This week’s release of FREESKIER’s 2016 Buyer’s Guide signaled the unofficial start of the 2015-16 ski season. The 227-page guide is loaded with rankings and reviews of all of this year’s best ski gear. If you haven’t picked up your copy yet, now’s the time; it’s available on newsstands everywhere. This year, we’re highlighting a small portion of that gear in a brand-new feature we’re calling “Gear Up,” and the Buyer’s Guide version is available below for your perusal. Check it out now and stay tuned to freeskier.com in the coming months for more gear than you can handle.
1. Merino Fleece Zip Neck Hoody
Ortovox | $219
Pure functionality meets natural microclimate. The blend of Merino wool on the inside and polyester on the outside provides an unbelievably stretchy, durable and breathable product. The Merino Fleece is equally suited for extreme sports and casual activities while the bright colors allow you to make a statement wherever you go.
2. Proof Ski
Deviation | $814
The Proof’s fun shape, versatile waist and feathery weight make it the multitool of choice for well-rounded skiers who like to sample a bit of everything on the mountain. New for 2016 is the redesigned Progressive Flex Core 2.0 with purpleheart sidewalls for upgraded dampening, edge hold and torsional rigidity.
3. MF Natural Cleaner & Conditioner
WEND | $48
Designed to thoroughly clean your ski bases of any contaminants, including emulsions from grinding, dirt and fluoros, this cleaner also contains a conditioning agent to help prepare the base for waxing.
4. Rise Pro 34+
Deuter | $175
The brand new Rise Pro is just right for the backcountry adventurer seeking the known functionality of the Deuter brand: fit, ventilation and durability. This pack includes a quick-access front pocket for your avalanche gear, multiple ski carry options and a wide back access opening.