Get Ready To Shred, The Red Bulletin, October 2019

Snow Red BulletinSnow season is coming! Here’s the sweetest new gear for your winter adventures.
co-written with Joe Lindsey

MEN’S HARDGOODS

WESTON BACKWOODS CARBON
Weston took its award-winning Backwoods and put it on a diet with a new carbon-fiber top sheet and wood core that saves more than a pound. The weight savings, combined with the Backwoods’ fat, rockered nose and pintail rear serves up a snappy, surflike ride in deep snow. Aluminum stringers help dampen chatter and hold an edge on hardpack, while a paulownia wood core adds strength at high-stress spots like the binding mounts. $899; westonbackcountry.com

K2 MAYSIS HEAT
Got cold feet from cranking down those binding straps? The Therm-ic liners in these boots feature a zonal heating element with three settings for up to 19 hours of warmth and are fully rechargeable overnight. Change settings from the easily accessible control atop each liner. The separate Boa reel closures on the liner and outer boot provide a secure, even hold to prevent pressure points. It’s available in regular and wide-lasted versions. $450; k2snowboarding.com

SALOMON S/PRO 120
Salomon took a big risk in replacing its top-selling X/Pro line, but the S/Pro may be worth it. Many ski boots offer thermo-molded custom liners (as is this boot’s Sensifit insert), but the S/Pro 120’s two-piece outer shell is also heat-moldable at a certified dealer, so you get perfect fit for edge control without compromising comfort or insulation. The S/Pro line is offered in a range of flexes; the 120 is ideal for advanced skiers who want a stiff, powerful boot. $800; salomon.com

DPS ALCHEMIST WAILER 100 RP
These Utah-made rippers feature a carbon-fiber- wrapped aspen-wood core for a perfect balance of light weight and power to drive through powder, crud and mixed conditions. The 100 millimeter waist is faster edge-to-edge on hardpack than wider boards, while the RP shaping initiates shorter, quicker turns in tight spaces without sacrificing control if you’re laying down a power carve. It’s a whole mountain’s worth of runs in one ski. $1,299; dpsskis.com

JONES APOLLO
Edge control in snowboarding comes from the most secure connection to the board. Jones’ Apollo binding features a fiberglass-reinforced nylon base with a highback support made of a composite of carbon fiber and flax, a natural, renewable fiber known for its high strength and the ability to absorb vibrations, so you get maximum control for carving or freeriding. Tune responsiveness with the looser Surf mode or lock it down in Freeride. $450; jonessnowboards.com

KULKEA BOOT TREKKER
Don’t struggle to lug your gear to the lodge; this spacious boot bag holds ski or snowboard boots up to a size 13 in a smartly organized layout with comfy shoulder and hip straps. Extra compartments hold essentials like gloves, hats, goggles and water bottles. The boot pockets feature ventilation windows to help dry your liners, while a reinforced TPU bottom panel with four drainage holes helps clear snowmelt and resist scuffs and rips. $150; kulkea.com


Snow RB2WOMEN’S HARDGOODS

FISCHER MY RANGER 102 FR
It’s hard to imagine a more versatile ski. These all-condition planks grip groomers, surf pow, zipper through tight trees—and feel responsive at all speeds. Want to cut lazy arcs on corduroy? Or throttle high-speed joyrides? The My Ranger obliges. It even straddles the line between resort and backcountry; the AirTec core construction (which replaces some wood with Titanal to shave weight by 25 percent) is light enough to take touring bindings. $699; fischersports.com

LIB TECH GLIDER
Part of Lib Tech’s first-ever women’s line of snowboards, the Glider proves that easy-riding fun doesn’t have to sacrifice high-performance reliability. Its “Banana Tech” design places a rockered base underfoot with mild camber toward the tips in a way that delivers effortless turns and airs. Sections with serrated edges make the Glider perfect for carving. In short, it’s an ego stroker for riders of any skill level—even experts. $500; lib-tech.com

GRASS STICKS SKI POLES
Light, flickable and extremely strong, these all- natural bamboo poles (coated with marine-grade resin) promise a longer lifespan than cheap aluminum versions, which can bend or snap when whacked against a snowy boot or tree. And they’re customizable for no charge: Buyers can choose their grip, basket color and pole length— so gals who can’t find their ideal length among the standard sizes offered at most ski shops can order their dream set. $98; grasssticks.com

BURTON SUPREME
Everything about this boot is optimized for women’s fit and performance. Working with a podiatrist, Burton assessed the ankles and feet of more than 1,000 women—and used data from pressure sensors on pros Kimmy Fasani and Kelly Clark to learn where women need more and less cushioning. Those insights were built into this boot, which is responsive and ultra-warm, thanks to reflective materials in the liner and insole that provide low-bulk insulation. $450; burton.com

TECNICA MACH1 LV PRO W
Since developing new molds is so costly, most women’s ski boots are shrunken men’s models. But Tecnica invested big R&D dollars in this lightweight boot, which gives narrow-footed experts a stiff flex and tailored fit. The anatomical shell and liner leverge an exhaustive analysis of women’s feet and ankle shapes, and zoned construction places stiff materials where power transmission is needed and thin spots for comfort and snow sensitivity. $840; tecnicasports.com

SCOTT SYMBOL 2 PLUS
Many helmet-haters forgo safety for better hearing, since bulky earflaps make it hard to hear your pals. But Scott’s 360 Pure Sound design has a proprietary earpiece that preserves your ability to tell where noise is coming from. Venting draws air across the front and top of the helmet and helps keep your goggles fog-free. MIPS construction protects against high-speed impacts and glancing hits that can cause concussions. $180; scott-sports.com

