Yeah, we know it’s only August, but there’s no need to wait till fall to upgrade your ski kit—especially when REI has deals this good. Here are ten highlights.
Patagonia SnowDrifter Soft-Shell Snow Pants ($114; 50 percent off)
Although not completely waterproof, these snow pants have a soft-shell fabric that dumps heat and moisture buildup, so they’re perfect for dry days on the skin track. The stretchy, articulated design allows for a full range of motion, and removable suspenders hold the pants in place.
Dakine Mission Pro 18 Liter Snow Pack ($64; 24 percent off)
Built specially to fit a women’s body thanks to slimmer shoulder straps and a smaller torso, this pack features an easy-to-use system for carrying skis diagonally or boards vertically. The fleece-lined goggle pocket, shovel pocket, and rescue whistle on the sternum strap make this bag ideal for out-of-bounds adventures.
Burton Weekend Socks ($15; 50 percent off)
Treat yourself to an ultra-cushioned pair of snowboard socks and your feet will be thanking you after a long day on the mountain. The Weekend socks are medium-density, providing padding without being bulky, and have reinforced heel and toe pockets for durability.
Smith I/OS ChromaPop Snow Goggles ($140; 30 percent off)
These goggles come with two lenses, one clear for cloudy days and a mirrored option that helps cut glare. Both are treated with an antifog film so you can keep them on all day without steaming up.
G3 Alpinist Climbing Skins ($115; 35 percent off)
There are lots of skins out there but few are better than the Alpinist’s. They’re not the fastest, lightest, or grippiest, but they strike a nice balance of those features. Plus, they’re durable and easy to trim to your skis.
Outdoor Research Highcamp 3-Finger Insulated Gloves ($62; 30 percent off)
Have the comfort and warmth of mittens with the dexterity of gloves with these three-finger insulated gloves. The set comes with tech-friendly liners that add a layer of warmth and moisture management.
Salomon S/Lab MTN Alpine Touring Ski Boots ($560; 30 percent off)
With tech inserts and a 47-degree range of motion for walking, the MTN excels at uphill travel. But it’s also compatible with alpine bindings and thus a great one-boot quiver for those who spend time both at the resort and in the backcountry.
Salomon QST 106 Skis ($490; 30 percent off)
The best backcountry skis strike a balance between weight and performance. One of our longtime favorites is the Salomon QST 106. Mounted with tech bindings, these boards are plenty light for long skin-track slogs but can also handle any snow type or terrain with aplomb.
Icebreaker Oasis Crew Long Underwear Top ($63; 30 percent off)
Thanks to its moisture-wicking proprieties, merino wool is undeniably the best base-layer fiber for arduous winter activities. The Oasis is made of 100 percent merino wool and has a few nice design features like flat seams above the arms to prevent chafing under backpack straps.
The North Face ThermoBall Snow Triclimate 3-in-1 Jacket ($174; 50 percent off)
Three jackets—puffy, rain shell, and insulated ski jacket—for less than $200 is a quite the steal. Even better, the Triclimate uses the The North Face’s Thermoball synthetic insulation, which is nearly as light as down insulation but will keep you warm even if it gets soaked.