The Gear Closet: Women’s Kit

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The Gear Closet: Women’s Kit

Welcome to a special gear feature from FREESKIER. Here’s a closeup look at everything a lady needs for a day out skiing. Click here to explore the entire 2021 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.

Völkl Blaze 94 W

Quick turns and responsive skiing define the all-new Blaze 94 W, built with a lightweight yet powerful sheet of Titanal, three-dimensional sidecut and Suspension Tip rubber inserts that eliminate chatter on hardpack and variable snow. At 94-millimeters underfoot and paired with a touch of tip and tail rocker, the Blaze 94 W stays agile, but maintains that trademark hard-charging, German-built attitude you’d expect from Völkl. 

Deutuer Freerider Pro 34+

This touring-ready pack is jammed with thoughtful details. Worth highlighting is the all-new roll-top closure that increases storage space more than the listed 34 liters, dedicated avalanche tool pocket, back panel access and U-shaped frame that promotes a comfortable, sturdy feel. Built with a snow-shedding external fabric, the Freerider Pro boasts plenty straps to hold your gear and is ready-made for whatever kind of adventure you have planned.

Hestra Fall Line Women’s Mitt

Buying Hestra mitts might be the best purchasing decision you make this season—hands down. Featuring supple cowhide, a short cuff design, lightweight G-loft insulation and extra foam protection on the back of the hand, the Fall Line is primed for big days out. With a little care in the form of leather treatment, these mitts will return the favor in the form of longevity. 

Dalbello Chakra 105 ID

Designed by women, the Chakra 105 is a fine-tuned slipper with a three-piece cabrio design built specifically for advanced skiers. The My Fit heat-moldable shell, adjustable-flex tongue and low-profile, gender-specific liner are paired with Dalbello’s Contour 4 technology to provide a touch more room in key areas around the foot and enhance all-day comfort. 

Marker Squire 11 ID

Marker’s Squire 11 ID is new for this season and an ideal binding choice for lighter-weight, advanced freeride skiers who want reliable release and power transmission. The compact design, featuring a spring-loaded, Triple Pivot Light toepiece and Hollow Linkage Heel are built to be sturdy yet save on weight, and SOLE.ID compatibility can be used with nearly every ski boot on the market.

Pret Corona X

Ventilation and comfort are the standout features of Pret’s professional-grade Corona X helmet. Offering one-switch-does-all venting and a microfleece liner, staying cool and sweat free are as easy as flipping a switch. More importantly, high-quality ACT construction overlaps protective polycarbonate plates for a lightweight yet protective build atop the head while a full-wrap lower shell and MIPS defend against multi-rotational crashes. But you don’t crash, right? 

Skida Alpine Neckwarmer

Handmade in Vermont, Skida headgear is some of the finest around. Combining comfortable next-to-skin textiles—like a Polartec microfleece liner and MAX-Dri moisture-wicking outer fabric on the Alpine Neckwarmer—with a variety of colorful prints, the brand is committed to local production and limited edition gear. The Alpine Neckwarmer provides sun protection with a 50+ UPF-rating, too.  Pictured here is the Dreamscape print. 

SPY+ Legacy SE

The compact, spherical design of the SPY Legacy SE offers an unprecedented field of view in a smaller package, complete with anti-fogging lenses built with SPY’s proprietary mood-boosting, contrast-enhancing Happy Lens technology. The Lock Steady 2 lens change system makes swapping between the two included lenses a breeze, and the frame is compatible with most helmets on the market for a fog-free visual experience. 

Oakley TNP Women’s Insulated Anorak

Part of Oakley’s limited edition Thermonuclear Protection collection, this insulated pull-over is extremely functional and  doesn’t follow the classic “make it pink” mantra for women. Two-layer FN Dry construction ensures waterproofing and breathability, and a proprietary DWR treatment means that water on the surface won’t leave you soaked on the lift. Underarm vents, lift pass pocket and adjustable velcro wrist cuffs round out this resort-ready jacket.

Columbia Women’s Alpine Crux

Columbia’s Alpine Crux is filled with responsibly sourced, natural goose down insulation and lined with Omni-Heat Reflective technology which retains warmth by mirroring body heat back toward you. The jacket also features HeatSeal construction that eliminates stitching, upping the ante for lightweight, performance puffy midlayers. It’s packable—ideal for traveling or throwing in a pack—and it’s built with abrasion-resistant fabric that can stand alone against the elements. 

This story originally appeared in the December 2020 issue of FREESKIER (23.2). Click here to subscribe to FREESKIER magazine.

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