Even though winter is nearly wrapped up (recent storms suggesting otherwise), we're already thinking ahead of upgrading our arsenal for next season. With some minor tweaks on old standbys and some newer brands in tow, here's our guide to the best gear you'll want to stock up on for the 2018-19 season.
The Mission & Mirage helmets lead next season’s lineup. Both are fitted with in-mold Aerocore construction and crumple-zone cylinders to absorb impact, adding additional safety features to a line of helmets known for durability and protection. Both go on sale in September starting at $100.
Get the Gear: https://www.smithoptics.com/
The Super Skull SPIN and Obex SPIN headline the new offerings from POC. The former is designed specifically for elite-level athletes with a multi-impact EPP liner and VPD System Layer. The Obex is more for the casual enthusiast with similar protection but at a lesser level of overall performance.
Get the Gear: http://www.pocsports.com/us/home/
Smith continues its leadership in this category with the introduction of the I/O MAG Goggle. This rimless design integrates 16 waterproof N52 magnets that self-guides the lens into the main position. A one-flip lever offers easy lens switching for varying light conditions. It goes on sale in September for $240.
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Bonus: ZEAL OPTICS
All-new from Zeal Optics is its first-ever cylindrical goggle, the Hatchet ($169). It features an optically tapered lens for distortion-free clarity and an interchange that allows the lenses to lift slightly for hiking without having to change to sunglasses. They’re also expanding their Optimum Polarized Automatic+ lens collection, which is a patented mix of polarized and photochromic technologies, ideal for winter conditions.
Get the Gear: https://www.zealoptics.com/en/shop/goggles
Always stylish and always progressive, this french brand has even more to offer in 2018-19. For example, there’s the Glacier ($600), which has a decidedly “racer” feel. There’s also the Ice ($330), which takes the pilot-shaped philosophy to another level with bright color combinations.
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Sunski sunglasses perform well beyond their $58-$100 price point. Styles range from the Wayfarer-esque Moraga to the more retro Singlefin. All feature polarized lenses (a must for mountain trekking), thermally-coated frames and a lifetime guarantee (a must for any discerning luxury winter enthusiast).
Get the Gear: http://www.sunski.com
The new Mach1 HV (high-volume) collection is offered with the high-performance skier in mind. The line features an Asymmetric Power Transmission concept to increase lateral power transmission from the boot. It’s based on a different thickness of the boot structures resulting in improved grip and feel. Available in 130 and 120 flex with a 103mm last.
Get the Gear: https://www.tecnicausa.com
Lange’s new Shin Control technology is based on rigorous testing and research revolving around the needs of the female skier. They concepted a design that relieves pressure on the tibia, which they found was a common source of pain amongst women skiers. The technology is built into new “RX” and “SX” models that increase support and balance shin sensitivity.
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The brand has a number of updates and new releases headlined by the Race Collection, which has carbon and titanium sandwich construction and a mind-boggling range of options for every ability level.
Get the Gear ($900+):
Wagner continues to produce some of the best performing (and looking) custom skis on the market. Their special fitting process is an easy to use years of know-how to find your perfect pair. After just a few steps with their craftsmen and women, you’ll be carving runs like you’ve never carved before.
Get the Gear ($1750+):
Black Crows Atris/Daemon/Vertis Birdie
Black Crows has a small range of updates starting with the Atris, which is lighter and softer compared to its male counterpart. The latter two offer minor improvements for specialized terrain skiing.
Get the Gear ($570-$800): https://www.black-crows.com/womens-all-terrain-skis
Men & Women
Few companies use Merino wool as well as Helly Hansen does. From crews to hybrid tops, their options are built for performance and easy care in-between days at the mountain. However, they’re so comfortable, you might even blend them into your everyday rotation too.
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Consider this one of the best combinations of waterproofing and insulation on the market. It includes two different types of insulation: Kodenshi down through the body and PrimaLoft Black through the sleeve for superior warmth and flexibility. Weather protection comes from two different kinds of GORE-TEX and it’s all wrapped into a handsome package true to Goldwin’s ethos.
