Walk on—no matter the weather.

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Oboz Bridger 10" Insulated Waterproof ($199)

Best For: Lasting forever.

Consider this boot if (a) you love to snowshoe and need 400-gram insulation for warmth and a heelpiece to keep straps in place, or (b) you work outside shoveling snow all winter. We challenge you to wear through its waterproof nubuck leather.

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The North Face Ballard Duck Boot ($145)

Best For: Owning après.

With the Ballard, the North Face put its unique spin on the classic duck boot. And it performs, with a waterproof build that fought off slushy puddles at a ski race and 200-gram insulation that kept us warm while clearing snow off our car in below-freezing temps but didn’t make us overheat in a coffee shop.

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Salewa Ultra Flex Mid GTX ($190) 

Best For: Early-winter hiking.

A mesh upper helps this kick breathe on still-warm fall days, while a Gore-Tex liner keeps things dry if you run into a storm. We loved the speed-lacing setup, which was a breeze to cinch and take off, as well as the rubber heel rand, which totally eliminated blisters.

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Salomon Snowcross 2 CSWP ($200) 

Best For: The committed runner.

If you hate the treadmill, look here. The Snowcross 2 is a waterproof running shoe welded to a zip-up waterproof gaiter, so there’s no chance of snow leaking in even if you’re breaking trail through a foot of fluff. Underneath, gnarly lugs gave us traction even at a full sprint.

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Hanwag Anvik GTX ($260)

Best For: Winter commuting.

Hanwag took a great Gore-Tex boot, then upgraded it for the city, with soft leather and zero insulation, which enabled us to wear them all day—inside and out—when paired with a midweight merino sock. Bonus points for the military-esque styling.

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Muck Boot Arctic Ice ($180)

Best For: Stupidly cold days.

There’s no better waterproof boot for those who like to ice fish, hunt, gelande quaff—you get the idea. Most of the warmth comes from a fleece-lined upper made of five-millimeter neoprene. Down in the midsole, sleeping-pad-like thermal foam keeps cold from creeping up. We also loved the Vibram Arctic Grip outsole, which clings to wet ice.

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The Best Running Shoes of 2018

Pavement? Trail? Snow? These workhorses have you covered. (Charles Dustin Sammann) Nike Zoom Fly ($150) Race shoes can’t be training shoes. Or so we thought. The Zoom Fly—a speed-addicted trainer born out of Nike’s attempt to break the two-hour-marathon mark—was both the most exciting shoe of the year and the most fun. With its carbon-infused nylon plate running from heel to toe, the Zoom Fly is the stiffest trainer we’ve ever seen, period. But that isn’t a bad thing. We immediately noticed the powerful, propulsive forward spring, lightning-quick turnover, and snappy feel, despite the relatively thick cushioning of the

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The Best Cold-Weather Running Gear of 2018

Don't let the cold shut down your training. (Courtesy Altra) Altra Wasatch Jacket ($199) For snowy runs, a lightweight shell is essential. But it needn’t be overbuilt. The Wasatch—with its waterproof membrane, taped zippers that shed light snow, and ventilated armpits that breathe when you’re slogging uphill—hits the sweet spot. Buy Now (Courtesy Smartwool) Smartwool PhD Seamless Boxer Briefs ($48) Merino wool and stretchy nylon make Smartwool’s Seamless ideal for layering under tights or pants. The nylon prevents bunching, and wool offers insulation and breathability for lung-busting jaunts in the cold. Buy Now (Courtesy JLab) JLab Audio Epic

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The Best Snowshoes of 2018

Play atop the powder with these new decks. (Charles Dustin Sammann) Dion Model 120/Laser (From $240) Just when we thought Dion couldn’t lighten its racing snowshoes any further, the company launched the Model 120, which sheds even more ounces thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum tubing. At only seven inches wide and 20.5 inches long, the 120 doesn’t force you to alter your stride. 1 lb Buy Now (Courtesy Crescent Moon) Crescent Moon Eva All-Foam ($159) “A fat bike for your feet” is how one tester described the Eva—the most intuitive snowshoe in our test, courtesy of its easy-to-use Velcro bindings

