Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers.


Zippo All-Terrain grill 

With an easy-to-set-up folding frame, rugged rubber-coated wheels, and 1.9 square feet of cooking space, the All-Terrain is your instant party starter. With a durable aluminum body and heavy-duty grate, it’ll last for years. And it works just as well at campsites come summer. 

Price $300

(Cascade Designs)

Therm-a-Rest Treo chair 

A camp chair is not an unnecessary luxury in the parking lot—it’s a throne you’ve earned with a day of hard charging. And this one is too easy not to pack: it’s smaller than a bottle of wine and weighs just over two pounds.

Price $100


Stanley Classic Vacuum growler 

Après without beer is like winter without snow. The two-quart steel Classic keeps your cerveza cold for 28 hours or coffee hot for 18, thanks to its vacuum-insulated body and foam-packed lid. Nice: the top stays open for one-handed pouring. 

Price $50

(Canada Goose)

Canada Goose Brookvale hoodie 

Made from super-packable down fill and a stretchy face fabric, this is the kind of insulator you keep at the ready year-round. Bonus points for the understated camo print. '

Price $475

(Ridgemont Outfitters)

Ridgemont Monty Hi shoes 

The Monty Hi’s oiled-suede upper is sufficiently waterproof to fend off light snow and earns far more style points than your old rubber boots. It’s also relatively lightweight, so your little stinkers will feel liberated after spending eight clammy hours strangled by heavy plastic shells. 

Price $99

(Bigtruck Brand)

Bigtruck Brand Pro hat 

The flat-brimmed mafia has taken over—and we’re fine with that. Our lid of choice is made by Lake Tahoe’s Bigtruck Brand, which was started five years ago by two friends who wanted to make high-quality, good-looking caps for people living and playing in the mountains. 

Price $35

(Snow Peak)

Snow Peak Silicone wineglass

It may look like glass, but it’s made of a foldable, unbreakable lightweight silicone for easy packing and worry-free drinking. Available in tumbler and Old Fashioned versions, too.

Price $27

We Are The Rhoads Client: Bose (Bose)

Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker

This portable sound machine is loud enough to get your crew shakin’ and delivers the excellent acoustics expected from the Massachusetts-based audio-equipment company. Syncs seamlessly with a smartphone and—aw, yeah—comes in five fun colors. 

Price $130

(Spy Optics)

Spy Discord Kaleidoscope sunglasses 

We’ve been casual fans of the Kaleidoscope’s chunky frame and high-quality signature lenses for a while. Now we’re full-on groupies. This year it comes in a wide range of translucent, neon-bright frames to match your Hot Dog… The Movie ski kit. 

Price $120

The Best Sunglasses of 2016

The best new sunglasses are so high tech they basically give you super vision. Behold their color- and face-enhancing powers. (Sunski) Sunski Dipseas  This metrosexy number turns up the style dial with delicious frame colors like the tortoise pictured. The outlook is cool and clear through polarized emerald lenses that are better than you’d expect at this price, though they don’t give enough coverage for hardcore outdoorsiness. Big-headed guys only wish they could wear ’em, because the design’s medium-smallish. Price $55 (Under Armour) Under Armour Captain  Ahoy. And huzzah. Normcore is dead—even, at last, in sunglasses designed for boating. UA builds

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The Best Après Shoes of 2016

It's a true testament to the wonders of technology that you can own a shoe that looks street-smart but feels like a winter hiker. And you have plenty of options, but these six classy kicks made the cut for us. (Timberland) Timberland Heston Mid The Heston’s rich oxblood-mahogany hue is a subtle way to stand out at any post-ski watering hole. But this boot is hardly a style piece, with waterproof leather and a Gore-Tex bootie to protect your feet from parking-lot slush, plus a Pendleton wool collar to keep you toasty.  Price $170 (SeaVees) SeaVees Army Issue High If canvas high-tops

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The Best Watches of 2016

A watch isn't always just a watch. Sometimes it's a GPS, flashlight, tachymeter, or survival tool. Sometimes it's all those things in one. So whether you're just looking to tell the time or whether you want a do-it-all timepiece that can tell you when to surf, we've got a model for you.   (Aulta) Aulta Leeway Nylon   Newcomer Aulta was hatched by industry vets with a love of surfing. The Leeway has a Japanese quartz movement and a tough 316-L steel case, and survives plunges down to 328 feet. It makes us want to drive our woody up onto the dunes and

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The Best Women’s Après Gear of 2016

Don't blend in by the fireside. All you need are some Bolivian alpaca socks, a go-anywhere espresso kit, and some choice plaid to stand out whether you're cruising Salt Lake City or Truckee.   (Woolrich) Woolrich Giant Buffalo Wool coat  Lumberjack shirts are the de facto uniform of mountain-town dudes. Woolrich gives the look an urban upgrade for women with its Giant Buffalo coat, made from a wool-nylon blend to keep you warm on the streets Vail at night.  Price $350 (United by Blue) United by Blue Murray Plaid dress  We like flannel for its unbeatable next-to-skin feel, and we like dresses

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