The Best Snow Gear (2020): Ski Jackets, Goggles, and More

Yes, we know—many of you have already gotten in a few good snow days over winter break or when storms rolled in. But now is still a great time to upgrade some of your gear, if you busted it over Christmas or if you have plans for balmy spring skiing. It’s also prime time for end-of-season sales. We trekked up to the Cascade Range outside of Portland, Oregon, with a truck full of gear to test out some of the best and brightest (literally) of this year’s crop of jackets, bibs, helmets, gloves, boots, and bindings.

We’ve listed our favorites below. Don’t see anything you like? Check out our guides of the Best Rain Jackets, Best Running Gear, and Best Fitness Trackers for more.

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    Magnetic Face Protector

    Seirus Magnamask Combo Clava

    Sometimes the simplest gear is the most revolutionary, or at least that’s how we both felt about Seirus’ magnetic ski mask, which can be quickly popped on and off your face using magnetic seams. It’s utterly magnificent, taking less than a second to pop perfectly in place when you need it, and saving your face from windburn (and sunburn) on the lift and the slopes.—Parker Hall

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    Grippy Gloves

    Outdoor Research Inception Aerogel Gloves

    For warmer days, I like these grippy, phone-friendly Inception Aerogel Gloves, which come stuffed with aerogel—a NASA-invented insulator—in the palms. They are easy to get on and off, and a three-layer nylon-spandex blend makes them stretchy and abrasion-resistant. The slim profile of the gloves makes them very easy to stuff in pockets during lunch breaks as well as dexterous for snow gloves; I didn’t have to take them off to adjust my helmet or snap a selfie.—Parker Hall

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    Best Buds

    Jabra Elite Active 75t

    An excellent “hear through” mode and simple push-button controls make Jabra’s Elite Active 75t a perfect go-to for those with warm hats and helmets over their ears. Also great is the company’s two-year warranty against sweat and water damage (the Elite Active 75t are IP57 rated, for dust and water resistance). They’re also extremely comfortable and sound great, providing the right amount of sonic energy to power you through your turns.—Parker Hall

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