Ah, schussing. Is there any better feeling? No, we didn't make up that word. It's German or something. Point is, this is the perfect time - gear-wise - to upgrade or fill out your quiver. The latest skis and boards just dropped. Binding tech is better than ever. Even ski poles are in a renaissance. If you haven't looked at new plank(s) in a while, now's the time!

G3 Scala Skins

Grab the right size for your skis at Backcountry.com

OZ OZsym Splitboard

OZ created the OZSym asymmetrical carbon fiber splitboard last year and it has been racking up awards around the world since then. Named the 2017 "Most Innovative Splitboard" by Splitboard magazine, 2017 Backcountry Magazine Select and deemed the best splitboard by us! Lightweight thanks to the carbon fiber, handmade in a wind-powered Colorado facility and made to charge in any backcountry condition. Winner!

Buy exclusively from OZ Snowboards

Giro Range MIPS Helmet/Contact Gerry Lopez Goggle

Giro's Range MIPS helmet uses their Conform Fit tech to expand and contract the body of the helmet.  Instead of adjusting a band around your head, the helmet itself moves to your head, which we think offers better protection.  Add in MIPS, integrated POV camera mount, and Fidlock magnetic buckle and you have a top helmet.  The Contact goggle incorporates Zeiss lenses with Giro's  Snapshot magnetic lens retention for quick swaps as conditions change.  This year, the legendary Gerry Lopez added his signature surf style to the line.

Limited Range MIPS colors and sizes available for 40% off at evo.  Full price at Backcountry.com.  Grab the Lopez Signature Contact goggles at Backcountry.

Grass Sticks Bamboo Ski Poles

Grass Sticks aren't the only bamboo ski poles available, but the combination of grip design and interchangeable baskets make them our favorite.  They also happen to offer a bargain comparatively speaking.  Each set is hand-made to order in Steamboat, Colorado, based on your color and style selections.  The bamboo is hand-sanded and finished with a clear coat that keeps them protected.  Rather than ski poles made from materials mined from the earth, ski something the earth grew.

Order direct from Grass Sticks and your fully custom poles will arrive in about a week.

Dryguy Force Dry

Darn Tough Ski Socks

Patagonia Stretch Nano Storm

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BCA BC Link Radios

Sven Can See Ant-fog Spray

Jones Nomad Pro Skins

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686 Ether Down Jacket

686 has been cranking out quality snowboard jackets for years but this one really impressed us. It is a waterproof/breathable shell (thanks to the InfiniDry tech) with 600 fill down insulation mapped out to keep you warm where you need it. The Vader vent chin guard is a nice touch - allowing you to zip the jacket up fully and breath wet though the vents.  MSRP $300

Pick it up from Backcountry.com

 

Arc'teryx Voltair Airbag Pack

Arc'teryx jumps into the backcountry ski game this year with both feet.  Their electric airbag pack, the Voltair, comes in two sizes, 20L and 30L.  It features extreme weather resistence with seam taping and waterproof zippers.  The airbag deploys multiple times on a single charge and repacks tightly into the top of the pack.  Our favorite detail, though, is that the rated volume of the pack is what you actually get inside - no 40L label with the airbag taking up half the usable space.

Get them from REI

CAMP

Whether you're on an expedition or a weekend at a campground in Rocky Mountain National Park, proper gear makes camping comfortable, relaxing, and fun. We've selected a few pieces for you, each of which we've had our hands on to make sure they're worthy of your next trip into the woods.

BODY

You can't use your favorite gear if you don't have your health.  We tapped our resident personal trainer and asked him to select some fitness and nutritional gear that will help you make the most of every outdoor adventure.

SHRED and SPIN

A pair of wheels gets you deeper and further into the outdoors than any other human-powered transportation.  Whether you're on wide knobbies or skinny slicks, there is no bad season for biking.

SLOPE

Ah, schussing.  Is there any better feeling?  No, we didn't make up that word.  It's German or something.  Point is, this is the perfect time - gear-wise - to upgrade or fill out your quiver.  The latest skis and boards just dropped.  Binding tech is better than ever.  Even ski poles are in a renaissance.  If you haven't looked at new plank(s) in a while, now's the time!

RIVER

A day on the river is a day of peace.  Gear you don't have to think about is the peacekeeper.  Check out our selection of top fly gear for your favorite angler.

STRIDE

Whether on road or trail, the proper gear makes the difference between a sick run and a horrific, suffering chafe-fest.  Grab some of our favorite running gear to make the miles disappear under your feet.

JOURNEY

Catch the travel bug recently?  Plenty of gear companies make travel gear too!  The journey to a new place can be just as much, if not more, of an adventure as traversing the great outdoors.  Make sure you have the proper gear to make you trip all it can be.

GALS

It's a gals' gear renaissance.  Never have women had so many options in technical, stylish gear that actually functions as well as it looks.  We have suggestions covering everything from insulation to city boots and everything between.  Guys reading this - you're going to win the holidays.

GUYS

The freshest gear for guys - from head to feet, we have suggestions to cover everything.  Whether you need to keep warm, look good, or keep the stink away, you'll find the perfect gift here.  Women - these are the pieces your guys want.

KIDS

Kids need gear too.  Whether you're taking them along for your adventures or sending them off on their own, proper gear keeps them safe and warm while they have a blast in the outdoors.