AZTECH MOUNTAIN WOMEN’S NUKE SUIT
Duck down makes this resort jacket warm enough for subzero conditions, while an array of technical features lets riders shred: Mesh-lined underarm ventilation dumps sweat during hard runs through trees and powder, a removable powder skirt seals out snow, and breathable Dermizax EV fabric minimizes clamminess. Eight pockets provide low-bulk storage for a wallet and phone. And for extra inspiration, the lining depicts Kiki Cutter, the first American woman to win a World Cup ski race. From $1,650; aztechmountain.com

WOMEN’S SOFTGOODS AND ACCESSORIES

SWEET PROTECTION FIREWALL
The Firewall’s frame is scaled down to fit smaller faces, but there’s nothing undersized about its field of view. The cylindrical lens eliminates distortion by imitating the eye’s curvature, and proprietary RIG technology sharpens contrast and filters out blue wavelengths that cause eye strain. And extra-cushy foam makes this an ideal goggle for daylong riding in sun and clouds: The amethyst tint provides clarity and protection in all weather conditions. $129; sweetprotection.com

FLYLOW DOMINO
Some hyper-breathable fabrics are as fragile as pantyhose, but Flylow created a proprietary material that dissipates sweat and heat durable enough for everyday wear. This lightweight jacket keeps women cozy by preventing warmth-sucking moisture from accumulating in midlayers. The Domino is ideal for hard-charging resort and backcountry riders who log deep-powder hot laps and uphill efforts. Bonus: It can compress to the size of a grapefruit. $460; flylowgear.com

HELLY HANSEN ODIN MOUNTAIN 3L SHELL BIB
This bib is as flattering as it is functional. With a design inspired by yoga pants, it solves nagging problems with bibs (which seal out snow better than pants) by eliminating restriction around the waist with overlapping layers of soft, stretchy fabric that adapt to your curves. And it offers an easier way to answer nature’s call: You can open the side zipper to drop the seat without touching the suspenders. $475; hellyhansen.com

SMARTWOOL WOMEN’S INTRAKNIT MERINO 250 THERMAL 1⁄4 ZIP

This Merino top is super comfortable in cold conditions. Like Nike’s Flyknit shoes, it uses innovative construction to hug the body’s curves for an anatomical fit. Also, Smartwool utilized body-mapping studies of where women run hot and cold to put insulation and ventilation where needed. Cozy terry loops on the shoulders and outer arms merge with cooling mesh in the pits and lower back. $150; smartwool.com

DAKINE TUNDRA GORE-TEX MITT
Many women suffer from chronically cold hands, but the the high-pile fleece lining in the Tundra feels instantly cozy, while baffles filled with a blend of synthetic Primaloft and Allied’s responsibly harvested down keep extremities comfortable in truly cold conditions. Meanwhile, supple leather on the palm and thumb give riders enough dexterity to adjust a jacket and boots, and a breathable Gore-Tex membrane prevents sweaty palms. $125; dakine.com

MEN’S SOFTGOODS AND ACCESSORIES

THE NORTH FACE A-CAD JACKET
The Futurelight membrane at the heart of the A-CAD might be the biggest advance in years in waterproof-breathables. It uses nanospinning, a manufacturing technique that can create different fiber thicknesses to tune the balance of waterproofing and breathability, and adds features like stretch. The A-CAD’s durable, fully waterproof shell features extra pit-zip vents and a spacious hood with two-way cinch to move with you on the slopes. $599; thenorthface.com

686 SMARTY 3-IN-1 PANTS
The result of years of collaboration with resort partners (the lifties and snowmakers who are out there sun or squall), the Smarty has every feature you can think of that matters. High-wear, waterproof-breathable shell fabric? Removable liner for more insulation on super-cold days? Integrated boot gaiter and abrasion resistant panels at the ankle? Check, check and check. The versatile pants are even available in a tall-fit configuration. $220; 686.com

HESTRA FREERIDE CZONE
Skiers have long adored Hestra’s durable, warm gloves, but the Freeride CZone is their first engineered specifically for snowboarders. A tough, reinforced cowhide palm resists abrasion from spotting turns or sharp board edges, while the three-finger orientation offers dexterity for buckling binding straps but preserves the warmth of a mitt. A waterproof CZone insert and foam insulation keeps your digits dry and warm. $160; hestragloves.com

POC OBEX BACKCOUNTRY SPIN
Always highly regarded for innovative safety gear, the Swedish protection brand’s new backcountry helmet features a battery-free, near-field- communication chip that you can load with your medical information so first responders can make smart treatment decisions even if you can’t respond. POC’s ABS shell and Aramid panels add structural integrity, while SPIN pads help manage rotational energy thought to be linked to closed- head injuries. $250; pocsports.com

BLACK DIAMOND SOLUTION BASE LAYER
The Nuyarn fabric in Solution tops and bottoms blend warm, anti-stink Merino wool with nylon for lightweight, machine-washable comfort to keep you warm on the rawest winter days. It’s soft, comfy and long-wearing, with flatlock stitching that won’t chafe under boots and a snug fit that layers well under insulation and shell pieces. $119 (crewneck), $99 (tights), $95 (3/4-length tights); blackdiamondequipment.com

RED BULL SPECT MAGNETRON
Swap lenses as fast as conditions change with the Magnetron’s quick-change system, which locks into place with powerful magnets. It takes no tools and just a few seconds to change between the mirrored lens for bright sunlight and the amber lens to heighten contrast in cloudy, flat light. Both polycarbonate lenses have distortion- free optics with anti-fog and hydrophobic treatments and resist scratches to keep your vision clear. $210; us.redbullspecteyewear.com