MagazineFebruary 2009Winter Gear Guide 2009: Skiing and Snowboarding

Winter Gear Guide 2009: Skiing and Snowboarding


Ibex Shak Freestar Standard Merino wool goodness (moisture control and premium warmth to weight ratio) in this midlayer with the added bonus of thumbholes, and “Zque,” an Ibex guarantee that the wool is produced in a sustainable way with animal welfare as a priority. $150.


North Face Park Cargo Pant Take your standard ski pants, make them slightly baggy for more mobility and add about a dozen pockets, and you get the Park Cargo. Breathable, roomy, and stylish enough to keep the kids in the terrain park from making fun of you. $189.


Bern Unlimited Watts More stylish than your average ski lid, Bern combines the performance of multiple impact foam with the sleek look of a visor helmet. The insulated knit earflaps snap out for warmer sessions, as does the handy internal vent cover. Add the 8 Track sound system for hi-fi sound. $99.95.


Outdoor Research Primo Volta You think gloves can’t get any warmer, then OR goes and adds a layer of rechargeable heated polymer film that stores energy and releases heat to its Primo Volta, and wham! You’ve got toasty digits all day long. $259.


Deuter Attack This pack, with a patented spine guard, is designed for mountain biking, but add an insulated tube liner and it’s poised to conquer the terrain park as well. The Shield Backsystem is unnoticeable when you’re wearing the Attack, but the spine protection it provides when you slip on a rail or over-extend on a pipe is priceless. $148.95.


IceBreaker Slalom Zip and Legging The Slalom Zip’s 260 Merino wool makes it the ideal baselayer for colder days on the slopes, and the zip-up turtleneck is welcome in high wind situations. $109.99 for top, $79 for legging.

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