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Women’s outerwear is far removed from the shrink-it-and-pink-it era (although all shades of peach are on-trend this season). Look for identical tech as the mens’ apparel complemented by eco-first technologies and fabrics that continue to prioritize sustainability in ski fashion. These are the SKI editor’s favorite kits, jackets, and pants for the coming season, with options for resorts skiing to backcountry and everything in between.Section divider
Top Women’s Kits of 2022
The North Face A-CAD FutureLight Jacket and Bib
The North Face continues to invest in its FutureLight technology, an innovative fabric that incorporates breathability into a waterproof membrane. Now the brand has upped the comfort ante by integrating Spectra stretch technology into its A-CAD jacket and bib line, arming this already lightweight, waterproof, and breathable shell kit with a new level of comfort in the places it’s needed most, such as the elbows and knees. A serious one-quiver contender for resort skiers and casual ski tourers.
- The North Face A-CAD FutureLight Jacket MSRP: $650
- The North Face A-CAD FutureLight Bib: $550
Black Crows Freebird XPore Jacket and Pants
Sleek and pleasantly unadorned but not lacking in the least when it comes to technology, the Freebird XPore shell and pants were designed with mountain adventure at the fore. Utilizing XPore fully breathable and waterproof face fabric, the jacket and pants’ streamlined look belies its performance. Features include an attached, adjustable hood, two low-profile chest pockets, and generous vents—including full side openings on the pants that offer drop-seat capability. This is a stylish, high-performance kit for the high alpine and beyond. Also available in men’s.
- Black Crows Freebird XPore Jacket MSRP: $720
- Black Crows Freebird XPore Pants: $600
Sweet Protection Crusader X Gore-Tex Jacket and Bib
Sweet Protection is known for its bomber helmets and goggles, but the brand is finally bringing its outerwear to this side of the pond. This season it debuts a small collection stateside, and the Crusader X kit is at the top of our list. It’s a three-layer recycled Gore-Tex jacket with an adjustable powder skirt, plenty ofstorage—five pockets, four exterior and one interior—and a longer silhouette. The freeride-inspired Gore-Tex bib has an articulated fit for easy movement complemented by a softshell high-waisted bib that’s super-stretchy, as well as a drop-seat for easy nature breaks. Also available in men’s.
- Sweet Protection Crusader X Gore-Tex Jacket MSRP: $600
- Sweet Protection Crusader X Gore-Tex Bib MSRP: $500
Patagonia Stormstride Jacket and Pants
A setup for dedicated backcountry skiers, the Stormstride is Patagonia’s lightest jacket and pant made for days in the skin track. The fabric is the brand’s H2NO technology made from 100 percent polyester—54 percent recycled. The cut is designed to accommodate layers, and every feature on the Stormstride kit is made with the touring process in mind—from the jacket’s internal drop-in pockets designed to fit skins to the pant’s secure gaiters to lock out snow to bomber scuff guards to protect the insides of the legs. If you’re looking for a premium outfit for uphills and their accompanying descents, the Stormstride belongs high on the list. Also available in men’s.
- Patagonia Stormstride Jacket MSRP: $499
- Patagonia Stormstride Pants MSRP: $449
Kari Traa Ragnhild Down Jacket and Voss Ski Pant
This Norwegian company has become a mainstay in women’s base layers over the last few years, and with that success, the brand has just rolled out a selection of its outerwear to the U.S. market. The Ragnhild Down Jacket is packed with 600-fill in the body and 500-fill in the sleeves, and boasts a stylish quilted pattern on the top half. We paired it with the synthetic-insulated Voss pant, a flattering style that sports a double front zipper and comfortable, fully adjustable suspenders. A youthful resort set-up for ladies who run cold but don’t want to look like the Michelin (Wo)Man.
- Kari Traa Ragnhild Down Jacket MSRP: $350
- Kari Traa Voss Ski Pant MSRP: $325
Top Women’s Ski Jackets of 2022
Obermeyer Frostline Jacket
Resort skiers looking for a cute, colorful, insulated ski jacket might find just what they’re looking for in the new Frostline. Filled with an ultralight and breathable synthetic insulation and featuring bells and whistles such as a fleece-lined collar, zippered hand warmer pockets, detachable goggle cloth, inner electronics pocket, and even a dedicated key keeper—a zippered mesh pouch—the Frostline doesn’t skimp on anything for a day of riding the lifts and cruising in just about any conditions.
