers

a “Lite” and a Women’s version of the Transalp Vacuum TS. In addition to “Soma-

Tec”, the Transalp Vacuum features padded, motion supported liners built to move

the way you move uphill, customary Dynafit tech inserts, and a shell that fits the

anatomy of the ankle for more direct control on the downhill. And with all this, the

Transalp touring boot is still 15% lighter than Fischer’s alpine boots.

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

 

Touring bindings are crucial to a set-up and brands across the board are jumping

on the alpine touring band-wagon to compete for the next big thing in bindings.

Tyrolia and Look have joined with their longtime ski brand partners to develop

DIN touring bindings, the Adrenalin and XM 13 respectively. Yet Marker has moved

away from the traditional DIN touring binding of years past to, arguably,

the most exciting new piece of gear for 2015. Marker’s Kingpin 13 is the first of its

kind. It combines the classic “pintech” toe insert like Dynafit with a more traditional

alpine-like heel piece— free from pins. According to Marker, the new combination

of the Dynafit-esque toe with the traditional alpine heel piece allows for a more

versatile setup capable of both skiing hard in-bounds and going uphill out of

bounds. Although the Kingpin 13 improves upon the old Marker Duke or Baron in

terms of weight and ease of use, the more burly heel piece makes this set-up slightly

heavier than its traditional tech binding counterparts.

Marker Kingpin 13

Marker Kingpin 13

 

Marker Kingpin in action

Marker Kingpin with crampons in action

*Check out a thorough review of the new Marker Kingpin here.

 

*For more on skiing in the backcountry and details on all the new gear, check out

these links:

Powder – “Sidecountry” is Dead

Unofficial Networks – “Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment – 10 Items YOU Should Have”

Backcountry Magazine – “What’s Next: 2015 Gear Primer”



Top Ski Gloves Reviews Men 2014-2015

November 21st, 2014

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

 

Dakine Titan Ski Gloves ($)

waterproof Gore-Tex – temperature regulating – touch screen liner

dakine men's insulated ski gloves

Dakine Titan

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Noronna Narvik Dri1 Insulated Short Ski Gloves ($)

highly insulated – low bulk – wrist leash – leather palm

green all leather ski gloves with wrist strap

Noronna Narvik Dr1

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Swany X-Cell II Mittens ($$)

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

super warm male ski mittens

Swany X-Cell II Mitten

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves ($$$)

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

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

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove

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

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Hestra Henrik Windstedt Pro Mittens ($$$)

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

the best all around men's ski mittens

Henrik Windstedt Pro Mitt

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Black Diamond Kajia Glove ($$)

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

ski gloves good for movement and protection

Black Diamond Kajia Glove

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

 

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove ($)

durable – light – waterproof sealed – work glove

old school style ski gloves for men

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation:

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove ($)

warm – waterproof – grippy – touch screen compatible

mobile phone touch screen friendly ski gloves

UA Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

**Check out another comprehensive review of 2014-2015 ski gloves here

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Men’s Ski Helmets for Safety and Cool Factor 2015

November 5th, 2014

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

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

 

Pret Helmets Cynic  

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

green half bucket helmet with flare

Pret Helmets Cynic

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • I personally love this helmet for its lightness, comfortable fit and great venting. It’s also set apart from the rest in its clean, simple design, which makes me feel unique.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

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

 

Anon Talan Helmet  

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

warm ski helmet with soft chin strap

Anon Talan Helmet

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

Marker Ampire Helmet  

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

safe ski helmet with good venting

Marker Ampire

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • Comfortable, seems secure, seems to work based on a few impacts. Can add speaker system to earpads, which is a plus. The buckle is unique and really cool, it uses a magnetic system to make it easy to unlock with a single gloved hand.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $129 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

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

 

Salomon Prophet Custom Air Helmet

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

helmet for men's freeride skiing

Salomon Prophet

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

POC Receptor+ Helmet

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

classic and cheap ski helmet for men

POC Receptor+

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve had it for two seasons now and love the way it fits and how durable it is. It’s taken some serious hits and still holds up. I have POC goggles, and it’s a seamless fit. Really impressed.
  • I love this helmet, yet be aware of the fit. POC helmets fit a little smaller than giro and smith. Otherwise, it is a great helmet.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale from $150-$220 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

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

 

