Best in 2017 Women’s Ski & Snowboard Gear

On the hunt for the best women's ski & snowboard gear coming up in 2017 at the 2016 Snowsports Industries America's on-snow demo days. Photo: Kersten Vasey   [Update 12/04/2016: 2017 gear is now available! Links updated for you. :) Happy winter! Originally published 2/9/2016] Our team spent February in Denver at the SIA Snow Show and at Copper Mountain for the On-Snow Demo [...]

Getting to Know GORE-TEX: The science of staying dry

Water poured down from above. I peered out from underneath my hood to look around the room, bright fluorescent lights illuminating the water streaming down the glass doors and the arms of my jacket. There, in the “Rain Room” at one of W.L. Gore & Associates’ plants outside of Newark in Delaware, I was witnessing one of many steps involved in testing the waterproof, breathable [...]

OWA Reviews: Outdoor Research Igneo Pants

  What: Outdoor Research Igneo Pants (women's) Where to Buy: backcountry.com, ems.com, moosejaw.com, rockcreek.com Perfect For: Inbounds and lift-accessed backcountry skiers *Disclaimer: I received the pants from Outdoor Research to test and review. I am part of the #ORInsightLab team; however, I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange for the gear or as a stipulation of being a member of the team, only to [...]

OWA Reviews: Stio Second Light Jacket

  What: Stio Second Light Jacket Where to Buy: stio.com Perfect For: Cool weather, high-aerobic activities *Disclaimer: I received the jacket from Stio to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after testing, we feel would be beneficial [...]

OWA Reviews: TREW Kooshin Jacket

  What: TREW Kooshin Jacket Where to buy: trewgear.com Perfect for: Skiing and splitboarding, winter hiking   *Disclaimer: I received the jacket from TREW to test and review. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, and I received no financial compensation for this review. At OWA, our aim is to publish reviews on gear that, after testing, we feel would be [...]

From Summit to City: Double Duty Tech Clothing

Does the following describe  you? Despite your best efforts, you spend Monday through Friday in town so you can fund weekend adventures. You summit the local peak before work, jump on the bike at lunch, or hit the crag before the sun goes post-commute. You wear your chamois to the coffee house and you’re often caked in chalk when you meet a friend for burgers. [...]

OWA Reviews: Dare2B Surmount Short Performance

  What: Dare 2b Surmount Short Performance Where to Buy: amazon.com *Disclaimer: I received the Surmount shorts to test and review from Dare 2b. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, only to review my experience with the shorts. There was no financial profit for this review. At OWA, our aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after we have [...]

OWA Reviews: Farm to Feet Greensboro Multisport

  What: Farm to Feet Greensboro Multisport Women's Socks Where to Buy: campsaver.com *Disclaimer: I received the Greensboro Multisport socks to test and review from Farm to Feet. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, only to review my experience with the socks. There was no financial profit for this review. At OWA, our aim is to only publish reviews on [...]

OWA Reviews: Outdoor Research Women’s Ferrosi Hoody

What: Outdoor Research (OR) Women's Ferrosi HoodyWhere to Buy: rei.com, mec.com*Disclaimer: I received the Ferrosi Hoody to test and review from Outdoor Research. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, only to review my experience with the hoody. There was no financial profit for this review. At OWA, our aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after we have [...]

OWA Reviews: Arc’teryx Zoa Hoody

What: Arc'teryx Zoa Hoody Where to Buy: backcountry.com, rei.com, amazon.com, amazon.co.uk *Disclaimer: I received the Zoa Hoody to test and review from Arc'teryx. I was not asked to publish a positive review in exchange, only to post a review of my experience with the hoody. There was no financial profit for this review. At OWA, our aim is to only publish reviews on gear that, after [...]