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 2019 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 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 (Touring) Skis of 2018-2019

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 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 Backcountry (Touring) Ski Boots of 2018-2019

There's a strong argument that the most important part of your ski touring kit is a pair of quality boots that fit well. The good news is that this growing category has seen some impressive advancements...

Best Ski Bindings of 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 2018-2019

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 2018-2019

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 2019

With a wide and stable footprint and solid underfoot traction, snowshoes open up your favorite summer hiking and running trails for winter fun. Below we break down the best models for the 2019 winter 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 get to lift tickets. The good news is that despite all the hype around the latest and greatest gear, you can have a good day on the hill without...

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 2019

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 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 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 2019

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 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 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 2018-2019

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 2018-2019 accomplishes this and more...

Best Down Jackets of 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 2019, including the top down sweaters, ultralights...

Best Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 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 2019

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 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 2019

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 2018-2019

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 2019

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 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 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 Winter Gloves of 2018-2019

Gloves may not get quite as much attention as your other winter clothing, but they offer invaluable warmth and protection when the temperature drops. Our picks for the best winter gloves of...

Best Mountaineering Boots of 2019

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...

Resort Skiing Checklist for 2018-2019

Despite the crowds, there’s something truly satisfying about skiing inbounds. Maybe it’s the fact that you can accomplish thousands of feet in a day, or just the convenience of a warm lodge nearby to thaw cold...

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...

Backcountry Ski Bindings: Tech vs. Frame

As you transition from resort skiing to the backcountry, your set-up inevitably will become more complex. Some AT bindings prioritize downhill performance, particularly for aggressive skiers...

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...

How to Layer for Backcountry Skiing

Backcountry skiing can be an incredibly rewarding way to spend your time outdoors—no crowds, untouched snow, and a skin-track workout to compliment your knee-deep powder turns...

Backcountry Skiing Checklist for 2018-2019

Nothing is more satisfying or adrenaline-inducing than slaying fresh powder in the heart of the backcountry, but you’ll need the right gear to accomplish your ski objectives...

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...

Winter Camping Checklist for 2018-2019

Whether you are planning a week-long expedition or camping for a single night, having the right equipment for winter is crucial. Snow-covered landscapes can be magically enticing, but trips...

Scarpa Maestrale RS Review

Among Scarpa’s impressive and diverse lineup of ski boots, the Maestrale RS alpine touring model is a standout. A stiffer version of their popular Maestrale, the RS is designed to be light up the skin track...

Smith Vantage MIPS Review

Smith is a leader in the ski helmet market, and their Vantage MIPS is a favorite among serious downhill and alpine touring riders. This lid seemingly has it all: comfort, performance, safety, and good looks to boot. Given its impressive résumé...

Salomon MTN + Brake Review

Salomon made a grand entrance into the tech binding world with the release of the minimalist and feather-light MTN binding. With excellent build quality, user-friendly step-in and climb modes, and strong power...

DPS Skis Wailer 106 Tour1 Review

Utah-based DPS is best known for their powder skis designed for big lines and face shots. But for those who like to earn their turns, most are simply too heavy to haul up thousands of feet...

Oakley Airbrake XL Review

Oakley has long been a favorite in the ski goggle industry, with functional and stylish designs that go head-to-head with leading manufacturers like Smith and Giro. Their Airbrake XL—retooled with a large spherical lens and low-profile frame—was our...

Salomon S/Lab MTN Review

Salomon is no stranger to the backcountry skiing market with an expansive line-up of touring equipment. From their ski boot collection, the S/Lab MTN is aimed at resort and backcountry skiers who want the option to do both...

Review: Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 110 W

With backcountry skiing on the rise and many downhillers opting for touring set-ups, the lines between alpine and AT gear have begun to blur. In the ski boot world, one result is “crossover” models...

G3 Ion 12 Review

G3 shook up the tech binding market with its exceptionally user-friendly Ion binding, and true to form, they’re back with improvements that boost performance and shorten transition time. The Ion 12’s auto-rotation lock...

Arc'teryx Beta AR Review

From Arc’teryx’s formidable hardshell lineup, the Beta AR slots in as the all-around workhorse. The jacket has been a flagship piece since its release back in 2000, and it remains a favorite thanks to a premium...

Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody Review

Redesigned for 2017, the Black Diamond CoEfficient Hoody is a highly breathable, technical fleece jacket. We tested it this winter in the mountains of British Columbia under...

Review: Arc'teryx Procline Carbon Support

When Arc’teryx announced they would be releasing ski mountaineering boots, the Procline series, we were intrigued to say the least. The brand dominates the ski apparel market, but with only a recent foray...

Arc'teryx Proton LT Hoody Review

High-output activities like ski touring and winter climbing require an insulated jacket that balances warmth and ventilation. Arc’teryx jumped into this growing “active insulation” market with their...