Trends for 2019: The inclusion of stretch materials for increased mobility and environmentally friendly fabrics.
ARC’TERYX Sabre LT Jacket $649
During a blizzard or windstorm, few things are more annoying than a jacket hood that won’t fit over your rooster hat or helmet. Fret no more with the three-layer Gore-tex Sabre LT, featuring a large storm hood that can be easily cinched with one hand while wearing gloves or mitts. A Gore-tex C-knit backing makes this jacket super breathable, bulletproof, and less crinkly. Two sizable chest pockets complement pit zips (all zippers are seam taped), while the fit allows for layering and freedom of movement. Bonus: A longer cut eliminates the too-short-riding-up-theback syndrome.
DAKINE Clark Anorak Jacket $180
The Clark Anorak simply feels great and looks different from the rest. A three-quarter-zip pullover jacket, the two-layer Clark Anorak features a fixed hood and 10k/10k waterproof-breathability. The massive kangaroo pocket is big enough to hold snacks, drinks, an extra beanie, and sunglasses for après. When it’s warm or steamy, two pit zips can cool you off on the lift, including one that goes from the hem all the way up through the armpit. If you don’t mind the pullover anorak feature, the Clark exists for those resort skiers who prefer style to technical function. It’s also really affordable.
FLYLOW Cooper Jacket $450
True to Flylow’s ski-bum roots, the Cooper is a sleek shell that transitions easily between the resort and backcountry, with an understated but fashionable mountain style. The most interesting element of the jacket, however, is its material, developed by Intuitive exclusively for Flylow. The Perm is a three-layer stretchy fabric that’s 20k in waterproofing with exceptional breathability. During a torrential spring downpour, the Cooper kept the POSSE remarkably dry and skiing throughout the day. But it also doesn’t suffocate on the bootpack, and includes 12-inch pit zips to dump even more heat. A freeride cut gives the Cooper ample length, while stretch throughout encourages all the high-fives you can dish out.
SPYDER Eiger Shell $600
Spyder comes to market this season with a full line of apparel with Gore-tex for high performance in any condition. A non-insulated shell built with all the technical features you need to stay warm, dry, and active, the Eiger has three-layer nylon ripstop with Gore-tex and a durable water repellent (DWR) finish. POSSE skiers praised the Eiger for its freeride cut, excellent venting, and ease with which to layer depending on temperature and mission. “This piece is really technical and lightweight,” said Salt Lake City-based skier John Howland. “They really dialed the little things well, with solid zippers and pocket placement.” Jack Foersterling called the Eiger the “ultimate backcountry kit.”