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The Best Cold-Weather Cycling Gear of 2018

Tools to prevent a breakup with your bike. (Courtesy Gore) One Gore Thermium Jacket ($350) The Thermium is a virtual miracle of insulation: it’s thinner and lighter than a sweatshirt but as warm as a down puffy. It breathes well, too, so wearing it while going hard didn’t result in moist underlayers. Buy Now (Courtesy Giro) Giro Timberwolf Helmet ($99) The Timberwolf’s insulation, with a soft fleece liner, is cozy and warm, but it’s the helmet’s climate control that makes it so effective. A switch on the crown opens and shuts the ten vents, mak- ing it easy to

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The Best Fat Bikes of 2018

Trail bikes aside, no mountain machine adds more versatility to a fleet than a fat bike. The wide tires provide stability and flotation that will keep you riding through mud season and winter, and the combination of modern geometries and suspension forks has made fatties just as much fun for shredding in dry conditions, especially on rocky and sandy terrain. (Courtesy Fatback) Fatback Corvus ($3,565) The Fatback Corvus is the enthusiast’s choice, with a pedigree that includes course records at the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The current version is slacker up front, for more confident descending, and shorter in the

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The Best Fitness Trackers of 2018

Dial in your—and your pet’s—training. (Courtesy TomTom) TomTom Adventurer Watch ($349)  Reasonably priced for a smartwatch, the Adventurer packs in a lot of multisport bang for your buck. It can be used for a wide range of activities, including swimming and snow sports, and it will display trails and routes (though they have to be loaded manually). It also comes with 3GB of music storage for when you want to venture out sans phone. Buy Now (Courtesy Motiv) Motiv Ring ($199) For those who prefer not having a screen strapped to their arm, there is the Motiv, a titanium-coated

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The Best Home Gym Gear of 2018

Pump up in the convenience of your own home. (Courtesy Brewer Fitness) Treadwall Kore Home Climbing Wall ($5,950) With 20 feet of total wall and nearly 300 possible hold placements, the Kore Home lets you replicate nearly any climbing problem in your living room. Six g’s nets you one of the best full-body workouts we’ve had. Buy Now (Courtesy UrbnFit) UrbnFit Balance Board ($30)  Weak stabilizers—the small muscles surrounding your joints—can lead to injury. Spending 15 minutes a day on UrbnFit’s wooden board in the gym, office, or kitchen builds strength. Buy Now (Courtesy Normatec) NormaTec Pulse Recovery

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The Best Women's Winter Workout Gear of 2018

Gear that can keep up, no matter how hard the efforts. (Courtesy Kari Traa) Kari Traa Svala Hoodie ($80) With a zip neck and a mesh back that wicks sweat from your body, this poly-wool hoodie fits like a second skin. Buy Now (Courtesy Louis Garneau) Louis Garneau Method Neck Gaiter ($19) The silky fabric on LG’s neck warmer is thick enough to protect but not so thick as to suffocate. Buy Now (Courtesy ProBar) ProBar Chocolate Cherry Cashew Bites (12 for $24) ProBar’s 1.6-ounce organic bars serve up 190 calories in a yummy mix of brown rice, dried

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The Best Grooming Gear of 2018

Up your skin-care game with these cold-weather remedies. (Courtesy Ecotools) Ecotools Dry Body Brush ($5) Dry brushing and cool showers are the keys to scrubbing off a day’s worth of ski-hill sweat without leaving skin stripped and itchy. Gently buff with these synthetic bristles before you jump in the shower, and keep the water a hair colder than you usually would while you soap up and rinse off. Buy Now (Courtesy Brooklyn Grooming) Brooklyn Grooming Pilgrim’s Facial Serum ($36)  Think of this light oil as moisturizing winter armor for skin, hair, and whiskers. It’s loaded with fatty acids from

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