Gear Guide Home : Boards and Skis : Boots and Accessories : Apparel : Jackets : Snowshoeing\r\nSNOWSPORTS\r\n\r\nSKIS\r\n\r\nALL MOUNTAIN CRUISER: SALOMON XWING TYPHOON\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWith a 67-millimeter waist, the Xwing Typhoon is one of the skinniest skies on the market. And skinny skis are best for the Southern Appalachian slopes? Why? The skinner sidecut outperforms fatter skis in icy and packed snow conditions, and let\u2019s face it\u2014we have a lot of icy and packed snow conditions on the East Coast. The Typhoon is a versatile ski that was designed for Eastern mountain ice and groomed trails. It\u2019s nimble, super-responsive, and offers a smooth on-piste ride, turning choppy corduroy into silky butter. $975.\r\n\r\nPOWDER JUNKIE: HEAD MONSTER\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLike most ski models, you can pick your sidecut within the Monster line depending on the conditions you ski most. The fatter the sidecut, the more powder specific the ski is. So, if you refuse to hit the slopes unless there\u2019s a foot of fresh, the Monster 95 is your ski. The fat sidecut gives you maximum float in the deepest powder, but you\u2019ll sacrifice performance on packed snow. For skiers who spend a lot of time on the East Coast with frequent trips out West, we recommend the Monster 78, which is wide enough to stay on top of the powder after big dumps, but has an aggressive sidecut that offers good edging and handling on groomed hard pack. We skied the Monster 78 after a 17-inch dump in Snowshoe, and the ski handled the transition between powder stashes and groomed slopes seamlessly. $930.\r\n\r\nBOARDS\r\n\r\nPARK MONSTER: RIDE KINK\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA serious jib deck with the park rat in mind, the Kink has a true twin tip shape and centered bindings which allows you to land it and ride it in any direction. The Kink is also one of the most durable boards on the market, which means it can take a beating and still perform. Think rails. Think lots and lots of rails. What our tester really loved though, was the Slimewall construction, specific to Ride boards, which dampens vibrations at high speeds, which is key if you\u2019re into launching big. $339.\r\n\r\nALL TERRAIN VEHICLE: Z2 ZEPPELIN\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n Just like its namesake, the Zeppelin has been around the block\u2026a few times. For 12 years, the Zep has been the standard in all mountain board technology, taking riders from the park to the trees to the groomers with style and grace. Why does the Zeppelin perform so well in varied terrain? It comes complete with torsion forks in the nose and tail, giving it stability in the park, but also has a varied sidecut that changes throughout the length of the board, which allows you to have predictable turns regardless of your speed or terrain. And in \u201908, the Zeppelin is constructed with a 40 percent carbon base, which makes it lighter than its predecessors. $499.\r\n\r\n--------------------\r\n\r\nBOOTS AND ACCESORIES\r\n\r\nNORDICA SUPERCHARGER\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA freeskiing machine that handles everything from the park at your home resort to a Rocky Mountain backcountry adventure. The faux fur cuffs around the ankle are just an added bonus. $499.\r\n\r\nBURTON DRIVER X\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAn all terrain boot that\u2019s responsive on the downhill and comfortable to hike in whether you\u2019re walking back to the top of the park or looking for backcountry lines. $299.\r\n\r\nBLACK DIAMOND PATROL MITT\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGoatskin leather and four way stretch material surround Primaloft insulation for a toasty package that keeps your digits warm. And everyone knows mittens are cooler than gloves. $85.\r\n\r\nTHE NORTH FACE SNOWDAY\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA snowsport specific pack with a hydration system heated by four AA batteries. The result? No more frozen hoses on cold days. The utilitarian Snowday holds 100 ounces of water, has 730 cubic inches of storage space, and straps for your skis or board. $159.\r\n\r\nZEAL DETONATOR\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA polarized spherical lens increases the air volume while giving you a larger viewing field. $200.\r\n\r\nBOLLE TRAVERSE\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s a pair of shades, it\u2019s a pair of goggles. It\u2019s both when you get the conversion kit, which transforms these performance shades into sleek goggles. $119-$159.\r\n\r\nSALOMON FOIL AUDIO\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMP3 compatible, a removable liner you can throw in the washing machine, and an understated design that keeps you from looking like a fool on the hill. $120.