ALL MOUNTAIN SKIS—Rossignol Soul 7 136/106/126 from Ultimate Snow Kit 2014

Ultimate Snow Kit 2014

Rossignol

ALL MOUNTAIN SKIS—Rossignol Soul 7 136/106/126

Very forgiving, the light swing weight of the honeycomb tip and tail make the Soul 7 a privilege to ski. Built to excel in any condition, the new Soul 7 can float with the best, bust through crud, and enjoys carving trenches in spring corn snow. $800

Kastle

RESORT SKIS—Kastle MX 88 128/88/113

This powerful, Austrian-made gun rails on groomers, on ice, hard-pack and through refrozen mank. The signature Hollowcore tip offers terrific swing weight while the ABS sidewall construction provides supremely stable and smooth edge hold throughout any and all turns. $1200

K2

SKI BOOTS—K2 Pinnacle 130

K2 made a strong debut in a challenging freeride boot market with its Pinnacle 130. The traditional overlap boot has three buckles and an active power strap that acts like a fourth for optimal downhill chops. The hybrid liner has Intuition thermoformable closed-cell foam built into a traditional alpine style tongue design for a warm, high-performance fit. The walk mode and tech fittings allow give it backcountry versatility when the show goes off the road. $700; evo.com

Salomon

SKI BINDINGS—Salomon STH2 WTR 13

Salomon’s STH2 13 combines the perennial Salomon Driver toe piece and matches it with its new Guardian heel throw. The result is an aggressive alpine binding that will accommodate the growing market of boots with lug soles via Salomon’s “Walk to Ride” sole compatibility, thus giving the STH2 13 a solid boot/binding interface for maximum performance and wide-ranging appeal. $230

Black Diamond

POLES—Black Diamond Carbon Probe Ski Poles

One pole to do it all, BD’s carbon FlickLock adjustable poles are super light, have terrific swing weight, and can adjust height at an instant for downhill or ski touring purposes. And for a touch of functional style, the dual density grips have a pronounced hooking point to open buckles without kneeling over. $130

Never Summer

SNOWBOARD—Never Summer SL

The most versatile model in the Never Summer stable, the SL combines the company’s Custom Flight Core technology with a carbon laminate that together shaves unnecessary weight, yet delivers powerful edge-to-edge responsiveness and control. The mounting position optimizes powder floatation but remains centered enough for freestyle pursuits. $510

Jones

FREERIDE SNOWBOARD—Jones Mountain Twin

A directional freeride board built to explore front and backcountry, the Mountain Twin’s CAMROCK profile features traditional camber underfoot for hard-pack control and performance, while the light rockered tip and tail optimize turn initiation and float in powder and broken snow conditions. Gentle Magne-Traction on the edges (think shallow, serrated edges) grips well on icy and steep terrain for enhanced performance in adverse conditions. $500

Burton

SNOWBOARD BOOTS—Burton Driver X

The Driver X is a comprehensive, all-mountain machine. Designed to have optimum performance in any mountain environment, the Driver X has a superfast, customizable lacing system for immediate adjustment, a cozy out-of-the-box liner with no break in period, plus the Vibram sole provides surefooted confidence whether on the hike, on the ‘bile, or in the bar. The removable adjustable flex tongue (RAF) lets you customize the forward flex for peak downhill performance. $370

Union

SNOWBOARD BINDINGS—Union Factory

Union’s Factory bindings are a supremely user-friendly, high-performance binding for all mountain charging. Stage III Atlas baseplates deliver durability and strength for the most demanding terrain, while vertically stiff, but torsionally flexible highbacks balance power and nuance in a never-before-experienced partnership. The new 3D Direct Connect open-toe strap system can better accommodate more boots for higher performance, and the stitch-less ankle strap distributes pressure evenly with less fuss. Plus, on the fly adjustments make for total control and comfort for all day use. $270; evo.com

Arc'teryx

JACKET—Arc’teryx Caden

With jackets that are ever light, sleek and weather-repellent, Arc’teryx has a knack for constructing all-too-comfortable technical pieces that excel in the harshest environments. Built with Gore’s new Pro Shell membrane, the Caden is no exception, intended for high output/rest cycles inherent to skiing and riding. $650

