Best Puffy Coats

Puffy jackets have come a long way since being mocked ruthlessly by Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story.” Now, they’re engineered to be warmer, lighter and more stylish than ever before. We found eight that stood out from the crowd.
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Made 100 percent from recycled plastic water bottles, the Recycler features stretch fabric in the shoulder, a helmet-friendly hood, and two oversize chest pockets. [$300; hellyhansen.com]

10 Great Spring Jackets

Spring has sprung, so ditch the goose down and check out these lightweight jackets that are perfect for warm days on the mountain.

This jacket is essentially your outer layer and midlayer in one. Inside, 800-fill goose down stitched into narrow baffles keep weight and bulk down. Outside, a two-layer 12-denier shell with DWR sheds moisture. The chest-to-hip pockets double as core vents.Weight: women’s, 16.3 oz.; men’s, 19.5 oz.[$299; eddiebauer.com/firstascent]

Our 15 Favorite Jackets

When it comes to jackets, comfort comes down to two words: waterproof and breathable. These are our favorites from softshells to storm day puffies.

Merino with a touch of Lycra to give it stretch, the wicking, quick drying Sprint Crewe, from Icebreaker’s GT line is the perfect layer to wear on uphill-downhill missions, especially if you want everyone to be able to see your muscles.  $100; http://icebreaker.com

Best Baselayers

Baselayers are probably the most crucial, least interesting, part of your ski kit. To shorten your selection process, here are our faves.

If you ride switch a lot, this may be the binding for you. The Deadbolts zero ramp angle keeps your boot level underfoot and puts your shins in a neutral stance, which is ideal for switch riding, and 180-degrees of release range relieves pressure to your knees during a regular or switch twisting crash. A 5-15 DIN range and psychedelic styling complete this limited-edition binding.$374.99; 4FRNT.com.

Best Bindings

A binding is a binding, right? Wrong. Binding technology has come a long way in the last few years. Here is a look at what's new.