6 Simple Upgrades to Get the Most From the Slopes
Pants are fine, but if your goal is waist-deep powder, a good pair of bibs like FlyLow’s Bakers ($330) are what you need. They’re cut from three-layer waterproof-breathable cloth and include reinforced knees and big zippers for massive ventilation.
Zeal Optics Ion HD Goggles
Tucked between the eyes of Zeal’s Ion HD goggles ($400) is a tiny camera that captures 1080p video. A viewfinder built into the bottom edge lets you frame shots with the 170-degree wide-angle lens.
Hestra Seth Morrison Pro Gloves
Hestra’s Seth Morrison Pro gloves ($185) are the spork of hand insulation—a clever hybrid of gloves and mittens. The design makes them warmer than the former (your lesser digits huddle together) and allow greater dexterity than the latter.
Helly Hansen Warm Freeze Base Layer
Helly Hansen’s Warm Freeze base layer ($90) is worth the hefty price tag. With a hydrophobic material against your skin and merino wool on the exterior, it wicks moisture and insulates at the same time.
Salomon Guardian 16
The ultimate sidecountry binding, Salomon’s new Guardian 16 ($550) lets you switch to tour mode without disengaging your boot. Plus, with a wide and low chassis, it can power the fattest ski at the resort.
Lange XT 130 Alpine Boots
Lange’s XT 130 alpine boots ($800) have a tour mode and a walkable sole. But unlike the backcountry boots they’re modeled on, they’re stiff enough to handle everything from powder to hardpack.