2021 Editors’ Choice Awards: Apparel

Last March, our testers tried the best skis, boards, boots, bindings and apparel that we could get our hands on at our 13th annual Gear Test Week. After months of working remotely from our basements, guest bedrooms and kitchen counters, our editors are ready to reveal the top picks to help you get remote on the skintrack with 34 Editors’ Choice awards. Below, you’ll find the standout jackets, pants and layers that won an Editors’ Choice Award.

Rab Khroma Kinetic Jacket

$350 – rab.equipment/us

“The Rab Khroma Kinetic Jacket is a lightweight, breathable touring shell that’s easy to wear all day. The 20k waterproof-rated fabric is very breathable, soft to the touch, and offers great range of motion. The oversized mesh chest pockets are well-designed and also serve as vents. Overall, it’s a great alternative to 3-layer touring pieces for those who are looking for more breathability and versatility.” —Jed Doane, Salt Lake City, Utah


Outdoor Research Helium Down Hoody

$279 – outdoorresearch.com

“My new absolute favorite go-to for every cold-weather adventure: it’s packable and uber lightweight with an incredible weight-to-warmth ratio and a durable, dense outer fabric that allows it to be comfortably worn as outerwear without fear of tearing. Further, it has a great fit with sufficient sleeve and torso length, permitting dynamic mobility. And the jade colors rocks.” —Marla Bailey, Steamboat Springs, Colorado


Dynafit TLT Light Insulator

$220 – dynafit.com

“The Dynafit TLT Light Insulator is an ultralight and packable layer for cold days touring…. It would make a great layer for anyone looking for something warm and breathable on cold days, and, while I’d prefer it have a hood to make it more versatile, it probably cuts down on enough weight to make the skimo crowd even more stoked.” —Will Sardinsky, Carbondale, Colorado


Strafe Cham Pants

$469 – strafeouterwear.com

“The Strafe Cham Pant is a stretchy, breathable touring pant that’s fully waterproof. It’s easy to move in, and the fabric and vents make it breathable enough for even the sweatiest days. The minimalist design, breathability and smart features make it an ideal pant for big days in the mountains.” —Jed Doane, Salt Lake City, Utah


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