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.

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