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6 Ski Gear Picks You Should Know About This Winter

From an innovative new ski boot to an eco-friendly jacket, these are the pieces that perform.

By Cindy Hirschfeld December 11, 2019 Published in the Holiday 2019–2020 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Dahu Écorce 01 Ski Boot 

If you’re a racer, this is not the ski boot for you. But if you’re an enthusiast looking for comfort without feeling like you’re skiing in snow boots, you just may have found your ideal match. On the market in Europe for five years and now rejiggered for an introduction Stateside, the boot has two components: a plastic shell with cutouts to alleviate pressure points, and a sturdy, insulated inner boot that, thanks to a street-worthy rubber sole, also works on its own après-ski. The combo provides plenty of support on the slopes and feels close to a regular ski boot. $899 at Gorsuch


G3 FINDr 94 Touring Ski

Do you frequently take your skis on and off to bootpack up climbs or seek even quicker transitions during ski mountaineering races? Here’s your secret weapon: magnets in the contact point of these skis hold them together when base to base—no more fidgeting with brakes or ski straps. The FINDrs are solid performers in their own right, too, light for touring yet stable enough to hold an edge or bust through crud. $919 at Cripple Creek Backcountry






Picture Haakon Women’s Ski Jacket

This French company has produced only environmentally friendly snow sports apparel since it launched 11 years ago and was one of the first brands to use waterproof-breathable membranes made of recycled plastic bottles. In addition to that membrane, the shell fabric of this stylish fleece-lined jacket also incorporates recycled bottles. Next up for Picture: using more plant-based fabrics. $350 at Basalt Bike and Ski


Mammut Casanna Ski Pant

This insulated, waterproof-breathable pant for men and women not only offers bomber performance but also consists almost entirely of recycled polyester. Even the coloring process uses a new enviro-friendly technique; pigment is spun into the fibers that will eventually constitute a fabric, eliminating the need for dye and using less water and chemicals. $329 at mammut.com





Giro Range MIPS Helmet

Giro is the first company to line its helmets with Polartec’s Power Grid, which does a primo job of wicking sweat, then helping it evaporate more quickly so your head stays drier. The customizable Range adjusts via an overlapping outer shell that can expand or contract up to 6 centimeters. Plus, it offers MIPS technology, which absorbs forces that result from angled blows, in addition to those from direct impact. $250 at Four Mountain Sports


Matek Gentoo Baselayer

One-piece base layers are warm and cozy, but with their union-suit origins, don’t usually evoke compliments. That’ll change when you don the flatteringly cut Gentoo. Sleek and stretchy, the button-up suit—for women, men, and kids—is sewn in the US, largely from recycled nylon. Bonus: the thin mesh lower leg doesn’t bunch up in your ski boots. $169 at matek.clothing



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