The Gear Guy's Holiday Picks

For the Skier

Volkl AC4 Titanium, Dakine Blade Pack, and 180s Storm Shell Earwarmers    

Volkl AC4 Titanium
A serious ski for serious skiers, the newly designed AC4 Titanium is an all-around ski with the binding built straight into the ski, creating stupendous responsiveness and nominal weight. Plus it has a full wood core and aggressive sidecut, making it ready to rip from here to Whistler.

Dakine Blade Pack
'Boarders and skiers will both appreciate the Blade's ability to comfortably lug snowboards or skis, along with a day's supply of clothes and snacks. A zippered waist pocket holds most digital cameras, while an insulated pouch for water reservoirs ensures your fluids don't freeze.

180s Storm Shell Earwarmers
Light but warm, these earwarmers are ideal for cross-country skiers. They're made with Polartec Powerstretch, so ears stay warm and dry. And they fold up flat for easy pocket storage.

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