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    Photo: Colin Faulkner

[1] Rigid boots are de rigueur on vertical ice but will practically hobble you on the walk in from the trailhead. MONTRAIL's I.C.E. 9 to the rescue! The soles offer flex for the approach, then stiffen up when you attach the matching 14-point crampons. ($565 as shown; 800-826-1598, www.montrail.com) [2] Quandary: Should you pack the trekking poles or the ice ax? Solution: the PETZL SNOWSCOPIC, a one-pound self-arrest tool with a retractable staff hidden inside the shaft. ($119; 877-807-3805, www.petzl.com) [1] The MARMOT QUANTUM is a soft-shell leap of performance and style. With Gore WindStopper in the chest, back, and lower arms—plus generous helpings of Schoeller four-way stretch fabric on the torso—this is one of the warmest softies we've ever zipped up. ($270; 888-627-6680, www.marmot.com) [2] Be the envy of Ouray with BLACK DIAMOND's elegant new ICE BOX, a zippered-nylon case that lets you organize ten screws, four tools, and assorted other ice-climbing essentials. (case only, $75; 801-278-5552, www.bdel.com)

Lay it low around the neighborhood pond with BONT's new carbon-fiber TORINO short-track speed-skate boots, with wicked 18-inch blades. Laces and Velcro straps keep your feet locked and loaded in the heel cups. ($1,228; 011-61-2-9718-7180, www.bont.com)

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