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This season’s trends in men’s skiwear continues to prize eco-friendly materials and lightweight technologies designed to keep you warm and dry without weighing you down. Pops of color tease a little excitement out of the season’s earth tones and streamlined designs while still championing environmentally sound fabrics that push the sustainability envelope in ski outerwear. Here are the SKI editors’ top picks for everything you need to stay warm, dry, and stoked to keep skiing all season long.Section divider
Top Men’s Ski Kits of 2022
These jackets and pants were made to be worn together and serve up complimentary technology and colors to help you perform your best on the mountain.
Outdoor Research SkyTour AscentShell Jacket and Bib
OR slimmed down its patented AscentShell fabric by 20 percent in its new AscentShell kit designed for backcountry touring. The technology makes both jacket and bib not only lighter-weight but also fully wind- and waterproof with a superior level of breathability than prior versions. The brand also updated the fit by lengthening the silhouette on the jacket and making the cut of the bib slightly roomier. Now both pieces more easily accommodate the layering process that’s so integral to comfort and efficiency in the backcountry. Also available in women’s.
- Outdoor Research SkyTour AscentShell Jacket MSRP: $349
- Outdoor Research SkyTour AscentShell Bib MSRP: $349
Buy OR’s SkyTour AscentShell Jacket: evo
Trew Capow Jacket and Bib
Trew collaborated with backcountry and mountaineering guides to put forth its best version of the Capow Jacket and Bib yet, incorporating a super-stretchy and breathable fabric on the torso with a burlier, abrasion-resistant shell on the shoulders and sleeves. The resulting kit that’s made for active days hiking or touring is easy to move in yet will also hold up to the elements. With a longer torso and added length on the legs and sleeves, the Capow is made for taller, slimmer types and strikes the right balance of weight and performance for backcountry skiers and resort adventurers alike. Also available in women’s.
- Trew Capow Jacket MSRP: $479
- Trew Capow Bib MSRP: $479
Picture Organic Track Jacket and Naikoon Pant
Resort skiers looking for an eco-friendly option that doesn’t skimp on performance would do well to consider this French brand that’s been available stateside for the last few seasons. The outer fabric on both the jacket and pants is sourced from sugarcane waste that’s repurposed into a bio-based polyester shell. Both are also lined with Coremax, which wicks away sweat and offers a bit of warmth, too. The Naikoon Pant adds a lightweight, 25-gram synthetic insulation perfect for chilly days riding lifts. The brand is also known for its on-trend colors and prints, so if you’re looking to stand out in the lift line, check it out
- Picture Organic Track Jacket MSRP: $330
- Picture Organic Naikoon Pant MSRP: $230
Strafe Nomad Jacket and Bib
The updated Nomad setup is like the outerwear version of the one-ski quiver for backcountry and resort skiers. The jacket is a three-layer freeride shell with a stretchy outer fabric that makes it easy to wear, but is also tough enough to withstand errant tree branches and nicks from rough ski edges. The Nomad Bib employs a soft and pliable eVent DV Flex fabric combined with a seamless waist to offer up a truly comfortable shell pant that lets you get after it while keeping you dry and protected. Improvements to the previous season’s bib include more intuitively placed hand pockets and an added cargo thigh pocket to hold all of your must-haves.
- Strafe Nomad Jacket MSRP: $599
- Strafe Nomad Bib MSRP: $529
Dynafit Free Infinium Insulation Jacket and Free Infinium Hybrid Pants
Switching things up, backcountry brand Dynafit debuts an insulated jacket this season. The Free Infinium Insulation Jacket is made with a bulletproof
Gore-Tex Infinium outer shell that offers all the wind and moisture protection that one expects from Dynafit, with the addition of 55 percent recycled PrimaLoft Gold and Active insulation for warmth on days filled with lift-riding and resort cruising. The jacket boasts a powder skirt and helmet-compatible hood. The Free Infinium Hybrid Pant rocks Dynafit’s breathable Dynastretch panels bolstered by Gore-Tex Infinium for protection in any conditions. Also available in women’s.
