Gear For The Season

Editors' Picks for Top Winter + Spring Outdoor Gear in 2022-23

1. ROLL Recovery R1 Percussion

This compact device is powerful, exceptionally quiet and has over seven hours of battery life. Say goodbye to knots and post-workout soreness with this hand-held massage gun. 



2. Chaco Fields Chelsea Boot

Rely on these waterproof boots through the colder seasons of Colorado. The boots have notable tread and are tall enough to get you through a little mud, snow or water. They are stylish while being full of great arch support. As one of our gear testers Laura noted: “Chaco hit it out of the park with these



3. Eddie Bauer Doe Bay Duvet Down Coat

This extra cozy jacket is the ideal length for warmth and function. Its pockets are big enough to fit your necessities, and its lightweight fill keeps you warm without being cumbersome. If you’re looking for a classic, long, down coat, this is our top pick for the season!



4. OTIS Eyewear Test of Time

These shades have timeless style and high-end features that last. The lenses are made with mineral glass that is created from natural elements like sand and soda ash. The glass is endlessly recyclable and has a high resistance to scratching. 



5. Melin Pace Hydro

If you haven’t tried a Melin hat yet, don’t wait. The Pace is their first design that is specifically for running, featuring an innovative seven-panel style. The Pace is lightweight and machine washable, so don’t be shy to wear it and sweat in it! 



6. DYNAFIT Ultra Revo Sunglasses

The sporty shades are ultra-lightweight and offer ideal protection and ventilation for hard efforts, like uphill ski touring and snowshoe racing. Grippy temple tips and a rubber nose pad guarantee a secure hold without slipping, even during intense movement. 



7. Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket

Keep your best furry friend warm and dry during Colorado’s coldest months with this weather-resistant, insulated jacket. This updated version has even more warmth with an insulated belly panel and new sleeve design for more freedom of movement and comfort on the go.



8. Kitsbow Denim Icon

Brought to us from a cycling company, this stylish button-down is made for mountain biking, but it’s ready to roll in all types of adventurous and leisurely outdoor activities. It’s four-way stretch with vented gussets, so you have plenty of room to go from work to play and back. 



9. Aviator Nation Unisex Teddy Fleece

This may be the softest fleece you’ve ever felt. California-born Aviator Nation has a store in Vail Village, so roll in to check out this lightweight half-zip that can be worn on its own or as a midlayer on the coldest winter days. 



10. Blizzard Hustle 10

The Hustle collection is a unisex backcountry line honoring those who work hard and live big in the mountains every single day. Woodcore delivers balanced flex and maneuverability by way of three different flex zones: softer in the tip and tail, medium just above and below the center, and stiff in the center. Carbon technology provides lightweight dampness and stability without compromising on playfulness.


Snowboard boots

11. ThirtyTwo MTB Boa Snowboard Boots

For the Valley’s splitboarding crowd, these boots transition from walk to ride quickly and easily with the redesigned dual BOA layout. These snowboard boots are ideal if you’re looking for comfort and performance on the front side and in the backcountry. 



12. Outdoor Research Hemispheres II GORE-TEX Jacket + Bibs

Leave it to OR to bring the best technology for all the winter conditions that come your way on the slopes and in the backcountry. This kit features a fully seam-taped 3L GORE-TEX C-Knit technology that is waterproof, soft and quiet. Stretch panels also allow for movement even if you’re layered up. 

Jacket $629; Bibs $629

13. PHANTOM Glide

This permanent, high-performance base treatment for skis and snowboards improves glide performance across a variety of snow conditions.



14. Wild Rye Olivia Onsie Base Layer

This well-known women’s mountain bike brand is coming into winter hot with this head-to-toe merino base layer that offers warmth and temperature regulation. And, what we love the most: the butt zip allows for quick and easy access when you have to go.



15. Ibex Wool Aire

Winter warmth starts with the right insulation, and Ibex has perfected this piece to be a staple for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. Lofted merino insulation fends off cold temps; while breathable, water-resistant nylon keeps you dry and releases heat when you’re on the move. Unlike down and synthetic filled puffy jackets, merino insulation won’t lose loft if it gets wet, and it doesn’t break down over time.



16. Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Smart Heated Gloves

Say farewell to frigid fingers with these gloves powered by clim8® intelligent heating technology that regulates warmth based on your body temperature and activity level. The waterproof gloves also excel in wet conditions, and the leather shell allows for dexterity in cold conditions.



17. Zeal Optics Hangfire

The sleek, rimless design of these goggles offers a wide peripheral field of view along with helmet compatibility. The optical technology of a spherical lens mimics the eye’s shape to minimize distortion, so what you see is what you get when you’re in all types of light on the slopes.



18. Mammut Snow Headband

This thermal knitted headband with fleece lining is made with love by a small family business in Germany. It’s stylish, comfortable and warm for all your winter adventures and après.



19. MSR Lightning Trail Snowshoes

Now with updated Paraglide bindings, these staple snowshoes by MSR perform all day as a comfortable, quiet and lightweight option that are easy to use. The pressure point-free stretch mesh securely hugs your feet and is compatible with nearly any footwear. 



20. Patagonia Peak Mission Tights

Cold-weather cardio is a reality for many of the Valley’s winter months, and these running tights will keep you cozy while wicking away moisture once you do start to warm up.


21. Foehn Salem Dyneema Down Parka

The outer layer of Dyneema fabric makes for a lightweight and packable premium down parka. This piece holds up to alpine standards with an urban style that can go with you from Vail Village to New York City.



22. Amundsen Sports Heroes Wool Fleece

Sherpa wool fleece on this piece is natural and undyed, meaning the hue comes from a mix of sheep wool. This pullover is ultra-cozy, and the waxed linen and cotton chest pocket makes for a perfect place to hold essentials.



23. Mammut Aenergy ST 32

This women’s-specific ski pack has shoulder straps, a hip belt and back dimensions tailored specifically for the female body. It’s lightweight but still offers spacious compartments for all your backcountry and ski touring essentials. 



24. Patagonia Snow Roller Bag

The powder highway is calling with this weather-defiant ski and snowboard bag made from leftover Patagonia Black Hole fabric scraps with fully encased roller wheels, multiple grab handles and plenty of small storage options.



25. Dometic Patrol 35

With its one-piece, rotomolded polyethylene shell, this cooler is rugged for the road and keeps food and drinks cold and ready for your après. The cooler also features a wrap-around freezer seal, leak-proof drain and a multi-use dock that boasts a cup holder and bottle opener.