Best Men’s Winter Gear
In Need of Some New Winter Gear? We’ve Got You Covered
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It’s almost that time of year again.
The mountains are gradually refilling their bases and outdoor shops around the country are milling about with boarders, skiers and really anyone interested in trying their hand at snow-based activities this year (potentially for the first time).
Be it with color choices or with low-carbon emitting manufacturing methods, it’s from this changing canvas — on which the entire mountain sports industry depends — that gear makers seem to be drawing inspiration for new designs.
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Of course, sustainability is paramount and although style guideposts shift and needs change, one of the biggest constants today is long-lasting function. Kits should be light, durable and counted on — an ethos to run with from Colorado to California and Austria to Norway.
For this year’s list, we’ve put things together in a more practical way. If you’re new to winter sports, good on you for getting out there. You’ll need the right gear, but not to the crazy technical degree of an elite athlete. On the flipside, basic waterproofing won’t cut it if you’re heading out deep into the backcountry.
This is our shortlist of some key pieces to make the 2021-22 season the best one yet.
For the Mountain Rookie
Columbia Sportswear Timberline Triple Interchange Jacket
This three-in-one jacket is a great option when you just need something to throw on for a winter trek, but know you’ll be covered in the case of sudden snow showers. Decent waterproofing and mid-level fleece will get you where you need to go in solid comfort.
$149.99 at ColumbiaSportswear.com
Smith Scout Helmet
Don’t resort to renting a ski/snowboard helmet. Proper head protection doesn’t have to cost a bundle, especially when it comes in a slick design like this option from Smith. This season, there’s also a more contoured, round fit available. Lastly, this helmet is also approved for warmer weather-sports like biking and skateboarding.
$85 at Backcountry.com
Peter Manning Snow Pants
We cannot tell you how hard it is to find proper ski pants for anyone with an inseam under 30-inches. Peter Manning specializes in clothing specifically for shorter guys and at first glance, these pants are ready for ample snowshoeing and multiple ski lessons. We’re excited to get these out there this winter and really put them to the test.
$345 at PeterManningNYC.com
You know what’s not fun? Dehydration at altitude. This is a more common problem than you’d think, especially if you’re expending a ton of energy just to keep upright on skis. The solution is a slim pack with enough water to get you through the morning to lunch without having to take breaks off the bunny hill. Want to go a step further? Get one of the new LifeStraw-integrated reservoirs for supreme hydration.
$65 at Amazon.com
For Those With Some Experience Under Their Belt
Spy Marauder Elite Goggle
You might have rented or borrowed a friend’s goggles during your initial runs, but now it’s time to get your own. Spy’s “Happy Lens” technology comes to life here with awesome visibility and a 60% increase in venting over the previous model. Clear days and bluebird skies are ahead.
$270 at Spyoptic.com
Oros Orion Parka
We don’t blame you if you’re looking for one jacket that can handle the rigors of the mountain, but leaves that “look” at the lifts once the day is done (this is also handy when traveling to said mountain with limited bag space). That’s why we like the Orion Parka. It definitely has all of those performance features you need heading down the hill, but it’s cut in a way (and with colors) that’ll land nicely at après.
$370 at Orosapparel.com
Vermont Glove Jefflo Mitt
Are you ready to invest in the last pair of winter gloves you’ll need? We thought so. This is a mitt that goes the distance and puts longevity front and center.
$120 at VermontGlove.com
POC Obex BC Mips Helmet
Beyond all of the cool, noggin-protecting features of this tough helmet, we think the addition of an NFC Medical ID chip is pretty neat. Should you get into an accident, whoever finds you can scan the ID and they’ll have access to your critical medical information.
$250 at REI.com
Garmont Vetta Tech GTX
Leave it to the Italians to come up with sweet winter footwear that has the comfort of a boot, but the performance of a hiker. When it comes to snowshoes (and other wintry trekking endeavors), the right shoes make a huge difference and traction is key. Prime example? The Michelin outsole delivered here.
$220 at GarmontNorthAmerica.com
Expert Shredders and Carvers
Goldwin Arris Jacket
Goldwin gear performs. It’s certainly at the higher-end of the price range, but you get a ton of performance and a bit of streetwear style incorporated into the price of admission. The Arris is a 3L GORE-TEX jacket built to go just about anywhere you’re headed.
$760 at Usshop.GoldwinSports.com
Stio Men’s Skillet Stretch Down Hooded Jacket
Insulation layers are a touchy topic. It seems like everyone has their own favorite, but one thing we all can agree on is that it needs to keep you warm and dry under the most demanding circumstances. Stio’s gear is battle-tested in the unpredictability around Jackson Hole, WY, so there’s that bit of reassurance. Plus, it’s an excellent combination of stretch and breathability that we can all get behind.
$399 at Stio.com
686 Men’s Glcr Stretch GORE-TEX Dispatch Bib
Bibs are another one of those “love ‘em or hate ‘em” items, but when they’re done right, they’re done right. 686 gear performs in the upper echelon of ski and snowboarding apparel with pieces like the Glcr, which has all of the performance and comfort features for long mountain days.
$439.95 at 686.com
Dæhlie Training Wool Pant
Bottom insulation matters, too. The wool/polyester blend is a bit more breathable than the average full-wool tights and you have the peace of mind knowing these met the standard of legendary cross country skier Bjørn Dæhlie.
$74.95 at Backcountry.com
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