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The Best Sunglasses of 2017

The Best Sunglasses of 2017

Fear not these fashion-forward frames. The best sporty-shades makers are showing new style.

Winter Buyer’s Guide
  Photo: Rudy Project

Rudy Project Momentum

Best For: Making the Scene 

Rudy gets all King Midas (mirrored gold lenses, gold-dusty frames) with this louche design. If you can handle it, you’ll revel in the view through lenses with great clarity and pop—amazing, considering they’re not polarized, which can make things look blah. The features aren’t about actually playing: comfort, coverage, and security are abundant.

Price $175

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
  Photo: Bollé

Bollé Highwood

Best For: Days on the Water

These shades seem almost sharklike, with gill-slit vents at the hinges. Deeply tinted gray lenses with blue mirroring tamp out glare, and an oil-shedding coating means that sunscreen wipes right off. We also dig the attachable foam leash, which cinches the frame nice and tight to your noggin, so you can paddle, windsurf, and sail with gusto.

Price $130

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
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Kaenon Burnet XL

Best For: Stifling Sunshine

Kaenon’s posh, big-guy glasses say “money” without being obnoxious. But you’ll know you bought up, beholding the world through amazingly fine lenses in gray polarization that’s dark enough for blazing sun on sand, water, or snow. Large, flat temples give wide coverage, and sticky rubber nose pads keep the Burnets where you want them.

Price $239

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Raen Remmy 52

Best For: That Perfect Fit

You’ve seen the silhouette before—librarian-round ­lenses, keyhole-shaped gap at the nose—but never so slender and classy. Clear frames, kissed with champagne color, reveal stainless wire at the core of each thin temple, which bends into whatever shape you need it to for a permanent fit. Gray-green-tinted polarized lenses score high on optics.

Price $170

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
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Smith Guide’s Choice

Best For: Killer Coverage

This artful number has serious sport bona fides. Optics are razor-edged through glare-killing polarized lenses. The warm copper tint pumps up depth and contrast, while colors throb. Soft rubber cladding, along with large lenses that wrap back for peripheral coverage, make for serious security. Even with all that, the Guide’s Choice is surprisingly light.

Price $229

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
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Sunski Seacliffs

Best For: Tooling Around Town

With frosty white frames and blue temples, the coolness is almost literal, like these glasses came right out of the freezer. It’s rare to find such stylish shades south of 60 bucks. But quality-wise, the Seacliffs stand up to models in the $100 range, with polarized and mirrored lenses. Still, this one isn’t crafted for hard charging—stick to the street and light recreation.

Price $55

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The Best Goggles of 2017

Alpine optics have made huge leaps. Enjoy the view. ​   Photo: Smith Optics Smith I/O with ChromaPop Gear of the Year The truth is, goggle lenses have always been interchangeable. It just used to be a pain in the ass to wrestle them into the frame. Then, eight years ago, Smith introduced an easy lens-swapping design and offered condition-specific hues—storm day, bright sun, and flat light—to boost performance, revolutionizing the market. The first iteration had a panoramic field of view, a sharp spherical lens, a comfy fit (thanks to three layers of foam), and a supple, articulating frame. ­Today every major manufacturer

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The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2017

Snowy nights require serious weaponry.   Photo: Mystery Ranch Mystery Ranch Pitch 55 Pack At 55 liters, this is the largest option in Mystery Ranch’s climbing line. It swallowed everything we needed for a long weekend. Bonus points for features like the external crampon pocket and pick guard for ice axes. Price $250 Buy Now   Photo: SOG SOG Reactor Multitool Inside this Kit Kat–size unit are burly pliers, a stainless-steel blade, a quarter-inch bit driver, and seven other critical tools to get you through all your camp chores. Price $64 Buy Now   Photo: Primus Primus Winter Gas Canister  When temps dip south of freezing, most canister stoves

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The Best Packs of 2017

Seven packs to keep you adventuring, and safe, in the snow.   Photo: mammut archive I Ansichtsache AG Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0  Gear of the Year Over the past few years, winter backpacks have undergone a design renaissance, getting lighter and more comfortable while offering new features. Much of the creative energy has come from a surge in the development of airbags—bladders that inflate in an avalanche and float you to safety. They are proven lifesavers, and many backcountry enthusiasts have smartly adopted them as a standard tool. The holdouts complain that they’re too heavy, complicated, and expensive, arguments that are largely

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The Best Gloves of 2017

Your paws deserve the best.   Photo: Outdoor Research Outdoor Research Capstone Heated Why spend five bills on electric gloves? To play longer when the mercury drops. A heating surface covers 70 percent of the Capstone (twice the area of most other models), and the lithium-ion batteries deliver up to eight hours of cook time on low. When the juice runs out and it’s above freezing, the soft-shell material is all you need.  Price $500 Buy Now   Photo: Give'r Give’r 4-Season Think ski-patrol glove straight from DARPA. Originally tested by crews deicing planes at the Jackson Hole airport, the Give’r lets you do everything

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The Best Snowsports Helmets of 2017

Safety first, but style always.   Photo: K2 K2 Diversion  Gear of the Year The one thing that can’t be overemphasized when buying a helmet? Fit. A lid might be loaded with slick features and look cool as hell, but it can’t protect you if it’s sliding all over your head, and you’ll hate it if it’s tight as a vise. Also, make sure it plays nice with your goggles, unless you want to be plagued by gaper gap. For those reasons, we recommend you always try before you buy. And it helps to know where to start. We tested a dozen helmets

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The Best Snow Safety Tools of 2017

The ski world is going all in on high-tech safety gear, packing more features into smaller packages.    Photo: Mammut Mammut Carbon 240 Light Probe When there’s trouble, you need a probe that snaps together fast. The seven-foot-ten Mammut Carbon 240 assembles in under three seconds and weighs just 6.5 ounces, allowing it to fulfill its other most important duty—disappearing when not in use. Price $80 Buy Now   Photo: Black Diamond Black Diamond Razor Carbon Pro Poles  You shouldn’t wear normal pole straps in the backcountry. If you’re caught in a slide or take a fall in deep pow, they can anchor you facedown in

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