The Mountain Lover’s Gift Guide
Didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? You’ve got a new pile of giftcards ready to walk on over to Amazon and REI? Here is the gift guide for your second chance at the present you wished Santa had delivered:
Talk about bang for your buck. The Slipper is actually an indoor/outdoor shoe that is just as functional around the campfire as it is driving home after an epic day on the mountain. The warm, fleece lining, removable PU insole for cush and durable, rubber outsole make the perfect combo for winter wear … so long as you don’t need a ton of traction. It’s great with or without socks.
There’s honestly nothing more satisfying to a skier (aside from untracked powder) than a brand-new pair of ski socks. Worn’s high-performing, long-lasting, Enhanced Ski is designed for all climates and conditions. They use a patent-pending organic Merino called Arrowool that offers 4x the life, 2x the performance and ¼ of the waste compared to most cotton-based socks. The medium padding hugs your foot without bunching or feeling clammy after an all-day session on the hill. The bonus is that with each wash it’s like you’re putting on a brand-new pair of socks all over again.
You can spend $400 on a pair of bougie goggles or you can make the smart move and get the Slingshots. For $70 or less you can have a fun, helmet compatible non-fogging goggle that comes with two easily swappable magnetic, anti-fog lenses with UV400 protection. I’ve been wearing mine for the past two seasons and they’ve yet to let me down!
If you are at all concerned about stuffing your head in a newer local brand (Wildhorn is based in Utah) then trust the pros. The Drift Snow Helmet is an official product of the US Ski and Snowboard teams! Of course helmets are super personal and fit depends on the shape of your head but the lightweight, well-vented lid fits me well. It also has an adjustable dial in back for fine tuning and is compatible with most audio pucks- although you’ll want to use their Alta drop ins. Unlike my Skullcandys, these have lasted three seasons and are user friendly- left press to connect, power on/off and answer calls; right side buttons control volume and song choice. The pucks charge with a standard micro USB, connect to your phone via Bluetooth 5.0 for hands-free calling, texting and music listening, they have a 10+ hour battery life and are water, sweat, and cold resistant with IP45 rating.
There’s no denying that mittens are double the warmth for your digits but when you want dexterity and warmth you gotta love these 750-fill DownTek gloves. The waterproof down is on the back of the hands while there’s Megaloft synthetic insulation in the palm. There’s also a waterproof, windproof, breathable membrane between the four-way stretch softshell and the insulation so your hands stay warm and dry no matter how stormy it gets.
I was going to write about this awesome jacket in the fall but then our fall turned to winter in a blink. Still, the Camper can be worn and loved year round; on warmer days in the 40s or as a midlayer under a ski jacket when temps dip below. The compactible DuPont Comfort Max Fiberfill insulation provides 4-5 times more insulation than other similar fibers, keeps its warmth even when wet, and even has enough room underneath for a sweater or fleece without making you look like the Stay Puff man. You’ll love all the pockets (three on the outside and three inside), the internal stuff pocket turns the jacket into a travel pillow. Did I mention that Coala Tree is another awesome Utah brand?Coalatree 2021 Gift Guide