Ditch the old-school parka and clumsy snowsuit: The newest high-tech mountaintop wear looks every bit as great as it works.
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1. Aerospace Fog-Free Goggles by Julbo
Whenever you need to air these out, just snap the lens open a hair and the mist disappears. Julbo’s latest innovation also pairs with the brand’s cutting-edge photochromic lenses that automatically dim or brighten based on light, so you never have to change lenses, regardless of the conditions.
Aether, the rare brand with serious technical chops and an urban sense of style, has elevated even a simple beanie into a statement piece. The plush wool-cashmere blend keeps you warm and cozy without the itch, and the simple stripe makes this something you can wear on the slopes or to work with a smart overcoat or suit.
Some ski shells can feel like cardboard parkas, but the 540-gram Dawn Patrol LT jacket from Black Diamond feels like your favorite T-shirt. The cut is athletic, and its minimalist softshell fabric stretches with you yet still repels water and wind. Plus, the hood is big enough to cinch over a helmet, and there’s sewn-in routing for headphone cords.
A basic puffy has one fatal flaw: Down doesn’t work once it gets wet. Columbia Sportswear's award-winning TurboDown is the solution, as the 860-fill down baffles on the outside offer warmth, while the synthetic insulation layer next to your body wicks moisture away from your skin and stays warm if it does get wet.
Hestra has been lovingly making gloves for elite skiers since 1936, and your hands will feel the difference. The cowhide back of their Swisswool Marino gloves protects against the elements, but the goatskin palm is supple for dexterity, and the superwarm wool liner naturally wicks sweat and stays dry.
Like a pair of Dickies for snow sports, the Flylow Stash is an overbuilt work pant for the slopes. Double-layer nylon panels on the lower cuff fend off branches and scuffs, while the rest of the fabric is supple but waterproof and breathable, with taped seams to further protect you from precipitation. Zippered vents will keep you cool on warm spring days.
Your feet deserve the best after you kick off those ski boots. These slush-busters are rated to -25°F and will keep you plenty cozy as you load the car and then head to the après bar. Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat tech uses a foil lining to reflect body heat back onto your weary toes, and meaty lugs offer solid traction.