Every fall the new ski and snowboard gear starts showing up at the Made Man office, and we turn into little kids on Christmas, tearing open packages and trying stuff out.
We march around in ski and snowboard boots wearing helmets, goggles and jackets—and sometimes we even click into our bindings and drop into full tucks just to get the feel of being out on the mountain.
Bottom line, we’re more than ready for the season to start. And here, in no particular order, are our favorite new sk’riding items to keep your stoke going all winter long…
Osprey Snowkit ($130): Keeping all your winter gear organized while traveling can be a real pain, but the Snowkit does it all. This duffel turns into a backpack and has designated, easily accessible spots for everything from your helmet to your boots. Result? Less time looking for your stuff and more time on the hill.
Ortovox Fleece Melange Hoody ($180): One of the nicest hoodies on the market makes for an ideal mid-layer piece. Polyester construction on the outside provides necessary flexibility while the merino wool interior is insanely soft and naturally odor resistant. Plus it looks damn good, so you can wear it right off the mountain and into the bar.
Dynafit Beast Carbon Boot ($899): True to its name, this touring boot is as badass as they come. Superlight and insanely flexible thanks to its Precision Lock System, this backcountry bomber is designed for skiers looking to earn their turns from unchartered heights. Once there, its sleek design will have you going beast mode on the steep and deep.
DPS Alchemist Cassiar 95 ($1299): Typically known more for their powder skis, DPS delivers with this all-mountain ripper. There’s no adjusting to this ski, just click in and go. It’s lightweight, easy to turn and provides a float-like feel while you’re carving lift-served trails all day long.
K2 Simple Pleasures Snowboard ($650): Sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. And that’s just what this beautifully crafted K2 ride reminds us. A directional deck with traditional camber makes for precision turns on groomers plus surfy fun when the powder starts to pile up. And gee, ain’t it purty?
Zeal Portal Goggles ($169): Zeal has stepped it up big time with these goggles. Featuring their Automatic lens technology, they adjust to changing light conditions so you see clearly no matter what. They also up the ante with their new Rail Lock System and frameless design, allowing lenses to slide right in and lock into place with minimal effort.
Helly Hansen Elevation Shell Jacket ($650) and Elevation Sogn Bib Shell Pant ($350): Designed with the backcountry in mind, this jacket keeps the snow out and you dry and warm. Add in the new Life Pocket to preserve your phone or action cam’s battery and you’ll be sure to capture those epic moments at the highest of elevations. Pair with the bib to keep the powder out no matter how deep it gets.
Burton Photon Step-On Bundle ($650): Always on the cutting edge of snowboard boot and binding technology, Burton has done it again. The brand’s latest revolutionary innovation does away with traditional straps in favor of three connection points—two by the toes and one at the heel—that allow you to click in and out without even bending down. Meanwhile, the Dual Zone Boa Coiler Closure System delivers the precision fit you require to shred the mountain like never before.
DC Network Technical Riding Shacket ($104): When spring arrives, it’s time to do away with the bulky jackets needed for frostier temps. Enter DC’s versatile shacket. DWR-treated polyester and zipper hand-warmer pockets are great and all, but our favorite feature is the reversible design, which will come in especially handy if ski patrol spots you ducking a rope and it’s time for a quick change.
Airblaster Freedom Suit ($360): Having gotten increasingly hooked on onesies over the past couple seasons, we are naturally stoked on this Airblaster offering, part of the Gnu collaboration capsule collection. Pockets, vents, zippers and patches where you need ’em plus an otherwise streamlined design make for a garment that is true to its name. They can clip your lift tickets, but they can never take your Freedom!
Smartwool Merino 250 Crew ($95) and Merino 250 Pattern Bottoms ($100): A base layer that is comfortable and warm is tough to find, but in this case, Smartwool nailed it. Slim fitting but with soft merino wool and chafe-free construction, this shirt can be teamed with the bottoms to create the ultimate base layer combo for your winter activities.
Dakine Snorkel Fleece ($80): When the temperatures descend, it pays to get aggressive with your layering. Enter this fine Dakine garment, which ensconces you in wind-stopping, cliff-dropping comfort. The snorkel collar and thumb loops close any gaps while cutting-edge polyester regulates body heat, improves circulation and fights off fatigue.
Outdoor Research Aksel Work Gloves ($65): Made with cowbelly leather on the outside and wool on the inside, these gloves are durable and warm enough to stand up to the toughest conditions. So whether you are actually working or putting in work on the slopes, they’ve got you covered (well, your hands, anyway).
Sweet Protection Trooper MIPS Helmet ($319): There is no messing around when it comes to protecting your head, and the Trooper sets a very high standard. With its advanced design, including two-piece construction and “Impact Shields” liner, this helmet can absorb the most intense collisions. It also provides excellent ventilation and a comfortable fit to keep your head cushioned and comfy all day long.
Smith Code ($180): Looking for more of a lightweight, skate-style brain bucket (you rippin’ snowboarder or free skier, you)? You’ll love Smith’s latest offering, which boasts a minimalistic design while still offering excellent protection, breathability and goggle integration. The technical-knit liner and Boa FS360 fit system ensure plenty of comfort too. The fact that you’ll look dope on the mountain is just a bonus, really.
Tipsy Elves Big Air Sweater ($65): You go big on the slopes, earning your accolades and your post-slopes drinks. Now go big at après ski in style with the Big Air Sweater. This head turner is comfortable, warm and… very hard to miss.
Forsake Banks WP ($125): You need a solid boot to keep those dogs from barking out in the mountain cold. One that actually looks good is a plus, especially when you’re hanging at the bar afterwards. Check off both boxes with the Banks. Solidly constructed and waterproof, these insanely comfortable and warm shoes will get you from your car to the lodge and back in style.
Oakley Frogskins Lite Prizm ($143): Bright sun glaring off the white mountain snow can be blinding, especially when hanging outside at après ski. Oakley’s newest version of their iconic Frogskin style solves your problems. A semi-rimless design and their signature prizm lenses are perfect whether you are on the go or chilling on the deck.
Black Dirt Distillery’s Crown Maple Bourbon ($38): Generally speaking, we are a little wary of flavored spirits, but this one has us thinking differently. Because when you pass around a flask full of maple-powered whiskey on the gondola and watch people’s faces light up as they revel in the warmth and taste, you’ll know you’ve chosen wisely. Did we mention it makes for a delightful après ski Old Fashioned as well?