Welcome to a special Destination Issue installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the equipment and accessories that everyone should know about before their next big ski trip. Can’t get enough gear? Click here to see our entire 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
If you’re someone who likes to fly in the most comfortable clothing possible, the Alias beanie from Discrete is exactly what your noggin needs for your next trip. Made of 100-percent acrylic, this knit-hat swaddles your skull like a mama bird does her egg. A logo patch sewn to the fold-over cuff also adds a touch of style to this insanely comfortable head heater.
Once you’ve traveled with an Arcade belt you’ll never hit the airport without one. This belt boasts a durable, elastic webbing for a superior fit and all day comfort, and a micro-adjust, metal-free buckle means there’s no need to remove it when you’re going through the airport security line. And because the Rambler Adventure belt is made with machine-friendly, quick-drying materials, you can throw this thing in the washer and never think twice about it.
Kick your travel style up a notch with the Alphabet City Fleece Cargo Pants from The North Face. Designed for wherever your commute leads you, these relaxed-fit joggers are lined with ultra-soft fleece for warmth and comfort while the taper at the knee and ankle give these leg blankets a more modern look. Durable overlays on the thighs also help put these a notch above your average sweatpant.
The S/Lab XA Amphib from Salomon is the ideal travel shoe. With a weight of only 215 grams, you’ll forget you’re wearing these bad boys, and its quick-dry breathable mesh up top helps keep your feet from sweatin’ during your lengthy journeys. An integrated sock liner ups the comfort factor of these featherweight shoes and with a sleek-yet-subtle design, there’s no need to pack an extra pair.
Never let a travel day get your undies in a bunch with the Vibe boxer briefs from Saxx. Made using moisture-wicking, breathable fabric, each pair of Vibe boxer briefs combat clamminess and keep you feeling fresh all day long. Saxx’s integrated Ballpark Pouch, a three-dimensional “hammock” for your boys, keeps everything in place and brings incredible comfort to your mobile lifestyle.
Go from the top of a mountain directly to your terminal in the ultra-comfortable and wildly cute Mauna Kea leggings from Wild Rye. Made entirely of Merino wool, these leggings will keep you warm, dry and smelling fresh no matter what you just accomplished in them and the stylish design makes them flashy enough to wear to après–even if that’s at the airport bar. A wide, iridescent waist band elevates the comfort factor and their packability makes them great for traveling.
The All Day Glove is a great item to pack should the weather be cold at your arrival airport. Throw these puppies, lined with ultra-soft micro fleece for comfort, in your bag and rest assured you have ‘em if you need ‘em. The glove’s exterior features a corded nylon shell that provides incredible durability and dexterity while the leather palm grips like an Undertaker chokeslam. The glove also sports a wild Magic Forest print designed by Australia-based artist Steph Elise for that little something extra.
Having a lightweight windbreaker/rain jacket is key when traveling anywhere. You’ll never know what the weather is doing when you step off that plane. The Rainbreaker from Flylow has a 100-percent nylon Intuitive S/G Lite waterproof fabric and critically taped seams to keep you dry from sudden precipitation, and its airy build helps keep you cool in higher temps. A DWR treatment, YKK zippers and adjustable hood round out the Rainbreaker’s defensive repertoire against the elements.
Inspired by the skiing culture at and around its home base of Åre, Sweden, Elevenate produces high-quality performance and casual apparel made to go from the mountains to the dinner table and back. The men’s Line Merino sweater is a prime example; it’s made from 100-percent extra fine, 12 gauge Merino wool, which helps regulate body temperature, while providing warmth and natural anti-odor properties. The M Line also epitomizes Elevenate’s signature design details. This sweater will keep you looking fresh from mountain peaks to airport terminals.