Reliable protection to keep you out from bell to bell.
Gotta love the attitude. The loud colors are backed up with bona fide performance chops, including two-layer Gore-Tex face fabric and Marmot’s proprietary synthetic insulation. We especially appreciated the long cut, oversize hood, and structured cuffs that tucked inside the sleeve on warm days.
Fjällräven Ovik Eco-Shell
Fjällräven’s Eco-Shell fabric—made from stretchy recycled polyester and coated in a PFC-free water-repellent treatment—kept us dry in light snow. But it isn’t a high-octane mountain piece. Instead we grabbed this sleek urban parka, with its trench-coat cut and clean snaps down the front, for cruising Vail Village at night.
Eddie Bauer Telemetry Freeride
Lexi duPont rocked the Telemetry last season, so you know it’s ready for long days on the steeps. Like the Marmot, it’s moderately insulated, making it best suited for resort skiers. It’s also a hair heavy—Eddie Bauer built it from nylon instead of Gore-Tex, sacrificing some weatherproofness but saving you $150.
Dynafit Yotei shell and bibs
Last year, we named the Yotei one of the best men’s winter jackets. Finally, there’s a version for women, too, with matching bibs. Cut from soft, quiet Gore C-Knit fabric, this is a well-designed combo for skiers who spend most of their time beyond the ropes. Details like the wide suspenders are spot-on.
Under Armour Chugach shell and bibs
This $850 duo has the technical résumé you’d expect—three-layer Gore-Tex, taped seams, a powder skirt. But what really made it stand out was its big-mountain steeze. And while bibs aren’t for everyone (some important business requires extra time), they prevent snow from creeping under your midlayer.
A warm, well-made down puffy for less than two Franklins? Believe it. REI blended down and synthetic fill in the lofty Stratocloud to make it perform just as well as jackets costing twice as much. It’s got some nice details, too, like large front pockets and generous zipper pulls you can grab in gloves.