In recent years, notable advancements in textile technologies have led to higher levels of comfort in the mountains and ease in the elements. Today’s materials keep you dryer and warmer, while strategic pocket and zipper placements mean less fussing and more skiing. This year, it’s time to ditch the duct tape and sport the threads you deserve.
The understated Lucy jacket is high-performance without all the fuss. Sometimes you don’t need all the crazy amenities, you just need a dang good jacket to keep you warm on the mountain. Enter the Lucy. Constructed with recycled Tactic 3L, this jacket has a buttery, stretchy feel. You can enjoy it in all kinds of weather. Match it with the ever-popular Foxy bib, and you’re ready to take on the day. These widely adored pantaloons are flattering and functional. But don’t be surprised if they become your go-to bib on cold days. And ladies, these pants don’t discriminate. There’s an easy access system for backcountry bathroom breaks, so you don’t have to stop the fun when nature calls.
Flylow succeeds in making gear for alpine skiers with a backcountry habit. The new Quantum Pro is a workhorse of a jacket featuring a tough Surface 3L fabric and waterproof membrane. It earns the Oeko-Tex certification, meaning the jacket’s been rigorously tested against harmful substances. Flylow’s matching Baker bib was built with recycled perm HD fabric. What makes this bib so great is its reinforced knees, so you can rip tricks without fear of ripping holes in your pants. Durability is key for this kit, so if you’re searching for an all-mountain outfit you can beat up for a few seasons, this is it.
Light, flowy and extremely stretchy—that’s how we’d describe the Torngat jacket by Orage. This baby is a born adventurer, keen on conquering the coldest of days. Crafted from an ultra-lightweight three-ply fabric, it’s lighter than air and as versatile as a chameleon, despite its vibrant iris exterior. Compared to other Orage jackets, the Torngat is more versatile than ever. It practically laughs in the face of inclement weather. When worn alongside Orage’s Cliff bib, it’s a match made in heaven. This bib isn’t bound to the resort, it’s ready to join you in the back and sidecountry. And with an extra belly pocket, you can keep all your goodies within reach.
All Spurr, no brr. The Spurr jacket by Orage was birthed in the cold backcountry. With every stitch, this jacket understands warmth. Orage field tested this bad boy in the PNW and BC to ensure the most ergonomically engineered jacket possible. And guess what? It lives up to the hype. Dermizax fabric keeps you warm and dry on the days you really need it. The matching Gibson bib is a lean, mean fighting machine—against the cold, that is. Its fully sealed seams and waterproofing combine to create a barrier that locks out unwanted moisture. This kit is every backcountry skier’s dream.
If style and function had a baby, it’d be the Naikoon jacket. Picture’s latest outerwear in spectra green features color blocking we can get behind. Its two-layer stretch fabric, engineered with Basic Thermal Dry System, locks in warmth and keeps the cold at bay. Paired with the Welcome 3L bib, this fit just makes sense. The bib’s hard-shell layer sits at a 20K/20K waterproof rating. When you sport this vibrant all-green outfit, you’ll be seen (and admired) across time zones. Picture has always prioritized making a positive impact on mother nature, and this year’s line of clothing is no exception. The brand continues to lead the charge on eco-friendly ski gear by way of sustainable materials and elimination of unnecessary polybag packagaing.
The Exa longfit freeride jacket has returned with notable improvements in style and fuction. With its adjustable ergonomic hood, this jacket ensures you remain free from blind spots. For the ultimate drip, pair this jacket with the Exa Printed pant, and you’ll turn heads on the snow. Both designed with a 20K/20K membrane, the exterior material acts as a serious weapon against cold weather and moisture. Thanks to the Lycra waist gaiter system, your pants will stay securely in place no matter what tricks you’re hitting. Both the jacket and matching pants come in a sleek, straight fit. Plus, you’ve got dual chest pockets, perfect for storing your fave snacks within easy reach.
Three layers of durable fabric make up the Bergtagen Eco-Shell jacket, and a two-way adjustable hood allows you to fit that sucker tightly around your noggin. Made to minimize the risk of your outerwear getting caught on something outdoors, the fit hugs close to your body in a minimal design. In order to stave off wind and water, the Eco-Shell uses its many layers to stay impenetrable. Somehow, this jacket is still light and stretchy, just like the Bergtagen Light Eco-Shell trousers. While they may be referred to as a pair of trousers, these pants are much more than that. You’ll find yourself moving swiftly above treeline thanks to the light-pack pants.
With its origin in the French Alps circa 1907, Rossignol has become an emblematic brand in ski heritage. Since the late 90s, the brand has crafted high-quality outerwear in reflection of its French heritage. Rossi’s sport clothing line welcomes a new 3L, four-way stretch jacket in a neutral green shade. The Evader comes treated with a PFC-free Durable Water Repellent so moisture rolls right off. Paired with the matching Evader pant, this waterproof kit makes for an excellent choice in wet conditions and high pressure. Both items sport a relaxed, oversized silhouette so you don’t have to compromise on style while staying dry.
What’s better than two layers in a ski jacket? Three layers, duh. Eddie Bauer’s new Chair Six Shell jacket and pant each have three layers of fancy, waterproof fabric between you and the snow. The stretchy, seam sealed outerwear is insanely warm, not to mention fashionable. The dusty iris color blocking is unique, but not too in your face. During our outerwear test in Silverton, Colorado, this jacket was a fan fave, especially when wet snow came down in clumps. It’s got all your necessary features, like pit and thigh vents, adjustable wrist cuffs and waist, and an RFID pass pocket on your sleeve. Whether you’re in the backcountry or skiing your favorite resort, this kit will keep the heat in and the moisture out.
Scott’s Freeride outerwear line caters specifically to skiers in need of ultra-protective gear. The 23/24 collection boasts a combination of waterproof fabric, insulated layers and a stylish fit. If you’re a fan of venturing into the sidecountry (don’t worry, we won’t tell ski patrol) the Scott Vertic GTX 2L jacket is a must-have for the season. Its lightweight two-layer construction, crafted from recycled polyester, offers a nine RET breathability rating, meaning it’s suitable for moderate weather conditions. The Vertic GTX 2L bib features the innovative ePE membrane material that remains remarkably breathable while also impenetrable by wind. Our testers loved the addition of interior thumbholes in the jacket. Moreover, the blue-green color combo keeps you somewhat stealthy without going full camo.