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Gear of the Year 2019: Softgoods

The best of the best for this season's wearables.

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Marmot GOTY 2019
Photo credit: Keri Bascetta


Women’s Cirel Jacket and Pants; Men’s Castle Peak Jacket and Pants

Like chocolate and peanut butter, some combos are meant to be. That’s the case with Polartec’s dynamic duo of NeoShell outer fabric and Alpha insulation. The new Cirel Peak and Castle Peak kits are the ideal freeride setup, wiping out the need to add layer after layer in anticipation of variable conditions at the resort and beyond. NeoShell delivers on the windproof/waterproof promise, while Alpha’s innovative synthetic construction makes it one of the most breathable insulation technologies out there. Add in creature comforts such as pit-zips, snow skirt, chin guard, thigh vents, and articulated knees, and this jacket/pant duo will take you everywhere you want to ride. [Jacket $550, Pant $500;]


Outdoor Research

Women’s Ouray Ice Gloves and Men’s Bitterblaze Gloves

This glove features the same PrimaLoft Aerogel insulation used by NASA space travel. If that’s not a mic-drop statement, we don’t know what is. Aerogel is built in throughout the glove’s palm and fi ngers along with an extra 200g of insulation on the back to keep hands nice and toasty. Skiers will appreciate the pre-curved shape, durability, weather-resistant Gore-Tex outer, and goat leather palm. [$135,]

Helly Hanseon LifaLoft

Helly Hansen

Hooded Insulator Jacket and Hybrid Insulator Jacket with LifaLoft Insulation

The collaboration between Helly Hansen and PrimaLoft is the new benchmark for warmth with minimal weight. The special ingredient is a proprietary blend of Helly’s super hydrophobic Lifa material—which shuttles moisture generated inside the jacket out—integrated with synthetic insulation from PrimaLoft. LifaLoft might be the only insulation you need for skiing from deep winter to early summer. [$230, $185;]

Oakley Prizm React ski google and MOD5 ski helmet
Photo: Courtesy Oakley


Prizm React Goggle

This is your one-quiver goggle. Yes, that’s a thing now. Snow, sleet, or shine, the Prizm React is the only goggle and lens you’ll need thanks to electrochromic technology in the lens that allows the wearer to adjust the tint with the touch of a button on the frame. Just charge the Prizm React via a micro USB port discreetly located on the inner frame of the goggle and you can cruise in varying light conditions for more than a week before recharging. [$299;]

Also pictured: MOD5 Helmet. Read about it here.

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