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

 

 

 

 

 



Women’s Top Ski Jackets for 2016

November 20th, 2015

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

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

 

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka ($$$)

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

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody ($$)

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

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Descente Kensie Jacket ($$$)

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

Descente Kensie Jacket

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

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

Find it on sale at US Outdoor Store

 

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

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

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Moosejaw.com

 

Marmot Mountain Down

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

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

An intuitively designed jacket thats waterproof and warm

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

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

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry & Eastern Mountain Sports

 

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket ($$)

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

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Patagonia Untracked Jacket ($$$)

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

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket ($$$)

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

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

 



Best Ski Jackets for Men 2015-2016

October 28th, 2015

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

 

Eider Spencer C Knit Jacket ($$$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

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

Eider Spencer C Knit

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell ($$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Stretchy, breathable titanium shell for all mountain.

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Flylow Genius  Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Technical shell – supreme ventilation – lightweight/touring specific 

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

Flylow Genius

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Black Diamond Zone ($$$)

 Burly insulation – technical shell exterior – easy adjustable features

Incredibly insulated with hardcore exterior shell.

Black Diamond Zone Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Millet Men’s Cosmic Couloir  ($$$)

Freeride style – mountaineering performance

Freeride style in a technical mountaineering jacket.

Millet Cosmic Couloir Jacket


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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Scott Ultimate GTX  ($$)

High style – ergonomic insulation – durable Gore-Tex

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

Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

NorthFace FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket  ($$$)

Big Mountain performance – extremely durable 

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

North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

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

  

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

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

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

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Parka ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

Durable material keeps you warm and dry on deep days

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

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

 

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, REI

 

 



2015 Backcountry Ski Gear Trends

January 5th, 2015

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

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

backcountry ski gear for fun and safety is critical. Although

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

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

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

enjoyable time out of bounds.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

how it’s used is vital.

Backcountry Access Tracker3

Backcountry Access Tracker3

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

for secure grip on hardpacked snow.

G3 Via Trekking Pole

G3 Via Trekking Pole

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

heavier than its traditional tech binding counterparts.

Marker Kingpin 13

Marker Kingpin 13

 

Marker Kingpin in action

Marker Kingpin with crampons in action

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

 

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

these links:

Powder – “Sidecountry” is Dead

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

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



Women’s Ski Helmet Reviews 2015

November 11th, 2014

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

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

 

Smith Arrival Ski Helmet Review

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

smith ski helmet for women

Smith Arrival

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Ski Helmet

known for safety and quality ($$$)

safest ASTM helmet ratings and EN certification

Poc Fornix MIPS

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

Marker Consort Ski Helmet Review

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

safe brain bucket for fast skiers

Marker Consort

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

Safety Certification: CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Salomon Shiva Custom Air Helmet

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

fashionable ski helmet for ladies

Salomon Shiva

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

Salomon Aura Custom Air Helmet

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

built in audio ski helmet for women manufactured by Salomon

Salomon Aura

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

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

K2 Virtue Audio Helmet

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

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

K2 Virtue

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

Anon Galena Helmet

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

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

Anon Galena

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

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

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

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

 

Pret Facet Helmet

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

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

Pret Facet

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

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

 

Bern Brighton EPS Thin Shell Helmet Review

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

bright pink and comfortable ski helmet

Bern Brighton EPS

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

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

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

Safety Certification: None

 

 

 



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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

 

 



Top Ski Jacket for Men 2014-2015

October 24th, 2014

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From technical to stylish, down insulated to synthetic, waterproofed or warm, the top ski jacket for Men in 2014-2015 will always keep you cozy and dry.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for this season from some of the top brands in the industry.  If you are going to enjoy yourself this winter, you will want to find a jacket with a look you like. Depending on where you ski the features you love will vary but will invariably include good pockets, a hood to stay warm and dry and insulation / waterproofing to keep your core protected.  Expect to pay a bit more than you thought.  But a good ski jacket will last multiple seasons and will be well worth the investment.  Our researched selections will keep you on the slopes longer and allow you to stylishly transition to après. Let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to add your own comments and reviews below.

 

Marmot Tuner Down Ski Jacket ($)

button-up shirt style – mid-layer or après jacket – quality down fill

grey quilted men's ski jacket with breast pockets

Marmot Turner Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great around-town, après, or mid-layer under a shell jacket. The fashionable style with button front and collar creates the look of a down button-up shirt. It would also work well as a paired down jacket for skiing if you wear a backpack or have extra pockets in your pants for any necessities.

