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Every year around October, visions of snowflakes start to dance in our heads. Winter is coming and with it, ski and snowboard season. After what seems like an eternity, thanks to this global pandemic, it cannot come soon enough. With that in mind, start dusting off your old gear and getting it ready. Better yet, maybe it’s even time for an upgrade. If you’re in need of a new helmet, gloves or maybe even a whole new kit, we have you covered with our three part winter gear guide.
Choosing the right jacket and pants to wear while skiing or snowboarding can be a challenge. There are tons of brands producing a variety of great products to suit the many needs of the modern mountain rider. Shells for backcountry, insulated for resort life, one-pieces for overall warmth…the list goes on and on.
Of course the conditions that you ski or ride in should be your number one priority. However, there are many other aspects to consider when buying a ski suit. How do they look, feel and even fit your budget can and should play a major role. With all of this in mind, here are a few suggestions to help keep you protected from the elements this winter and beyond.
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New for this ski season, Outdoor Research has partnered with Arcade Belts to bring you a highly functional kit. The Pertex Shield waterproofing fabric’s lightweight breathability combined with the bib’s quick release stretch webbing suspenders from Arcade Belts makes for a very versatile kit. It’s extremely lightweight and comfortable making this combo an excellent backcountry or warm weather resort day option.
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Helly Hansen’s Infinity Shell Jacket just might be the most sustainable jacket on the market. Thanks to Helly’s new Lifa Infinity Pro material, this jacket is made using zero chemicals, topical coatings or solvents while boasting top level waterproofing and breathability. On top of that you get all of their best freeride features, like a longer fit, a built-in removable balaclava and their signature Life Pocket that keeps your phone’s battery alive longer.
Definitely pair it up with their Garibaldi 2.0 pants to create a sweet hard charging free ride kit. A relaxed fit equals all day comfort that combines with their signature waterproofing to keep you comfortable whether in the back country or on the resort.
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If you are looking for a high performing kit that fits a lower budget then the Saga Monarch collection in your solution. This non insulated 3 layer shell has a very durable feel that does not compromise it’s breathability all while providing a high level of waterproofing. Both pieces also fit a little bigger which is ideal for layering on those cold mid-winter days.
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Anoraks are in this season and this one from Amundsen is at the top of its class. The brand itself is from Oslo, Norway which is no stranger to cold wintry conditions. They’ve built a jacket to suit their environment with a look that screams timeless. Its technical and waterproof fabric is comparable with some of the best in the business. The large side zipper makes it easy to pull over your head and the front pocket is a game changer when it comes to the ease that you can access whatever stuff you are carrying for the day. Complete the outfit with the Peak Panther pants. Stretchy, waterproof and breathable your legs will be thanking you all day long.
Airblaster Men’s Stretch Freedom Suit – $359.95
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Onesies are back in a big way. If you have the personality to rock one, you’ll find the Airblaster Freedom Suit and its new artwork a perfect fit. This new collab with artist Lucas Beaufort adds a bit of fun to an already excellent one piece. Fully waterproof and plenty of stretch makes it comfy in all conditions. Plus 350 degree butt zip mean easy access to man land so you don’t have to worry about fully disrobing to relieve yourself.
Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres