GEAR of the YEAR
HELLY HANSEN Men’s Sogn Shell Jacket and Bib Shell Pant Shell: $375 Bib: $350
There is a saying in Scandinavia that “there is no bad weather, only bad clothes.” Norwegian brand Helly Hansen takes the phrase literally, and when wearing the Sogn Shell Jacket and Bib, horrible weather actually seems quite lovely. With Helly Tech three-layer fabric construction and fully sealed seams, and an optional attachment from the jacket to the bib, it’s super easy to keep the elements out and the warmth in.
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Men’s Stretch Down DS Jacket $300
Puffies can be as functional as a tucked-in fitted shirt. Lift your arms up, and they get bunched up and uncomfortable. The Stretch Down DS solves this by replacing stitched baffles with elastic panels, providing a stretch that moves with you. Nikwax Hydrophobic Down keeps this jacket warm when wet.
GIRO Range MIPS Helmet and Contact Goggles with VIVID Goggle: $250 Helmet: $250
The new VIVID lens technology from Giro and ZEISS Optics is amazing to look through. The lenses enhance contrast and definition without over-saturating the view, all of which combined reduces eye strain and makes things look, well, awesome. We prefer the VIVID-enhanced spherical lens shape of the Contact goggle, which includes two magnetically interchangeable lenses and functions perfectly with the Range MIPS Helmet. The helmet features the best adjustment to fit any ahead with the turn of a dial, and MIPS technology to keep you noggin and neck protected in case of a crash.
DAKINE Team Phantom Gloves $105
Featuring a Gore-Tex insert, Primaloft insulation, and a soft supple, silky fleece lining, these gloves impressed our hands right away. With an all-leather exterior with subtle graphics created by professional skier and artist Eric Pollard, these gloves look as cool as they feel.