 

Description: The Tuner is a modern take on an old-school classic with a 100-percent recycled polyester face and a vintage down “shirt” styling. Water-resistant and super warm with 700-fill power down, the jacket works as outerwear, or can be worn as a mid-layer for colder days.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • It is a nice jacket – light, warm and looks good. However, if worn as an outer layer you may be wishing for hand pockets.
  • I was surprised firstly at how light it was, and secondly by its ability to break the wind. I really dig the button up front, making it easy to rip off at the end of the day. Good style, good fit, good quality. Hand zippers would be nice but not a deal breaker.
  • This is a very warm and one of the lightest ski jackets that stands out from other typical down jackets. It’s very stylish with its buttons on the sleeves and front. I like how it fits; the length is perfect and there’s room to wear a base layer or a sweater under it.

Find it on sale for $164 or less at Backcountry.

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

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

orange elegant and simple men's ski jacket

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

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

 

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

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale from $153 – $265 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI, The House, & U.S. Outdoor Store.

 

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Ski Jacket ($$)

 High-tech features – quality insulation – progressive cut and color

bad ass ski jacket with dark faded with camo pattern

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket is crammed with high-tech features that make it a contender as one of the best ski and snowboard pieces out there. And yet it’s most defining feature may be its fashion-forward camo fade print. It has a longer and leaner fit but still ensures that you have enough room to move. If you demand function and style in your ski gear then this is the jacket for you.

 

Description: The Nighthawk BioZone™ Jacket features a magnetic hood secure system, breathable protection from the elements, and underarm zip vents with mesh insets. The fleece lining delivers moisture management, insulation and comfort while multiple pockets offer ample storage. Finished with critically taped seams and a removable storm skirt that allows for easy integration with snow pants, this jacket is a functional and protective layer for any extreme activity.

What Skiers Say:

  • Pro rider inspired – the Oakley Nighthawk Biozone is a pretty sharp looking number, and it’s packing some equally snazzy features.
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Find it on sale for $299 or less at Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

 

Under Armour Enyo Shell ($$)

 Streamlined cut – highly waterproof – insulation without bulkiness

high performance ski parka for men

Under Armour Enyo Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is one of the sleeker looking ski jackets that’s highly waterproof and sports a streamlined look. Without the typical bulky insulation this jacket traps your own body heat with infrared technology. Its long, tailored fit keeps things covered and allows for layering. An excellent option with handy features and a trim cut that keeps you super dry and warm all day long.

 

Description: The Enyo Shell is the most waterproof jacket we have. Boasting 20k/20k Armour storm Waterproof Breathable, ColdGear Infrared printed interior, Recco, fully taped and waterproof exposed zippers, three-piece helmet-compatible hood, and mesh-backed core vents.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $179 – $300 or less at Backcountry.

 

Eider Manhattan Ski Jacket ($$)

 Unique fashionable fabric – warm – versatile on hill/off hill

warm mid winter eider men's ski jacket with warm hoodie

Eider Manhattan Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another stylish, functional jacket built with all the technical aspects: waterproof breathability, warmth, pit zips and a powder skirt. And the unique brushed twill-looking outer fabric also looks sharp off the slopes. A great option for the resort skier looking for all-day comfort and style.

 

Description: This is a multi-purpose and accessible jacket for everyone, whether in town or in the mountains. Thanks to the Defender membrane’s warmth, this jacket traps the heat and keeps cold and moisture out.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a super versatile jacket with an awesome fabric. It feels like a twill/denim but is actually 100% waterproof, breathable, and seam sealed with 2 way stretch. Inside you have a removable powder skirt, cell phone pocket, big mesh pocket… everything you’ve come to expect from a ski jacket.
  • Since it has waterproof metallic zippers and leather pullers you get a lifestyle look that isn’t out of place in the office or at the bar.

Find it on sale for $349 or less at Backcountry.

 

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie ($$$)

Lightweight down insulation – warm & packable

super warm puffy full zip ski jacket

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Salomon keeps it simple with this lightweight, warm, packable down jacket. A great layering piece or wear it on its own on chilly dry days with color options to go bold or understated.

  

Description: Super Halo uses down with DWR, so it won’t hold water from sweat or humidity. Super light, with a Pertex lining and face, it’s the ultimate down insulation piece.

What Skiers Say:

  • A nicely designed down jacket that will keep you warm in the backcountry on a cold bluebird day or while you’re out on the deck sipping beers after a long day running laps. It’s got an active fit, which makes it less bulky and perfect under a shell. It’s also super lightweight so it won’t weigh you down.

