The best out­er­wear for com­mit­ted skiers

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SKIERS HAVE AN OVER­WHELM­ING num­ber of choices when it comes to what we wear. Mak­ing the right choice mat­ters; we want it to look good, it needs to fit, and, most im­por­tantly, it has to work. I once had to bor­row an old jacket from the lost-and-found at a re­sort. It meant I could still ski all day as planned, but it was re­ally awk­ward. The sleeves kept rid­ing up over my mit­tens, it smelled weird, and, by the end of the day, I was cold and frus­trated.

Ski days are pre­cious. Hav­ing trust­wor­thy gear— be it your fa­vorite jorts or a three-layer Gore-tex jacket—al­lows us to en­joy them with­out dis­trac­tion.

For the past seven years, we’ve made it our goal at Thread the Nee­dle, the foun­da­tional event for this Ap­parel Guide, to sift through the year’s new­est prod­ucts to de­ter­mine the very best jack­ets and pants for skiers. From there, it’s up to you to de­cide which pieces best ex­press your per­sonal style. Usu­ally, style and fit are sub­jec­tive be­cause skiers’ tastes are as di­verse as our bod­ies.

This year, how­ever, af­ter the 16 skiers from across the coun­try—who make up the Pow­der Or­der of Sar­to­rial Splen­dor and Ex­cel­lence (Posse)—spent a com­bined 300-plus hours re­view­ing more than 100 jack­ets and pants at Soli­tude Moun­tain, Utah, we came to a con­sen­sus. The Hemi­spheres Jacket and Hemi­spheres Bib from Out­door Re­search, for both men and women, scored high­est across the board for their su­pe­rior tech­ni­cal per­for­mance and com­fort­able fit, earn­ing the nod for our first-ever Ap­parel of the Year.

In the re­main­der of this guide, we’ve in­cluded 16 other ex­cel­lent op­tions that earned a Skier’s Choice badge. Plus, you’ll find a to­tal of 40 of the best jack­ets and pants for skiers in our Ap­parel Guide on Pow­ There, you can read ex­tended re­views, watch videos of these prod­ucts in ac­tion with tester feed­back, and more. Many choices still ex­ist, but we can vouch that how­ever you choose to ex­press your style, all of these jack­ets and pants will do the job so you can fo­cus on the ski­ing.

Pho­tos: David Red­dick

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