Hit the slopes in style and comfort with these ski and snowboard products for men and women.
This winter’s ski and snowboard gear and apparel is laden with innovative features, from an adjustable, inflatable jacket to skis that adapt on the fly to a neck gaiter that also moisturizes skin.
NuDown Mount Whitney Vest ($450 at nudown.com). This snug-fitting garment allows you to adjust your warmth level using nature’s most basic insulator — air.
The vest, available for men and women, incorporates a series of narrow vertical chambers. When you’re cold, inflate them via a small pump stowed unobtrusively in one of the pockets. About 10 seconds later, you’ll have instant insulation.
Abom Goggles ($250; pre-order at abom.com). The greatest ski run in the world is no fun if you can’t see where you’re going. These frameless goggles dissipate fog by using a heat-conductive film between two lenses. A rechargeable-battery-powered current continually warms the lenses for up to six hours, keeping condensation at bay.
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Renoun Z-90 Ski ($1,295 at renoun.com). To address the traditional problem of skis chattering, ski maker Cyrus Schenck has come up with a new solution: injecting a polymer into the core that — like Silly Putty — changes consistency upon impact.
The more the skis get deflected because of uneven terrain or a high speed, the damper they become, allowing them to absorb the vibrations. The technology won the top award at Europe’s leading ski trade show earlier this year.
Marker Kingpin Binding ($649 at markerusa.com). More skiers are venturing into backcountry touring. To serve them, binding technology has evolved to combine the free-heel setting necessary to go uphill with the reliable retention and power transmission of a traditional alpine binding.
The Kingpin uses the type of lightweight toepiece found in many touring bindings with a modified alpine heelpiece that securely clamps in the foot for descents. And you don’t have to step out of the binding to switch modes.
Roxy From the Block Biotherm Neck Warmer ($25 at roxy.com). Winter weather does a number on your skin. Roxy’s collaboration with French skin-care brand Biotherm lets you combat chapped skin while you ski.
The neckwarmer’s fleece lining is infused with microcapsules of moisturizer containing criste marine extract, shea butter, apricot oil and vitamin E. As the fabric rubs against your face and neck, the lotion is subtly released. The treatment lasts 15 washes in the laundry.
Obermeyer Verbier Cashmere Ski Sweater ($349 at obermeyer.com). Obermeyer spent three years exploring a way to use cashmere so that it would stand up to the demands of athletic use. The resulting blend has durable, naturally water-repellent merino wool on the outside, luxe cashmere on the inside.
Giro Range Helmet ($240 at giro.com). This helmet relies on an adjustable layered shell instead of the usual internal band around the head for a secure but comfortable fit. Enhanced protection is provided by MIPS, a technology increasingly used among all helmet makers that absorbs some of the forces generated by angled blows as well as direct impacts.
Rossignol One and Diva Magtek Snowboard ($500 at rossignol.com). A stripe of urethane around the perimeter of this board — a first in snowboard construction — provides shock absorption all the way around for a velvety-smooth ride. The women’s Diva is narrower than its unisex counterpart, the One.