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Evo & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

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

Find it on sale for $398 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

 

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Ski Jacket ($$$)

Technical shell – intuitive design – highly waterproof

ridgeline two tone stylish men's ski jacket

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Intuition is the key factor in the design and fit of this jacket so it can move and stretch while keeping you dry on storm days. This is a high quality technical shell built for the dedicated skier looking for a jacket that can keep up. Its durable three-layer shell keeps out all elements, yet lacks insulation. You’ll need to layer up on the coldest days.

 

Description: Specifically designed for the skier, this jacket features an ultra-durable, lightweight waterproof breathable Pertex laminate that keeps you dry all day. Atomic‘s Ski Fit gives you room where you need it but isn’t overly baggy either. There is enough room for layering and extra flex over the knees and around the shoulders. It features an assortment of pockets and zip vents for dumping heat.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Atomic was striving for a comfort level that was on par with the highest performance capacity. It is light and soft yet has all the technical features you would expect being fully seam sealed, 20K/20K, 3L construction and of course properly placed pockets.
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Find it on sale for $400 or less at Evo.

 

Flylow Gear Lab Ski Coat 2.0 ($$$)

Lightweight technical shell – venting – removable powder skirt

new ski jacket for this season top rated in red

Fly Low Lab Coat 2.0

SkiGenie Recommendation: Flylow makes some of the best shell jackets and pants on the market, and has won a Polartec Apex Award for this jacket. This jacket could be the best for a backcountry skier in need of lightweight waterproof material that can dump heat through its venting or be used in the resort on sunny days.

 

Description: Designed by a top mountaineering apparel designer for the Flylow team to make it the ultimate shell for skiing, the Lab Coat is made with truly waterproof and breathable Polartec Neoshell fabric.

 

What Skiers Say:

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  • The polartec Neoshell fabric was lightweight and extremely waterproof. I’m not a fan of powder skirts, so I liked that it was removable. I’m 6’0″ and a Large fits perfectly.
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Find it on sale for $479 or less at Backcountry, Evo & REI.

 

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

top of the line men's ski jacket from the top outdoor retailer patagonia

Patagonia Pow Slayer Jacket

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

 

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

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The pow slayer jacket is incredible. The fit is new school, but not excessive. The fabric is incredibly durable, but also light and performs well in storms. There’s enough pocket space for anything you need.
  • The cut moves really well, whether hiking or skiing.
  • I’ve put this jacket through the wringer, and it’s hands down the best performing ski gear I’ve ever used. I believe it will last a lifetime of hard use.
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Find it on sale for $679 – $699 or less at PatagoniaEvo.

 

Spyder Rocket Down Mens Insulated ($$$)

Undisputed warmth – waterproof and down – killer jacket

waterproof down mens jacket

Spyder Rocket Down Ski Jacket

Recommendation: Fully waterproof and adjustable compression at speed make the Rocket a viable choice for those who work up a sweat and ski in the fast lane, as long as the added weight and hood incompatibility are not deal breakers.

What Skiers Say:
• Pros: Stretchy face fabric reduces insulation compression at speed, high weight to warmth ratio. Lots of pockets, bells, whistles, wrist gaiters and powder skirt seal out snowdrift.
• Cons: Pit zips too small for effective venting, but you likely will not be using a large down jacket in temperate weather. If you wear a helmet check to make sure the hood fits once you buy, but you can always zip it off if you don’t want it.

Find it on sale for $449 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

 



Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

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

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

What Skiers Say:

 

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

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

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

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

What Skier’s Say:

 

 

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

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

 

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

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

 

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

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

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

Trew Stella Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

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

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

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

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

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

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

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

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

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

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

What Skiers Say:

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

 

 

 

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

 

 



Best Mens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 9th, 2014

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Men’s ski pants for 2014/2015 season come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The new mens ski pants have everything you’re looking for, from loose, stylish fits, waterproof insulation, to unexpected colors and major venting. When choosing the right ski pants consider durability, weatherproofing and pocket space and type. For example, a pair of suspender or bib pants as opposed to a waist pant may keep your core warmer and drier.  Listed below are a selection of the newest mens ski pants for the resort skier and the backcountry aficionado.  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.

