If your ski gear is even a few years old, there’s new technology out there that will help make good days on the snow even better. There are important considerations when making a purchase: What is your skill level? In what region do you ski the most? Powder or groomed? Do you ski in the backcountry? Your answers to these questions will narrow the search to the best category for gear and allow you to take advantage of all the modern day advances in ski technology.

For our skiing recommendations below, we break down all the best gear for the 2018 season. We’ve picked the top performers in each category and tell you precisely what makes them the best. Our guide to the best all-mountain skis is for those who stay mostly inside the ropes, and our guide to the best alpine touring skis is for backcountry specialists that venture far from the chairlifts. We’ve also reviewed the top boots, bindings, poles, and accessories and apparel like goggles, helmets, jackets pants, gloves, and more.

Best All-Mountain Skis of 2018-2019

If you're searching for that elusive one-ski quiver, this is the category to find it. The definition of “all-mountain” varies by manufacturer and retailer, but generally includes skis from 85mm to 105mm...

Best Backcountry Skis of 2017-2018

Unlike their lift-assisted alpine cousins, backcountry skis have two jobs: getting you uphill efficiently while retaining enough power to make the downhill worth the effort (and fun). The good news is...

Best Downhill Ski Boots of 2018-2019

No matter your ability level, a comfortable boot is an absolute necessity. Nothing ruins a good powder day faster than cold or painful feet, and ill-fitting boots also run the risk of not properly transferring energy...

Best Ski Bindings of 2018-2019

Bindings are often the last piece of ski gear you choose, but remain a very important one. As the connection between boot and ski, they play a fundamental role in power transfer...

Best Skis for Beginners of 2018-2019

Beginner skis offer great value and an easy platform for learning the basics of turning, balance, and control. In short, they make it easier to learn proper technique in less time...

Best Ski Boots for Beginners of 2017-2018

If there is one piece of gear that will keep first timers from sticking with the sport, it’s an uncomfortable ski boot. A cheap boot can pinch and freeze toes turning potential fun...

Best Ski Poles of 2017-2018

It’s hard not to admire the utility of the humble ski pole. A pair of ski poles serves a number of purposes, from helping you set a rhythm for turns, to propelling you along flat sections of trail, to having a crutch to lean on in long lift lines...

7 Great Skis for East Coast Hardpack

First and foremost, the East Coast has great skiing, from Stowe in Vermont, to Sugarloaf in Maine, all the way up to Tremblant in Quebec. But the reality is that the conditions vary considerably from places like...

Best Snowshoes of 2017-2018

With a wide and stable footprint and solid underfoot traction, snowshoes open up your favorite summer running and hiking trails for winter fun. Below we break down the best models for the 2017-2018 season including recreational snowshoes...

Good Ski Gear on a Budget

The biggest impediment to skiing is cost: the gear can be prohibitively expensive, and that’s before you even get to lift tickets. The good news is that despite all the hype around the latest and greatest...

The 5 Best Sites to Buy Skis and Ski Gear

Another ski season is finally upon us, and to help navigate the confusing online environment, we have put together a list of our favorite websites for buying ski gear. The sites we recommend below...

Best 4-Season Tents of 2018

From backcountry ski tours to mountaineering in some of the most inhospitable weather on Earth, a 4-season tent is the last line of defense between you and the elements. Accordingly, these tents are much stronger...

Best Ski Helmets of 2018-2019

No matter your ability level, picking up a helmet for skiing or snowboarding is a no-brainer. If you’ve been putting off replacing a helmet that’s years old or are new to the sport, recent advancements have...

Best Ski Goggles of 2018-2019

No matter your experience level or budget, there is a great ski goggle waiting to be found. Interchangeable lenses dominate the high end of the market with systems that are getting quicker and easier by the...

Best Ski Gloves of 2017-2018

Nothing can kill a great ski day like cold fingers, so make sure to choose a quality glove that fits the type of skiing you do most. The options range from gauntlet-style synthetic nylon gloves to undercuff leather gloves from powerhouses...

Best Ski Jackets of 2018-2019

From cold to snow to wind to sweat, choosing a ski jacket is all about managing the conditions that you might encounter on the mountain. The right ski jacket for you depends on the specific kinds of skiing you enjoy most—skinning up a sunny ridgeline...

