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Gear for the winter-weary road warrior

Nov 30, 2004
Outside Magazine

  1. Assos Intermediate Jersey ($220; www.assos.com):
    The Intermediate is a jersey for all seasons, with a wind-blocking front and sweat-evaporating back. A full zipper adds even more ventilation, while three back pockets hold your Christmas swag.
  2. Asolo Fugitive GTX Boots ($165; www.asolo.com):
    Get away from those madding Christmas crowds in a pair of Asolo Fugitives. They offer great support, grippy soles, and an ankle-hugging heel that keeps you stable and blister-free.

  3. Eagle Creek Tarmac 25 Luggage ($265; www.eaglecreek.com):
    Jet off with the sleek new Tarmac 25, a roll-around suitcase that holds enough stuff for a week just about anywhere, from Belize to Rome. Plus its tough corner guards and wheel covers ensure that even the Scroogiest baggage handler won't dent it.
  4. REI One Jacket ($199; www.rei.com):
    REI's One uses Polartec Powershield to create a piece that handles anything from cold wind to light snow, all while keeping you snug with its breathability and warmth. And it packs down so well it won't take up much space in your suitcase or backpack.
  5. MSR Miox Water Purifier ($130; www.msrcorp.com):
    This little gadget is just the ticket for the roving globetrotter. It's a pen-sized purifier that uses salt and a small electrical current to create a potion that zaps bacteria and viruses out of the foulest water you're apt to find. So drink and be merry.

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