Après: a time for friends and family to gather ’round after shredding the gnar to enjoy drinks, snacks and the company of one another. It’s an ever-important activity for skiers, so, below, we’ve gathered 10 products to help you absolutely crush it all season long.
1. The Slater Waterproof — Keen
Sporting a nice blend of technical features and casual style, The Slater will keep your feet warm with a light layer of insulation, and dry thanks to seam-sealed waterproofing. Whether you’re walking around the resort or just throwing a few beers back in the parking lot, this boot will not let you down.
2. The Peach Panther — Pit Viper
“Be better looking at everything.” “Demand respect and au-thority.” “Founded to make you look like a badass.” “Built to make your every move seem like that of a Greek god.” “Put your face between a pair.” These are just a few of Pit Viper’s slogans, claims and calls to action. Everything checks out as far as we’re concerned.
3. Cobol Beanie — Discrete
All-day comfort is the name of its game. Seventy-percent acrylic, 30-percent wool; wider fit; medium height; fold-over cuff; logo patch on the fold; swag for miles.
4. Tech Crew — Strafe
This technical crew-neck masterfully straddles the line between fashion and function. Twenty-five-percent Polartec Power Dry wool (230 grams) on the exterior provides rockin’ wicking properties (antimicrobial, too, so you don’t stink) to battle wetness while 75-percent polyester on the inside translates to plush comfort.
5. Insuloft Featherless Jacket — Scott
With 700-fill Featherless Down (alternative to natural down designed to mimic its warmth and performance, with two times the loft when wet) this piece serves as a top-notch layering option in any conditions. Odds are you’ll end up sporting this as a stand-alone piece in town, too.
6. Wakayama Glove — Hestra
At first glance, the retro styling gets two thumbs up. Closer examination sweetens the deal. The Wakayama boasts a soft yet durable aniline-dyed cowhide exterior; an insanely plush wool terry lining; and a neoprene cuff with a paracord adjustment.
7. Flip 30 Recharger — GoalZero
The all-new Flip 30 Recharger (28.1Wh, 7800mAh) is designed to provide multiple charges to small devices; for example, it’ll fully charge a phone approximately three times. The Flip itself is powered via USB or sun (using GoalZero’s portable solar panels) and requires no cables. It’s a must-have for folks who live on the fly.
8. Insulted Growler 40oz — Klean Kanteen
Grab a beer to-go from your favorite taproom courtesy of this stainless steel offering. The “Swing Lok” cap is removable and threadless for a tight seal, ensuring the growler’s contents stay fresh. Working to that same end, the electropolished interior doesn’t retain or impart flavors. It’s also shatterproof.
9. DLX Cargo Pack & Boot Bag — Dakine
Don’t toss your gear around haphazardly at the après party. Instead, keep it all safe and sound in this spacious, mobile “gear locker.” Features include a tarp-lined boot compartment for durability; a split level design for optimal organization; a helmet pocket and stow able shoulder straps, among others.
10. Hot Tubbers Shorts — Armada
Rule the après hot tub scene with this 20-inch offering from Armada. Features include beverage-compatible front pockets; additional flip-over beverage carry pockets; a tethered bottle opener and 100-percent polyester construction for prime comfort.