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The Best Gear of the Year, According to Outside

Flylow has five products featured in the annual Outside Winter Buyer’s Guide, ranging from hats to ski pants to anoraks.

Not sure about you, but this time of year, we love to sit back and pore through gear reviews. Doesn’t matter if we need anything new—hopefully our old gear is holding strong—but just seeing all the shiny new products feels kid-in-a-candy-store fun. The Outside Winter Buyer’s Guide—which just came out—feels like the skier’s favorite catalog of new, cool toys. This year, Flylow has five products featured in those hallowed pages, ranging from technical outerwear to fun fleece hats.

Knight Jacket and Magnum Pant

Knight Jacket and Magnum Pant

The Magnum Pants were included in a review of the best men’s ski pants and bibs. “Few pants fit as well as the Magnum,” writes Ryan Stuart. “It was like they were custom tailored for me.” Another tester said, “They felt like my favorite pair of jeans.” Testers also appreciated the small details: well-placed pockets for accessing stuff, full-length size zips, inside thigh vents, and stretchy/breathable fabric that “feels tough without bulk.”

Mia Jacket and Moxie Bib

Mia Jacket and Moxie Bib

Best midweight midlayer for women? The Mia Jacket, of course. In a review of best winter midlayers, Kelly Bastone writes that the Mia Jacket “bumps up the warmth throughout the chest and core (from 60-gram to 80-gram recycled Greenloft synthetic insulation), but adds ventilation under the arms, courtesy of supremely breathable stretch-fleece panels that banish interior moisture.” A tester reported, “It’s rare that I can put on a jacket and keep it on. But the Mia kept me from riding the temperature roller-coaster so I didn’t have to make lots of layer changes.”

Mia Jacket

Mia Jacket

Among the best touring jackets of the year you’ll find our time-tested Lab Coat. “Flylow has been experimenting with its top-of-the-line Lab Coat for a few seasons now, and has finally hit upon the perfect formula for backcountry skiing,” writes Frederick Reimers. “This year it’s cut from 100 percent recycled polyester and sports a more breathable air permeable membrane—porous enough to keep one husky male tester dry on two separate laps of a 3,000-foot skin track in single-digit temps.” One tester compared the jacket to a Toyota Tacoma, which might be the most flattering thing anyone could say. “There are flashier rigs out there,” he said. “But ultimately you want one that gets you around the mountain without fail—that’s the Lab Coat.”

This is the first year we made an anorak jacket and we’re glad to see testers are happy with it. Berne Broudy called our new Sarah Anorak a “pullover everyone praised” and included it among the best ski jackets of the year, saying, “The Sarah is warm, but not sweaty, and roomy, yet has shape.” “This anorak made me feel badass, like one of the cool kids,” said one tester.

Lab Coat and Baker Perm Bib

Lab Coat and Baker Perm Bib

The Walleye Cap was included amongst the best après-ski apparel. “There’s no doubt the lumberjack-style Walleye is a versatile apres choice: The bill keeps sun out of your eyes, while polyester fleece-lined ear flaps tie under your chin for lock-down warmth on the most bitterly cold and snowy afternoons (they also roll up when you don’t want to deploy them),” writes tester Jakob Schiller. “The loud but lovely purple buffalo plaid design gets major style points, although you can always play it safe with hunter red.”

Lab Coat

The tough, storm-fighting Lab Coat is built for the backcountry.
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Baker Perm Bib

If air permeability matters to you (and it should), the Baker Perm Bib is your pant.  More are on the way in early Dec.  If you don't see the size and color you like, click "notify me" below and we'll shoot you an email when they're in.
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Mia Jacket

An insulating, hooded midlayer that you can wear under a shell or on its own.
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Sarah Jacket

This hardshell—lined with a just-right layer of recycled micropuff insulation—looks good on or off the mountain.
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