You Know You Want It


Dec 1, 2003
Outside Magazine

[1] MARKER's twin-lens INFINITY goggle—the first eyewear effort from a company best known for ski bindings—fits seamlessly with a helmet and delivers huge peripheral vision, so you can more easily spot runaway snowplowers. ($110-$130; 800-453-3862, [2] Give it up for BURTON's ANALOG leather jacket. Cowhide plus three-layer Gore-Tex equals a waterproof-breathable urban-assault coat worthy of Shaft, while techie touches—hood, pit zips, and powder skirt—will serve you well on the hill. ($700; 800-881-3138, [3] Traditional alpine-touring bindings force skiers to climb with a stiff, tibia-stressing stride. The NAXO NX01—now available in the United States after a couple of seasons of tweaking in Switzerland—pivots in two places at the toe, allowing a more natural gait. We've paired it here with the SCARPA LASER, our favorite randonnée boot. (Naxo: $300; 303-417-1345,; Scarpa: $445; 801-278-5552, [1] Last season, J. P. Auclair, Tanner Hall, and four other champion freestyle skiers launched ARMADA to build planks exactly to their liking. The posse's new ARV is fat for flotation in powder and twin-tipped to stick those kickers. ($675; 949-642-6714, [2] Leather panels and a metallic-looking plastic brainplate make the 18-ounce OVO BOMBER the RoboCop of ski helmets. Running hot after a spell in the terrain park? Pull the earflaps and the plug that opens the chimney vent. ($100; 877-686-8725, [3] ATLAS put its 10 SERIES snowshoe on a diet to create one of the lightest all-terrain rackets on the market—the men's 30-inch model drops a full 16 ounces, weighing just four pounds three ounces per pair. An easy-cinch binding wraps around your boot and won't let go. ($259; 888-482-8527, [4] At 670 cubic inches, the new single-strap ARC'TERYX QUIVER pack is small enough to facilitate easy access while on a chairlift yet large enough to stow a water tank and shovel for a few laps beyond the ropes. ($80; 800-985-6681,