 

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Under Armour provides a great product at an affordable price. The Infrared Snocone pants have a loose fitted stylish cut that allows for layering and come complete with all the features you look for in a pant— waterproofing, taped seams, pockets and venting. These pants get the job done for the resort skier who values staying warm and dry in a classic style that is less waterproofed and technical than other options.

black men's warm ski pants

Under Armour Coldgear Infrared Snocone Pant

Description: This pant features ArmourStorm fabrication for a weather-proof outer layer, fully taped seams, 10K waterproof and breathable, ColdGear infrared technology in the lining. Primaloft insulation with added oomph in the knees and seat, inseam thigh vents with mesh backing, zippered gussets at ankle, and a loose fit. You can layer it on thick when temperatures tank and the snow is too good to miss and play in the snow all day long without ever getting icy-cold!

What Skier’s Say:

  • These Pants Performed Awesome. Just What I Was Looking For.
  • I’m not usually one to buy Under Armour, but my old pants needed to be updated. Turns out, these things do quite well. I try to ski hard in deep snow and I have not been cold or wet in these pants. The 10k/10k waterproof rating means that it won’t hold back a tidal wave. But, if all is well, you should be skiing in deep powder that will brush off and not get to your inners. I honestly enjoy how stylish they are too. They aren’t the best pants out there but they most certainly get the job done and allow me to give a 4 out of 5 star rating.

Find them on sale for $159 or less at The House

 

Spyder Troublemaker Pant

red spyder troublemaker men's ski pants

Spyder Troublemaker Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Spyder is known for making quality ski outerwear for over three decades. The troublemaker pant is a mainstay in ski outerwear, offering durability and insulation with modern twists in the cut and pockets. These are classically styled pants for the all mountain or park and pipe skier to wear for multiple seasons.  

Description: Our park and pipe athletes asked us for a durable pant with cargo pockets and the trusted warmth.  Featuring critically taped seams, 10k waterproof, scuff guards, articulated knee construction, thigh vents, inner snow gaiters with gripper elastic, two hand and one cargo pocket, adjustable waist and belt loops.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants are of a thinner fit but they are neither too tight nor too baggy.
  • I always travel with these as a backup. The pant holds up really well to the abuse that I put them through (70+ days a season on one pair). These are great pants and can’t be beaten for the price.

Find them on sale from $170 or less at Backcountry, REI, & Skis.com

 

Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

ski pants with cargo pockets for men

Patagonia Snowshot Freeride Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Snowshot Freeride pant is one of Patagonia’s most trusted all-around, all-season, all-conditions ski pant, and we agree. The freeride cut of the pant adds a stylish touch to all of the tech features including sizeable pockets and hand warmers. The flexible fit provides great range of motion as you charge down the hill and the mid-range price tag offers a great value.  

Description: A smooth mesh liner for comfort and ease of layering, while thigh vents let you release excess heat. The shell has a waterproof/breathable barrier for storm protection and a durable water repellent finish to prevent wet snow from saturating. Includes an embedded RECCO® avalanche rescue reflector.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I spent months looking for a pair of pants that fit me, looked good and could perform on the slopes. These pants meet all 3 requirements.
  • These pants are great, they show very little wear and are super comfortable. I like the scuff guards a lot, they help tremendously, and the vent zips work well and cool you down quick if running warm.

Find them on sale for $189 or less at Backcountry & REI

 

Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

Marmot Mantra blue men's insulated ski pants

Marmot Mantra Insulated Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Marmot Mantra pants are an all-around, all-season, high quality pant with high tech waterproof features. The looser fit accommodates body movement while shredding. These pants include thermal insulation, ample pocket space, thigh vents, and rugged durability. A great partner for those colder wet and stormy days most common during mid-season—may be on the warmer side for spring skiing.

Description: Hang loose and let the creativity flow. 100% seam taped 2 layer construction, fully zippered pockets, Cordua® scuff guards, MemBrain® laminate technology and high performance Thermal R™ Insulation.

What Skier’s Say:

  • These pants were very good for a week-long visit to Jackson Hole. I used them for resort, side-country, and backcountry riding, in snow ranging from deep powder to spring conditions. They were best in cold powder on the resort – warm enough and they kept out the wind and snow perfectly. In warmer conditions and while hiking, I wished for larger vents. In spring conditions, the MemBrain waterproofing performed very well. They seem to run on the longer and looser side.
  • These are great for skiing. They are colorful and have almost all of the features that I find important in ski pants, such as lots of waterproof pockets, a warm cushion on your butt and cuff protectors.

