Ski Gear


The latest

Archive

Because they’ve saved me more than a few times—and they can do the same for you

The average woman in the U.S. is a size 16. Here are five gear companies that are actually making clothes for her.

The wait for winter is over. Here’s the gear that helped our editors stay warm, festive, and active over the holidays.

Mountain Hardwear’s High Exposure GTX C-Knit Anorak won best breathability in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide ski jackets.  “During ski tours in Colorado and Wyoming, we slipped into the High Exposure in the morning and left it on all day, its supple and breathable Gore-Tex C-Knit fabric kept us…

We spent three days testing more than 100 new models. This is the kit that helped us get through.

With a pair of Army SPECS and a little ingenuity, Pit Viper’s cofounders built a brand that nobody could have predicted

Snow-sports lovers, it's time to give your bathroom an upgrade

Designed to handle a variety of snow-filled excursions, the Environ is made with a three-layer, waterproof polyester shell that can take a beating. While the outer is plenty breathable, Stio added pit zips to dump heat for high-output activities, like grueling early-morning skins.

Favorites include fire pits, food, and coffee

The nonprofit Skiku has brought nordic skiing to thousands of Native kids in Alaska, where access to the sport has historically been limited

We featured the Force Dry DX in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide page of the best gear care tools. “Slide your boots over the tubes, set the timer, and wake up to warm, moisture-free gear. Works with gloves, too,” wrote our tester.

This pair has been my favorite for seven years and hundreds of ski days

Pro skiers Chris Rubens and Greg Hill show us how to use safety gear for backcountry skiing

New to using skins? Pro skiers Greg Hill and Leah Evans discuss basic uphill techniques.

Take care of your waterproof soft goods with these expert tips

Base lodge closed? No problem. Turn your car into a private post-ski lounge.

Need to know what to wear for backcountry outings this winter? Pro skiers Drew Petersen and Mali Noyes walk us through it.

On skinny skis, access to socially distant outdoors time is easy. But picking out the right gear isn't.

Four days. Eighteen testers. More than 150 pairs of skis.

In February, our team of testers headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to try out new skis from every major brand in the industry

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

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

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

The Classic Give'r gloves have been our gear editor Jeremy Rellosa's most used, versatile, and durable cold-weather work gloves

You can't put a price on the peace of mind that comes with good gear organization

The answer depends on your skill level, your feet, and your body type

Our favorite models for everything from frontside groomers to sidecountry pow

In this installment of The 101 from contributor Bryan Rogala, he walks us through the different types of ski jackets on the market

First criterion: they can't overlap with your ski socks

Our resident gear expert is a fan of rising at the crack of dawn to get a couple laps in

The Recon BT is a user-friendly avalanche beacon with all the features you need for a quick, efficient search. Its three antenna design reduces signal spikes, which drastically improves accuracy during a search when compared to more traditional two antenna beacons, and the 60-meter circular range allows you to pick…

This dorky little windshield wiper is the world's most effective tool for cleaning your goggles

Don’t knock them until you try them. Made from down insulation and a DWR-coated nylon shell, the behind-the-head design helps the 180’s fit comfortably over your ears and can be worn with other headwear and head protection.

Gear editor Ben Fox walks us through what makes Backcountry's first ski jacket and bibs perfect for a day on the hill

Ski-apparel brand Spyder dropped by our offices to show off some of the new gear for 2019

A free trip to Sweden, apparel, lift tickets, a ski lesson, and a plus-one included

Gear editor Ariella Gintzler walks us through new 2019 gear from Gregory, Outdoor Research, and Scarpa.

The Smith I/O was already one of our favorite pairs of goggles—and now it’s even better, thanks to a new magnetic lens-swapping system

Finally, a ski for women that excels in all conditions, from hardpack to powder to tight trees

The super-comfy ThermoBall Traction Mules are as happy hanging out in the snow as they are around a fire back at the lodge

This simple, affordable product will protect your expensive eyewear

The Oyuki Pep Trigger Mitts ($140) are a favorite of gear editor Ben Fox.

Gear editor Ben Fox takes a drive up to Ski Santa Fe with the new Küat Grip 4 Ski Rack ($349)

The hipster brand's new ski apparel line is more about fashion than function. But if making the sport trendy gets more women on snow, then that’s OK.

It snowed at Keystone this week. It's time to get ready.

Yesterday, the big-box retailer launched a new gear site with Black Diamond as one of its featured brands, allegedly without permission

After ten months of beta testing, the retailer's re-commerce program is growing up

On Saturday, the pro ultrarunner skinned and skied a combined 61,200 feet in 24 hours, setting a record for the most vert in a single day

These planks have built-in sensors to track your ski dynamics and offer real-time coaching. Geeky or brilliant?

Traveling far and wide for powder doesn't have to be an awkward nightmare, thanks to this cleverly designed carry-on

A few weeks back we posted Faction's This Is Home. Though the footage was sweet and satisfying, there was a lingering hope that they may provide us with a little dessert. And did they ever.

Each March, Outside and Backcountry team up to test next season’s backcountry skis, boots, and bindings, the best of which end up in each magazine’s winter Buyer’s Guide

These bibs are the missing piece to your spring skiing outfit.

And Ortovox will help incentivize you: it'll pay $75 for any old transceiver through a new gear-retirement program

Your paws deserve the best. (Outdoor Research) Outdoor Research Capstone Heated Why spend five bills on electric gloves? To play longer when the mercury drops. A heating surface covers 70 percent of the Capstone (twice the area of most other models), and the lithium-ion batteries deliver up to eight hours…

Some people throw their gear in a corner of the garage. Others have dedicated gear rooms that are so stacked and organized they look like retail shops. We asked our Instagram followers to submit photos of their tricked-out storage spaces. Here are our 12 favorites.

Mike Parris tailors around 100 pairs of skis each season to the individual needs and wants of riders.

The short answer: no. If you’re a casual resort skier, you can get away with $100 pants. But if you often find yourself deep in the backcountry, make the $450 investment.

When an airline bag packed with ski stuff goes unclaimed, it ends up at a warehouse in Alabama. Once a year, that gear goes on sale in the world’s biggest winter-goods orgy. We sent a photographer to document the chaos.

Hey, outdoor-equipment companies: Please stop ignoring women who rip

How to build a high-quality quiver on a budget

Break new ground in your snowsports repertoire without breaking the bank

Lightweight, breathable apparel that'll turn you into a Nordic ski champ

Because a world without internal-frame backpacks, bike derailleurs, and wetsuits would be a darker place

If you spend $1,500 on a new kit, you better make sure it lasts more than a season or two

One of the toughest, most waterproof gloves on the market.

Waterproof skins that don't gain weight on the ascent

Turn any backpack into an avalanche airbag system

The coolest, most high-tech solution to goggle fog we've seen

Even though New Year’s Eve is behind us, you can still use skiing as an excuse to crack open a cold one, either at the local bar or in the parking lot

Passes have never been cheaper. But will the deep discounts destroy your local hill?

The pro skier and mountaineering badass shares her favorite winter destination and gear.

Next