HALF MOON BAY, Calif., December 3, 2013— With ski resorts across the country already welcoming skiers and riders, or opening soon, itis time to think about ski gear. Winter adventure women are not necessarily difficult to shop for, as long as you keep in mind two key words: comfort and performance. If you are still looking for that perfect gift for a skiing gal pal, take a look through this list.
All are products that have gotten rave reviews from sport-minded women, and have been fully gear tested.
Stio Vescent Jacket
Winter jackets do not always have to be big and bulky, especially when you are working up a sweat. The Stio Vescent Jacket is a streamlined, wind and water-resistant shell that lets you move when you need to.
On top of that, the Spero XT shell is breathable, so you don’t feel like the inside of your jacket is a hothouse. The fixed hood, zippered pockets, and adjustable hem rounds out the package nicely.
Stio Vescent Jacket, $229 from Stio.com.
Pret Facet Helmet
Keep your brain safe and your head warm with the Pret Facet, a low-profile helmet suited for the slopes.
A total of 13 external and 19 internal vents allow for optimal temperature control, and the Ultra Fleece plush interior will make you never want to go back to just a cap again.
It’s fully adjustable with RCS fit system and you can even integrate your tunes, so you can ski with a soundtrack.
Pret Facet Helmet, $140. Check your closest store locations at Pret Helmet.
RAMP Beaver Skis
There is no need to keep a quiver of skis when you can have all-in-one performance with RAMP Beaver Skis.
Constructed with a FSC certified full bamboo core, the strong skis add a Kevlar veil, which adds energy to your turns and dampens vibrations. The do-it-all ride is ideal if you ski about 50 percent groomers and 50 percent powder.
Plus, RAMP has packages that allow for skis only; skis, bindings, and poles for a variety of strengths (do-it-all, cliff hucking, touring, and side country); or a way to design your own one-of-a-kind top sheet.
RAMP Beaver Skis, $619 from Ramp Sports. (Image above)
Smith Optics I/OS Goggles
Leave your shades in the car and suit up with some killer goggles that will allow you to change the lens, depending on conditions.
The Smith Optics I/OS rimless goggles are designed for those with smaller faces, so you don’t have to buy the dudes’ goggles and look like an insect.
Interchangeable performance mirror lenses are easy to switch out with the quick-release lens system, and don’t fog as much as those other goggles do.
Smith Optics I/OS Goggles, $235 from Smith Optics.
Osprey Reverb Pack
Maximize your mountain time with a lift-friendly pack where you can stash your gear. The Osprey Reverb 18 Pack carries your essentials without making you feel like you’re hauling your entire house with you, and doesn’t feel bulky.
An internal pouch holds your favorite water bladder, the insulated beverage hose sleeve keeps your water from freezing, a quick-access front panel holds avalanche gear, and a back panel holds dry gear.
Osprey Reverb 18 Pack, $98.95 from Backcountry.com.
Helly Hansen Odin H2 Flow Jacket
When you want top quality and don’t mind the cost, make sure you take a serious look at the Helly Hansen Odin H2 Flow Jacket.
This ladies’ waterproof and breathable shell includes the company’s H2 Flow technology, using air to provide warmth and ventilation (and lets you control it so you can cool down when you want to).
It’s also got a RECCO reflector, zip-out snowskirt, and adjustable elements (cuffs, hem, hood). Helly Hansen Odin H2 Flow Jacket, $400 from Helly Hansen. (Image above)
Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.
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