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 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 for their versatility. Combine the two and you have the ideal post-ski kit. Bonus: the Philadelphia-based brand uses a portion of its proceeds to organize water-cleanup efforts. 

Price $98

(Tucker and Bloom)

Tucker and Bloom Ranger Market tote 

Before technical fabric became a thing, waxed canvas reigned as king of weatherproofness. This bag—made in Nashville, Tennessee, by a father-son duo—uses 18-ounce Missouri canvas with Kentucky leather trim. 

Price $175

(Kit and Ace)

Kit and Ace Queen Street scarf 

There’s nothing particularly high-performance about this prep-school-style cashmere scarf, but we don’t care: it’s beautiful and soft. And that’s all you need to know. 

Price $118

(Stumptown Coffee)

Stumptown Journeyman Brew kit 

Hot coffee: the tonic that keeps our engines revved during winter’s darkest days. The eight-piece Journeyman kit includes a hand-crank grinder, a kettle, a mug, and beans to provide on-demand caffeination when we’re on the road.

Price $120


Poler Worker Man beanie 

Sure, this waffle-weave cap will keep your head warm and your helmet-hair covered. But we picked it because it’s handmade in the U.S. and available in 26 awesome colors. 

Price $22

(Industry of All Nations)

Industry of All Nations Alpaca Cabin socks 

The wool in these cozy, undyed socks comes from alpacas raised by Bolivian farmers, who send the fleece to locals near La Paz to be knit into the final product. Perfect for lounging at the lodge after a day on the hill. 

Price $65

(Bogs Footwear)

Bogs Plimsoll Prince of Wales boots 

When temperatures drop below zero, we break out this boot, rated to minus 40 degrees. With seven millimeters of insulation, a rubber upper, and a stink-fighting footbed, it’s good for shoveling snow in the morning and heading to the pub at night. 

Price $140

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 Après Tailgating Essentials of 2016

Because you can do better than ketchup and crackers. (Zippo) 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

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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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