Can you feel it in the air? Temps are dropping, days are getting shorter, and with every passing moment, we’re a little closer to our first tracks of the sk’riding (skiing + riding) season.
And if you’re anything like the writers of this roundup, you’re starting to get that kid around Christmas feel, steadily stoking up for the pow runs to come. Only time will tell if Mother Nature will deliver the goods this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get amped about all the gear we’ll be rocking from the slopes to the après scene.
Check out some of our head-to-toe favorites below, and no matter whether your go-to hill is a winter wonderland or a slush-fest, you’ll be the king of it…
Turtle Fur Pipe Dream Fleece Lined Performance Neck Warmer ($25): Neck warmers can be irritating to wear and gross, but this one bucks the trend. The fit around the neck is perfect and it sits quite nicely on your nose when you pull it up. Polyester fabric on the outside prevents it from getting soaked while the fleece liner keeps you toasty all day long.
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer One Piece ($225): It’s difficult to slip into this buttery but breathable merino wool first layer and not feel simply ensconced in a cocoon of comfort. From the close-fit hood and chest pocket to the thumbholes and zippered drop tail (for easy bathroom breaks), Smartwool’s thought of everything. All you’ve gotta do is throw it on.
Darn Tough Fall Line Over-The-Calf Padded Light Cushion Socks ($27): Darn Tough socks are known for their durability and comfort, and these puppies are no exception. An over-the-calf fit that is padded where you need it and thinner where you don’t makes for the perfect combination between coziness and performance.
Flylow Maine Line Glove ($55): We’ve long loved Flylow’s no-frills Tough Guy Glove, but this offering—named for the rugged lobstermen of coastal Maine—is one of a kind. Boasting weatherproof pigskin and split-finger styling, it combines the warmth of a mitten with the dexterity of a glove. The opportunity for tasteless Lobster Boy jokes is just a bonus, really.
Sweet Protection Switcher Helmet ($250): It’s no surprise that the Switcher is an award-winning helmet. With an adjustable 22 vent system, headphone compatibility, and noggin-friendly features like in-mold and hardshell tech and MIPS (multi-directional Impact Protection System), this brain bucket is as cool and comfy as they come.
Smith Optics I/O MAG Goggles ($240): The original Smith I/O has been the gold standard in goggles for years, but the latest incarnation just made swapping eye protection even easier. Thanks to magnets and a dual locking system, you can literally pop off one lens and snap on another in seconds. Throw in the fact that ChromaPops are the clearest, fog-free-est lenses we’ve ever tried and it’s obvious these snow specs are second to none.
prAna Showdown Jacket ($169): We love ourselves a well-crafted shacket, and this earth-friendly version is a beaut. Featuring a recycled polyester blend, RDS (Responsible Down Standard)-certified down and a PFC-free water repellent finish—plus stretch panels, an internal zip pocket and hand warmer side seam pockets—the Showdown offers plenty of performance to go with its good looks.
Dakine High Roller Snowboard Bag ($200): Well-traveled shredders know that extended trips are only as good as your board bag. Thankfully, the High Roller boasts room for multiple boards, interior pockets for boots and outerwear, exterior zip pockets for travel essentials and 360-degree padding to protect your precious cargo. Plus, the urethane wheels roll smoothly through airports, and the compatible handle system even pairs with a rolling luggage bag, leaving your beer hand free!
Revant S2L Sunglasses ($175): Bluebird days and outdoor après scenes demand quality sunnies, and these somewhat retro-looking Revant specs are way more technical than those wraparounds Jose Canseco sported back in the day. While the shield style provides maximum peripheral vision, the S2Ls are also weight-balanced to minimize bounce and feature angled temples to fit smoothly under helmets. They come with swappable polarized lenses, too, keeping your peepers safe even when the most pressing threat is a flirty cougar.
lululemon Fleece Back Softshell ($198): This mid-layer is so comfy you won’t ever want to doff it. The high zipper keeps you warm all the way up to your chin while the lightweight, flexible fabric is ideal for outdoor activities like skiing and riding. It looks darn good, too, so feel free to rock it solo while sipping après cocktails and accepting compliments on your effortless sense of style.
Mammut Stoney GTX Hardshell Jacket ($499): No crazy designs here, just a clean look and a seamless blend of soft and hard shell technology. Mammut’s signature three-layer, DRYtech waterproof and windproof material combined with a fleece-lined collar offers the utmost protection. The removable hood and powder skirt make it ideal for gnar chasers, especially when combined with the matching Stoney Hardshell Pants ($299).
Trew Capow Bib ($449): Backcountry calling your name? This bib’s got the game. It’s the product of a 12-month collaboration between Trew and Capow Guiding, a crew of badass powderhounds based in Revelstoke, BC. Off-piste-friendly features—an easy-access transceiver pocket above the waist, articulation at the knee and seat and burly laminate fabrics—make earning those thigh-deep turns a (relative) breeze.
Airblaster Freedom Suit ($370): Onesies are back in a big way, and this collaboration between Gnu Snowboards and Airblaster is the real deal. When you slide into it, you’ll instantly understand why. The one-piece design keeps you warm and protected on powder days while the 350-degree waist zip makes life easy when nature calls.
Tipsy Elves Sunrise Shredder Ski Suit ($225): On the other end of the onesie spectrum you’ll find Tipsy Elves, which has made its name by teaming flashy old-school style with modern function. Think waterproof fabric, insulated lining, zippered pit and thigh vents and a cleverly concealed storm hood. This particular number takes cojones to wear, but it’ll turn heads and spread joy wherever your skis or board take you.
Danner Raptor 650 Boot ($240): Based off Danner’s popular Explorer 650 hiker, the Raptor 650s are the ultimate in comfort, protection and style. With added cold-weather features including PrimaLoft insulation, fleece-lined wool uppers and full-grain leather, plus Danner Dry waterproof protection, this boot will withstand the harshest winter conditions.
Ride Insano Snowboard Boot ($370): Ride has a rep for putting out some of the most comfortable yet performance-driven boots on the market, and the latest iteration of the ultra-sturdy Insano leads the pack. The BOA Focus System spreads lace tension across the whole boot to ensure a perfect, pressure-free fit while the Michelin Peak Sole helps you maintain traction from the lift line to the barroom floor.
K2 Split Bean Package Snowboard ($1000): The lightweight and playful Cool Bean ($470) is easily the most fun board we’ve ever ridden, and now K2 is upping the ante with a 144-cm split version. Strap skins on the bottom to hike the backcountry, then luxuriate as the wide nose, swallowtail rear and rocker camber help you glide over powder and dart through trees. No joke, Jack, these Beans are magic.
Full Tilt Ascendant Touring Boot ($749): A true hybrid boot, the Ascendant boasts touring components like a removable tongue, a user-friendly walk mode and tour pro liner without sacrificing downhill performance. These features make it a winning off-piste option for formerly resort-bound skiers who swear by Full Tilt’s historically comfortable boots.
Line Sakana Skis ($750): Eric Pollard has done it again with the Sakana. The name means fish in Japanese and, sporting the swallowtail like its predecessor, the Pescado, these surfy skis are perfect deep pow. That said, this fish is equally comfortable ripping through trees or carving up groomers, making it an excellent all-mountain option.