Whether tearing it up in the park, slicing through the trees or crushing the darn whole mountain, we gals deserve some seriously rockin’ gear for all the sick stuff we plan on doing in 2014. Our Activejunky testers handed these ten pieces the best-in-class marks after hitting the slopes in Chile this past summer for our Winter Gear Guide. From warmth and comfort, to awesome technical styles, these picks will help you seriously kill it this season.
A lady-specific goggle with all the same great stuff you’ll find from the big dogs, the Spy Optics Bias Goggles offers a polyurethane flex frame that easily adheres to smaller face shapes while eliminating pesky pressure points. The low profile also features a silicone-ribbed strap that ensures everything stays right where it should, while a Triple Layer Istron Face Foam provides three different densities to add comfort and rigidity in all the right places. It all adds up for a perfect, stay-put fit.
Talk about full-on storm proof. Cut specifically for the freeride skier or snowboarder, this relaxed fit, waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX jacket and pant combo is linked together by a patented Slide ‘n Loc snap system via the integrated powder skirt—the perfect answer to deep powder days. The jacket also opens up nicely with ventilated pit zips for those days you work up a sweat in the deep stuff. Arc’teryx is known for its classic and sleek approach, so you can be sure that this setup will look badass whether you’re hitting jumps in the park or carving up the backcountry.
A bumpin’ soundtrack is on many of our menus while hunting down powder this winter, but sometimes not just any old ear buds will do. Skullcandy has partnered with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation to produce these ultra-modern headphones that flow oh-so-right on the slopes. The high maximum volume helps keep you in the zone and the vintage-inspired look is sure to turn a few heads on the lifts.
Keep all your slope essentials at your fingertips thanks to Osprey Reverb 10 Backpack. Low-profile enough to stay streamlined but with enough storage for extra layers, probes or goggles, the Reverb weighs in at less than 2 lbs., so, even with a board strapped to your back, you won’t feel tied down.
Looking fresh at your après shindig is a pretty important part of any shred day. The snaky curves of Spy Optic’s Fiona Sunglasses wrap your face in a relaxed frame that oozes fresh style, while still offering up 100% UV protection from snow glare. Plus, the durable Grilamid material means they won’t get bent out of shape or snapped at the bottom of your bag.
If only you could wear your favorite flannel everywhere. Well, Under Armour’s Alpinelite Shacket may be the next best thing. UA offers an insulated and windproof almost-jacket with a built-in laminate for those sunny days you want to go light and fast. The flannel shell features UA Storm technology to fend off the elements and the patented Coldgear Infrared technology uses your own body heat to keep you toastier than any sweatshirt you could dream of.
Everyone wants a baselayer that keeps you warm, stays where it should and looks darn sexy while you change in the parking lot. Terramar’s Hottotties Scoop Top avoids bunching with a touch of Spandex and a lower neck line than most baselayer pieces. The formfitting cut makes it like a second, super toasty skin thanks to Terramar’s Climasense Thermoregulation Comfort fabric.
A lot of baselayer pants are either comfortable or warm, but rarely both. The seriously cold-weather guts of Terramar’s Hottotties Cloud Nine Pant are only matched by how comfy they are. The soft, brushed polyester surface creates additional air space, trapping body heat while still allowing for a slim, legging-like fit.
POW ‘s Falcon GTX Gloves are the perfect companion for the girl who wants to stay out from first chair to last without worrying about frosty finger tips. The GORE-TEX allows your hands to breathe while keeping them dry at the same time. Plus, thanks to the heavy-duty Thinsulate insulation, these hardcore gloves will let you carve all day without sacrificing your manicure.