Gear

2014 Outerwear Our Editors Love

We want to stay as warm, dry and comfortable as possible while looking good. Here's what gets the job done.


I’ve been testing this thing on summer camp trips. The cut is perfect. The warmth is generous. The hood envelops you like a soft, comforting embrace.…

I’ve been testing this thing on summer camp trips. The cut is perfect. The warmth is generous. The hood envelops you like a soft, comforting embrace. I will be wearing this jacket around parking lots and après bars all winter. [$250, salomon.com] — Kevin Luby, Skiing Magazine senior editor

Triple Layer 20K Shell? Maybe I'll wear these over my North Face Carharts. Do they come in Hunter's Orange? No? Ok, black will do. [$350, dakine.com]…

Triple Layer 20K Shell? Maybe I’ll wear these over my North Face Carharts. Do they come in Hunter’s Orange? No? Ok, black will do. [$350, dakine.com] — Chris Thompson, Skiing Magazine assistant photo editor

I may very well have a Dynafit obsession this season. 750 down fill, fitted elastic hems and cuffs, ultra lightweight, and water repellant features…

I may very well have a Dynafit obsession this season. 750 down fill, fitted elastic hems and cuffs, ultra lightweight, and water repellant features make this jacket spunky yet functional (much like I’d like to think of myself). Of course I went for orange. [$240, dynafit.com] — Jessi Hackett, Skiing Magazine contributing editor

Stretchy enough to wear at the climbing gym, warm enough to wear as a mid layer, and cute enough for apres. [$85, mountainhardwear.com] — Kim…

Stretchy enough to wear at the climbing gym, warm enough to wear as a mid layer, and cute enough for apres. [$85, mountainhardwear.com] — Kim Beekman, Skiing Magazine contributing editor

For all-around midwinter backcountry AND resort use, I like an uninsulated shell pant that gives me options: layer up underneath for frigid,…

For all-around midwinter backcountry AND resort use, I like an uninsulated shell pant that gives me options: layer up underneath for frigid, lift-bound days, or use a thin baselayer for skin-to-pow missions. The new Stinger fits the bill, and—with its freeride cut (not that slim-fit mountaineering look)—fits in no matter what side of the mountain I’m on. [$450, arcteryx.com] — Sam Bass, Skiing Magazine editor-in-chief

Ripping January groomers in New England? Slurping hot soup on an alpine overnight? Hauling gates or chasing groms around the race hill? Some days,…

Ripping January groomers in New England? Slurping hot soup on an alpine overnight? Hauling gates or chasing groms around the race hill? Some days, you simply need a wearable oven. Enter the Stance Belay Parka. Huge pockets, thick but compressible insulation, and a cinchable, helmet-friendly hood to keep you crushing it even when it’s brutally cold. [$299, blackdiamondequipment.com] — Sam Bass, Skiing Magazine editor-in-chief

The Valhalla is a near-waterproof, softshell jacket that’s roomy but not baggy. It’s a perfect ski piece for all by the wettest days, and it’s comfy…

The Valhalla is a near-waterproof, softshell jacket that’s roomy but not baggy. It’s a perfect ski piece for all by the wettest days, and it’s comfy enough for bumming around town. [$350, outdoorresearch.com]— Sam Berman, Skiing Magazine contributing editor

This jacket had us at the cheerful orange color with pink piping. It's also uber warm and uber light—the perfect winter warmer. [$270,…

This jacket had us at the cheerful orange color with pink piping. It’s also uber warm and uber light—the perfect winter warmer. [$270, hellyhansen.com] — Kim Beekman, Skiing Magazine contributing editor

I’m a shell person. More precisely, I run hot and hate to sweat, so I’m a breathable shell person. The Crusair uses Gore-Tex’s lightest, most…

I’m a shell person. More precisely, I run hot and hate to sweat, so I’m a breathable shell person. The Crusair uses Gore-Tex’s lightest, most breathable membrane, Active Shell. It weighs almost nothing, offers a simple, utilitarian pocket layout, and packs down tiny when I want to stash it while touring. [$350, scott-sports.com] — Kevin Luby, Skiing Magazine senior editor

This jacket is a must-have layering piece. The secret is in the jacket's fabric, which is exclusive to Mountain Hardwear. With an incredibly tight…

This jacket is a must-have layering piece. The secret is in the jacket’s fabric, which is exclusive to Mountain Hardwear. With an incredibly tight weave, it’s wind and water resistant without the weight you typically get from this type of technology. You will be shocked at the insulation capability of this 850-fill down jacket and it packs down into its own pocket. [$300, mountainhardwear.com]  — Keri Bascetta, Skiing Magazine photo editor

I'm picking 'Utility Brown' because those guys back east —the ones in Carharts careening down the steepest run on the hill for their first runs ever…

I’m picking ‘Utility Brown’ because those guys back east —the ones in Carharts careening down the steepest run on the hill for their first runs ever —are more fearless than any whippersnapper in the park who’d rather rip metal than snow. Those middle-aged truck drivers with the ‘can-do’ attitude are good people to pay homage to when you build a burly jacket. Good work TNF. [$280, thenorthface.com] — Chris Thompson, Skiing Magazine assistant photo editor