Ski Season Preview: Winter Gear
Winter is upon us. For those of us that worship at the altar of the Snow Gods, this in-between seasons time is one of anticipation as we carefully watch weather forecasts, tune skis, and update gear. Every snow flurry brings hope that opening day at our favorite ski resorts will be that much closer. This year, we’ve carefully researched the best gear, found new trends in the industry, and discovered what will become favorite innovations. Stay tuned as we unroll our Ski Season Preview.
Whether you’re living a snow filled mountain town life, or just taking a vacation to your favorite ski resort, you can’t spend the entire season in ski boots and goggles (although some of us will definitely try). We’ve spent the first few weeks of winter testing out some new pieces of gear as we make the mountain commute around Salt Lake City and its surrounding seven ski hills. These pieces of winter gear are our favorites to survive the winter no matter where the season takes you.
From early morning bouldering gym sessions to sneaking out of work early for a late afternoon snowy hike, the Mountain Pack is a simple, “do-it-all” classic rucksack style backpack. Featuring a comfortable harness and burly Cordura fabric, each one is handmade in Colorado.
A full GORETEX shell is great when you’re out pushing into the backcountry. However, foraround town in the cold, Pendleton’s brand new outerwear line is a can’t miss this year. We’ve been wearing the Denver Anorak during a few Rocky Mountain blizzards and the combination of long length, extra insulation, and deep hood have us reaching for it every time the mercury drops.
You probably know Buff from their eponymous neck tubes. You probably haven’t seen the merino version though – it should be in every winter sports enthusiast’s closet. We’ve also been using their Windstopper Balaclava on cold photo sessions at 10,000 feet to great effect. Their large selection of hats and beanies make great stocking stuffers as well.
Navigating snowy trails in the morning and icy roads on the evening bar crawl just got a lot easier. The BIOM line from ECCO is mapped to fit anatomically, and the sticky rubber outsole grabs any surface. A Boa closure system is easy to use even with gloves on, so whether you’re strapping on snow shoes or just taking a stroll through the park you’ll be surefooted and comfortable.
Hot coffee on a cold hike is a winter imperative. We love the Avex Recharge due to its double seal. A Push button system is backed up by a flip top cap, ensuring that your drink stays on the inside and piping hot, even when the mug is buried in your pack. It will keep cofee hot for up to seven hours, so you’ll never have to go without.
A good pair of sunglasses is something we’ve alwasy got in arms reach, and that goes double when you add in snow glare. The Stargazer’s oversized aviator profile makes it perfect for winter driving or doing a little star gazing of your own at the Sundance Film festival. As an added bonus, Revo just partnered with U2 singer, Bono, to donate proceeds from every pair of sunglasses sold to the Brien Holden Vision Institute, ensuring eye care to under privileged communities around the world.
We first discovered Hestra on a ski race course back in college. Since then, they are the only pair of winter gloves we’ve used in over a decade. The Fall Line is a low profile winter glove designed for free ride skiers in snowy conditions. We use it for skiing, winter driving, shoveling snow, and hauling firewood to the cabin. It is positively the best pair of insulated leather gloves you will ever buy.