Are you shopping for an avid skier (or snowboarder) this holiday season? Don't fret, we know exactly what he wants, and we're willing to share. Here are our picks for the best gifts for your favorite ski bum.
Smith ChromoPop Goggles
Gear Institute gave Smith an Outdoor Retailer Best New Gear award for their ChromoPop technology, first rolled out in their sunglasses, but in ski goggles it’s especially brilliant. According to Smith, ChromoPop lenses eliminate “color confusion” which basically allows your brain to see colors as more vibrant and distinct. This increase in distinct colors and contrast will make skiing with your goggles on much easier. You (or the person you’re gifting them to) will want to wear them, even when it’s not necessary, and not just for goggle tan GNAR points.
smithoptics.com | ChromoPop Goggles $210
Forsake Clyde Boots
Founded by a couple of college buddies, Forsake makes several different models of footwear designed for function and style. With a fully waterproof upper, plenty of traction and a look that works on the trail, in the parking lot and the après ski bar – these boots are an all around winner for rocking the hill and the town.
forsake.com | Clyde Boots $129.95
Flylow Stash Pant
Flylow makes some of the best freeride ski apparel out there, but for my money, the Stash Pant is the sweet spot. They’re fairly lightweight, waterproof and incorporate outer thigh vents making them acceptable for touring and bootpacking. And at $215 they’re a steal from a quality outfitter like Flylow.
flylowgear.com | Stash Pant $215
Buff Original – Android Jones
Buff’s are a must. Whether you’re hitting the skin track for dawn patrol, zooming the groomers, or slaying the glades – these things are part of the perfect kit. I keep one around my neck just in case it gets chilly, I take off my helmet and need something to cover my helmet hair, or if I’m touring and my ears get cold. They come in lots of designs, but the new Android Jones collection is legitimately brilliant.
buffusa.com | Android Jones $19.95
SAXX Blacksheep Long John Fly
I live in SAXX underwear these days and when I saw their new merino long johns, I knew I needed them for long days on the mountain. With their unique “pouch” architecture they keep you in the right place, comfortable, and skiing your best. Also check out their Kinetic Tight for another, non-wool, option.
Saxxunderwear.com | Blacksheep Long John $84.95
Dakine, Polygiene Treated, Union Base Layer Crew
This mid-weight baselayer is super comfortable and wicks moisture from your skin as you churn out lap after lap on the hill. I especially appreciate the thumb loops – I’ve just gotten so used to having those added details to keep my base layer from bunching up that I don’t like wearing base or mid-layers without them anymore. The reason this guy made my list though, is mainly because I can wear it all week without washing due to its Polygiene odor control treatment. Ladies, get this for your guy, he’ll love it, almost as much as you’ll love his reduction in ski bum stink.
dakine.com | Union Base Layer Crew $55
Dynafit Vulcan Hooded Down Jacket
This thing is a beast! Wear it as a warm mid layer on cold days or rock it as an outer layer thanks to its hydrophobic & antibacterial DownTek paired with water resistant Pertex Quantum fabric. Weighing in at only 14.4 oz – Dynafit doesn’t make many heavy items – and stuffed with 750-fill power down, it’ll likely be the greatest and most versatile mid-weight puffy your friend, husband, son (or maybe you?) will ever be given.
dynafit.com | Vulcan Hooded Down Jacket $279.95
Mountain Collective Pass
Got a bunch of airline miles lying around? This is the gift that keeps on giving all season long. With the recent addition of Revelstoke & Telluride, this mega-pass just keeps getting better and better. Giving the holder two days of skiing at all 14 resorts as well as 50% off additional days, will have whomever you buy this for following the weather reports at each resort more closely than I tailgate the 20mph driving tourists on the way to Taos. Priced at $419, that works out to 15 bucks a day if they use all 28 included ski days – road trip!
mountaincollective.com | Ski Pass $419
Adventure Medical Kits .5 First Aid Kit
Especially important for the backcountry adventurer, Adventure Medical Kits makes it easy to be prepared for mishaps, blisters, and many other routine predicaments. Containing bandages, tape, antibiotic ointment, pain relievers, and blister treatments these small, lightweight packages are a must on touring adventures or even at the resort. Also check out their specialized GlacierGel blister dressings – they could save the day on the mountain.
adventuremedicalkits.com | .5 First Aid Kit $16.95
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