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Gear Guide 2019: Men's Apparel

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Goldwin Arris Jacket & Pants

Goldwin Men's Arris Jacket & Bib
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Goldwin’s three-layer Gore-Tex shell is the brand’s most technical freeski jacket. It’s fully featured with everything you can think of, from detachable powder skirt and generous pockets—even a hidden security pocket—to a snap-back hood and forearm pocket pass. The three-layer Gore Arris pant snaps to the jacket, and has full side zips for maximum venting, articulated knees for ease of movement, and burly Cordura leg cuffs to withstand seasons of abuse. [Jacket $699, pants $499]

Black Crows Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants

Black Crow Men's Corpus Insulated Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants
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Black Crows’ Corpus jacket/pant combo features a 2L Gore-Tex shell, a supple Pretex liner with a stylish chevron stitching, and a Primaloft insulation. The result is solid temperature regulation on cold days. When the sun really starts pumping, both jacket and pant boast zippered vents to dump heat. The freeride cut is loose, but with a certain je ne sais quoi that looks especially sharp. [Jacket $600, pants $450]

Helly Hansen Garibaldi Jacket & Pants

Helly Hansen Men's Garibaldi Jacket & Pants
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Overheating is a sneaky enemy. Once we start to sweat, we risk ending up colder than ever. Sound familiar? Consider the Garibaldi kit. Thanks to HH’s H2Flow tech, pockets of body heat are stashed inside small holes, then mitigated by strategically placed vents, helping you control your thermostat. The four-way stretch jacket also sports a jacquard camo print and Life Pocket technology with Aerogel (bye, frozen phone battery). [Jacket $450, pant $300]

Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket & Pants

Patagonia Men's Powder Bowl Jacket & Pants
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    Putting its money where its mouth is, Patagonia introduces its first 100 percent recycled two-layer Gore-Tex fabric, following last season’s debut of the PowSlayer, made from three-layer recycled Gore. The Powder Bowl is pared down this season to appeal to minimalists who crave simplicity and ease of use. Insulated with Thermogreen polyester, 90 percent recycled, both the jacket and pants are pure Patagonia— powder skirt, chest pocket, classic colors, clean lines, and the reminder to repair—not replace. We concur. [$479 jacket (Buy Now),$379 pants (Buy Now)]

Flylow Cooper Jacket & Smythe Bib

Flylow Men's Cooper Jacket & Smythe Bib
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Flylow’s fabric gurus worked with the folks at Intuitive to custom-build a new technical fabric from the ground up for the new backcountry-centric Cooper Jacket and Smythe Bib. Dubbed The Perm, the four- way stretch fabric is super breathable (or
air permeable, thus the name), and is rated 20K waterproof for big days in the deep or long walks up the hill. Factor in pack-friendly pockets, 12-inch pit zips, and a helmet- compatible hood, plus the bib’s articulated knees and chest pockets mapped to work with pack straps, and we like the way this is going. We think you will, too. [Jacket $450, bib $450]


Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket & Bib

Outdoor Research Men's Hemispheres Jacket & Bib
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Being first to market in North America with a cool new product is no small feat in the wide world of winter apparel. This season, OR does just that, debuting hybrid-mapped panels of Gore-Tex with Stretch Technology in its Hemispheres shell kit. The two-layer, two-way stretch fabric is placed at logical spots—the jacket’s hood, underarms, and at the back and the gussets on the bib—giving both pieces great moveability and comfort. Gore C-Knit is used elsewhere, and the two join forces for a set that’s at home in blower pow days in the backcountry, during high-out- put skins, and ripping laps off the chairlift. [Jacket $599, Bib $599 (Buy Now)]

Eddie Bauer Men’s Evertherm Vest & Freedry Merino Hybrid 1/4-Zip

Eddie Bauer Mens Evertherm Vest & Freedry Merino Hybrid 1/4 zip
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EB’s revolutionary new down technology now comes in vest form: The Evertherm
Vest uses the same Thindown sheets as the jacket, nixing the need for baffles or quilting and producing a less bulky, yet warmer, insulating piece. Pair it with the Freedry 1⁄4-Zip, a heavyweight next-to-skin layer made from equal parts Merino and polyester and designed for resort days or cold weather pursuits. [Vest $199, 1⁄4-Zip, $99]

Strafe Nomad Jacket & Bib

Strafe Men's Nomad Jacket & Bib
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The Nomad is Strafe’s tried-and-true jacket and pants combo for good reason. The sturdy nylon outer fabric joins forces with eVent technology to provide consistent breathability and temperature management in any conditions. Backcountry features like pack-friendly pockets and seamless shoulders are a nice addition to the Nomad’s considerable features—sleeve pass pocket, electronics pocket, four-way stretch powder skirt, thumbhole cuffs, and covered vents on the jacket and bib. The one you’ll reach for the most throughout the season? We wouldn’t be surprised. [Jacket $549 (Buy Now), Bib $479]    

Arc’teryx Sabre LT Jacket & Pants

Arc'teryx Sabre LT Jacket & Pants
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This is your go-to three-layer Gore shell for big mountain days in or out of bounds. A Gore C-Knit backer lends comfort and quiet, plus integrated powder skirt, helmet-compatible hood, and watertight pit zips make it the jacket you’ll reach for on wet and stormy days. A longer, freeride cut and contrast colors are welcome updates. The Sabre pant sports a flannel backer, roomy thigh pockets, and bulletproof Keprotec kick panels. [Jacket $649, pants $499 (Buy Now)]

Marmot BL Pro Jacket & Pants

Marmot Men's BL Pro Jacket & Pants
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When you know you’re going to be out all day, you need full protection that’s a match for the elements. Meet the new BL Pro, made from three-layer Gore Pro and decked out with all the bells and whistles that can make or break a day in backcountry: underarm pit zips, a high collar to keep the snow out, and longer sleeves cut with maximum range of motion in mind. The burly Pro pant has a removable stretch bib and is nearly indestructible. Feel free to try for yourself. [Jacket $650, pants $600]

Ortovox Tofana Jacket & Pants

Ortovox Men's Tofana Jacket & Pants
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The uber-lightweight Tofana jacket and pants should be on your radar for high-output days. Ortovox has been perfecting ski mountaineering apparel for decades—but only selling it in the U.S. for the last few years. No details were overlooked: Lined with soft and wicking Tasmanian Merino on the inside and made wind- and waterproof with a highly breathable polyamide outer fabric, the Tofana rocks a slimmer, athletic fit. When it comes to shedding weight but not protection from the elements, this kit answers the call. [Jacket $230, pants $210]


Patagonia Men’s Micropuff Jacket

Patagonia Men's Micropuff Jacket
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What’s super-warm, infinitely compressible, and practically light as air? Patagonia’s Micropuff, weighing in at just nine ounces (men’s size medium) and filled with Patagonia’s synthetic PlumaFill insulation, which replicates the warmth of a down jacket with the added bonus of not wetting out in moist conditions—or sweaty ones. It’s also surprisingly durable for a lightweight layer. A win-win. [$299  (Buy Now)]

If you’re ready to complete the kit, check out all the shiny new helmets and goggles for 2019, and the finest gloves, backpacks, and sunglasses.