PHOTOS: JP Van Swae
Poor visibility and water soaking through to the core can kill good vibes, even cut the day short. But wet, gloomy days can be some of the best if you've got the right gear, so don't leave home without waterproof—not water-resistant—outer layers and fog-cutting lenses. Think of these things as mood enhancements.
PATAGONIA POWSLAYER ($699/$599)
The most waterproof shell and pants from a company known for setting standards in that department now have a more dialed fit than ever. Three-layer ripstop Gore-Tex Pro tests as the highest level for waterproof/breathable fabric, and that's topped off with a DWR finish so you're good to go in the wettest snow.
SPY DOOM ($190)
The largest field of view and a high-contrast lens is essential to scouting lines and avoiding obstacles on gloomy days. The Doom goggle features SPY's broadest peripheral vision and Happy Lens technology blocks the sun's short-wave blue light rays, thus brightening views and enlivening moods in grey, often melancholy weather.
MSR WINDBURNER STOVE ($150)
Need to reenergize while waiting for a weather window? Take a break at the car or duck into the trees and make a hot drink with this one-pound, three-ounce camp stove that boils water in four-and-a-half minutes–even in howling winds–and packs down into itself for easy transport.
BILLABONG MITCHELL INSULATOR ($100)
On cold, wet days, a lightweight insulator that fits well under a waterproof shell can go a long way. The hydrophobic PrimaLoft insulation in this Billabong top moves moisture away from the skin, which is important when riding hard but even more so when bootpacking or splitboarding.
DAKINE TEAM ROVER MITT ($90)
The Dakine team travels the world hunting snow and needs to be prepared for the worst. By rocking super-waterproof gloves, they can rest assured their phalanges won't get wet and frostbitten. With 280 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, 360 grams of wool lining, the highest Gore-Tex Warm rating, and four-way stretch with a DWR finish, this mitt is a go-to on wet days.
WEND RUB-ON WAX ($4/3.50)
DARN TOUGH LIGHT SOCKS ($23)