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Winter's New Rules

Win the seasonal game with the year's hottest gear

1. Protect


Eyewear specialist Smith's debut helmet makes the company an instant player in the lid market. The Holt is iPod-compatible, and a removable liner and ear pads transform it into a summertime skate helmet. $100; smithoptics.com

2. Layer
For the ultimate combo of warmth and breathability in a Gore-Tex jacket, Mountain Hardwear's GTX 2.5 puts fleece lining where you want it—along the back, shoulders, and arms—and none in the torso, where you don't. $299; www.mountainhardwear.com

3. Haul
Keep your sandwich from getting soggy with Deuter's Dryshield 20, a waterproof daypack with welded and taped seams. Your back won't get wet, either—at least not from sweat—thanks to the ventilated suspension. $139; deuterusa.com

4. See
Pair the Holt helmet (above) with Smith's Phenom Crystal Edition goggles to activate the lid's innovative antifogging vents. Bling on the strap courtesy of Swarovski. $155; smithsport.com

5. Rip
If Carhartt made skiwear, it would look something like FlyLow Gear's Drop Kick pants. But the fashion-backward durability—courtesy of tough woven nylon and reinforcements in the knees and cuffs—comes with forward-thinking extras like inner and outer leg vents and a bottle opener built into the belt buckle. $250; flylowgear.com

6. Float
Snowshoeing as action sport? Believe it—with Kahtoola's slickly integrated Flightsystem. Slide the neoprene boots over your trail runners; the soles offer cramponlike traction on icy terrain. When the snow gets deep, click the boots into the system's lightweight snowshoes (above). $334; kahtoola.com

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