Best Ski Pants of 2018-2019

Ski pants are a critical barrier between you and the elements, and there’s a pair to fit every type of skier and budget. Resort goers typically opt for a classic hardshell design with some light insulation to stay warm on the lift rides up. Backcountry...

Best Ski Socks of 2017-2018

A quality ski sock gets the basics right: a close but not restricting fit, soft touch materials that don’t itch, and enough cushioning to keep you on the slopes all day. Every sock that made our “best of” list for 2017-2018 accomplishes this and more...

Best Down Jackets of 2018-2019

Nothing beats a great down jacket, whether it’s for causal use or tearing around the backcountry. Below we break down the best down jackets of 2018-2019, including the top down sweaters, ultralights...

Best Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 2018-2019

If you’re looking for a jacket that offers solid warmth at a good value, synthetic insulation is the way to go. You don’t get quite as high of a warmth-to-weight ratio as down, but synthetic jackets resist moisture...

Best Fleece Jackets of 2018

There are a wide variety of insulating jackets available, but the most comfortable and affordable choice is the classic fleece. These polyester jackets have been providing cozy warmth...

Best Hardshell Jackets of 2018-2019

Hardshell jackets are designed for the alpine: they’re highly windproof, waterproof, breathable, and durable. This is the outer layer you turn to for ultimate protection while backcountry and resort...

Best Softshell Jackets of 2018

For high-output activities, it’s hard to beat a softshell jacket. Their breathable and stretchy fabrics offer fantastic performance and a really comfortable fit that moves with you. And as long as you don’t take them...

Best Vests for Hiking of 2018

For cool fall and spring conditions, it’s hard to beat a vest. This simple layering piece is super cozy, adds warmth to your core, is easy to throw over a flannel, and less bulky and cheaper than a full jacket. But...

Best Midlayers of 2017-2018

In the typical 3-layer ski clothing system, the midlayer is given the all-important insulating duties. As such, it is the one article of clothing you’re most likely to swap out depending on weather conditions. Is it bristling cold and dry...

Best Baselayers of 2018

As your next-to-skin article of clothing, a baselayer plays a fundamental role in pulling moisture away from the body and regulating core temperature. It’s far easier to justify purchasing a nice down jacket or waterproof shell, but a baselayer can be...

Best Winter Boots of 2018-2019

Winter boots are a timeless and charming piece of gear. They bring back memories of being a kid, when snow falling always meant the anticipation of stomping around for hours at a time...

Best Winter Jackets of 2018-2019

When the heart of the coldest winter months arrives, it’s time for a serious jacket. Our picks for the best winter jackets and parkas below are among the warmest on the market—they are packed with...

Best Mountaineering Boots of 2018

No piece of gear is more critical to summiting high peaks than footwear. A great mountaineering boot fills countless roles: it must offer support while carrying heavy loads...

Choosing the Right Ski Waist Width

You have a huge range of widths to choose from when making a ski purchase, from 60mm racing skis to 130mm big-mountain sleds designed for extreme places like Alaska. Without a doubt, skis are trending...

What is a Softshell Jacket?

Softshell jackets fill a much-needed void between lightweight insulating pieces and waterproof hardshells. They stretch for movement and breathe well, yet still offer better protection from the elements than...

Ski Jackets: Shell vs. Insulated vs. 3-in-1

Today’s ski jackets are well made and built to handle many seasons of use in foul weather. They’re also not small investments, with even entry-level jackets often setting you back...

Down vs. Synthetic Insulation

As the weather cools down each year the insulation debate heats up. Goose and duck down fill are among the premier insulators on earth, trapping air and creating pockets of warmth around your body...

Does Your Down Jacket Need a Hood?

A down jacket is a wonderful insulating piece: it’s light, packable and offers premium warmth that you simply can’t find in a synthetic equivalent. In choosing your perfect puffy, one of the forks in the road...

Down Fill and Insulation Explained

Despite continued efforts in synthetics, down is the best insulator on Earth. It’s warmth-to-weight ratio and compressibility are unbeatable, and it’s extremely soft and cozy too. To better understand the...

Merino Wool: Is It Worth It?

Merino wool, the ultra soft fabric most commonly found in performance baselayers and socks, is one of the most sought-after materials in the outdoor gear world. But is it worth the hype? Below we...