Smith Vantage Helmet

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

best selling ski helmet made by smith

Smith Vantage

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet

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

the safest ski helmet technology for serious skiers

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • I like the look, it’s reminiscent of helmets past like the round Boeri helmet. It doesn’t have a visor, which makes flipping your goggles up easier.
  • The helmet is really comfortable. There are no pressure points, the harness doesn’t dig in anywhere, and it fits the shape of my head nicely. It has generously cut and soft ear pockets that are comfortable all day long.
  • Product Video
  • Check out another comprehensive review here

Find it on sale from $200-$219 at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

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

 

*Check out additional men’s ski helmets reviews from Freeskier and Active Life Store

 

 



Ski Helmet Reviews Safe Best of 2012 – 2013

November 22nd, 2012

Can’t find the perfect brain bucket here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 ski helmet reviews buyers guide here (men’s and women’s).

 

 #1 POC Fornix Helmet ($$$) —  Top of the line safety and super light this helmet is worth every penny for protecting your noggin
 #2 Smith Transport Helmet ($$) — comfort, versatility (fits many goggle types) and style make this a perfect fit
#3 Bern Baker EPS Visor Helmet with Knit Liner ($$) — hit the park with this comfortable, cool and colorful number
 #4 K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet ($$) — GO BIG, top quality audio and comfort at a great price
#5 RED by Burton Trace Snow Helmet ($) — Great deal. very inexpensive but provides style and all-around performance
#6 Pro-tec Riot Boa Helmet – ($$) One of the best audio systems coupled with Pro Tecs legacy safety qualities and excellent ventilation
#7 Giro Montane Helmet ($$$) — everything you ask, durability, comfort and breath-ability

 

 #1 POC Fornix Helmet ($$$)

Recommendation: POC is known for its innovative take on helmets.  They definitely hit the mark with this one.  A top of the line ski helmet and great fit for everyone, beginner to advanced.

What People Say: Super lightweight, great venting and a perfect fit.  All around an awesome buy!  Only drawback is that the earpads aren’t great for earbuds. 

Description: The ultimate balance of supreme protection, lightweight construction, and adjustable ventilation. After the wild success of aramid bridge technology in its mountain bike helmets, POC integrated the same technology into the winter Fornix Helmet. Aramid bridge construction offers massive energy dispersion during impact while keeping the helmet shell lightweight and comfortable on your head. As a crowning touch, the Fornix helmet includes an adjustable venting system that pulls hot air and moisture away from your head with lightning speed and ultimate efficiency.

ON SALE HERE ($96 at backcountry.com)

 

 

 #2 Smith Transport Helmet ($$)

Recommendation: This helmet supports a range of goggle brands, looks great and is an excellent choice for all types of shredders.  No matter who you are, or how fast you are, you can’t go wrong with Smith.

What people say: I’ve used a Smith helmet for the past four years! There is no comparison to the fit, and comfort.  My goggles fit perfectly, no gaps. As an east coast skier, I really value the venting system that provides perfect temperature gauging in all conditions. 

Description: Smith is bringing helmet technology to the masses like no other. The Smith Transport utilizes Hybrid In-Mold technology to minimize mass and maximize ventilation without sacrificing one ounce of protection or style. The AirEvac 2 is the ultimate in goggle-helmet integration that connects shell vents and internal EPS channels to increase airflow and evacuate warm, moist air to prevent goggle fogging. Adjustable Boa Fit System allows you to effortlessly customize the fit of the helmet. Just turn the wheel to tighten or pull to loosen. X-Static performance lining fights the funk protecting you from the nasties.

ON SALE HERE ($75 or 42 percent off at skis.com)

 

 

#3 Bern Baker EPS Visor Helmet with Knit Liner ($$)

Recommendation: The hottest helmet to hit the park in years! Each year, this helmet gets better. EPS foam distributes force throughout the helmet so your brain doesn’t rattle inside your skull when things don’t go as planned, and the upgraded audio system lets you play your favorite song so you can tune everything else out and focus on stomping that 900.

What People Say: Really comfy and stylish. I will be rockin’ the black on black color-wise. The liner is super comfy and I won’t be tearing it out. Instead I’ll just wear a neck warmer as it tends to get breezy back there. I wear a 7 1/8 and got the large and it fit right outta the box. From experience, I know this helmet can take ‘serious’ impacts. The vents also definitely help reduce the heat factor.

