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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Outdoor Research)

Outdoor Research Capstone Heated

Why spend five bills on electric gloves? To play longer when the mercury drops. A heating surface covers 70 percent of the Capstone (twice the area of most other models), and the lithium-ion batteries deliver up to eight hours of cook time on low. When the juice runs out and it’s above freezing, the soft-shell material is all you need. 

Price $500

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Give'r)

Give’r 4-Season

Think ski-patrol glove straight from DARPA. Originally tested by crews deicing planes at the Jackson Hole airport, the Give’r lets you do everything from grab a burning log to handle dry ice. The burly leather will endure an absolute beating, while Thinsulate insulation and a 100 percent waterproof membrane keep fingers warm and dry during long days in the gnarliest conditions.

Price $99

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(POC)

POC Wrist Glove Big

This gauntlet is the perfect choice for cold, deep days at the resort. A robust waterproof-breathable outer will keep your paws dry even if it’s been nuking nonstop, while goat leather on the palm prevents shredding when you grab an edge. And it’s surprisingly nimble for such a big package. We had no problems eating candy bars on the lift.

Price $140

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Hestra Gloves)

Hestra Army Leather Patrol

A leather front mated with airy synthetic fabric on back (and no waterproof membrane) means these gloves breathe much better than most. Add a quick-dry wool liner and you get shields that shine at everything from chopping wood to dawn patrol. Live somewhere wet? Apply a wax-based balm.

Price $130

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(686)

686 Raw Leather Mitt

Don’t be fooled by the retro-schoolyard styling. These are bombproof mitts with a DWR-coated leather shell and a large patch of Cordura across most of the palm that ensures they don’t tear when you grab your board or skis off a kicker. Nice: the waterproof-breathable liners have individual finger slots for better grip on poles.

Price $90

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Winter Buyer’s Guide
(Black Diamond)

Black Diamond Heavyweight Waterproof

These sleek gloves were made for spring couloir season. They’re dexterous enough for rope work or handling ice axes, offer just enough PrimaLoft insulation for bitter early-morning starts, and have an impenetrable liner, so they won’t wet out when afternoon sun turns the snow to slush.

Price $80

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The Best Goggles of 2017

Alpine optics have made huge leaps. Enjoy the view. ​ (Smith Optics) Smith I/O with ChromaPop Gear of the Year The truth is, goggle lenses have always been interchangeable. It just used to be a pain in the ass to wrestle them into the frame. Then, eight years ago, Smith introduced an easy lens-swapping design and offered condition-specific hues—storm day, bright sun, and flat light—to boost performance, revolutionizing the market. The first iteration had a panoramic field of view, a sharp spherical lens, a comfy fit (thanks to three layers of foam), and a supple, articulating frame.

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The Best Sunglasses of 2017

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The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2017

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The Best Packs of 2017

Seven packs to keep you adventuring, and safe, in the snow. (mammut archive I Ansichtsache AG) Mammut Ultralight Removable Airbag 3.0  Gear of the Year Over the past few years, winter backpacks have undergone a design renaissance, getting lighter and more comfortable while offering new features. Much of the creative energy has come from a surge in the development of airbags—bladders that inflate in an avalanche and float you to safety. They are proven lifesavers, and many backcountry enthusiasts have smartly adopted them as a standard tool. The holdouts complain that they’re too heavy, complicated, and expensive,

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The Best Snowsports Helmets of 2017

Safety first, but style always. (K2) K2 Diversion  Gear of the Year The one thing that can’t be overemphasized when buying a helmet? Fit. A lid might be loaded with slick features and look cool as hell, but it can’t protect you if it’s sliding all over your head, and you’ll hate it if it’s tight as a vise. Also, make sure it plays nice with your goggles, unless you want to be plagued by gaper gap. For those reasons, we recommend you always try before you buy. And it helps to know where to start. We

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The Best Snow Safety Tools of 2017

The ski world is going all in on high-tech safety gear, packing more features into smaller packages.  (Mammut) Mammut Carbon 240 Light Probe When there’s trouble, you need a probe that snaps together fast. The seven-foot-ten Mammut Carbon 240 assembles in under three seconds and weighs just 6.5 ounces, allowing it to fulfill its other most important duty—disappearing when not in use. Price $80 Buy Now (Black Diamond) Black Diamond Razor Carbon Pro Poles  You shouldn’t wear normal pole straps in the backcountry. If you’re caught in a slide or take a fall in

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