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This year–more than any other–a change of season is a reason for excitement. There’s something innately human about anticipating the shift in the weather, looking forward to different temperatures, different sports, different activities. And this fall, more than ever, we’re ready for some kind of shift from the simultaneous monotony, chaos and nonsense that 2020 has delivered to us so far. At the very least, the advent of ski season means that we’ll get to participate in sports that require masks on every day of the year, so things won’t feel quite so weird.

And with that change of seasons comes a natural impulse to start upgrading your ski equipment. After all, we’ve taken a longer hiatus than usual from skiing thanks to COVID-induced early resort closures last spring, and the frustration that those brought means we didn’t get to shop spring sales and dial in our gear before summer hit. It’s time to get ready now before there’s snow on the ground and the lifts are spinning.

Outdoor gear has been a hot commodity with folks looking to get away from their work-from-home setups. So, while you can wait until Black Friday to score some deals, it’s not a bad idea to start your shopping early this year to ensure the best selection.

With everything going on, it’s understandable if you haven’t kept up with what the latest and greatest ski gear of the year is. That’s ok though, we’ve kept our ears to the ground through the long, socially distanced summer – learning about the best new ski gear that’s hitting shelves now. This is the gear that’s getting us excited for winter’s return, and we’re not just focused on the big-ticket items. From new ski gloves to the best ski pants of the year, we’re keeping an eye on everything out there that has the potential to make this your best season yet. Here’s everything we’ve got our eyes on from our friends at evo.

Black Crows Justis

If you’re lucky enough to be shopping for new skis this winter, good for you! Black Crows has a brand new ski this year that redefines the term “Quiver Killer.” Their new Justis all-mountain ski is designed with just enough early rise that you’ll be floating happily on the deepest days, along with a versatile 100 mm waist and strategic Titanal plates for added shock absorption in chopped up snow. We haven’t been this excited about a new ski in quite a while.

Oyuki Sencho

If new skis might not be in the cards for you this year, we get it–but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the slopes with some new gear. Oyuki’s Sencho ski glove is painstakingly designed in the land of deep powder itself, Japan, to provide you the highest performance fit and features possible. Nothing ruins a ski day quite like cold hands, and the Sencho’s 200g insulation ensures that you’ll have toasty digits run after run. It doesn’t hurt that they look great, too.

Patagonia PowSlayer

For a lot of us, that first day of the season back on the hill is a rough reminder that our outerwear is a little worse for wear. Don’t get bummed out by your old ski pants–plan ahead and snag yourself a pair of Patgonia’s PowSlayer bibs. These are the hallmark by which all other ski pants are judged. They’ve got the perfect fit and feature set for any day on snow, from sunny groomer laps to the deepest backcountry pow days. Grab a pair, and never worry about your pants again.

Trew Powfunk

If you buy a skier some new pants, they’ll probably ask for a jacket as well. And if you’re in the market for a new ski or snowboard jacket, look no further than Trew’s Powfunk jacket. It’s got timeless style, technical features, and a very functional offset zipper. This is the jacket that all your other jackets will get jealous of. It’s that good.

So sip your spiced lattes and watch the leaves fall. Check the resort webcams as the mountains turn right. Soon it will be ski season, and everything will be a little brighter.

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