- Obermeyer Frostline Jacket MSRP: $239
Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Jacket
Skiers in the market for a fully featured Gore-Tex shell that can go anywhere and do anything would do well to have a look at the Boundary Ridge. It’s a three-layer jacket reinforced in high-wear areas for added durability, with a helmet-compatible hood, underarm vents, and two generous internal pockets for easy stashing of whatever you need for a day out exploring. Everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Also available in men’s.
- Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Jacket MSRP: $475
Salomon Stance Shell
A freeride silhouette combined with premium features make this three-layer shell a smart pick for powder days thanks to an adjustable, helmet-compatible hood with a visor, removable powder skirt, and integrated goggle wipe. Salomon raised the bar by using silky Japanese Mitsui fabric, making this shell pliable and easy to move in. A sleek and extras-packed ski jacket for deep winter conditions. Also available in men’s.
- Salomon Stance Shell MSRP: $450
Picture Organic Seen Jacket
The insulated Seen Jacket features Picture’s bio-sourced hard-shell outer face fabric made from sugarcane waste, plus a PFC-free, sustainable, and recyclable waterproof membrane that you can feel good wearing while staying dry. The jacket is body-mapped to keep you warmest where you need it most, and boasts underarm vents, an adjustable hood, and stretchy powder skirt to keep all the good stuff where it belongs.
- Picture Organic Seen Jacket MSRP: $300
Top Women’s Ski Pants of 2022
Strafe Pika Pant
Aspen, Colo.–based Strafe’s new Pika Pant doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to insulated women’s ski pants designed for resort skiing, but it does offer up a solid option with a flattering fit in fun, easy-to-coordinate colors. The Pika uses PrimaLoft Black Eco insulation beneath a two-layer stretch outer fabric that moves with you. There’s also four-way-stretch
powder cuffs on the legs, heavy-duty Cordura scuff guards, zippered hand and cargo pockets, and a Velcro waist adjustment so you can customize fit.
- Strafe Pika Pant MSRP: $379
Salomon Stance 3L Bib
Designed by women, for women, and in collaboration with ski-adventurer and overall badass Kalen Thorien, the Stance Bib is all about a good fit and full protection on big-objective days. The three-layer bib incorporates stretch panels in strategic areas for ease of movement, as well as an adjustable waist so ladies can personalize their look and dial in the comfort. Sealed seams, inner gaiters, and waterproof zippers ensure you stay warm and dry all day. Also available in men’s.
- Salomon Stance 3L Bib MSRP: $350
Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Bib
This no-nonsense three-layer Gore-Tex bib is designed for lady rippers who proudly abuse their gear. Give this burly ski pant a whirl if you’re heading into the backcountry, taking cat laps, dropping from the heli, and even riding lifts to the sidecountry gates for an all-day adventure. It can keep up with you thanks to its articulated knees and backside for comfort, generous side zippers for easy on and off, and lots of storage—including two zippered thigh pockets. A drop seat at the rear makes bathroom breaks quick and easy. Also available in men’s.
- Mountain Hardwear Boundary Ridge Gore-Tex Bib MSRP: $400
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RAB Khroma Volition Pants
Insulation specialists RAB designed this pant with backcountry enthusiasts and uphillers in mind. The outer fabric is Gore-Tex with Gore Pro on the lower leg panels, while the insulation is PrimaLoft Silver recycled synthetic. An adjustable waist and removable suspenders offer fit options, while articulated knees and gusseted panels allow you to move freely in the skin track and while blasting down your line of choice. Also available in men’s.
- RAB Khroma Volition Pants MSRP: $400
Best Women’s Ski Kits of 2021
Gear of the Year: Picture Organic Aeron Jacket & Bib
It’s about time Picture put some money and tech behind a women’s shell, and the Aeron—the French brand’s first shell for the fairer sex—is a great effort. Staying true to their eco mission, this is a three-layer shell kit made from sugarcane waste repurposed into a bio-based fabric, then coated with a PFC-free waterproof treatment. The jacket boasts underarm vents, comfortable wrist gaiters, and easy-access pass pocket, while the bib is Lycra-sided with easily adjustable straps that help make for a flattering fit.
