Top 8 Men’s Outerwear Kits: The best ski jackets and pants of 2012/13

Comments by Henrik Lampert/

Outerwear is a vital part of our identity as skiers. Mixing, matching and making something uniquely you is important. These are the top 8 men’s outerwear kits of 2012/13; these are our Editor’s Picks. See one you like? Click through to see our reviews, complete with technical details and points of interest. These kits tackle the dual tasks of looking good and working well, too. Truth is, you can’t be cool when you’re cold.

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*Editor’s Picks are based on the selections made for the 2013 Buyer’s Guide. Products are listed in alphabetical order.

Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket, Sabre Full Bib Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $525 — Pant: $525

“This Arc’teryx outfit is distilled down to the essential elements surrounding new Gore-Tex N80p-X material.”

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Dakine Edge Jacket, Clutch Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $319 — Pant: $319

“Dakine, longtime purveyor of gloves and packs, is getting its feet wet in the outerwear business.”

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Nike Bellevue SE Jacket, Highcrest Gore Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $300 — Pant: $300

“Nike’s second generation of outerwear comes out of the gates with the Bellevue SE jacket and Highcrest Gore pant.”

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Oakley Unification Pro Jacket, Unification Pro Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $550 — Pant: $480

“Seth Morrison demands his outerwear perform at the highest levels, so Oakley answered with the Unification Pro outfit.”

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Orage B-Dog Jacket, Belmont Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $320 — Pant: $160

“The B-Dog and Belmont combo is stylish and tough.”

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Salomon Sideways 3L Jacket, Sideways Bib Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $400 — Pant: $325

“Nothing is overdone or overlooked, which perfectly balances low weight with superb functionality.”

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Strafe Nomad Jacket, Nomad Bibs Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $350 — Pant: $300

“These durable three-layer pieces boast a 20K/25K rating with a four-way stretch that allows you to move freely.”

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The North Face Spineology Jacket, Spineology Pant

MSRP: Jacket: $499 — Pant: $370

“The fully seam-sealed Gore-Tex Pro Shell keeps you dry, while the inner thigh vents down below keep you cool.”

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Related: Top 4 Women’s Outerwear Kits: The best ski jackets and pants of 2012/13

See the rest of our outerwear reviews here