Don't let the cold slow you down.
Fischer Inspire My Style skis and RC-Kombi boots
Because it’s a bit fatter than most classic nordic skis, the My Style ($260) is stable on descents, grippy on climbs, and easier for lighter skiers to engage. It’s also impressively durable—a protective layer built into the edge construction should fend off years of abuse. Pair it with Fischer’s fleece-lined, weather-repellent RC-Kombi ($209), which is efficient for kicking, gliding, and skating but flexible enough that you can walk to the lodge without a wipeout. Thermomoldable for a personalized fit.
Giro Alpineduro cycling shoes
Most winter bike shoes look like something out of a sci-fi film. The insulated, waterproof Alpineduro ($180) looks, rides, and walks more like an SPD-compatible hiking boot. The Vibram Icetrek outsole is impressively grippy, and reflective details keep you visible in traffic.
Boo Bicycles Alubooyah bike
Boo claims that the Alubooyah’s ($2,995) brushed aluminum and bamboo frame is three times more shock-absorbing than carbon fiber. Our testing isn’t that precise, but we can tell you that the bamboo isn’t just for show: we found this midweight (32 pounds), hand-built beauty to be as compliant as a full-carbon bike on mixed dirt and snow and one of the most nimble and playful fully rigid fat-tired bikes we’ve ever tested.
Sorel Glacy Explorer Shortie boots
The faux-fur-topped, ankle-high Glacy ($125) is cute enough to wear with a skirt. But because it’s waterproof, breathable, and lined with fleece, it can pull double duty for mellow snowshoeing.
Tubbs Flex RDG snowshoes
Not only does the RDG ($190) have the most comfortable binding we’ve ever used; it’s also the easiest to put on. A twisting Boa knob snugs forefoot and heel simultaneously—there’s no fiddling with a heel strap and no floppy extra webbing to trip on. At the end of your hike, the Boa pops open for a quick getaway.