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Holden Ashley Down Jacket & Shelby Pant
Down-filled ski jacket and synthetic-insulated pant for the fashion-forward resort skier.
What do we love most about the Ashley Down Jacket? The shorter, boxy cut—not quite a crop, but close—is up there. Add in 750-down fill, silky Italian outer fabric, and an on-trend camo print, and ladies looking for a stylish yet warm high-performing ski jacket can’t go wrong here. Non-camo-lovers, don’t fret: The Ashley also looks great in light blue and deep pink in addition to standard black. Additional feature s include a removable powder skirt, underarm vents, and a down-filled collar and hood. The PrimaLoft Silver Eco-insulated Shelby Pant serves up a performance fit in a complimentary silhouette complete with tuxedo stripes down the sides. The waist is adjustable, there are vents on the inner thighs, and five colorways offer good variety.
Dakine Silcox Gore-Tex 2L Stretch Insulated Jacket & Stretch Pant
Freeride styling with Gore-Tex stretch tech.
Resort rippers looking for a longer, freeride style with a bit of insulation for chairlift rides and chilly days should take a good look at Dakine’s Silcox setup. The jacket, which rocks a muted color scheme in either olive, rose, or black, is insulated with 100-percent recycled PrimaLoft Silver Eco beneath a two-layer Gore-Tex outer shell. Features are numerous, and include a two-way adjustable hood, mesh-lined underarm vents, stow-away powder skirt, wrist gaiters, and a media-friendly chest pocket. The Silcox Pant is a two-layer Gore-Tex mechanical stretch shell pant with a generous cut designed for layering. Mesh-lined thigh vents, articulated knees, and inner waistband adjusters all ramp up the comfort factor.
- Dakine Silcox Gore-Tex 2L Stretch Insulated Jacket: $425
- Dakine Silcox Gore-Tex 2L Stretch Pant: $300
Beringia St. Elias Jacket & Bib
Comfortable and performance-focused for deep days.
Never heard of Beringia? You’re not alone. The brand that’s often seen in the endless powder of Japan is coming stateside, and the St. Elias kit offers a good perspective on what to expect from this Tokyo-based company with a brand-new Bozeman, Mont. office. Inspired by the intrepid souls who first crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska, the brand looks to innovate from both the technical and design aspects. The St. Elias is a Polartec Neoshell piece suited to powder days in-bounds and out. It’s incredibly light and boasts a knit backer plus outer slash vents, helmet-compatible hood, and backpack-friendly chest pockets. The ladies of the office appreciated the zip-off bib—sometimes pants get the job done, too.
- Beringia St. Elias Jacket: $500
- Berignia St. Elias Bib: $500
Best Women’s Ski Jackets of 2021
Norrøna lofoten PrimaLoft 80 Anorak
Innovative and trendy insulator that can hold its own on mild ski days.
It’s an insulated jacket. It’s a midlayer. Yes, and yes. This versatile anorak from Norrøna boasts a water-resistant ripstop Cordura face fabric reinforced with two-layer Gore-Tex on the shoulder and stuffed with PrimaLoft Gold insulation with Cross Core technology. That’s big words for the fact that it’s wind- and water-resistant and packs a punch in the warmth department. Wear it on its own on dry days or pair it with Norrøna’s lototen Gore-Tex Pro Anorak.
- Norrøna lofoten PrimaLoft 80 Anorak MSRP: $399, norrona.com
Rossingol Atelier S Jacket
A sleek and flattering three-layer shell with stretch fabric.
Designed and manufactured in the French Alps with all the expected French flair, the Atelier S is a three-layer stretch shell made with seamless construction and treated with DWR to render it completely water- and windproof. A micro-perforated collar lends added breathability—especially when wearing a Buff or other neck warmer—and there are generous pockets including two chest, two cargo, and one pass pocket, plus a drop tail that serves up a stylish touch. What’s more, the pale pink hue is to die for, if you dig that sort of thing.
- Rossignol Atelier S Jacket MSRP: $700, rossignol.com
Strafe Lynx Pullover
On-trend shell anorak with a freeride length.
