The MARMOT White Heats ($125) raise the bar on waterproof gloves, with grippy, non-absorbent leather palms, pre-bent fingers, and hidden pockets for chemical warmers or lunch money. CLOUDVEIL's Koven Jacket ($365) is a new breed of moisture-shedding shell (made of Cloudburst Stretch SVE3) that's soft, flexible, and plenty breathable. The Gore-Tex LAFUMA ProPant ($199) has removable elastic suspenders, full-length side zippers, scuff guards on the knees, and breathable interior gaiters.
The Arc'teryx Gothic Cardigan, Napapijri Ferreira corduoy pants, Bohlin belt buckel, Stone Canyon belt, Marmot's White Heat gloves, and Cloudveil's Koven Jacket
Gravis' Cirque slip-on boots, Mountain Hardwear's Ozone jacket, Patagonia's R.5 base-layer crew, and the Gore-Tex Lafuma Propant
Tenth Mountain's woman's Lava Clasp cardigan, Rands hat, Royal Robbins Aspen skirt, Camper's knee-high leather Lola boots, and K2 snowboard
Mountain Hardwear's woman's Recon Shell, Sierra Designs M8 jacket, and The North Face woman's Varius guide pants
The Gothic Cardigan ($200) from ARC'TERYX fuses Italian wool and fleece in a zip-up sweater with a simple yet functional cut. Raise your glass of chianti to the relaxed fit, thick wales, and blissfully soft inside seams of the Italian-made NAPAPIJRI Ferreira corduroy pants ($116). The urbane, all-leather GRAVIS Cirque slip-on boots ($95) have aggressive tread and moisture-wicking linings.
Made of Polartec Wind Pro fleece, the MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Ozone jacket ($125) blocks chilly gusts, is highly breathable, and resists moisture but not envious glances. Thanks to a polyester weave with a smidgen of spandex, PATAGONIA's R.5 base-layer crew ($65, in men's and women's sizes) improves wicking and insulation with elasticized comfort.
Wear this TENTH MOUNTAIN women's Lava Clasp cardigan ($158) made of soft Icelandic wooland you'll understand why Norwegian Vikings introduced sheep to Iceland in A.D. 874. The velvety, antipill fleece knit keeps the ROYAL ROBBINS Aspen skirt ($60) wrinkle-free after a schlepp in the duffel. CAMPER's knee-high leather Lola boots ($180) have convenient side zips and sturdy starburst treads.
We like the lightweight, waterproof-breathable MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR women's Recon shell ($270) for its powder skirt, helmet-friendly hood, and stitchless radio pocket. The stretchy PowerShiled fabric of the women's SIERRA DESIGN M8 jacket lets you wear it for insulation or as a primary layer. THE NORTH FACE women's Varius guide pant ($149) stands on two legs: protection (two-layer Pelmo HyVent waterproof-breathable fabric) and comfort (a formfitting Velcro waist adjustment and two generous hand pockets).