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Gear Guide 2019: Women's Apparel

Get the lowdown on the hottest new tech in women's outerwear.

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Brentwood Jacket and Bib

Dakine Women's Brentwood Jacket and Bibs

Dakine makes ski apparel that’s equally at home crushing the steeps and cruising Main Street, and the updated Brentwood Jacket is no exception; a two-layer brushed-twill outer fabric comes in street-friendly hues and its Primaloft Eco insulation does the job whether you’re riding the lifts or walking to the bar. The new bib has a tailored fit and lots of pockets, including an audio-connected chest pocket. A stylish pick for lady resort rippers. [Jacket $260, Bib $250 (Buy Now)]

Prism InfiLoft Jacket & Smarty 3-in-1 Pant

Prism InfiLoft Jacket & Smarty 3-in-1 Pant
Courtesy of 686

Freeride vibes meet frontside tech with the Prism, a new favorite amongst our female editors. The jacket’s sleek texturing on the shoulders and smart colorways, combined with 686’s InfiDry 20K waterproof/breathable outer fabric and InfiLoft low weight- to-warmth insulation, make this a smart pick for women who like to rock a longer silhouette without having to wear a shell. Pair it with the Smarty 3-in-1 cargo pant, which comes with a versatile pull-out yoga pant beneath a 15K waterproof shell fabric. [Jacket $300, pants $220]

Picture Ticket Jacket & Bib

Picture Women's Ticket Jacket & Bib
Courtesy of Picture

The freeride-styled Ticket kit from French company Picture strikes a balance of
shell and insulation beneath the Dry Play Recyclable 20K/20K membrane, with
just enough warmth to quell the chill but smartly placed vents to air out as needed. [Jacket $320, Bib $220]

Columbia Powder Keg II Jacket & Pants

Columbia Women's Powder Keg Jacket & Pants
Courtesy of Colombia

Ladies who are always cold—or live in consistently Arctic climes—Columbia’s got you covered. The Powder Keg promises tropical warmth thanks to Omni-Tech waterproof breathability on the outside and Omni-Heat 3D thermal heat retention on the inside. Both jacket and pants are also slope-ready with powder skirt, detachable hood, ski pass pock- et, two-way zipper, and internal leg gaiters. It’s the full package for cold-weather skiing, minus the portable heater (odds are they’re working on that). [$350 jacket(Buy Now), $250 pant (Buy Now)]


Mammut Alvier Armor HS Jacket & Pants

Mammut Women's Alvier Armor HS Jacket & Pants
Courtesy of Mammut

Mammut debuts its Phase Map technology, a combo of fabrics manufactured into one piece, in the Alvier Armor. Here, the polyamide/polyester combo is waterproof, breathable, and easy to move in, plus it has abrasion-resistant zones in high-use areas. The jacket sports a helmet-compatible hood, underarm vents, and a detachable powder skirt; the pants snap to attach to the jacket and boast generous side vents. An athletic option for medium-output days. [$599 jacket, $499 pants]

The North Face Ceptor Anorak & Bib

North Face Women's Ceptor Anorak & Bib
Courtesy of Northface

Finally, a stylie anorak made to perform in the backcountry. We love that TNF rolled out this DryVent three-layer setup for women. With its longer length, huge center pocket, easy entry/ exit, and generous pit vents, the Ceptor knows its audience. The bib rocks a similar freeride vibe with adjustable suspenders and understated colorways. Building backcountry kickers? This kit’s a no-brainer. [Anorak $320, bib $299 (Buy Now)]

Direct Alpine Guide Lady 5.0 Jacket & Couloir Plus Lady Pant

Direct Alpine Women's Guide Lady 5.0 Jacket & Couloir  Plus Lady Pant
Courtesy of Direct Alpine

DirectAlpine, new-to-market in the U.S., makes apparel decidedly for touring in the high alpine. The Guide 5.0 is built with waterproof/wind- proof/breathable Gelanots HB fabric, made by Toyota, and the wicking, softshell Couloir pants have great moveability. Rock the bright hues and slim Euro cut to fit in proudly with the SkiMo crowd. [Jacket $430, Pants $260]

Black Diamond Helio Active Shell and Pants

Black Diamond Helio Active Shell and Pants
Courtesy of Black Diamond

BD’s new touring kit is a Gore-Tex three-layer Active shell with Gore’s C-Knit backer for com- fort and easy movement. Every consideration was given to its intended use in the backcountry, including harness- and pack-compatible pockets, climbing-helmet-compatible hood, pit zips, and stretch gaiters to accommodate touring boots. For the girl who has everything. [Jacket $399, pants $349 (Buy Now)]


Strafe Women’s Sunnyside Alpha Anorak

Strafe Women's Sunnyside Alpha Anorak
Courtesy of Strafe

Combine Recon Air outer fabric and Polartec Alpha insulation and what do you get? The delicious marshmallow-like comfort and hand-feel of the new Sunnyside Anorak, ideal as a cozy and breathable midlayer under a shell or worn alone on milder days. Generous front and size zippers make for an easy-on/easy-off, and it happily smashes down into a day pack for a simpler take-along layer. (And yes, ladies, it has thumbholes.) [$269]

Smartwool Women’s Merino 250 Once-Piece

Smartwool Women's Merino 250 One-Piece
Courtesy of Smartwool

Finally, a base layer onesie for men and women that performs—and makes sense from a logistical perspective. (Yes, there’s a zippered drop tail for when nature calls.) Made from 100 percent 250-gram Merino, the heaviest weight SmartWool offers, the One-Piece’s interlock knit allows for supreme temperature regulation and breathability, while flatlock seams ensure next-to-skin comfort (no chafing). Bonus: The slim-fitting hood fits easily under your helmet. [$225]


The North Face Women’s Vinny Ventrix Pullover

The North Face Women's Vinny Ventrix Pullover
Courtesy of The North Face

TNF uses its own Ventrix synthetic insulation in this new layering anorak, when, combined with a soft and lightweight nylon twill outer fabric, produces an amazingly cozy piece that insulates when you need it to and breathes when you don’t. [$199 (Buy Now)]

Knit Tech Fleece Hoody

686 Women's Knit Tech Fleece Hoody
Courtesy of 686

This midlayer pullover quickly became a favorite piece of apparel around the SKI offices: It’s thick, but doesn’t feel bulky, and cozy without keeping you too warm. Made from 100 percent polyester, the fitted Knit Tech takes the ski sweater into the future—as well as into the coffee shop, the yoga studio, and the après bar. Three cheers for versatility. [$100]     

Looking for some accessories? Check out all the shiny new helmets and goggles for 2019, or the best gloves, backpacks, and sunglasses.