Icebreaker Oasis Crewe Razor Shirt
From paying its farmers well to pampering the sheep, Icebreaker has earned its reputation for responsible business practices. It also makes stylish, soft, and perfectly fitting merino wool midlayers.
Seirus’s Snowdanas hit the sweet spot. They’re not as conspicuous as what the park rats wear, but they’re way sleeker than frumpy-looking neck warmers. The stretchy polyester fabric stays put however you wear it, with a soft, fleece-like inner and an outer you can actually breathe through.
Giro’s Nine helmet has been a tester favorite for years. The new iteration, the Nine.10, lets you dial in the fit even with gloves on, and it features a huge under-brim vent that helps keep goggles fog-free. The only drawback: opening and closing the 15 other vents requires taking off the helmet and fumbling with two (easy to lose) polyester inserts.
We don’t normally get excited about poles, but the carbon-aluminum K2 LockJaws have a nifty feature below the grip: a bubble-vial inclinometer that allows you to measure the degree of a slope simply by laying the pole on the run.
Scott Sports' Fix
For high-end goggles, Scott Sports’ Fix are well priced. They fit every tester’s face and meshed well with helmets. Most important, the Natural Light lens is one of the most versatile, contrast-enhancing we’ve tried.