Flylow

PANTS—Flylow Compound Pant

Flylow’s new Compound Pant is a straightforward all-duty ski pant. Built with Polartec’s waterproof/breathable NeoShell fabric, the Compound Pant is fully seam sealed for maximum protection against winter storm weather, while providing high output breathability and temperature control. The cross vent system offers additional regulation for high-output hiking and skinning, and the practical side of the pant is proven by two zippered hand pockets, simple thigh pocket, and articulated knees. $450

Patagonia

BASE LAYER—Patagonia Capilene 4 Onesie

The most substantial base layer in Patagonia’s synthetic division, the ninja hooded, high-collar one piece is all you’ll ever need for cold weather core warmth. By design it removes extraneous seam build up, while simultaneously eliminating any chance at plumber’s butt—though the drop seat capability keeps things civilized. And efficient.  Built with Polartec Power Dry fabric, the Onesie wicks moisture away from the skin, breathes for high-output pursuits, and is utterly adaptable for heavy- and light-duty cold-weather activities. $199

Mammut

INSULATION LAYER (SYNTHETIC)—Mammut Rime Pro

Using proprietary Ajungilak synthetic insulation, the Rime Pro is a rugged jacket for arduous, stop-and-go activities where compressibility and weight savings are key. It features a helmet-friendly hood, articulated arms and elbows, and the slightly wide cut allows it to throw over a shell when you’re waiting for friends on the summit. $219

Big Agnes

INSULATION LAYER (DOWN)—Big Agnes Hole in the Wall

This grab-and-go option has 700-fill Downtec water-repellent goose down and a tailored fit that layers well under a shell. Using proprietary Flow Gates that eliminate down shifting, the Hole in the Wall maximizes heat retention, while the nylon rip stop face fabric is wind and water-resistant. $220

SmartWool

SOCKS—SmartWool PhD Ski Ultra Light

With a dynamic arrangement of stitch patterns, the PhD Ultra Light has optimal stretch and return to keep the sock in place in your boots. Purposely placed mesh ventilation areas give temperature and moisture management to keep your digits warm and cozy all day on the slopes. $21

Julbo

GOGGLES—Julbo Revolution

The Revolution’s Zebra photochromic lens is an experience to behold. Reactive to the sun’s rays, the dual-lens optics darken or lighten to accommodate the intensity in less than thirty seconds, offering requisite UV protection in a dynamic, ever-changing setting. Add the anti-fog coating and the Revolution is a one-and-done option for serious skiers and riders who show up at first light and go home after the lifts close. $160

Smith Optics

SUNGLASSES—Smith Dover Sunglasses

The new black Dovers with ChromaPop lenses are larger wrap style frames with a slightly wider temple to reduce side glare associated with smaller models. The Polarchromic ChromaPop Ignitor lens can adjust to varied light, and improve contrast and depth perception in all conditions. $239

Marmot

GLOVES—Marmot Caldera Glove

Glove prices can get out of hand. Simple, cozy, and supple, the Caldera is an everyday ski glove with high-loft fleece lining, a short, pull-tab gauntlet and safety leash. And they’re only $65. Using Marmot’s proprietary MemBrain insert, the Caldera can battle wind and water, all the while allowing sweat and water vapor to escape so your hands stay warm. The Falcon articulated grip is designed to contour with the ski pole, and the felt nose wipe on the thumb is a nod to cold-weather practicality. $65

POC Sports

HELMET—POC Synapsis 2.0

POC’s Synapsis 2.0 is a superlight ski helmet, with penetration resistant ventilation and dial-in adjustability. By in-molding a sheet of Aramid material to its thin shell, POC has greatly increased the impact resistance without adding weight. They’ve also put in an Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) liner that further disperses impact and penetration forces that far exceed current standards in the U.S. and Europe. $200

Osprey

PACK—Osprey Kode 22

The Kode 22 is a resort-based adventure pack that’ll shoulder skis or snowboard with equal enthusiasm. True to Osprey’s renowned R&D department, and the Kode features a supremely ergonomic fit, glove-friendly zippers and buckles, as well as smart, user-friendly architecture, which allows simple access and division of the various compartments and recesses of the pack. $129; backcountry.com

SUNDRY—Buff Merino Neck Warmer

The 100-percent Merino Buff scrunches cozily around the neck, offering, ounce for ounce, the most essential extra layer to keep you warm and comfortable on chilly winter outings. $33

Ultimate Snow Kit 2014