\r\n\r\n--------------------\r\n\r\nAPPAREL\r\n\r\nWIGWAM INGENIUS\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLiterally, two socks in one, the Ingenius features an Olefin liner sewed into a merino wool ski sock for maximum warmth and moisture control. $16.\r\n\r\nSMARTWOOL SYNERGY PULLOVER\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSmartwool on the inside, nylon on the outside. The combination makes this a comfy, breathable midlayer perfect for warmer temperatures and high aerobic activities. $120.\r\n\r\nOUTDOOR RESEARCH TRANCE SWEATER\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Trance is lighter and slimmer than most down puffy jackets, making it an ideal midlayer for the coldest days on the mountain. $170.\r\n\r\nARC\u2019TERYX GAMMA MX PANT\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLet the breathable softshell revolution expand to your pants! The Gamma does exactly what your softshell jacket does, only below the waist. Breathable, stretchy, but with a Polartec Power Shield to keep the elements away from your goodies. Ski them one day, hike in them the next. $299.\r\n\r\n-------------------\r\n\r\nJACKETS\r\n\r\nTHE SOFTIE: COLUMBIA ICE AX\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nState of the art soft shell technology for under $200? Yes, it is possible. The Ice Ax is a close-fitting jacket that stretches with the most demanding movement, breathes like a yoga instructor, and still manages to keep rain and snow out thanks to the Omni-Tech laminate on the outside. $149.\r\n\r\nTHE TECHIE: WESTCOMB IMIRAGE\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe iMirage combines some of the latest softgoods technology into a tech-savvy jacket. The MP3 compatible hard shell features an inner iPod pocket that hooks up to a control panel on the outside of the jacket\u2019s sleeve. The panel allows you to control your music without digging into your pockets or taking off your gloves. Handy, cool, and a great conversation starter on the lift ride, but our tester loved the jacket\u2019s eVent fabric, a waterproof membrane that\u2019s breaking out in ski wear this year. Instead of absorbing moisture like traditional wicking materials, eVent fabric transfers your sweat directly through the jacket via millions of tiny, breathable pores. No damp layers, no waiting for your sweat to evaporate from your jacket. $450.\r\n\r\nTHE BEAST: MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR DOWNHILL PARKA\r\n\r\n You don\u2019t need to wear the Downhill Parka everyday, but if it\u2019s well below freezing and the wind is whipping snow sideways, there\u2019s no warmer jacket on the market. This traditional shell is packed with 650-fill down, which is squeezed into a surprisingly sleek package (so you can maneuver on the slopes) while still packing all the warmth of your coziest puffy. $295. --------------------\r\n\r\nSTART SNOWSHOEING\r\n\r\nSnowshoeing is not for everyone. That should be stated up front before anyone gets any misconceptions about this fast-growing sport. You see pictures of families building snowmen deep in an evergreen forest, and you think, \u201cWow. That looks like fun.\u201d And it is. But it\u2019s also an intense workout in somewhat harsh conditions. Having the right attitude is key, but so is having the right gear. Here\u2019s a snowshoe gear primer to help you get started on the right foot.\r\n\r\nKEEN BLACKCOMB\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDesigned for winter trekking, this waterproof boot is stuffed with 200g Primaloft insulation and a thermal heat shield footbed. The end result? Warm feet in the coldest conditions. $129.\r\n\r\nOUTDOOR RESEARCH FLEX TEX GAITERS\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStretchy, breathable, and they keep the snow out of your cuffs and boots, which is really all you want out of a gaiter. $29.\r\n\r\nCLOUDVEIL WISTER JACKET\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Wister was designed as a midlayer, but unless you\u2019re snowshoeing in a blizzard, you don\u2019t want to wear a traditional shell. This four-way stretch soft shell has a plush interior that wicks moisture away and a highly wind-resistant Polartec Hard-Face that works wonders on the exposed trails of our Southern balds. $200.\r\n\r\nBULA GRAHAM EARPHONE BOMBER\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nJust because you\u2019re in the middle of the woods on a snowy day doesn\u2019t mean you can\u2019t listen to Jimi Hendrix. The Bomber has a wool inner and built in earphones for your iPod. $34.99.\r\n\r\nATLAS 9 SERIES SNOWSHOES\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAtlas is the leader in snowshoe technology, developing a unique suspension system that makes walking on the snow almost as easy as walking on solid ground. The beginner friendly 9 Series combines that patented suspension system with a lightweight aluminum frame and Nytex decking. $149.