Coveting: The Bond Boot

 
MOUNTAIN LIGHT II 5" BLACK BOOT -$350USD

MOUNTAIN LIGHT II 5" BLACK BOOT -$350USD

Sold out for months after being featured in the latest James Bond film, "Spectre," the Danner Mountain Light II hiking boot is finally back in stock.

The USA-made Mountain Light™ II hiking boot is legendary for its unmatched quality, durability and support. GORE-TEX® lining provides waterproof protection. The Vibram® Kletterlift outsole offers lightweight comfort as well as superb shock absorption and guarantees great traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces. Danner’s famous stitchdown construction provides a wider platform for stability and the lace-to-toe system provides a secure fit.

 
 

$350. Available at Danner.

All photos courtesy of Danner.

 
 

Mid-Season Gear Report

 

The winter sports industry’s tent pole SIA conference starting next week in Denver all the cool new toys won’t be out until next season, but fear not, this has been one of the best seasons in recent memory for winter sports gear and apparel. Here is our ultimate gear list that you can your hands on get right now. Just in time for President’s Weekend and late season pow.

Hey, if you can’t shred like Bode Miller or Jeremy Jones you might as well look the part. 


 

The Board

K2 Turbo Dream Snowboard A supremely versatile all mountain board that handles powder as easily as corduroy. The proprietary Harshmellow technology reduces excess vibrations and leg burn, while the “Tweekend” design extends the rideable surface all the way, tip to tail creating an infinitely more stable experience. $499, K2

K2 Turbo Dream Snowboard

A supremely versatile all mountain board that handles powder as easily as corduroy. The proprietary Harshmellow technology reduces excess vibrations and leg burn, while the “Tweekend” design extends the rideable surface all the way, tip to tail creating an infinitely more stable experience.

$499, K2

The Bindings

NOW O-Drive Bindings Influenced by the ease in which a skateboard turns underfoot, Now Bindings are a complete rethinking of how energy is transferred by a rider. Instead of flexing and bending and diminishing power through the baseplate. NOW’s “skate-tech” completely bypass the center of the board and direct energy to the edges for less fatigue and a stiffer ride. $399, Now Bindings

NOW O-Drive Bindings

Influenced by the ease in which a skateboard turns underfoot, Now Bindings are a complete rethinking of how energy is transferred by a rider. Instead of flexing and bending and diminishing power through the baseplate. NOW’s “skate-tech” completely bypass the center of the board and direct energy to the edges for less fatigue and a stiffer ride.

$399, Now Bindings

His: On-Mountain Jacket

Stio M's Azura Insulated Jacket A mid-layer you actually want to be seen in off the slopes that is as functional as it is stylish. Features super warm 60G Primaloft Gold Insulation and a DWR finish to repel rain and snow. $195, Stio

Stio M's Azura Insulated Jacket

A mid-layer you actually want to be seen in off the slopes that is as functional as it is stylish. Features super warm 60G Primaloft Gold Insulation and a DWR finish to repel rain and snow.

$195, Stio

 

HIS: ON-MOUNTAIN PANTS

Strafe Nomad Pant Combining an old-school removable bib design with high-tech fabrics, and too many pockets to count, the Gaston brothers (both pro freeskiers in their own right) have taken the ski pant to new heights. Hidden hand warmer pockets, a slim fit design, and cross-flow ventilation complete this perfect November through April pant. $400, Strafe

Strafe Nomad Pant

Combining an old-school removable bib design with high-tech fabrics, and too many pockets to count, the Gaston brothers (both pro freeskiers in their own right) have taken the ski pant to new heights. Hidden hand warmer pockets, a slim fit design, and cross-flow ventilation complete this perfect November through April pant.

$400, Strafe

HIS: APRÈS JACKET

Stio: M’s Azura Insulated Jacket  A mid-layer you actually want to be seen in off the slopes that is as functional as it is stylish. Features super warm 60G Primaloft Gold Insulation and a DWR finish to repel rain and snow. $195.00, Stio

Stio: M’s Azura Insulated Jacket

 A mid-layer you actually want to be seen in off the slopes that is as functional as it is stylish. Features super warm 60G Primaloft Gold Insulation and a DWR finish to repel rain and snow.

$195.00, Stio

HERS: ON-MOUNTAIN JACKET

Kjus Snowray Ski jackets have always walked a fine like between pomp (or pom poms) and circumstance and bare bones performance. The Swiss brand Kjus has always created exceptional quality and arresting outerwear without the unnecessary frills.  This year’s Snowray features luxurious duck down, two-way zippers, and is water-repellant. Available in 5 color ways, stand out in a crowd, but not too much. $1,100, Kjus

Kjus Snowray

Ski jackets have always walked a fine like between pomp (or pom poms) and circumstance and bare bones performance. The Swiss brand Kjus has always created exceptional quality and arresting outerwear without the unnecessary frills.  This year’s Snowray features luxurious duck down, two-way zippers, and is water-repellant. Available in 5 color ways, stand out in a crowd, but not too much.

