Vail Gear Guide

Sep. 1, 2015

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Whether you’re an expert who revels in knee-deep powder in the Back Bowls or a casual skier who cruises the groomers, you’ve got to be ready for a variety of conditions on the mountain. Don’t risk having a bad time just because you didn’t bring the right gear along – our Ultimate Gear Guide is here to help you make the most of your trip. 

 

Layering Up.

Helly Hansen, founded in 1877, has been on the forefront of innovative products, particularly when it comes to layering. Helly Hansen worked to develop what we know today as the 3-Layer System™. The 3-Layer System™ calls for wearing a base-layer, mid-layer, and outer-layer to provide the best possible for protection from the elements.

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The first layer is your base-layer.
Lifa Flow delivers super quick drying next to skin and guarantees that you’ll always feel dry and comfortable. LIFA allows moisture from your body to quickly move to the outer layer of Merino wool keeping your skin dry and warm. The HH Warm Flow High Neck 1/2 zip utilizes our Lifa Flow Technology with Merino Wool fabric which is ideal for cold weather pursuits.

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The second layer is your mid-layer.
Fleece is a standard mid-layer because it is appreciated for its warmth and comfort.
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The final layer is your outerwear.
The outerwear is designed to protect you from the weather. It will protect you from the wind and snow but also allows for heat and moisture to escape so your skin stays warm and dry. The Alpha 2.0 abounds with technical highlights: new highly breathable waterproof Helly Hansen Professional shell fabric featuring 4-way stretch. The jacket also incorporates PrimaLoft® insulation with body mapping for warmth in the right areas, and our highly innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting to regulate temperature. Sunny and bluebird? Chilly and stormy? Helly Hansen’s 3-layer system works in harmony to keep you comfortable in Vail’s dynamic environment. It’s a combination of base-layer, mid-layer and outer-layer to provide the best protection from the elements.

 

Keeping Your Toes Warm.

Don’t let cold toes hold you back from an epic powder day! When high impact absorption and ultimate warmth is needed, the SmartWool PhD Medium sock delivers. Nature’s finest Merino Wool combined with the latest technology creates socks that keep feet warm, dry and ready to go, run after run. Added bonus: not only are SmartWool socks comfortable, they’re stylish too!

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Men’s PhD® Slopestyle Medium Lincoln Loop Socks
Mountain smarts. Street style. This all-mountain medium-cushioned style comes fully equipped with our 4 Degree™ elite fit system for a dialed fit, ReliaWool® technology for durability and a virtually seamless toe. Designed to celebrate the original socks with style.

Men’s PhD® Ski Medium Pattern Socks
When high impact absorption and ultimate warmth are what you need, the PhD® Ski Medium delivers. Nature’s finest Merino combined with the latest technology creates socks that keep your feet warm, dry, and ready to go, run after run. Patented ReliaWool™ technology provides superior durability and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system creates a sock that never bunches, slips or binds. With medium cushioned shin and foot.

 

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Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium Socks

The Women’s PhD® Snowboard Medium is for the rider looking for all over cushioning and ultimate warmth. Fully equipped with a women’s specific fit and mesh ventilation zones, these Merino socks breathe, manage moisture and temperature and are naturally stink-free. We’ve placed ReliaWool™ technology in high-density impact zones to extend wear and the 4 Degree™ elite fit system to dial in the fit. With medium full-cushioned foot and leg for warmth and impact protection.

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NTS Mid 250 Reversible Pattern Neck Gaiter

The pattern gaiter cuts wind while trimming bulk so you stay warm but move light. Its easy-on shape protects the neck, covers the face, even doubles as a hat. Clean seams, all wool, maximally warm.
· Clean finish seams for bulk-free fit
· Double layer Interlock knit for maximum warmth and versatility
· Reversible design for variety

 

 

Visibility, No Matter the Conditions.

SMITH OPTICS

The I/O 7 is designed for optimized performance and perfect fit: single-pivot quick release for easy lens change, AirEvac™ ventilation for fog-free integration with Smith helmets, dualaxis outriggers that pivot in multiple directions to ensure superior helmet integration, and facial geometry frame design for contoured face fit. All this technology is designed around one of Smith’s largest spherical lenses, providing a maximized field of view and 5X™ anti-fog technology. The I/O 7 was designed through a process of reducing elements to only the most essential, so there’s nothing getting in the way of a great day on the mountain.

 

Capture the Experience.

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HERO4 Session packs the power of GoPro into our smallest, lightest, most convenient camera yet, featuring a rugged and waterproof design, easy one-button control, 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow, to hanging with friends.