Get the Gear ($799) : http://www.goldwin-sports.com
The Aspen brand’s most advance jackets combines two different kinds of Polartec to create a piece of insulated that’s remarkably warm and ready for changing conditions. This is your jacket for those days when the clouds aren’t sure if they’ll clear or start dumping in a hurry.
Get the Gear (current model $479, next season $629):
The Canadian company continues releasing high-level, high-performance outerwear, this time with Down Composite Mapping to protect the insulation through whatever Mother Nature throws its way. The jacket will include 3L GORE-TEX throughout with a removable hood. It goes on sale September 15.
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The brand continues forward with a range of ski pants slightly more fitted than the standard set. Their proprietary 7SPHERE system offers balanced insulation and instant cooling through targeted vents when it matters most.
Get the Gear ($500) : https://www.kjus.com/us/en
This pant continues Strafe use of the Polartec material while integrating plenty of flexibility to move between runs and the backcountry. These are the pants that are meant to keep you at pace, not slow you down with excess.
Get the Gear (Pricing TBD): https://www.strafeouterwear.com
New for the Swedish heritage brand are the Army Leather Couloir (unisex, $150), which are windproof, waterproof and handsome in a yellow/black colorway. On the women’s side, a number of new mitts options offer performance levels for any winter activity. We’re fond of the Full Moon Mitt (women's, $90), which brings PrimaLoft Gold insulation into a fashionable, long-length silhouette.
Get the Gear: https://hestragloves.com
Men & Women
On the women’s side, Smartwool has collaborated with freestyle skier Angel Collinson on a special capsule collection with features specifically designed for backcountry skiing. The brand is also launching an insulated outerwear line in both men’s and women’s styles. The “Smartloft Collection” will include a shirt jacket and hoodie, both filled with 60g recycled proprietary wool.
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We’re big fans of supporting American construction and heritage. When the socks are of the highest quality and durability, that makes things easy too. Darn Tough has a range of cushioning and insulation levels to match whichever activities you have in mind. They’re continually improving and come with a lifetime warranty too.
Get the Gear: https://darntough.com
With one of the largest selections of board styles on the market, Burton still sets the standard for riding in terms of off-the-shelf, ready to ride boards.
Get the Gear: https://www.burton.com/us/en/home
This shop in Jackson Hole is quietly putting together some of the most progressive boards available. This winter, founder Mikey franco will offer a line of ready-to-shred boards called the RPK Line. Named simply “1,” “2,” and “3”, each one is crafted with a different rider in mind. Of special note is the “2,” which has specific features tailored towards female riders.
Get the Gear ($1400):
Suunto Spartan Ultra Copper Edition
Suunto watches are essentially mini fitness computers with all of the bells and whistles for maximum impact. This special edition has copper-plated stainless steel bezels, matching buttons and buckles and Finnish handmade craftsmanship.
Get the Gear ($869):
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph
If you’re of the mechanical set, a simple, well-performing chronograph is the way to go on the mountain. This edition from TAG is racing-inspired with three separate counters (that happen to be great for timing runs too). It’s also casual enough to be the one timepiece you bring to the mountain - because who wants to swap out watches when there’s après to be had?
Get the Gear ($2,850):
SELECTED APRÈS GEAR
Men’s Non-Technical Jacket
Fisher + Baker Passage Hooded Jacket
Out of all of the “lifestyle” brands out there that try to merge performance into a city-ready package, this Minnesota outfitter is among the best. F+B’s clothes are purposefully minimal by design, but have plenty of top-tier performance built into their lineup. The Passage Hooded Jacket is filled with DownTek water-resistant down and the fabric is covered in a water-resistant laminate. It’s built into a tailored structure that won’t add bulk as you head from the lodge to a night out.
Get the Gear ($368, product released 8/1/18):
Aztech Mountain Dale of Aspen Sweater Jacket
Merino wool treated with water repellent knit in Milan and extremely durable. Aztech continues to produce high-quality ski village gear that blends performance and style seamlessly. What’s not to like?
Get the Gear ($850):