Touch the Spirit

Window shopping is nice, but there's nothing like wrapping your fingers around the sharp, hard edges of a new pair of skis to spark the urge to give (or get). To help you savor the mood this holiday season we present the year's best bounty in all its lust-worthy forms. From the slickest bike to the toughest laptop, these are the gifts you'll want to have—and hold. Now go ahead, lay your hands on all the new loot.

TOUGH TIME: Swiss Army's titanium-and-steel Ground Force 60/60 Chrono. Click here for review     Photo: Nigel Cox

SLICK: Trek's Soho Commuter Bike

SLEEK: JVC's Everio GZ-MG30 Video Camera, Black Diamond's Spot Headlamp, Bakoda's Bentley Snowboard Multitool, Konica Minolta's DIMage X1 Digital Camera, and Swiss Army's Ground Force 60/60 Chrono Watch

FAST: Nordica's Hot Rod Top Fuel XBS Piston Controls Ski, K2's 6 Speeds and 6 Karat Poles, Giro's Streif Ski-Racing Helmet, Indigo's Snow Logic Shovel, and Brunton's Wind River Range

TOUGH: The Hummer Laptop

HARD: Grivel's X Monster Ice Tool, Surefire's U2 Ultra Flashlight, Garmin's Rino 530 GPS, Maverick's Speedball Seatpost, and Tag Heuer's Link Automatic Chronograph Watch

SOFT: Levi's 1880s Re-Issued "XX" Jeans

SMOOTH: Mammut's Transmission Hybrid Pro Jacket, The Balvenie 1971 Single Cask Scotch, Gregory's Diablo Currier Bag, and Blunderstone's Bloke 490 Boots

WET: Rip Curl's E-Bomb Wetsuit, Pentax's OptioWPI Digital Camera, Accent Paddles' Vision Series, and Sperry Top-Sider's Hydrofoil Sandals

AQUATIC: Wave Riding Vehicles Original Fish Surf Board, Chrome's Ivan Bag, Timex's Expedition E-Tide and Temp Watch, and Patagonia's Minimalist Board Shorts

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