A lean alpine fit and well-designed features make the Mammut Biwak a good choice for those heading into the alpine or the backcountry in cold temps.
The Bolle Sharp helmet is lightweight and highly adjustable, but its venting system could stand to be refined.
The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Boot SE has a unique felted-wool upper that gives the boot a vintage look while incorporating modern materials and construction. It’s a great balance of tech and style.
The Patagonia Primo Down Jacket is durable, light, and built for the coldest, crappiest, windiest weather.
If you’re looking for a relaxed fit, waterproof / breathable jacket for resort riding AND backcountry use, the Flylow Lab Coat is one of the best we’ve seen.
We’ve spilled a lot of ink on the Anon M1 and M2 goggles, because they’re that good. Here is an update on the M1, with more information on lens options.
The fabric of the North Face Radium breathes better than almost any other insulator on the market.
Smith Optics deserves very high praise for the Vantage. We know of no helmet on the market that has a better set of features.
Helly Hansen’s Legendary pants are relatively inexpensive and pretty warm, but there are some fabric issues we need to talk about.
Blister’s Iris Neary updates her review of the CAMP Pulse, one of the few combo climbing/skiing helmets on the market.
UPDATE: With more time in the M2, we can still say that Anon has combined awesome optics with great engineering to create the easiest-to-use interchangeable goggle we’ve ever tested.
If you’re looking for a breathable, warm, lightweight shell with some great features, the Odin Mountain deserves your attention.
Hoodies rule. (So do elbow patches.) And the Mountain Equipment Dark Days Hooded Jacket rules in the *Very Warm Hoody* category.
“The Pret Effect is a well-designed, comfortable helmet that has a variety of smart features—including innovative magnetic buckles. I think it’s one of the best helmets I’ve used.”
Warm, lightweight, durable. For reviewer Julia Van Raalte, those three words pretty much sum up the Verglas Hooded Down Insulator.
The Verglas is a tough hardshell, well suited for colder weather resort and backcountry skiing.
Dakine is entering the outerwear arena, and the Shifter is their first 3-layer pant. We put it to the test.
The POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS is comfortable and light, and it has the MIPS system which may provide some extra protection in an oblique, rotating fall.
The Dakine Kaitlin is a stylish, practical piece of outerwear for resort skiers and snowboarders.
These classic aviator style shades from Maui Jim come with exceptionally durable, high-quality lenses.