- Dynafit Free Infinium Insulation Jacket MSRP: $500
- Dynafit Free Infinium Hybrid Pants MSRP: $300
Top Men’s Ski Jackets of 2022
Flylow Dante Jacket
Ever have those days when you can’t decide whether to grab your shell or your insulated jacket? The Dante jacket is a nice compromise. It’s lightly insulated with body-mapped fleece and flannel where you want it throughout the core and a mesh liner where you need to dump heat. The Dante also boasts a longer freeride cut, underarm vents, generous pockets, and ripstop reinforcements at the elbows for a solid resort-inspired jacket for those variable-weather days.
- Flylow Dante Jacket MSRP: $325
Buy the Dante Jacket: REI
Spyder All-Out Anorak
The All-Out is a simple recycled polyester shell stuffed with synthetic insulation ranging from a hefty 80-gram in the body to 40-gram in the arms, but it’s the cut, colors, features, and price that won this anorak a spot in this year’s roundup. Give this piece a good, hard look if you’re itching for a pullover that won’t break the bank and offers plentiful bells and whistles, including a powder skirt, underarm vents, and generous storage. Also available in women’s.
- Spyder All-Out Anorak MSRP: $249
Ortovox 3L Deep Shell
Another traditional touring brand ventures into new territory this season with Ortovox’s debut of the 3L Deep Shell, a freeride jacket designed with a roomier silhouette for all-mountain performance. The wind- and waterproof outer fabric is reinforced in areas with Merino wool for extra warmth, while a removable powder skirt, high collar, two-way front and underarm vent zips, and an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood round out the features. An innovative new look and technology for adventurous resort and sidecountry skiers. Also available in women’s.
- Ortovox 3L Deep Shell MSRP: $640
Helly Hansen Odin Infinity Insulated Jacket
Helly’s new high-performance insulated jacket was developed with feedback from search-and-rescue professionals who are exposed to frigid conditions for hours at a time. Which is to say, this isn’t your average insulated ski jacket. The Odin Infinity employs HH’s proprietary LIFA Infinity microporous membrane for breathability paired with the brand’s LIFALoft insulation for the lightest-weight warmth you can get. The three-layer construction, generous pockets, and even an integrated whistle on the front zipper help this jacket stand out.
Also available in women’s.
- Helly Hansen Odin Infinity Insulated Jacket MSRP: $800
Top Men’s Ski Pants of 2022
Obermeyer Theta Pant
Obermeyer’s Theta Pant is part of a new collaboration the brand debuts this season with Dermizax fabric, a supple, four-way-stretch technology that makes these ski pants incredibly comfortable and easy to wear without sacrificing water-resistance, breathability, and the overall performance you expect on the slopes. The Theta is also lightly insulated with 40-gram PrimaLoft Gold, making it an ideal option for skiers looking for that go-to pant for resort days.
- Obermeyer Theta Pant MSRP: $399
Helly Hansen Ridge Infinity Shell Bib
The brand’s newest shell bib combines the LIFA Infinity microporous membrane for incredible breathability and temperature regulation for the uphill with a three-layer construction, heavy-duty leg gaiters, and articulated knees for a rowdy downhill. The stretchy, attached bib has fully adjustable suspenders and the two zippered thigh pockets are big enough to hold your essentials without adding too much bulk. Also available in women’s.
- Helly Hansen Ridge Infinity Shell Bib MSRP: $550
Flylow Patrol Pants
Created with the same sentiment and technology as the Dante Jacket (pg. 98), the Patrol pants are also lined with strategically placed fleece in certain spots for added warmth (think butt for cold morning lift rides) and mesh for breathability where extra ventilation is helpful. There are 10-inch inseam vents to help dump heat, as well. These are the pants to wear for resort days that promise a few hike-to laps out of bounds.
- Flylow Patrol Pants MSRP: $190
Buy Flylow’s Patrol Pants: REI
Arc’Teryx Procline Pant
We love a touring pant that’s substantial enough to pull double duty at the resort, and the Procline is just such a piece. Made with Gore-Tex Infinium with four-way stretch, the Procline incorporates touring features such as Arc’Teryx’s TouringCuff, a seal that keeps snow out of the boots, as well as overall creature comforts like an adjustable waistband, generous side vents, and Keprotec scuff guards for a do-it-all-anywhere ski bottom. Also available in women’s.
- Arc’Teryx Procline Pant MSRP: $399
Top Men’s Ski Kits for 2021
Jacket-and-pant combos that serve up a fresh look along with the latest technologies and fabrics that will hold up for seasons to come.
