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    Hestra Ergo Grip gloves

    When Hestra started selling gloves in the 1930s, its designers had a singular vision: make a great product. Eighty years later, little has changed. The goat-leather Heli Ergo Grip gloves ($175), with precurved fingers for maximum dexterity, are mandatory for cold-weather skiing.

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    Spark R&D Splitboard Skins

    Climbing skins don't have to look good to work well, but there's no reason they can't have a little panache. Spark R&D's splitboard skins ($190) sport a distinctive argyle print, high-traction fabric underneath, and our favorite feature: board-specific tail clips.

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    Ibex Woolies 150 long underwear

    In ski season, few items of clothing see more use than long underwear. The mark of a good pair: you forget they're there. A ribbed stitch on Ibex's Woolies 150 ($75) helps them hold their shape even after days on the slopes.

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    Mountain Hardwear Powzilla backpack

    The 30-liter Powzilla ($980) has your back on both sides of the rope. There's plenty of room for lunch and essential safety tools—shovel, beacon, and probe. It's also air-bag compatible, so you don't have to buy a new pack to step up your backcountry game.

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    Atomic Troop helmet

    Got a loved one launching off cornices? Even if they're just hoping to, Atomic's 17.6-ounce Troop ($100) helmet will protect their noggin. Ample padding makes for all-day comfort and brain protection.

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    Bamboo Skateboards Tidal Rider

    Because the snowboarder in your life can't surf powder year-round, there's the Tidal Rider ($182). Sustainably farmed bamboo is layered with maple for maximum flex, making it perfect for cruising around town or bombing steep hills.

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    G3 Blacksheep snowboard

    G3 has made some of the best climbing skins for splitboards for several years. It now makes a damn fine board, too. The reverse-camber, carbon-fiber Blacksheep ($750) was inspired by the brand's most popular skis, and while G3 says it's an all-mountain board, it definitely performs best in soft snow.

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    Spy Doom snow goggles

    Forget built-in cameras. An exceptional pair of goggles needs to deliver only one thing: tack-sharp, fog-free-vision. Spy's new Doom ($185) goggles offer superior venting and come with easy-to-swap lenses.