Megan Michelson

I/O Ibrox Polo – Base Layer: Reviews

I/O Ibrox Polo – Base Layer: Reviews

Look good, smell good: In addition to being sensible (moisture-wicking and stink-free), this buttery, 100 percent merino polo is also pretty stylish. iobiocompatibles.com

Scarpa T2X – Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Scarpa T2X Backcountry Boots: Reviews

There's a reason Scarpa hasn't made many changes to the T2X over the past few years: It's solid just the way it is. A three-buckle lightweight that comes in at a pound less than Scarpa...

Garmont Endorphin – Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Garmont Endorphin Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Stiff plastic and a double-injected cuff afford alpine-boot-like downhill performance, but thanks to a walk mode it feels like an alpine-touring boot on the way up. 8.3 lbs; garmontusa.com...

Arc'teryx Stingray - Soft Shells: Reviews

Arc'teryx Stingray - Soft Shells: Reviews

On stormy, wet days in the Sierra Nevada, testers swore by the Stingray. It's made of waterproof-breathable Gore-Tex Soft Shell, which is both supple and tough. arcteryx.com Bonus: It's equipped with...

SmartWool Combo Crew – Base Layer: Reviews

SmartWool Combo Crew – Base Layer: Reviews

The contrast stitching looks cool, but we picked this top because, thanks to its construction (lighter-weight merino on the back and sleeves), it breathes like a champ in the backcountry. smartwool....

Scarpa T-Race – Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Scarpa T-Race Backcountry Boots: Reviews

With four buckles and a dual-density shell, Scarpa's top-of-the-line T-Race is basically an alpine boot with a bellow. This year, it's been upgraded to include Scarpa's signature...

Bollé Serpent - Sunglasses: Reviews

Bollé Serpent - Sunglasses: Reviews

The Serpent is stylish enough for casual wear, but thanks to its wraparound shape and nonslip rubber temples, it hugged tight even on the bumpiest of singletrack. bolle.com

Garmont Shaman – Backcountry Boots: Reviews

Garmont Shaman Backcountry Boots: Reviews

A high cuff and fixed spine make the Shaman every bit as stiff as the best alpine freeride boots on the market. But because it comes with two soles—one ISO alpine and one rockered, ski-...

Helly Hansen Goodnight Jacket - Soft Shells: Reviews

Helly Hansen Goodnight Jacket - Soft Shells: Reviews

In a single day skiing at Colorado's Arapahoe Basin, we received four compliments on this striped, belted jacket. Style points aside, it's also waterproof with fully taped seams, though it doesn't...

Smith Optics Turntable - Sunglasses: Reviews

Smith Optics Turntable - Sunglasses: Reviews

Unlike a lot of other big and sassy sunglasses, the Turntable's high-tech lenses mimic the curve of your eyeball and help reduce eye fatigue. Upgrade to the polarized lenses if you spend a lot of...

Black Diamond Verdict – Backcountry Skis: Reviews

Black Diamond Verdict Backcountry Skis: Reviews

1. Black Diamond rolled out an impressive 11 new models this year. But our tele and alpine testers agreed: Of all the new skis we reviewed, the redesigned Verdict was the most versatile, wide enough...

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