16 must-haves for lady shredders in the springtime
Spring skiing means a number of things: blistering sun and surprise snowstorms; full days spent out in the backcountry; laid-back, bell-to-bell resort laps; and so much more. With these various opportunities in mind, we’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite products to help you have the best spring, ever.
In 1978, the original version of this tee was used to raise funds for Arlene Blum’s expedition to summit Annapurna in Nepal, topping out at 26,545 feet. Her team was the first American, as well as the first all-female group, to do so. Now, The North Face has recreated this shirt for another amazing purpose. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of this shirt will be donated to SheJumps, a nonprofit that gets women and young girls involved in the outdoors. Purchase this shirt and rock it on all of your adventures knowing that you’re helping to support a radical cause.
Bringing a glass bottle of wine on an adventure is a horrible idea. And, bringing a box of wine isn’t a whole lot better—that sh#t leaks and breaks too easily. Avoid all that nonsense with this wine carrier by Vapur. We’ve been using this brand’s water bottles for a while, but diving into its booze products (they make liquor flasks, too) has been a real pleasure. This one in particular carries a full bottle of wine, outfitted with a stable screw cap and durable, BPA-free polyethylene and nylon.
Built to crush both casual and hardcore endeavors, the Women’s 5 Panel Performance Hat by Oakley is one of our favorite noggin’ covers out there right now. It’s super fashionable, offered in three unique styles (“Laser” pictured here), but also has built-in mesh panels that provide ample breathability while adventuring, exercising, etc. Meanwhile, the entire hat utilizes Hydrolix tech, which fights perspiration and other moisture like a champ.
To commemorate 125 years of business, Julbo has brought back the sunglass that originally put it on the map. With round lenses, a leather nose piece and leather side shields, the Vermont Classic was designed to protect your eyes even in the harshest and brightest of conditions. Julbo also offers different lens shade options, from category four, which is meant for extremely bright conditions, to category three, which lets slightly more light in through the lenses. They are ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich’s shades of choice, and for good reason—these things are sick.
Whether you’re hitting the resort for spring skiing, touring in the backcountry or hiking for some off-season fitness, the Women’s UA Surge Jacket is a piece you’ll want to keep on you no matter what the activity. Don’t let the flattering profile fool you, this jacket means business and is ready to handle the elements. It’s 100-percent waterproof and windproof with 2.5-layer construction, fully-taped seams and a 10K/10K waterproof/breathability rating. The hood is roomy to help protect from rain or snow without constriction and underarm vents help you dump heat when the mercury rises.
The Alpine Headband serves up an ideal balance between sporty and cozy. The printed poly-blend fabric is lined with moisture-wicking Polartec micro-fleece for warm, dry and happy days on the trail. Forty percent of proceeds from this product go directly to the High Fives Foundation, the Tahoe-based non-profit that supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries. One size fits most.
From the gyms to the streets to the peaks of the world, you can rely on lululemon’s On The Fly Pant. If you couldn’t tell by the name, these puppies are intended to go with you everywhere—boasting what you need tech-wise like four-way stretch and sweat-wicking properties, but also offering supreme style that looks good in any scenario. The 7/8 length builds on that style while allowing lots of mobility, and the aforementioned four-way stretch fabric is soft-as-can-be. Once you put these on, good luck takin’ ’em off.
Smith sought to pay homage to the golden days of climbing in California with the styling of the Mt. Shasta Sunglasses. The shape is large and round with a keyway nose that oozes retro chic. The Mt. Shasta comes in a variety of color options, but we’re particularly fond of Smith’s ChromaPop Polarized Gray Green lenses (pictured above), which boost contrast and color to allow you to see your surroundings with more clarity.