$1,100, Kjus

 

HER: ON-MOUNTAIN PANTS

Marmot Women’s Freerider Marmot has always been known for simplistic perfection that look as good carving turns as they do on the après ski circuit. These pants feature articulated knees for added comfort on-mountain and GORE-TEX two layer fabric seals to keep warmth in and weather out. Available in red, blue, white, and yellow. $265, Marmot

Marmot Women’s Freerider

Marmot has always been known for simplistic perfection that look as good carving turns as they do on the après ski circuit. These pants feature articulated knees for added comfort on-mountain and GORE-TEX two layer fabric seals to keep warmth in and weather out. Available in red, blue, white, and yellow.

$265, Marmot

HER: APRÈS JACKET

W’s Westbanker Vest With 500-fill goose down, just throw this technical vest over your base layer and be warm, flexible, and dry. The fabric even feels like heathered cotton, but performs in the most adverse conditions. $165.00, Stio

W’s Westbanker Vest

With 500-fill goose down, just throw this technical vest over your base layer and be warm, flexible, and dry. The fabric even feels like heathered cotton, but performs in the most adverse conditions.

$165.00, Stio

THE STICKS

DPS Wailer 112RP2 As iconic in looks as they are in performance, The DPS Wailer is equally as functional at shredding pow as they are craving corduroy. Redesigned this year with a lower tip and tail rocker profile to handle the most adverse conditions, the latest design also has a larger sweet spot focused on speed and stability. Available in a variety of constructions, sizes, and colors, these just might be the skis you’ve been looking for. $799+, DPS Skis

DPS Wailer 112RP2

As iconic in looks as they are in performance, The DPS Wailer is equally as functional at shredding pow as they are craving corduroy. Redesigned this year with a lower tip and tail rocker profile to handle the most adverse conditions, the latest design also has a larger sweet spot focused on speed and stability. Available in a variety of constructions, sizes, and colors, these just might be the skis you’ve been looking for.

$799+, DPS Skis

 

THE PROTECTOR

Giro Discord Helmet Perfect in the event of both high and low impacts, Giro’s new “soft shell” construction is flexible, light, and comfortable (not to mention looks cool). Supremely vented and with seamless compatibility with numerous goggles, form and function have reached new heights. $150, Giro

Giro Discord Helmet

Perfect in the event of both high and low impacts, Giro’s new “soft shell” construction is flexible, light, and comfortable (not to mention looks cool). Supremely vented and with seamless compatibility with numerous goggles, form and function have reached new heights.

$150, Giro

STAY POWERFUL

Mophie Powerstation Nothing is more important on the hill than being able to communicate and snap epic images that make your friends back home jealous. Stay powered with a low profile power bank and get double your batter life. Mophie

Mophie Powerstation

Nothing is more important on the hill than being able to communicate and snap epic images that make your friends back home jealous. Stay powered with a low profile power bank and get double your batter life.

Mophie

ALL-SEEING

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lenses         Oakley’s latest lens Prizm technology extends what the human eye’s ability to detect minute details in snow. Combined with the fighter pilot inspired design of the Flight Deck frame one can ride with confidence and style.  $200, Oakley

Oakley Flight Deck with Prizm Lenses        

Oakley’s latest lens Prizm technology extends what the human eye’s ability to detect minute details in snow. Combined with the fighter pilot inspired design of the Flight Deck frame one can ride with confidence and style. 

$200, Oakley

 

The Hat

Discrete “Banger” Beanie Founded in 2005 by pro freerider Julian Carr, the Discrete Banger Beanie is one of those mysterious and “insider” items we’ve been seeing all across ski areas this year, like a secret society. Discrete has been gaining more traction with a full product line that includes jackets and clothing, but you can’t deny the original beanie for its simplicity and status. Available in 9 color combinations. $20, Discrete Clothing

Discrete “Banger” Beanie

Founded in 2005 by pro freerider Julian Carr, the Discrete Banger Beanie is one of those mysterious and “insider” items we’ve been seeing all across ski areas this year, like a secret society. Discrete has been gaining more traction with a full product line that includes jackets and clothing, but you can’t deny the original beanie for its simplicity and status. Available in 9 color combinations.

$20, Discrete Clothing

The Gloves

Hestra Leather Pro Model Mitt The Rolles Royce of winter comfort. These cowhide gloves are worn by the most experienced guides on the mountain (and both the Swedish and Norwegian ski teams).  Founded in 1936 in the town of Hestra, Sweden, this storied brand produces more than 2 million pairs of gloves a year globally. Hestra Gloves

Hestra Leather Pro Model Mitt

The Rolles Royce of winter comfort. These cowhide gloves are worn by the most experienced guides on the mountain (and both the Swedish and Norwegian ski teams).  Founded in 1936 in the town of Hestra, Sweden, this storied brand produces more than 2 million pairs of gloves a year globally.

Hestra Gloves