Gear Guide 2018: Men's Hot Shots
Always cold? Banish the shivers in an insulated ski kit and stay out to play longer.
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These men’s outerwear kits are designed for the skier who mostly rides lifts to get to the goods. A bit warmer than a shell, but most have proper ventilation for those sunny Spring days too.
Strafe Ozone Jacket and Capitol Pant
Combine Polartec Neoshell with Polartec Alpha insulation and you get a ski jacket that can shed heat on a cold uphill and provide warmth on the downhill. These were designed for resort skiers to stay out until they can climb and slide no more. Thoughtful details like pack-compatible chest pockets, interior electronics pocket, and fleece-lined collar and chin make spending the day in this kit easy like Sunday morning. [Jacket, $599; Pant, $449. strafeouterwear.com]
Ortovox Leone Jacket; Ortler Pant; Piz Cartas Vest
The innovative Swiss brand that uses wool as fill for insulation introduces the Leone, made with stretchy two-layer Dermizax fabric and insulated with 60-gram Swisswool. The three-layer Ortler Pant has a Merino waistband liner for comfort and an expandable thigh pocket for all your take-alongs. Throw on the Piz Cartas Vest for early-morning warmth. At 9.4 ounces, it packs away in a flash. [Jacket, $490; Pant, $400; Vest, $180. ortovox.com]
Arc’Teryx Tauri Jacket and Iser Pant
If you’re looking for a top-shelf touring jacket that can double as a resort piece, try the Tauri. It’s lightweight and packable, boasts a two-layer Gore-Tex face fabric, and is packed with Coreloft, a synthetic insulator that dries fast, stays warm when wet, and retains and dumps heat as needed. The flannel-lined Iser Pant ups the game with three-layer Gore-Tex fabric, large cargo pockets, and Kevlar kick panels for a truly bulletproof bottom half. [Jacket, $699; Pant, $475. arcteryx.com]
Armada Rankin Stretch Anorak and Atmore Stretch Pant
Get comfy. That’s what Armada is saying with this lightly insulated setup that not only functions great but looks even better. The anorak is insulated with 60-gram Polyfill for a little warmth when it’s nippy out, but the polyester outer fabric really moves with you, making the Rankin the piece you’ll reach for on freeride days and park sessions. The sleek, slim fit of the Atmore pairs well with the longer length of the Rankin. [Jacket, $229; Pant, $249. armadaskis.com]
Eider Rocker Jacket and Ridge Pant
Eider expands its innovative Fix-A-Shape zipper to more jackets, including this solid resort piece. The ergonomic zipper, which Eider debuted last season, is designed to zip out and away from the chin, allowing for the bulk of a neck warmer or face mask. Four-way stretch Defender fabric is paired with 80-gram eLoft insulation for a waterproof and breathable jacket. The lightly insulated Ridge Pant connects to the jacket via powder skirt. [Jacket, $480; Pant, $200. eider.com]