Do racers make the best free-skiers? It’s an age-old argument, and Julia Mancuso makes a compelling case that it’s true. Fresh off her two-medal performance on the Olympic tracks at Whistler, Mancuso entered the Nissan Xtreme competition at Verbier, Switzerland, last weekend—the culmination of the Freeride World Tour—and her result was an astounding third place.
Check out the newest Hestra freeride glove designed by a pro
This freeride glove, designed for Hestra by shredder Seth Morrison, has everything you'd expect from an awesome ski glove—warmth, waterproofing, breathability, enforced seams, nose wipe and wrist strap—in a tough, motocross-inspired package. And the extras? Two types of leather (army leather and cowhide); knuckle protection; even the side zipper has attitude. But don't let its macho exterior fool you: This glove is a big softy on the inside. Three finger model also available.
These helmets are developed in line with the technology of other Skull Helmets (like the Skull Comp and the Skull X) but are aimed specifically toward freeride skiers. They use semi-hard shell technology but are made lighter with detachable ear pads for warm spring days. They've got an EPP core and LD Foam Lining, which is super comfortable and can easily be removed for cleaning. MSRP: $140