The Aspen-based brand’s second shell for women, the Lynx offers a longer silhouette in an anorak style. The jacket is made from a soft and supple eVent DV Flex outer fabric that’s fully sealed and waterproof, plus has a nice stretch that makes wriggling into and out of this anorak easier than most. There’s no powder skirt, but the roomy kangaroo zipper pocket and fun prints and colors combine to serve up a stylish shell for layering on chillier days or thrown over a mid-layer in the spring.
- Strafe Lynx Pullover MSRP: $599, strafeouterwear.com
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RAB Khroma GTX Jacket
Well-rounded Gore-Tex shell with a nice array of skier-friendly features.
Rab, known almost exclusively for its insulation layers, ventured into the world of shell protection this season with a few key pieces, including the Khroma GTX Jacket. It’s crafted from two different types of 100-percent recycled Gore-Tex: Gore’s Most Breathable on the front and back and Most Durable on the shoulders for reliable backpack wear. This is a fully featured shell with everything you need for in- and out-of-bounds wear, including fixed powder skirt, pass and transceiver pockets, and helmet-compatible hood. A legit offering, for sure.
- Rab Khorma GTX Jacket MSRP: $600, rab.equipment.com
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Helly Hansen Whitewall LifaLoft Jacket
Fully featured stylish jacket for resort days.
The ladies in the office loved pretty much everything about this jacket, from the longer, freeride length to the stylish corduroy detailing on the shoulders, upper arms, and hood. The Whitewall is insulated with 80-gram LifaLoft—HH’s patented synthetic insulation technology that offers incredible warmth to weight—which makes it at once toasty warm and not bulky in the least. With features galore, including roomy pockets, underarm vents, detachable powder skirt, the Whitewall fits the bill for women looking for a resort jacket with all the bells and whistles.
- Helly Hansen Whitewall LifaLoft Jacket MSRP: $400, hellyhansen.com
Best Women’s Ski Pants of 2021
Well-fitting pants are arguably the most important component of your ski day. A flattering cut doesn’t hurt, either. These won’t disappoint.
Helly Hansen Odin Mountain 3L Shell Bib
Versatile bib for touring or active resort days.
Looking for a bib pant that performs in the backcountry as well as the resort, is versatile and durable, and looks great on? The Odin Mountain 3L Shell Bib checks all of those boxes, and more. This 20K/20K waterproof and breathable bib sports roomy pockets— including one for your beacon—removable suspenders, generous thigh vents, and the ever-dependable drop seat for the ultimate convenience when you find yourself away from the facilities.
- Helly Hansen Odin Mountain 3L Shell Bib MSRP: $475, hellyhansen.com
Obermeyer Malta Pant
A value-minded and eco-friendly insulated pant.
The brand’s classic Malta style got an eco-minded update this season when the outer polyester fabric was replaced with 60-percent HydroBlock Sport Repreve, a recycled material from Schoeller that’s fully waterproof and breathable with four-way stretch. The pant is lined with synthetic Thermore insulation and boasts comfort features including a fleece-lined, adjustable waistband, zippered hand and rear pockets, and an articulated fit for ease of movement.
- Obermeyer Malta Pant MSRP: $149, obermeyer.com
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Flylow Moxie Bib
A women’s shell bib with straight lines for a tomboy vibe.
Some women’s bibs have a more contoured silhouette, but the Moxie goes the other direction. It’s not baggy, but rather rocks a straight cut from top to bottom, best suited to female rippers who are not into the skinny-pant trend. The Moxie is made from a three-layer stretch fabric and features generous chest and thigh pockets, reinforced knees and butt for added durability, and a drop seat for when nature calls.
- Flylow Moxie Bib MSRP: $420, flylow.com
Norrøna lofoten Gore-Tex Insulated Pant
Insulated Gore-Tex ski pants that go the distance.
Ladies ready to invest in a high-end insulated ski pant need look no further. The two-layer Gore-Tex outer fabric protects from the elements, while reinforcements on high-wear areas such as the lower leg cuffs provide added peace of mind when putting these pants through their paces. Lined with a PrimaLoft Gold blend, the lightly insulated pant serves up an impressive warmth to- weight ratio.
- Norrøna lofoten Gore-Tex Insulated Pant MSRP: $449, norrona.com
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