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25 Gear Essentials

The North Face Base Camp Duffel
It's not that we have anything against wheeled luggage. It's just that we like to go places where there's no pavement. That's why we're such big fans of The North Face's Base Camp Duffel. It's water-resistant and nearly indestructible. It has surprisingly comfortable backpack straps and daisy chains for strapping it to the top of a bus or truck. And the largest of its four sizes fits some 155 liters of gear, or the equivalent of two expedition backpacks. From $110; thenorthface.com

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First Ascent Igniter Jacket

We love down as much as the next guy. But nothing beats the versatility of synthetics—which don't crap out once they get wet. We're especially fond of First Ascent's warmer-than-it-looks, PrimaLoft-filled Igniter, which is svelte enough to wear under a hard shell. $199; firstascent.com

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K2 SideStash Skis

No, one ski can't do everything. But last year's Gear of the Year–winning K2 SideStash comes pretty close. A rockered tip and 108mm waist help lift you out of soft snow—while its flat and square-tapered tail lets you lay them over with confidence on hardpack. $950; k2skis.com

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