Ski Season Preview: Ski Gear Buyer’s Guide

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The Jetsetting Rider

You can spot the jetsetter anywhere there are luxury resorts and serious restaurants slopeside. From Deer Valley, Utah to Zermatt, Switzerland, it’s all about skiing and being seen. The Helly Hansen Ted Jacket is understated elegance for the skier who has it all, and serious insulation and racer inspired design make it a timeless classic. Our favorite Under Armour Nimbus Bibs pair nicely, provide GORETEX Pro protection from the elements and a clean silhouette. The Abominable Labs A-Bom Goggle is all about function, featuring a a battery powered fog free system, but also just happens to be one of the best looking goggles on the market right now.

THE BEST ACCESSORIES

The Best Accessories

You may have the nicest apparel on the mountain, but it’s the little comforts that will keep you skiing through nasty storms and early mornings. These accessories and comforts are never out of arm’s reach all winter long. Warm hands seem to be a constant problem. That is, until you grab a pair of Arc’teryx’s Beta Shell Gloves. With room to fit light fleece or heavier Primaloft inserts, These gloves will pull duty all winter. The biggest problem skiing always seems to be your feet. Cold, sweaty, hot spots, you name it, we’ve dealt with it. Farm To Feet’s Waitsfield Ski Socks are the only we we wear anymore. They wick excellently and keep us warm no matter how much snow is falling. Visibility can also be an issue, whether it’s glaring sun or flat light due to fog. Giro’s all new Contact Goggle features an innovative magnet system for swapping out lenses (more on that and a few other goggles soon), and is the most comfortable pair we’ve ever worn. They’re hands down the best goggles of the year. You can’t neglect nutrition out on the slopes, and we’ve always got a snack or two stashed somewhere. Our favorites? Field Trip Jerky is a welcome departure from energy bars and gels. We recommend the Cracked Pepper Turkey and Honey Spice Beef. Finally, caffeine. When you’re getting up before dawn to climb a few thousand feet and ski down all before work, you need a little jolt. We discovered Voke Tabs earlier this year, and can’t seem to put them down. Using a proprietary blend of Green Tea, Acerola Cherry, and Guarana, this little chewable tabs provide as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. They have perked us up on many a backcountry ski tour, and we never feel jittery or crash after using them. Even better, you can carry seven of them with about the weight of your favorite travel mug lid.

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