Winter gear and apparel for the 2016/2017 Ski Season

‘Tis the season, for fresh powder days, ripping down blues and blacks, snowshoeing the backcountry, and the return of ski season traditions, like après-ski. But being the beginning of a new winter season as it is, it’s time to get outfitted with new winter gear and apparel, especially with the holidays around the corner. Fittingly, we asked some of our favorite winter gear and apparel brands for their best new product recommendations. See their top new winter gear recommendations below.

Helly Hansen

  • Helly Hansen Warm Freeze Half Zip. Helly Hansen continues their long trend of great winter apparel craftsmanship with the best wool base layer on the market. The Helly Hansen Warm Freeze Half Zip combines the unique Lifa® fiber technology next to skin to keep you dry, with a premium Merino wool exterior with superior insulating and wicking properties.
  • Ridge Shell Jacket. The Ridge Shell Jacket is ready for your freeride adventures. Built around a Helly Tech® Professional three-layer fabric with a new FLOW membrane enabling an unparalleled breathability, the Ridge Shell Jacket keeps you dry, warm, and comfortable on the inside. The highly visual details and brim makes sure your friends can find you in deep powder, while large adjustable cuffs allow for easy use with gloves. 


  • Hero5 Black. The Hero5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display, and waterproof design. Smooth, stabilized video, crystal-clear audio, and pro-quality photo capture combine with GPS to make the HERO5 Black simply the best GoPro. Additionally, directly upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account for easy access on your phone.
  • Hero5 Session. With its stunning 4K video and one-button design, the Hero5 Session is the ultimate combination of performance and simplicity. Smooth image stabilization, voice control, and small, rugged, waterproof design help capture life as you live it. Like the Hero5, the HERO5 Session can also automatically upload footage to your GoPro Plus cloud account, providing easy access on any device.


Vibram Arctic Grip. Introducing Arctic Grip from Vibram, the most advanced cold weather gripping system Vibram has ever created. With Vibram Arctic Grip, you can now discover a whole new world of grip and performance on slippery, wet ice. Featured below is the Arctic Grip soling technology on the Merrell Moab FST ICE+ Thermo.

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