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Gear We Trust: Snowbird Ski Test

11 pieces of ski tester-approved equipment.

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These brands generously hook up our ski testers with new gear to abuse during our week at Snowbird, Utah. They’ll attest. It all works.Helly Hansen…

These brands generously hook up our ski testers with new gear to abuse during our week at Snowbird, Utah. They’ll attest. It all works.

Helly Hansen (apparel)
Buff USA (head/neck/face wear)
Dakine (packs and gloves)
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools (multitools)
POC Sports (helmets and goggles)
Fits Socks (ski socks)
SmartWool (baselayers)
Klean Kanteen (insulated bottles)
Swix (poles)

It’s a perfect low-profile daypack for resort and sidecountry riding.  [$100; dakine.com]

It’s a perfect low-profile daypack for resort and sidecountry riding.

 [$100; dakine.com]

A nice, cushy pro-level glove.[$110; dakine.com]

A nice, cushy pro-level glove.

[$110; dakine.com]

This jacket offers waterproof protection, light insulation, and a nifty ventilation system.  [$400; hellyhansen.com]

This jacket offers waterproof protection, light insulation, and a nifty ventilation system.

 [$400; hellyhansen.com]

Keeps your hots, hot and your colds, cold.  [$28; kleankanteen.com]

Keeps your hots, hot and your colds, cold.

 [$28; kleankanteen.com]

This safe, stylie dome piece pairs well with this high-vis goggle.  [helmet $160, goggle from $140; pocsports.com]

This safe, stylie dome piece pairs well with this high-vis goggle.

 [helmet $160, goggle from $140; pocsports.com]

This ski-adjusting, bottle-opening, tree-cutting multitool gets it done.  [$114; sogknives.com]

This ski-adjusting, bottle-opening, tree-cutting multitool gets it done.

 [$114; sogknives.com]

A light, snug, comfortable, top-of-the-line foot tube.  [$23; fitssock.com]

A light, snug, comfortable, top-of-the-line foot tube.

 [$23; fitssock.com]

A featherweight, durable, smell-resistant, 100-percent Merino wool baselayer.  [$100; smartwool.com]

A featherweight, durable, smell-resistant, 100-percent Merino wool baselayer.

 [$100; smartwool.com]

A no-nonsense carbon ski pole with great grip and swing weight.  [$80; swixsport.com]

A no-nonsense carbon ski pole with great grip and swing weight.

 [$80; swixsport.com]

Its simplicity is king. Its 100-percent Merino wool construction is queen.  [$32; buffusa.com]

Its simplicity is king. Its 100-percent Merino wool construction is queen.

 [$32; buffusa.com]