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Getting a crisp tan does have a cool factor, but too much of Mr. Sun is far from good for you. Avoid the pain and potential health risks of continuous sunburns and lather up with sunscreen that’s water-resistant, UV ray-resistant and has moisturizing benefits. Ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter and vitamins C and E. The eight-ounce airless pump bottle defends the sunscreen from contamination, too. Beyond Coastal also received top honors in the Environmental Working Group’s annual sunscreen guide, meaning it’s one of the “lowest-hazard,” healthiest sunscreen options on the market.
Forsake’s Loop Shoe is perfect for adventurous women looking for a waterproof, sturdy and stylish option. Treated leather and suede on the outside work together with the shoe’s inner HydroGuard, seal-seamed membrane to keep your feet dry in all conditions. We’ve worn these from slushy Colorado parking lots to the rainy shores of the Pacific Northwest and have never felt a drop of water seep through to our feet. The Peak-to-Pavement outsole provides grip and traction in multiple environments, making these shoes an all-around crowd pleaser.
Wild Rye was founded by two outdoor-loving women in 2015 to make outdoor softgoods for females that would be technical, functional and beautiful. The Lora Midweight achieves all of those things and then some. Made of a 89-percent merino and 11-percent poly blend, the Lora provides breathable warmth under a jacket on chillier days and is perfect on its own on warmer ones. It’s also incredibly stylish, suitable to wear during après or around town. To top it off, the material is stink-resistant and Bluesign certified—meaning it was created sustainably.
Made for high-impact activities, the Eclipse High Bra is ready for anything you might throw its way. It was created with soft and breathable SpeedForm mesh to keep you cool as well as StudioLux fabric for sturdy support. Under Armour also uses its Signature Moisture Transport System to wick sweat and ensure you stay dry and comfortable, be it a long day in the backcountry or a spring day at the resort. Finally, the back straps are adjustable to make sure the fit is just right.
It’s Dakine’s flagship backpack for good reason: The Heli Pro not only has every bell and whistle to enhance your days on the mountain but also to function as your go-to, everyday pack. For spring skiing and backcountry missions you’ll enjoy a diagonal ski carry; a fleece-lined goggle/sunglasses pocket; hydration compatibility; a rescue whistle on the sternum strap; a spacious interior; and organized front pockets for your tools. Said pockets also store your gadgets and daily essentials when you transition from the slopes to town. A non-padded sleeve also stores most 15-inch laptops. The styling is sleek and the patterns are fun. The pack comes with a limited lifetime warranty, too.
The Seirus Soundtouch Xtreme All Weather glove is perfect for all of your spring skiing endeavors. Form-fitting for dexterity, they are also 100-percent waterproof and windproof, making them great for wetter spring conditions. They also feature Soundtouch Technology, meaning they are touchscreen compatible; you’ll never have to take them off when you want to use your phone to take a photo, change a song or call a friend.
Norwegian Olympic freeski athlete Kari Traa was tired of having boring, sub-par products for active females to wear. It was due to this frustration, combined with her passion for style and a knack for creating, that her namesake company was born. These 3/4 tights from Kari Traa live up to the high standard and quality that the company aims for. Made with a soft and stretchy polyester material, these tights are breathable and quick-drying. The shorter length is perfect for layering on warmer days when you still want to wear something underneath your ski pants and the bold color mixes some fun into the equation.
You know that awesome feeling of putting on brand new socks? Well, we’ve been enjoying more or less that same feeling each time we put these on… the fifth time, the tenth time, and so on. The fit of the sock is tight as can be and there’s an elastic cuff and also a “Y heel” to keep things from sliding around; we have experienced no undesired bunching as a result. There’s a bit of cushioning around the shin and instep and also a flat seam on the toe to prevent blistering. The icing on the cake, however, is a blend of merino wool and bamboo rayon that delivers outstanding benefits. The use of merino lends to warmth and an odor-free character; the rayon is oh-so-smooth; and the overall package is highly moisture-wicking. Lastly, a bit of Elastane provides coveted stretch. All told, it’s a lightweight, thoughtfully-crafted sock that’s great for spring days on the mountain.