Description: The Bern Baker EPS Helmet with Knit Liner was designed to make the helmet look, well, less like a helmet. A deep fit and super-thin ABS shell keeps it super low-profile so your head doesn’t look like a melon, and the subtle brim and wide range of colors gives it a unique look. The Baker also comes with a removable knit liner so when temps rise and it’s time to head to the skatepark, you can keep your dome safe.

ON SALE HERE ($130 at backcountry.com)

 

 #4 K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet

Recommendation: The K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet is Sean Pettit’s choice helmet. That should say enough for you daredevils and wannabe risk-takers out there.At this price point, it’s top of the class.

What People Say: I bought this helmet as a gift for my boyfriend and now need to get one for myself. My helmet was more expensive but not nearly as comfortable nor is the audio nearly as good.

Description: The Phase Pro is a lightweight, low profile helmet. It has the Active Matrix Ventilation system that with the flip of switch you can cool down or warm up. The Phase Pro comes with the Level 2 Baseline Audio System that as integrated headphones and volume control that you can hook to your music device, so you can rock out on the lifts, and tune out the gapers. The K2 Dialed Fit System will get the Phase Pro to fit perfectly on your dome. Depending on your style you can snap off the goggle strap without any tools. The Phase Pro also comes with poly blend bandana so you can keep your identity concealed, or hopefully you are getting some sick face shots and you will keep the snow out of your mouth, if you forgot your snorkel. No wonder the Phase Pro is the helmet that K2 Pro Sean Pettit chooses to wear.

ON SALE HERE ($79 or 20 percent off at skis.com)

 

 

#5 RED by Burton Trace Snow Helmet

Recommendation: Quality protection and a versatile helmet for all season, this park style helmet is perfect and very inexpensive so when you leave it on the table in the lodge you won’t lose your cool.

What People Say: I lie somewhere between an intermediate to advanced skiier. It is great protective wear & stylish. My skull candy earbuds fit as well, which makes for a fabulous, ski day when alone. Best I’ve owned!

Description: From winter rails to summertime grind, the RED Trace helmet does double duty as both a snow and skate/bike helmet. Removable earpads, goggles clip and goggles gasket convert the helmet from winter to summer fun. Injection-molded, high-impact ABS shell with expanded polystyrene foam liner enhances protection; short cut promotes wide-angle vision. NoAir™ Vent Plugs seal up for windproof and snowproof protection; soft fleece backing adds warmth and comfort, and is removable for adjusting interior microclimate

ON SALE HERE ($45 or 11 percent off at Proboardshop)

 

#6 Pro-tec Riot Boa Helmet

Recommendation: A new look to combat the Bern legacy.  The Boa is must have this season.  It has everything you want—the plush interior, sleek look, and high quality audio, superior ventilation—at a lower price point.

What People Say: Great fit, great feel, great look.  I just got this helmet and am psyched to try it out this season!  Very reasonable price for the quality.

Description: If you want a lightweight helmet without sacrificing features or style, the Pro-Tec Riot Boa Helmet may be the one for which you have sought these many, many moons. The Riot features plenty of ventilation so you don’t burn up and a removable, washable liner to reduce the mid-season funk. The most braggable feature, however, is the BOA fit system, which ensures a snug, comfortable fit that you can adjust on the fly, even wearing gloves.

ON SALE HERE ($71 or 45 percent off)

 

 

#7 Giro Montane Helmet ($$)

Recommendation: The top companies this season have found a way to create light, breathable and comfortable helmets without sacrificing durability.  The Giro Montane is a perfect example of this class of helmet.  The light weight also makes it great for those of you hiking or booting uphill frequently—backcountry, park, wherever…

What People Say: This is the most lightweight helmet I’ve owned. The result is that you will forget you are wearing it.  I end up hiking a lot, regardless of what I am doing and where I am.  This helmet breathes!  And I feel incredible safe all over the mountain.  Definitely recommend this!

Description: Warning: putting on the Giro Montane Helmet will turn you into an airhead. We don’t mean that in a bad way—it’s just so lightweight, you might think there’s nothing there. But there’s plenty of tech packed into its 13.4 ounces, ready to protect you on your in-bounds exploits or backcountry ventures without weighing you down. Giro even included a handy carabiner clip so you can hook the Montane to your pack before heading out on the skin track.

ON SALE HERE ($65 or 50 percent off at backcountry.com)

 

 

 

 



 

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