Here’s the thing about skiing and snowboarding: Especially at the beginning, there’s a whole lot of falling on your ass. It doesn’t look that cool, but so it goes. Luckily, with time and practice, you can start carving down the hill, fresh powder in your wake, and look downright fantastic. But even before that, you can make sure what you’re wearing looks cool. Hey, fake it until you make it, right? And that’s one thing you really have to give to the mountain sports world: The gear looks cool, even when it’s built for function.
Color-blocked outerwear? Vintage-inspired beanies? High-fashion jacket-and-pants sets? These on-the-slopes essentials are part of the reason ski (and après-ski) vibes have thoroughly infiltrated modern menswear. Before you knock off for the day and indulge in a hot chocolate (or something stronger) down at the lodge, check out these 20 picks for your black-diamond (or bunny slope) runs.
PhD Snowboard Light Elite Socks
Great socks are always a good call, especially when you’ve got your feet locked into a pair of (not always comfy) ski boots.
Nomen Logo-Intarsia Knitted Beanie
An easy beanie with a throwback vibe looks just as good on the street as it does on the slopes.
Capilene Recycled Thermal Crewneck Baselayer Shirt
Repeat after me: Never skimp on a good base layer.
Power Printed Jersey Base Layer
If you prefer your foundation with a little more personality, this shirt from Burton delivers.
O Frame 2.0 PRO XL Ski Goggles
Keep those eye protected from UV rays and snow glare alike.
Merino 250 Base Layer Bottoms
Remember what I said about your base layer? It’s true for your bottom half, too.
200 Oasis Merino Wool Half Zip Base Layer
For a little more neck protection, reach for Icebreaker’s merino wool half-zip.
Ski Cream, 30ml
You probably don’t want to apply this as you’re barreling down the mountain. But once you’re back home and all warmed up, this will help save your skin.
Silverado Gore-Tex and Leather Gloves
Gloves to protect you from wind, snow—and ski and snowboard edges that always dig into your hands.
Rodan Ski Helmet
Mario Wool Half-Zip Ski Mid-Layer
Wear it on a black-diamond run. Or a coffee run.
Icemania Canvas-Trimmed Ski Trousers
With all the hype around Salomon’s techy-cool trail runners, it’s almost possible to forget about all the other top-notch gear the brand makes. Almost.
A bib gives you even more protection from snow, if you have a tendency to wipe out somewhat dramatically.
And if you’re gonna get the bottom half, you know you need a matching jacket to complete the look.
Packable Windproof & Water Resistant Goose Down Sweater Hooded Jacket
This packable, lightweight jacket is great as a mid-layer on extra-cold days.
Stormrace Hooded Ski Jacket
This shell jacket is designed to regulate your temperature and keep you comfortable. Plus, it has special pockets for your phone, goggles, and lift pass.
Sapporo Padded Ski Jacket
If not for the functionality—lightweight insulation, an element-deflecting shell, and an internal drawstring powder skirt to keep snow out—get this jacket for the perfect color blocking.
‘Hybridge Lite’ Slim Fit Packable Jacket
You may well overheat if you try to take one of Canada Goose’s signature parkas down the trail. This lightweight version, though, won’t do you wrong.
3 Grenoble Tie-Dyed Ski Trousers
Fashion, but make it seriously functional ski pants.
3 Grenoble Tie-Dyed Hooded Ski Jacket
Oh, and don’t forget the matching jacket. For ski days. And snow days. And any day it’s cold enough to get away with wearing it.
Source : Esquire