Small Change

It's the little things that can make or break your day on the slopes.

Giro Basis Goggles

Giro Basis Goggles    Photo: Lucas Zarebinski

It's this simple: the better you see, the better you ski. And GIRO's BASIS goggles, with their crisp, spherical lenses, impressive peripheral vision, and well-vented design, performed as well during last winter's testing as goggles costing almost twice as much. $89; giro.com

Bern G2 Helmet

Bern G2 Helmet
Bern G2 Helmet   Photo: Lucas Zarebinski

Full-coverage and thickly fleeced ear pads make BERN's G2 one of the warmest helmets we've tested. But remove the pads and crack the vents, and it's ready for the warmest spring days. Bonus: It's also lightweight and vented enough to double as your mountain-biking lid. The only bummer: you can't easily fine-tune the fit (there's no adjusting dial). $140; bernunlimited.com

Scott Dumonts Poles

Scott Dumonts Poles
Scott Dumonts Poles   Photo: Lucas Zarebinski

Sure, your old battered poles get the job done. But don't you want it done right? SCOTT's DUMONTS—like all the models in their S4 Series—are some of the lightest, sturdiest aluminum poles we've ever tested. Comfy, easy-to-adjust grips seal the deal. $95; scott-sports.com

Mountain Hardwear Bazuka Gloves

Mountain Hardwear Bazuka
Mountain Hardwear Bazuka

Because the OutDry waterproof-breathable membrane in MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR's BAZUKA is glued directly to the inside of the glove's shell, moisture can't penetrate at all. Translation: They're some of the most waterproof gloves we've ever tested—and ideal for resorts with wetter snow. They also have impressive dexterity, given how warm and reinforced they are. $170; mountainhardwear.com

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