Ski season is finally here and a new trove of quality gear items are arriving at your local ski shop just in time. Here are some of this season’s hottest new gear items; designed to get you and your gear to your favorite ski destination with ease and keep your comfortable on the slopes no matter what the conditions are. They make great holiday gifts, too!
Famous for their rooftop cargo carriers and bike racks, Thule’s Round Trip Collection offers a whole new line of accessories for skiers and snowboarders. From ski totes with wheels to boot backpacks that feature a standing mat so you can change into your boots in the parking lot without stepping on the ground, to duffels designed to carry all of your ski/snowboard gear, Thule’s got you covered.
Now you can keep your hands toasty warm with new Heattouch™ Atlas mid-gloves from Serius. These gloves feature USB-rechargeable batteries that charge in just four hours. And thanks to Soundtouch™ technology, you don’t have to take them off to use your devices. The slim under-cuff maximizes the barely-there feeling of the battery pouch in a low-profile design that maximizes warmth and minimizes bulk—perfect for wearing on the slopes or around town.
Designed for advanced skiers wanting a stiffer boot, the BOA lacing system offers the ultimate precision fit for comfort and performance straight out of the box, regardless of your foot size or width. No more messing with hard-to-snap buckles. Simply turn the micro-adjustable dial down to loosen the stainless steel laces for those long trips up the chair when you want to give your feet a break, then crank it back down to hit the bumps. The Boa system is available on boots from many of the top makers including Atomic, K-2, Fischer, and Salomon.
New for the ’24 winter season, the Airblaster Ninja Suit Pro II protects you from falling snow and icy, ridgetop blasts. At the hood and shoulders, four-way stretch Schoeller® Nanosphere® softshell provides incredible water repellency and breathability, while the main body features new AirTech 3D-Eco™ microfleece fabric for dynamic warmth and moisture management. At the wrists and ankles, a durable low-profile compression fabric rounds out the superior function of this amazingly warm base layer.
Keeping your head warm and ears from freezing while adding style to your ski or snowboard wardrobe is as easy as choosing one of the great ski hats from the full line of headwear from Autumn Products. Available in an amazing assortment of colors, these medium-weight beanies feature a three-inch cuff to keep your ears toasty warm while the Acrylic weave offers good breathability—perfect for winter sports and cold-weather camping.
Whether you ski, snowboard, snowshoe, or just want to wear a comfortable outer layer for winter hikes, TREW Capow Bibs are an awesome way to go. Made using a Dermizax EV Membrane, these bibs are lightweight, water resistant, and breathable. Ample venting helps you control heat and internal boot gaiters with boot-strap accommodations help keep out the snow. Long front and side zippers make them easy to pull on and off, and there are plenty of zippered pockets for stowing all of your smaller items.
Tired of bag-dragging all of your ski gear through airports? Make getting to your favorite ski slope easy with one of Eagle Creek’s new Cargo Haulers. Available in a backpackable duffel version with stow-away straps or a wheeled version for carrying even heavier loads, Eagle Creek’s Cargo Duffel and Cargo Hauler XT come in three sizes from a compact carry-on to larger sizes that will fit helmets, boots, heavy parkas, and more. And the travel gear experts at Eagle Creek offer all kinds of compression sacks and garment folders to keep everything in your duffel organized.
Stay protected in the roughest winter weather with the Ridge Merino’s Aspect Balaclava Hood. Ridge took their best-selling Aspect base layer and added a super-protective balaclava to the design that provides a perfect seal from the elements on cold and windy days. Made using 84% Merino Wool and 16% Nylon, this headpiece provides warmth, breathability, and comfort without the itch. Natural fibers wick moisture away from your skin to prevent clamminess and the antimicrobial qualities of Merino wool naturally and permanently resist odor without the use of chemicals.
Always on the front line of innovation, Gordini offers a full range of glove and mitts that cover every winter sport from downhill to backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Choose from a wide range of styles and designs including their Forge heated gloves and gloves and mitts that feature THINDOWN® plus Sorona® insulation, with superior flexibility, warmth, and weather protection. Backcountry enthusiasts will want to check out their Frontline series gloves and mitts that feature a minimal seam design to reduce areas of wear and tear, PrimaLoft® Gold insulation, moisture-wicking linings, and Schoeller® Keprotec® on the palm and finger wraps utilizing Kevlar® fibers for ultimate durability and grip.
Known for designing sustainable outdoor clothing that offers technical performance, quality, and versatility, Stio’s new Figment jacket and bib pant are the company’s first launch into freeride apparel. Built with a roomier, more relaxed fit, these garments offer excellent freedom of movement. And because they’re constructed with Stio’s ultra-durable, 100% recycled PeakProof™ 3L face fabric combined with a highly breathable inner membrane, they ensure best-in-class, on-mountain. waterproofing and weather protection. The Figment Jacket features two-way underarm venting for custom climate control, interior zippered security and drop in stash pockets, a helmet compatible hood and peripheral hood adjustments for added weather protection, and a RFID pass pocket. The Figment Bib is comprised of the same fabric and features a higher chest rise, thigh and hand pockets, articulated knees and action gusset for full range of motion, inner thigh vents, and an abrasion-resistant kickpatch.
Looking for a low-profile, clean-styled ski helmet? Smith’s new Method helmet has it all. This lightweight, durable helmet features all the latest safety innovations for impact protection including the MIPS® Brain Protection System for reducing rotational forces caused by angled impacts to the head in the event of a crash. The Method also offers SMITH’s self-adjusting, Lifestyle Fit System that flexes to match the shape of your head for a perfect fit. This helmet can be worn with or without a beanie and is offered in four sizes and nine colorways.
KUHL’s new long-sleeve Invigoratr combines superfine Merino wool that’s softer on your skin with innovative AERO™ KNIT construction that traps micro air pockets. The result is a mid-layer that keeps you warmer without adding weight; creating the ultimate in cold-weather temperature regulation. Available in a crew neck or ¼-zip styles, the articulated design was born out of KUHL’s obsession with studying movement to provide the perfect layer for all of your cold-weather activities.
There’s nothing worse than jumping on the chairlift only to find that what you thought was a leakproof thermos has leaked hot coffee all over the inside of your daypack or parka.
With HydroFlask’s wide-mouth bottle, those days are over. Designed with hot drinks in mind, this 20-oz bottle features a Flex Sip Lid™ that won’t leak and the double-wall vacuum insulation keeps hot drinks steaming for up to 12 hours—perfect for coffee, tea, cocoa, or soups. Made with 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel, these bottles will fit in your car’s cup holder and they can go right into the dishwasher for cleaning.
Those treks through sloppy snow in the parking lot at the base of the hill can be a real hassle without the right footwear. Slip on a pair of Bogs Bozeman boots and make your feet happy. Seamless construction is totally waterproof, natural rubber insulation keeps your feet warm, and EveryDry and Bogs Max-Wick lining evaporates sweat. The result? Warm, dry feet in a boot that provides a natural fit and arch support in an eco-friendly package. Want a shorter style? Check out the Sauvie Chelsea II.