GEAR of the YEAR
PATAGONIA Women’s Descensionist Jacket and Pants
Women lucky enough to spend a lot of time earning turns this season will be grateful to Patagonia for introducing the Descensionist kit to its lineup. The shell jacket and pant are a no-frills setup made from a new proprietary wind- and waterproof fabric that’s supple and moves easily with its wearer. Patagonia claims the Descensionist is its most breathable waterproof shell, and our experience bears that out. As for its minimal bells and whistles, the shell’s helmet-compatible hood, adjustable powder skirt, and two mesh front pockets placed with pack straps in mind, plus thigh vents and two large thigh pockets on the pants, cover all the basics.
PATAGONIA Women’s Micro Puff Hoody
The Down Sweater kings have come up with an enviable alternative, also new to the line this season. The innovative Micro Puff offers up ultra-lightweight warmth in a water-resistant midlayer filled with down-like PlumaFill synthetic insulation. Average weight: a scant 8 ounces. That’s a win.
PRET Corona X $250
We assume that safety, style, and comfort are important when you choose a helmet, yes? You’re in luck with the new Corona X. Check off safety thanks to its lightweight yet effective ACT (Advanced Composite Technology) shell construction; comfort is in the bag with Pret’s VTT4 ventilation system, with massive vents running nearly the length of the helmet; and style, well you’ll have to trust us when we say it looks cute on. With MIPS on board, you can’t go wrong.
DRAGON X1S with LumaLens $190
LumaLens, in addition to being fun to say, is Dragon’s new technology that serves up high-def optics across all light conditions, with the goal being to improve visibility in all environments. It’s a game-changer that filters out the hazy light that leads to glare. When LumaLens is paired with the X1S, which fits medium-sized faces and boasts triple-layer face foam, your future is destined to be bright.
ASTIS Stuhlmann Mitten $195
What do you get when you combine hand-sewn suede leather gloves with beautiful custom beadwork and a cozy Polartec Thermal Pro High Loft insulation? The most kickass mitten you’ll ever rock on the slopes. The Stuhlmann, named for German zoologist and explorer Franz Stuhlmann, will collect envious glances everywhere it goes.