Find them on sale from $135-250 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Tahoe Mountain Sports & The House

 

Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

light blue Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Men's Ski Pants

Helly Hansen Mission Cargo Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: All the bells and whistles of a truly versatile ski pant, the Mission Cargo will perform well in a variety of conditions. The tough Helly Tech material will keep you warm and dry for many seasons, while strategic venting cools things off when needed. Hand and cargo pockets fit necessities and bold styling separates you from the crowd. Best for the dedicated skier in or out of bounds.  

Description: Helly Hansen’s most innovative ski pants combines a technical edge with a sophisticated Scandinavian Design. These highly breathable, waterproof, PrimaLoft® insulated relaxed fitting ski pants will be your best friend on any side of the mountain.

What Skier’s Say:

  • I have put these pants through the ringer and they never fail to preform. They keep you warm on the coldest days and have great vents for the warmer spring days or long hikes. The pockets are not bulky and are actually very helpful through the day.
  • The Mission Cargo pant is a deceiving name as it is not the typical bulky cargo pant you would expect. Helly’s design is much more streamlined with a singular pocket on one thigh. I was very impressed with the fit and shape of the pants.
  • These pants truly live up to their fullest expectations. I used them all day in 23 degrees with white out conditions at Breckenridge and they were very warm, I stayed completely dry and the moved perfectly. They are a perfect length and the Velcro on the sides is a great way to personally adjust the fit. I highly recommend them.

Find them on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry & Tahoe Mountain Sports  

 

Outdoor Research Valhalla Softshell 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: Reward your legs with a comfortable experience even under pressure. Designed to always satisfy, the three-layer critically taped Gore WindStopper construction stops wind, water, and sweat from ruining an amazing day. A pair of suspenders or a belt may be easily added.

What Skier’s Say:

  • 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 for $290 or less at Backcountry

 

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant 

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro top rated ski pants

Flylow Gear Magnum Pro Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: An uninsulated softshell pant fit with serious venting to keep your temperature regulated on uphill attacks. These pants have one of the higher waterproof ratings at 20k to keep you dry on storm days and wet chairlifts. Ideal for the backcountry skier who wants a lightweight ventilated pant. Also perfect for the resort skier willing to layer.  

Description: Named after Magnum, P.I., these pants are made from three-layer softshell.  The pants still have an articulated knee box, but to keep them lightweight, the Cordura knee reinforcements typically found on Flylow pants have been eliminated.

What Skier’s Say:

  • My Magnum Pro pants are awesome. I didn’t expect softshell to be this waterproof, but these pants keep you dry on the wettest of storm days. The huge side vents are ideal for warm spring days hiking in the backcountry. I’m 6’0″ and wear a size Large that fits me perfectly lengthwise, and the diaper-straps in the waist cinch it down in case I forget my belt. Comfortable fit and styling that Flylow is known for…
  • Check out Flylow Gear’s product video for the Magnum Pro Pant

Find them on sale from $167-$300 or less at Backcountry & Evo  

 

Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

suspender bib pants for maximum warmth and comfort

Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant

SkiGenie Recommendation: Being brand new to the market, customers have yet to fully review the Salomon Soulquest BC GTX 3L Pant. These pants are ultra-light, waterproof, articulated for movement and made as a bib to keep snow where you want it when you are chest deep— in your face, but not inside your layers.  These pants will perform at their best in a deep backcountry setting, paired purposefully with the accompanying Motionfit Soulquest Jacket.  

Description: Pro level technical backcountry pant designed in collaboration with Salomon pro skiers, these pant boast GORE-TEX® Pro 3L protection, and Motion Fit designed for big lines and technical descents.

Find them on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry

 

 

 

 

 

 



Best Womens Ski Pants Reviews 2014-2015

October 2nd, 2014

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

 

 

 Helly Hansen Legendary Womens Ski Pants ($)

recommended womens ski pants

Helly Hansen Legendary Pants

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

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

*Read up on another review of this product here.

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

 

Northface Freedom LRBC Insulated Womens Ski Pants ($)

slim and sleek womens ski pants

The North Face Freedom LRBC Insulated Pants

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

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

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

 

Flylow Gear Chione Pants ($$)

ski pants with modern zippers and durable cuffs

Flylow Gear Chione Pants

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

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

 

Trew Chariot Bib ($$$) 

best bib ski pants in bright red for women

Trew Chariot Bib

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

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

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

 

Patagonia Untracked Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

looser fitting ski pants provide great range of motion

Patagonia Untracked Pants

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Arcteryx Stingray Womens Ski Pants ($$$)

slimming ski pants look great on taller women

Arcteryx Stingray Pants

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

 

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

 

What Skier’s Say:

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

 

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

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

 



 

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