Gear of the Year: Outdoor Research Carbide Jacket and Bib
Three cheers for cool collaborations. Outdoor Research teamed up with Calif.–based Arcade Belts to add a little flair to its new shell kit for this season. The Carbide Jacket and Bib is OR’s top of the line set-up designed for active days in-bounds as well as backcountry touring. Made with Pertex Shield, the Carbide is pliable and easy to move in, with features including powder skirt, pit and thigh venting, and clip-in avy beacon pocket. The Arcade bling in the bib comes in the form of quick-release stretch suspenders that also offer a welcome pop of color.
- Outdoor Research Carbide Jacket MSRP: $299
- Outdoor Research Carbide Bib MSRP: $299
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Spyder Signal GTX Anorak and Sentinel GTX LE Pant
On-trend anorak styling with legit tech underneath.
The new Signal anorak checks all the boxes our editors are looking for: longer length, lightly insulated, zippered pouch pocket, and generous side-entry zip that makes the on-and-off a breeze. With a two-layer Gore-Tex face fabric and 80 grams of PrimaLoft Black Eco insulation, the Signal will become a go-to outer layer on fair-weather days. Pair it with the Sentinel GTX LE Pant, also two-layer Gore but with 40 grams of the same insulation, plus adjustable, removable suspenders, articulated knees, and thigh vents. This is a great option for someone looking for an insulated set-up from a trusted brand at a decent price.
- Spyder Signal GTX Anorak MSRP: $399
- Spyder Sentinel GTX LE Pant MSRP: $279
Shop for the Spyder Signal GTX Anorak: Amazon
Goldwin Aither Jacket & Atlas Pant
High-end insulated jacket and pant with newfangled venting system
Japanese brand Goldwin knows a little bit about staying warm, dry, and protected on a powder day. The Aither Jacket boasts an innovative new venting system that routes air through mesh channels to dump heat and moisture as needed. It’s also extremely pliable and easy to move in thanks to the Dermizax Stretch two-layer outer fabric. A nifty magnet keeps the helmet-compatible hood from bobbing up and down when not in use, and the attached goggle pocket with cloth are nice touches. The straightforward Atlas Pant rocks cargo styling, is insulated with a polyester synthetic, and lined on the inside with a soft tricot for added comfort.
- Goldwin Aither Jacket MSRP: $699
- Goldwin Atlas Pant MSRP: $399
Mammut La Liste Pro Shell and Bib
Durable and full-featured Gore-Tex Pro kit for all-weather adventures.
Skiers seeking an all-weather/all-mountain kit need look no further. The new La Liste shell and bib are Mammut’s latest Gore-Tex Pro offering—three-layer pieces designed to be protective, breathable, and performance-minded from the lift line to the chutes and everywhere in between. The shell has a helmet-compatible hood with three-point adjustment, two-way zip underarm vents, hand gaiters, and detachable snow skirt. The full, elastic bib has laser-cut ventilation in back and is removable; there’s also a waistband adjustment for when the bib is detached. Generous side vents and a neat neoprene inner pocket designed to keep cell phones safe round out the ample offerings.
- Mammut La Liste Pro Shell MSRP: $795
- Mammut La Liste Pro Bib MSRP: $675
Shop the Mammut La Liste Pro Bibs: Backcountry
Best Men’s Ski Jackets of 2021
Arc’teryx Sabre LT Jacket
High-end Gore shell that goes everywhere .
A new iteration in the trusty Sabre line, this is a longer, three-layer Gore-Tex freeride option with Gore C-Knit on the inside to keep this jacket soft and breathable. A helmet-compatible hood, angled pit vents that are pack-friendly, stretch powder skirt, and generous inner mesh dump pockets give the new Sabre the features you need in a dependable shell.
- Arc’teryx Sabre LT Jacket MSRP: $699, arcteryx.com
Scott Ultimate GTX Infinium Down Jacket
Super-warm, sustainably sourced down ski jacket for your coldest days .
Stuffed with 800-fill Allied Traceable down, this ski jacket checks many boxes: sustainable, fully featured, warm as heck, and fully seam-sealed and waterproof. Reach for the Ultimate GTX Infinium on your chilliest ski days, when riding lifts and standing in lift lines are an unavoidable reality. The jacket has a detachable powder skirt, generous pockets, and a helmet-compatible hood to round out the package.
