The Coolest Pieces of Gear We Tested This Week

By Amira Burns on

It was named one of Powder Magazine's best ski jackets.

Skiers will love that the jacket moves with you, and won't hold you back or feel obtrusive. It offers pit zips, a helmet-friendly and removable hood, and plenty of pockets where you need them. Not to mention it looks sweet!

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Wyoming-based Stio is close to its roots. As an outdoors brand, it designs technical apparel meant for its hometown of Jackson Hole. As a clothing company, its bold palettes and easygoing designs reflect the relaxed “mountain life” one would find there.

What Patagonia is to The North Face, Stio is to techwear as a whole. Rugged, outdoorsy, and built to take a beating, the brand’s eye-catching apparel is every bit as hardcore as the matte black GORE shells most think of when they think “tech.”

The perfect example: Stio’s Alpha Alpine Pullover Filled with Polartec’s Alpha insulation, what looks like a college kid’s snap fleece is actually a breathable mid-layer stuffed with material designed for US Special Forces. Take it to the office. Take it the Green Zone. Take it on public transportation without someone shooting you the side-eye.

If “chill techwear” becomes a thing, Stio gets all the credit.

Iconic Stio Piece: Pinion Down Pullover

 

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