It can be hard to know where to start when you’re looking to buy a ski setup. Don’t worry. Bryan Rogala, host of Outside’s the 101 series, has done all the hard work for you. Watch on for a full guide to outfitting yourself for the winter.
Buying Ski Boots
Whether you’re a new skier or a seasoned pro, buying ski boots can be a daunting task. There are a ton of options, but the right fit is crucial. With the ski season about to enter full swing, our resident boot guru is here with some tips for choosing the right pair. (Here are our favorite alpine ski boots and our favorite boots for the backcountry.)
Buying a Ski Jacket
Which ski jacket is right for you? Should you invest in a three-layer option? In this video, Rogala walks through the different types on the market. (And check out our time-tested jackets from our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide.)
How to Buy Skis
From camber and rocker to groomers versus pow, it’s easy to get lost in the vocabulary when purchasing your first set of skis. Here’s a beginner’s guide to navigating those end-of-season deals. (And here are our preferred planks from our 2020 ski test.)
Buying a Ski Helmet and Goggles
Safety first! In this episode, Rogala discusses the basics of choosing an appropriate ski helmet and a pair of goggles. He even provides insights on how to avoid gaper gap. (Want the latest? Take a peek at the top-rated helmets and goggles from our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide.)
Layering for Backcountry Skiing
We love earning our turns here at Outside, but it can be tricky to layer for a day of backcountry skiing. How do you dial in the many pieces you’ll need the next time you throw on your skins and head uphill? Watch and learn. (And here’s a rundown on the season’s best base layers and midlayers.)
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