- WantDo Women's Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket
- Tough Waterproof Winter Ski & Snow Gloves
- CEP Tall Compression Socks 3.0
- The North Face Freedom Insulated Pant
- Carhartt Base Force Heavyweight Poly-Wool Crew
- Sable Ski Goggles with Heated Graphene Anti-Fog Lens
- TurboSke Ski And Snowboard Helmet
- Tecnica Ten.2 70 HVL Ski Boots 2020
For novice skiers, packing the necessary gear for a trip to the mountains can be a daunting task. While the basics, like skis, poles, and helmets, can often be rented at the destination, many items should still be well-researched and purchased in advance. We reviewed hundreds of ski gear products, including ski jackets, helmets, goggles, and more, to compile the ultimate packing list of our top choices to buy.
One may argue that quality wind-resistant waterproof ski gloves are even more essential than a ski jacket. Keeping your extremities warm ensures the rest of the body stays comfortable as well. If you've ever had numb fingers or toes after a day in the snow, you know what we're talking about. However, unlike some other winter gloves, ski and snowboard gloves must also be lightweight and functional enough to allow full dexterity.
The Tough ski gloves are our top pick for the season, thanks in large part to the 1,500+ positive reviews. They come in five sizes and are equipped with synthetic-leather palms and adjustable wrist closures for a super snug fit. The outer TPU material allows moisture to escape, keeping your hands sweat-free and warm.
These gloves include many features that make them a customer favorite. They were designed to be lightweight for the best grip, but don't mistake that for poor quality. Each seam is reinforced and the palms and knuckles are double-faced to ensure maximum durability.
- Adjustable elastic wrist closures
- TPU moisturer-releasing membrane
- No pockets and no nose wipe patch
- Reviews state these gloves run small
- Wind and waterproof exterior
- Wrist straps for easy carrying
- Brand: Tough
- Sizes: Available in 5
- Material: Synthetic Leather
Compression socks come in a wide range of compression levels designed for specific types of use. For skiing and other outdoor athletic activities, a higher compression level should be chosen.
The CEP Tall Compression Socks 3.0 are the ideal socks for the avid skier or snowboarder. These socks have 20-30mmHG graduated compression specifically for the athlete looking to reduce muscle strain and swelling. They also ensure maximum breathability with their built-in clima-management system, called HeiQ Smart Temp, to cool the skin and help keep legs sweat-free. For the all-day adventurer, the footbeds are enhanced with performance padding to protect against painful blisters.
- High-performance compression for athletes
- Moisture-wicking material
- Only available in Men's sizes
- Performance padding along the footbeds to prevent blistering
- HeiQ Smart Temp clima management system maximizes breathability
- Stabilizes your ankles and arches to help prevent injury
- Sizes: Available in 3 (Men's shoe sizes 8-12+)
- Material: 85% polyamide/15% spandex
- Compression: 20-30mmHg
Moisture-wicking base layers to keep your body heat in, while allowing sweat to evaporate, are imperative for an enjoyable skiing experience. Depending on the season, you may opt for a thicker or thinner layer, so keep the temperature in mind while selecting yours.
Carhartt, the leader in quality rugged apparel, has many great base options, but the Base Force Heavyweight Poly-Wool Crew is our top pick for skiing. This thermal crew is made of a polyester and wool blend, combined with Carhartt's Force FastDry and Rugged Flex technologies. The Force FastDry keeps you dry and sweat-free and the Rugged Flex ensures this layer stays close to your skin while allowing ample movement.
As with any high-intensity sport, head protection is essential for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Many ski resorts will rent helmets along with equipment, but it is often more cost-effective, not to mention cleaner, to purchase your own.
The TurboSke Classic helmet is our top choice ski helmet, as it's both a fraction of the cost of most leading brands and offers full noggin protection. This helmet is approved by both American and European safety standards. Many of the features this helmet includes are also found on the competitors’ pricier models, including an adjustable ventilation system, quick twist size-adjustment dial, a removable liner, and ear pads complete with an audio storage slot.
The TurboSke Classic is available in five color options and three sizes, including a measuring guide for the perfect fit. Once returning from your ski trip, the earpads can be removed and the helmet can easily transition for use during warmer weather activities. Note that this model does not come with a storage bag, but overall, this helmet is an incredible value.
- Inner liner is removable for washing
- Excellent value
- No storage bag
- Adjustable air-flow ventilation system
- Goggle strap clip
- Removable ear pads
- Brand: TurboSke
- Weight: 1.2 lbs
- Safety: Meets ASTM F2040 and EN1077 standards
- Sizes: Small (20-21.65"), Medium (21.75-23.25"), Large (23.25-24")
While it is certainly not necessary to purchase your own ski equipment, like skis, poles, and boots, some may prefer it, especially regular skiers. The advantage of having your own boots is avoiding the annoying rental shops, ensuring everything is always a perfect fit, and avoiding cross-contamination from previous renters. Ski boots are also designed to mold to the wearer's foot, so having your own will ultimately be much more comfortable.
The Tecnica’s Ten.2 70 HVL Ski Boots are some of our top picks this year. These boots have a polyolefin shell and cuff, a flex rating of 70, and four ratchet closures plus a hook-and-loop band near the top. The flex rating is closer to the soft side of the scale, versus stiff and firm, ideal for the recreational skier. However, if you're a Black Diamond mogul master, you may opt for a higher rating. The advantage of more ratchet clips is that these will stay more secure around your feet and ankles. Since ski boots can be a nuisance to put on and take off, these boots include Tecnica’s Quick Instep Max technology to assist with this task.
Reviewers' consensus is the fit is accurate and comfortable, especially for the price. Some note that these boots run a bit more narrow than others, so keep that in mind if you have a wider foot. However, one experienced reviewer said she’s been skiing for 21 years and the Ten.2 70 HVL ski boots felt like they molded perfectly to her wide feet, despite her being accustomed to ski boots with higher flex ratings.
- Quick Instep Max technology for easy on and off
- Well-cushioned liner that molds to skiers feet
- Some reviewers said these boots run narrrow
- Price can vary by size
- Polyolefin shell and cuff
- Flex rating: 70
- 4 ratchet closures
- Brand: Tecnica
- Sizes: 25.5 to 30.5