Cold Play

Seven new tools to help you make the most of winter

   

1. Pro-Tec's skate-inspired Vigilante has 15 top vents (plus two up front so your goggles don't fog) and built-in Recco reflectors. $100; pro-tec.net

2. Arc'teryx's 14-ounce Solo uses a new synthetic insulation that absorbs less water and dries much faster than competitors. $300; arcteryx.com

3. Oakley's Seth Morrison Signature Crowbar goggles boast impressive peripheral vision and fit medium-size faces best. $135; oakley.com

4. Forget straps: L.L.Bean's Trailblazer Step-in Snowshoe Package connects boot to deck with a spring-loaded steel pivot. $199; llbean.com

5. Kombi's i-Rip wirelessly syncs with your iPod so you can switch tracks and adjust volume without shedding a glove. $150; kombisports.com

6. We love the compact feel of G3's 22-ounce SpadeTECH shovel. More important, its sturdy aluminum blade won't let you down when it matters. $69; genuineguidegear.com

7. Austrian ski maker Kästle returns to the North American market with four wood-core models, including the MX88 (128/88/113)—perfect for all-mountain riding. $1,550 (with Marker Duke bindings); kastle-ski.com

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