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 Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews

October 11th, 2016

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

 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell ($$$) 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Helly Hansen

 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket ($$) 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket ($$$)

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at MooseJaw.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Evo, REI

 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus ($) 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus


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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at Scott

 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody ($) 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale here at The House

 

Eider Shaper Jacket ($$$) 

Eider Shaper Jacket

Eider Shaper Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it at Eider

 

Black Diamond Mission Shell ($$$) 

Black Diamond Mission Shell

Black Diamond Mission Shell

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 



Best Mens Ski Pants 2015-2016

December 31st, 2015

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

 

Flylow Gear Men’s Baker Bib ($$$)

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

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

Flylow Gear Baker Bib

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

 

The Northface Freedom Pant ($)

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

The Northface Freedom Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant ($)

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

Columbia Ridge 2 Run II Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Scott Ridge Pant ($$$)

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

Scott Ridge Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry

 

 

 

Mammut Trift GTX 3L Pant ($$$)

A highly technical backcountry shell pant

Mammut Trift 3L GTX Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find them on sale at Backcountry & Evo

 

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex ($$$)

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

Oakley Aircraft 3L GoreTex

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Evo

 

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant ($$)

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

Spyder Dare Athletic Fit Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Spire Pant ($$)

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

Marmot Spire Pant

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Outdoor Research Valhalla Soft Shell Pant ($$$)

Outdoor Research waterproof ski pants

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell Pant

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find these on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

 

 

 

 



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

 

Zeal HD2 Camera (Unisex)

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

Zeal HD video camera in lens ski goggle

Zeal HD2

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marker Big Picture (Men’s)

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

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

Marker Big Picture

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

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

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $128 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Onset (Men’s)

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

Giro Onset blazing orange inexpensive price men's ski goggles

Giro Onset

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Smith I/O7 (Men’s)

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

Smith I/O7 ultimate men's ski goggle

Smith I/O7

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bolle Duchess (Women’s)

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

Bolle Duchess slim fit goggles for alpine women

Bolle Duchess

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Field Goggle (Women’s)

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

Top value pick for women's ski goggles

Giro Field

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Scott Dana Goggle (Women’s)

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

Scott Dana purple and pink style first ski goggles

Scott Dana

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

POC Retina (Women’s)

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

POC Retina goggles for wide scope of vision

POC Retina

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Bolle Gravity – Photochromic (Women’s)

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

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

Bolle Gravity

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry

 

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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

 

 



2015 Trends in Women’s Skis

September 17th, 2014

 

Every year trends in the ski industry seem to point in the same direction, toward

women. Women are undoubtedly a focus for many ski and outdoor gear companies as

they make up nearly half of the participants in alpine skiing according to Snowsports

Industries of America.

 

Women, more specifically, moms, usually decide on a family’s vacation plans, book the

trips, and spend the money on ski equipment. A look at the great new merchandise for

women lets slip just how eager the companies are to please the women’s skis market

this coming season.

 

atomic ski factory making century 102

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The 2014/2015 season brings an avalanche of marketing introducing exciting advances

and new products for women’s skis. Although general trends for women’s gear lean

toward lighter equipment, and more versatility in ski widths, there is a danger in the

fashion to invent the ever-lighter ski. A lighter ski isn’t necessarily the best ski if it

becomes squirrely and unpredictable at high speeds.

 

Brands like Head, Rossignol, Atomic and K2 have all released lines of women’s

skis with engineering changes that lighten the ski but do not compromise ski stability.

The heavier metal that sandwiched the wood core in the ski construction of yesteryear

has been replaced with lighter synthetic materials and new concepts in fabrication.

 

Most notably, Head Skis has unleashed an entirely new line of women’s skis for 2015

entitled “Joy” which borrows the superlight construction technology from their lightest

tennis racquets to create an incredibly strong, yet light in weight ski.

Head Women's great joy

Head Women’s Great Joy

Rossignol has also accounted for the hazards of the lightweight ski by bringing their

unique “honey-comb” latticed material in the tips and tails of their powder skis into the

construction of their women’s all-mountain freeride “Savory 7.” By pairing the ultra light

tip and tail, Rossignol has designed the Savory 7 with the stability to utilize it’s reduced

swing weight.

Rossignol Savory 7

Rossignol Savory 7

 

Atomic’s contribution this year is a new version of their classic women’s “Century” in

102 and 109mm widths. These skis use a technology Atomic calls “Lite Woodcore” which

integrates carbon in their wood core construction. To pair with the lightness of the ski

structure, Atomic has also developed “Sprocket Power Booster” technology for the

plates of the binding mount system. This pairing adds stability to the lightness of the ski

and gives the skier a fun, playful ski that holds up on hard pack as well as powder.

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century 109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K2’s newest version of the women’s “Remedy” in 102 and 112mm underfoot follows

the same trend of creating a lighter ski, yet K2 takes a slightly different path to get

there. Instead of sandwiching or layering materials, they blend two different kinds of

wood along the length of the ski between the tip, middle and tail. In the tips and tails

K2 sandwiches the lighter Paulownia spruce and underfoot it packs the stronger aspen

wood. This combination of lightness and strength where you need it translates into a

versatile ski fit for powder, hard-pack and the conditions in between.

 

All in all, women could have an exciting season this year with the many excellent

options in ski technologies to test and buy. It seems the ski companies have finally read

the tea leaves—women want light, stable, strong and versatile skis.

K2 Remedy 102

K2 Remedy 102

Top Picks:

Head “Great Joy” 141-98-124@168cm

Rossignol “Savory 7” 136-106-126mm @178

Atomic “Century 109” 130-102-121 @172

K2 “Remedy 102” 131-102-125 @170



 

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