- Scott Ultimate GTX Infinium Down Jacket MSRP: $400, scott-sports.com
Flylow Kane Jacket
A slimmed down, super-breathable shell for active days .
Light, nimble, and always on the go, Flylow’s newest shell is low on bells and whistles but high on all the things that matter when you’re working up a sweat. Made with The Perm waterproof, breathable fabric, the Kane keeps the focus on regulating your thermostat. There are huge, 12-inch pit zips and a few handy pockets, but no powder skirt, goggle pocket, or other niceties to weigh you down.
Flylow Kane Jacket MSRP: $460, flylowgear.com
Marmot Warm Cube Kaprun Jacket
Innovative new tech in a jacket made to battle frigid ski days .
Marmot’s Warm Cube technology, rolled out in s everal jackets this year, is the brand’s answer to a down-filled ski jacket that will never deflate or lose loft. The 800-fill down is segregated into “cubes,” which collect warm air in channels around the cubes and keep the down from shifting. The Kaprun is still a ski jacket: Note the zip-off powder skirt, helmet-compatible hood, pass pocket, and inner mesh storage.
- Marmot Warm Cube Kaprun Jacket MSRP: $650, marmot.com
Find it at Backcountry: Marmot Warm Cube Kaprun Jacket
686 Gore-Tex Core Jacket
A shell that serves up clean lines and top performance at a value price.
This Gore-Tex shell provides all the essentials with a more youthful styling and a friendly price tag. The Core is made from two-layer Gore-Tex and equipped with 686’s trademarked AirFlo chest vent for extra breathability, plus a low-profile chest pocket that keeps the jacket looking sleek. Other features include media pocket with audio outlet, mesh goggle pocket, and adjustable powder skirt.
- 686 Gore-Tex Core Jacket MSRP: $279, 686.com
Best Men’s Ski Pants of 2021
Obermeyer Fairweather Shell Bib
Three-layer detachable bib with all the bells and whistles .
Anyone looking for a technical three-layer shell pant with detachable bib should take a hard look at the new Fairweather Bib. These have an incredible hand feel—substantial yet supple and pliable—plus all the niceties one would expect from an Obermeyer piece: two-way zipper vents, reinforced scuff guards, adjustable waist, and an articulated fit. A solid investment.
- Obermeyer Fairweather Bib MSRP: $359, obermeyer.com
Shop for it at REI: Obermeyer Fairweather Shell Bib
Strafe Summit Pant
Fresh update to a fan-favorite insulated pant .
The Summit, one of Strafe’s most popular insulated pants, is packed with PrimaLoft Black Eco (with 60-percent post consumer recycled materials) and employs a two-layer outer fabric with four-way stretch, making it easy to move in. New to the design is a bellowed above-the-knee pocket for easy stashing, more streamlined front hand pockets with upgraded zippers, and an available army-green colorway that debuts a textured ripstop for added durability.
- Strafe Summit ski pants MSRP: $349, strafeouterwear.com
Mountain Hardwear The Viv Gore-Tex Pro Bib
Made for active days in the mountains where you need protection and breathability.
What should you expect from a Gore-Tex bib designed with input from Chamonix-based mountaineer and legendary freeskier Vivian Bruchez? One bomber pair of ski pants made from Gore’s Most Breathable fabric, with tried-and-true features including thigh-length vents, dropseat design, two zippered chest pockets in the bib plus two deep thigh pockets, rear waist adjustment, and articulated knees.
Mountain Hardwear The Viv Gore-Tex Bib MSRP: $600, mountainhardwear.com
Find it on Backcountry: Mountain Hardwear The Viv Gore-Tex Pro Bib
Columbia Peak Pursuit Pant
Reliable shell pant with solid technology for a reasonable price.
Newsflash: You don’t need to shell out major coin to stay comfortable and protected on the slopes. Columbia’s workhorse Peak Pursuit pant gets the job done with kudos to spare. The pants are made with the brand’s patented Omni-Tech waterproof face fabric featuring four-way stretch, articulated knees, an adjustable waist, and zippered leg vents. The whole package without the whole price tag.
- Columbia Peak Pursuit ski pant MSRP: $300, columbia.com