Alicia Carr

Nidecker Megalight - Snowboards: Reviews

Good for Resort Our favorite big-mountain board this year, the reverse-camber Megalight is all about hucking and floating. "I would drop off a cliff on it," one tester said. "It was amazing in powder...

Thule T2 - Car Racks: Reviews

This easy-loading hitch rack keeps two bikes—of any shape or size—secure and separated. And it folds out of the way for hatchback access. thule.com

Burton Feelgood V-Rocker - Snowboard: Reviews

Good for All Mountain A new take on a classic all-mountain board. With a wider shape, more forgiving flex, and rocker both between the feet and just outside them, the revamped Feelgood impressed...

Gnu Carbon Credit Series BTX - Snowboards: Reviews

Good for Resort As with the Rossignol Angus (left), the true-twin Carbon Credit impressed testers with how confident it felt on every part of the mountain. "This board does the work for you," one...

Merrell Amelia Coat - Urban Wear: Reviews

Testers raved about how smoothly this waterproof trench coat transitioned from hikes in the woods to art galleries. Plus it was pineapple-size in our suitcase. merrell.com

Mammut Lucido TX-1 - Lanterns & Headlamps: Reviews

Of all the headlamps we tested, the Lucido TX-1 sends light the farthest (a whopping 345 feet), and its beam never wavered, even over a weeklong back-packing trip, thanks to three AAs. 5.8 oz; mammut...

Park Tool RK-41 - Tools: Reviews

A bike shop on your back. Park's RK-41 Portable Race/Ride Kit packs 41 tools—from common wrenches to specialty items—into a 16-inch-wide backpack that unfolds into a freestanding work...

Ride Compact - Snowboard: Reviews

Good for Park and Pipe The reverse-camber Compact was the most confidence-inspiring and maneuverable park-and-pipe board we tested this year. We're also big fans of Ride's proprietary urethane...

K2 Thraxis - Snowboard Boots: Reviews

Good for Resort The problem with some boots with a Boa lacing system—wire laces you ratchet snug—is that you can't fine-tune the fit. The Thraxis solves that by letting you tighten the...

Oakley Discreet - Sport Sunglasses: Reviews

These shades are stylish and technical. Peripheral vision is great, and they stay firmly in place when running around on the beach. Go for the polarized version ($220) if you're heading for water....

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