There's a familiar expression that folks from colder climates love to sprinkle into conversation any time someone complains about the elements. "There is no bad weather — only bad clothing," they'll say with infuriating smugness. And while they do have a point — the right gear can make a better time of bad weather — it unfortunately cannot make your friend more fun to be around. Still, when you're on the slopes — and especially in the backcountry — your kit is your closest companion. That's why Backcountry has crafted the ultimate setup for shredding the backcountry. Whether you're carving powder at the peak or spraying slush down in the glades, this kit is a testament to your friend's favorite expression — there really is no bad weather with gear this good.

Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket & Bib Pant

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weekend carry pursuit collection
Gear Patrol Studios
weekend carry pursuit collection
Gear Patrol Studios
weekend carry pursuit collection
Gear Patrol Studios

It really shouldn't come as a surprise that Backcountry makes some of the best ski and snowboard gear available, seeing as the brand is named after the environment that inspired its existence, and this Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Jacket is a testament to that very fact. The jacket's burly hardshell is designed for skiing and riding in wet, snowy conditions and backed by a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane. Articulated sleeve patterning makes for easy mobility, an adjustable hood and cuffs seal out chilly mountain weather and an internal powder skirt protects against full-body deposits into the powder bank.

To that effect, the Cottonwoods Gore-Tex Bib Pant is equally well-suited for the backcountry. Just like their upstairs neighbor, these snow pants feature burly Gore-Tex fabric for waterproof, breathable performance and additional bomber protection for skiing or boarding in wet, snowy conditions. Articulated knees and stretch panels offer full mobility while inner-thigh ventilation points can be zipped open for cool air. Conversely, internal ankle gaiters keep snowdrifts from dripping down your boots, and pockets deep enough for your goggles offer secure stash-points for whatever you want to carry with you.

                      BUY NOW: $399 (JACKET) BUY NOW: $349 (PANTS)


                      To Round Out The Kit

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                      Wolverine Cirque Hooded Jacket by Backcountry $239
                      Double Ski & Snowboard Rolling Bag by Backcountry $199
                      4D Mag Chromapop Goggles by Smith $300
                      Freeride CZone Mitten by Hestra $123