Ski gear

Outside’s Guide to Snow Sports Gear

Midwinter means you've finally had enough days on skis to figure out that part of your kit just isn't cutting it anymore. Here, you'll find all of our best advice for building or updating your winter sports closet (and some of our favorite stories, too).



One writer's meditation on the confusing world of snow-sports apparel

Cold hands, tired feet, and wet bottoms will ruin your ski day, so investing in quality gear for those areas is worth it



Leave the snow pants, helmet, and goggles at home


Stop paying the shop for a simple task that you can do at home


Everything you need to know to ensure you don't ruin your skis, boots, and kit before next season


We’ve been testing skis for decades. These are our all-time favorites for groomers, backcountry bowls, and everything in between.


Our favorite snow-sports eyewear of all time, from affordable to high-tech

Going to the bathroom while skiing is notoriously difficult. These bottoms ease the burden.


Our favorite models for everything from resort shredding to backcountry touring

Crystal Sagan

We tried out every model we could get our hands on over the course of a winter. Here are the ones that rose to the top for backcountry missions, in-bounds days, and everything in between.

2020 Buyer's Guide

State-of-the-art protection, minus that clamped-down feeling


The year’s best powder hounds

You’ll feel like dancing


Shed a little weight from your backcountry setup