The following items were all rated Skier’s Choice in our 2018 Apparel Guide, meaning not only are they on sale right now, but they’ve been tested and vetted as the best jackets and pants on the market.
Flylow Lab Coat
Lightweight and packable, but fully storm- and waterproof, the Lab can be seen on deep backcountry missions as well as ripping the Hollywood line under the chair.
The key is the eVent fabric, which maintains 20k breathability as well as season-after-season durability. Compared to the Quantum, the Lab has a more streamlined cut, though it’s not Euro slim. The fit provides full articulation for any kind of skiing–and apresing–you desire.
Patagonia Powslayer jacket
With 3L Gore-Tex Pro fabric plus a 100-percent recycled face fabric is light there’s no reason this freeride touring kit should not be a skier’s everyday outerwear. The Powslayer also stands out for its cut. The jacket fits a little long and slim, and the pants a little loose. For many, the sizing just feels comfortable–right in the middle from Old Euro Guy and Breckenridge Park Rat. Bibs seem especially difficult to configure where exactly they’ll sit–often bulking up down low for a solid diaper feel, or coming in too high as crotch grabbers–but these sit just right and have a stretchy elastic waist that nullifies any need for a belt.
Flylow Quantum Pro jacket
Though backcountry-ready, the three-layer Quantum Pro is a durable jacket with relatively heavy fabric built for plundering stashes at your favorite resort. Made with 20k/20k waterproof/breathable Intuitive fabric, which has a slightly rough, almost denim-type feel, the Quantum is a workhorse that’ll stand up to season after season of abuse.
Dakine Sawtooth 3L jacket
Straight from the creative mind of Eric Pollard, the Sawtooth is a freeride coat that’ll boost your performance and style. Made of three-layer Gore-Tex polyester plain weave with a tricot backing, the Sawtooth offers full protection from the elements in a cool, understated vibe.
Arc’teryx Tantalus jacket
A three-layer Gore-Tex jacket with a flannel tricot backing, the Tantalus is a workhorse built for frigid days at the resort. Arc’teryx bills it as a hybrid freeride, meaning it’s more tuned to riding lifts and skiing big vertical than it is for long missions in the backcountry.
Scott Vertic GTX 3L jacket
The Scott Vertic is intended for touring, but throw on a mid-puffy and it will be comfortable around the ski hill, too. It has all the technical bells and whistles, including high waterproof/breathability ratings and a simple hood-cinching mechanism.
686 GLCR Weapon jacket
The 3-in-1 Weapon Jacket stands out for its technical properties, functionality in harsh mountain environments, and great style. Made of two-layer Gore-Tex, the shell comes equipped with a removable, integrated Primaloft midlayer. Together, the shell and midlayer are warm but surprisingly not bulky.
Eider Shaper jacket
A Defender Dual Weave incorporates two face fabrics into one, providing strength around the problem areas at the shoulders and on the waistline while removing seams. The result is less wind and water inside and happier core temperatures. The Eider Shaper Jacket also utilizes zipper technology they helped pioneer with YKK, which created a zipper to actually wrap around the chin and lower face.
Strafe Capitol pant
With three-layer Polartec Neoshell membrane, a 100 percent polyester back, and a 61/39 percent nylon/polyester face with a DWR finish, the Strafe Capitol pant is a softshell that acts like a hardshell. It’s a do-everything pant that’s at home on a tour or at the resort.
686 GLCR Satellite bib
With a high waterproof-breathability rating (20k by 15k), the 686 Satellite Bib hangs like a good friend on your favorite day at the hill.
Like other players on the 686 team, it’s the attention to detail that make the Satellite stand out. Pockets on the hips and one on the chest keep all your little things sorted, while a stretchy infiDry fabric allows full range of movement, from the bootback to the bumps to the dance floor. The legs have full inner venting, protected by mesh so snow doesn’t ice up your unmentionables.
Helly Hansen Sogn bib
The Helly Hansen Sogn bib has all the makings of a classy, stylish pant that will keep you warm and dry during the harshest days of the winter. Constructed of three-layer Helly Tech Professional fabric, this shell pant is noted for its great cut down the leg and abrasive resistant boot cuffs. The bib, which is not removable, has an adjustable belt and suspenders to dial in the fit around the house that Budweiser built. Stretchy material on the back aids in ventilation.
Arc’teryx Stinger pant
It’s widely understood among core skiers that Arc’teryx makes some of the finest quality products in the business. You’ll pay a pretty penny, but when you’re in the middle of a maelstrom, it’s worth every cent. Such is the Stinger Pant, a lightweight but tough garment made from three-layer Gore-Tex Pro, the most durable waterproof-breathable fabric Gore makes.