Top 10 Men’s Ski Pants 2017

January 17th, 2017

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

 

Patagonia Powslayer ($$$)

Powslayer Bib

Powslayer Bib

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

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

Marmot Mantra

Marmot Mantra

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Flylow IQ Pant ($$$)

Flylow IQ Pant

Flylow IQ Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

Flylow Baker Bib ($$$)

Flylow Baker Bib

Flylow Baker Bib

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Stio Environ Pant ($$$)

Stio Environ Pant

Stio Environ Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these men’s ski pants on sale at Stio

 

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell Pant ($$$)

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell

Helly Hansen Elevate Shell


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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant ($)

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

Mountain Hardwear Returnia Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Norrona Roldal Gore-Tex Pant ($$$)

Norona Roldal Pant

Norrona Roldal Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

Outdoor Research Blackpowder Pants ($$)

Outdoor Research

OR Blackpowder Pants

 

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them at Backcountry, REI, & Eastern Mtn Sports

 

Eider Alta Badia Pant ($)

Eider Alta Badia Pant

Eider Alta Badia Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them at Backcountry

 



Best Women’s Ski Jackets 2017

November 23rd, 2016

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

 

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket  ($$$)

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket  ($)

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

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

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

 

 

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket ($$$)

Arc'teryx Nadina Jacket

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer

Patagonia Powslayer

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

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

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

686 Parklan Mystique Insulated Jacket ($$)

686 Parklan Mystique

686 Parklan Mystique

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody ($$$)

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

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

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

Find it on sale at Duckworth

 

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

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

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

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

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

The North Face Sickline Insulated Jacket ($$$)

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket ($$$)

OR Floodlight Down

OR Floodlight Down

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Mountain Gear, REI

 



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

 

 

 

 

 



Top Picks for Women’s Ski Gloves 2015

December 15th, 2014

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

 

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

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

warm and waterproof women's ski gloves

Outdoor Research Southback

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

  

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

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

dakine blue and black leather winter gloves

Dakine Odyssey

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Black Diamond Mercury Glove ($$)

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

insulated women's ski gloves for the backcountry

Black Diamond Mercury

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Hestra Leather Fall Line Mitten ($$)

warmest women's ski mittens to keep hands extremely warm

Hestra Fall Line Mitt

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find them on sale for $104 or less at Backcountry, Backcountry’s Exclusive Edition, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Celtek Hello Operator Winter Mitten

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

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

Celtek Hello Operator

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Columbia Torrent Ridge Ski Glove

waterproof, breathable – powder cuffs – ergonomic ($)

all purpose and cheap, great value ski gloves for women

Columbia Torrent Ridge

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find them on sale for $65 or less at Backcountry

 

The North Face Montana Women’s Mitten ($)

super warm & breathable – attached wrist leash

stay warm in negative temperatures with these ski mittens

North Face Montana Mi

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Swany Toast 3in1 Mitten ($)

soft shell –removable liner – touchscreen compatible

keep your hands toasty with these ski mittens

Toast 3in1

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Check out some more women’s ski glove reviews from:

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Top Ski Gloves Reviews Men 2014-2015

November 21st, 2014

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

 

Dakine Titan Ski Gloves ($)

waterproof Gore-Tex – temperature regulating – touch screen liner

dakine men's insulated ski gloves

Dakine Titan

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Noronna Narvik Dri1 Insulated Short Ski Gloves ($)

highly insulated – low bulk – wrist leash – leather palm

green all leather ski gloves with wrist strap

Noronna Narvik Dr1

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Swany X-Cell II Mittens ($$)

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

super warm male ski mittens

Swany X-Cell II Mitten

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Ultimate Ski Gloves ($$$)

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

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

Marmot Ultimate Ski Glove

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

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Hestra Henrik Windstedt Pro Mittens ($$$)

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

the best all around men's ski mittens

Henrik Windstedt Pro Mitt

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Black Diamond Kajia Glove ($$)

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

ski gloves good for movement and protection

Black Diamond Kajia Glove

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

 

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove ($)

durable – light – waterproof sealed – work glove

old school style ski gloves for men

Flylow Gear Ridge Glove

SkiGenie Recommendation:

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove ($)

warm – waterproof – grippy – touch screen compatible

mobile phone touch screen friendly ski gloves

UA Coldgear Infrared Storm Stealth Glove

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

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

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Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

Check out our latest 2016 Edition here

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

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

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

What Skiers Say:

 

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

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a great jacket, but I’d like to see more venting.
  • Product Video Review

 

Find it on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry, REI & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

 

 

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

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

 

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

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • I recently purchased the Mountain Down Jacket and it’s amazing, extremely warm and well-made. I will highly recommend Marmot products.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Backcountry.

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

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

Trew Stella Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Find it on sale for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket women’s ski jacket. For one reason it is lightweight yet warm. Another reason is I love the style of it and all the pockets. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
  • Product Video Review

 

 

 

Find it on sale from $479-599 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

 

 



 

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