We’ve got the hottest items for this snowboard season that will keep you warm when the temperatures drop below freezing, cool when the skies are clear, and comfortable enough to tear it up in the trees, the park, or wherever the run leads you.
Ditch your tool and buckle up. The Original Snow Tool Belt by 686 might look like any old, regular belt, but it doubles as your snowboard tool—built into the buckle is a number two Phillips head, a flathead, an eight-, ten-, and 11-millimeter wrench loop, and of course, a bottle opener. The belt is 100 percent full-grain leather, and also comes in a brocade pattern that will add to your overall look and keep your pants in place while cruising.
Ultrawaterproof, ultrabreathable, ultrawarm, yet still light as can be—you get everything you need with the Voo Doo jacket, and then some. The shell is made from recycled water bottles, and has removable wrist gators, a removable waist gator, a jacket-to-pant interface, and a snag-free neckline. This is an all-mountain, all-season jacket with fully Gore-Seam taped Gore-Tex and Dryride fabric that will keep you dry, plus low bulk, zone-focused insulation for a mid-warmth feel and Heat Cycle technology that reflects your heat back to you. Plus, the fit is stylish enough that this jacket works both on and off the hill—the performance fit is not quite slim, and not quite relaxed, but has a feminine look with added body length and a longer hem drop.
This lightweight, midlayer option by Icebreaker is tight enough to slip under a jacket, but won’t leave you feeling cold or damp. The super soft hoodie is made with 86 percent recycled, moisture-wicking FC merino, nylon, and a touch of Lycra to keep it stretchy and flexible. Zip it up all the way with the hood tucked under your helmet—a chin guard will keep your skin safe and the thin material won’t add bulk—or opt to keep the hood off as it easily lies flat enough under a jacket. The breathable, odor-resistant layer also comes with a sleeve stash pocket for your tunes.
The Authentic Smarty Cargo by 686 really has three wears to wear it—shell only for the warm days, shell plus the Smarty Pants liner for the cold days, or just the micro fleece liner when chilling at the condo. The boyfriend fit lets you move when you need to with extra fabric and slouch in the legs, knee, hips, and thighs, and a 22-inch, expandable leg opening with BOA compatible boot gaiters and hooks. The polyester outer shell provides maximum waterproof and breathability with fully taped seams, which makes these the perfect snow pants for easy conditions or a whiteout. Plus, there is enough insulation keep you warm in a variety of temperatures (0 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit) but won’t have you sweating too much on blue bird days—you can always zip open the leg vents if you are really working it. The pants have an external waistband adjustment with side tabs, hand-warmer hip pockets, a lift ticket grommet, a credit card and ID stash pocket, and a key keeper clip. Basically, these pants have you set for whenever and wherever you are riding.
Cold toes can ruin a run, let alone a whole day. Keep your feet protected and warm with Smartwool’s PhD over-the-calf Slopestyle Socks in an argyle pattern that says, “I can shred, but I’m still classy.” The Smartwood PhD line uses the 4 Degree Elite Fit system at the ankle, upper instep, lower instep, and arch to add greater stretch and recovery to keep the socks in place, as well ReliaWool technology in the heels and toes for added durability. The socks also have flat-knit toe seams so your feet will stay comfortable in your boots, and you’ll get the classic merino that Smartwool is known for to keep your tootsies warm and dry. Bonus: there is extra cushion in the sole, shin, and calf so you won’t be hurting at the end of the day from boot rub.
Whether it’s as an added layer during a bone-chilling day, or something stylish to throw on post shredding while grabbing a drink, a vest is a stellar option. With the glossy Rose Vest by Lole, you get all of the warmth you’ll need from 600 Downglow quilted insulation but none of the added bulk that won’t fit comfortably under a jacket. The vest has two front zipper pockets, a stand-up collar that is big enough to keep you warm but won’t get in the way, and the whole piece is long enough in the back to keep the draft out and all things covered. Plus, it comes with a packable pouch so you can easily stuff it into your backpack for when you need it most.
Your first layer just might be the most important when it comes to keeping you warm—you need one that fits close to the skin but is still comfortable, and when it comes to material, you need one that keeps you dry. The Rio Crew and matching Bipod Pant by Volcom come in a fun, flowery pattern perfect for the chalet, but it’s the technology that you’ll be raving about. Both base layers have moisture wicking properties to eliminate any dampness from a sweaty run, along with thumbhole cuffs in the top and flat lock stitching and a wide waistband for the bottoms.
volcom.com; $55 each
A new made-in-the-US brand, Voormi has created a top midlayer that is made with merino wool from Rocky Mountain Highcountry Merino. Voormi uses a knitting technique that interlaces fleece on the inside and nylon on the outside, then treats the whole hoodie with a wool-specific water repellent to keep you dry. What you get is an insulated, moisture wicking, water and snow repellent, athletic-fit midlayer.