La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX Running Shoes ($159)
The Kaptiva performs like a beefy trail runner, but it weighs just 9.5 ounces (women’s, pictured) and has the profile of a stripped-down road shoe. Testers loved the glovelike fit, Gore-Tex, and grippy lugs, which hold traction on patchy snow, mucky trails, and ice.
Fischer Adventure Spider 62 Nordic Skis ($240)
These lightweight classic skis are equally at home on groomed terrain and during off-track cruises. A stable platform and steel edges make them an attractive option for cross-country newbies, while veterans will appreciate the traction on steep grades.
Julbo Aerospeed Glasses with Reactiv Lenses ($210)
These sleek-framed glasses have a wide field of vision and photochromic lenses that adjust shading to the light conditions, so you can leave them on all day, whether you’re biking, running, or touring.
Pearl Izumi Men’s Interval AmFib Jacket ($185)
This cycling soft shell fends off the elements, while a fleece interior insulates sans bulk. Chest vents shed heat when you’re cranking.
Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Jacket ($400)
It’s easy to start a run in a puffy when it’s cold, only to end up overheating. The lightly insulated Norvan will keep you warm, its permeable liner allows heat to escape, and the soft shell sheds precipitation.
Petzl Swift RL Headlamp ($120)
The rechargeable Swift weighs in at 3.5 ounces, delivers 900 lumens, and automatically adjusts brightness based on ambient light. You’ll never wonder if there’s enough charge to make it through a run: a gauge lets you know how much battery you have left.
The North Face Gore CloseFit Fleece Gloves ($50)
Lightweight, slim-fitting gloves for when you need a thin barrier. The fabric is windproof, breathable, and touch-screen compatible.
Fischer Urban Cross Boots ($190)
Unlike most nordic boots, these are stylish enough to wear to the bar. On the snow, you’ll appreciate the warm synthetic insulation, waterproof-breathable membrane, and molded interior heel caps for stability.
Patagonia Wind Shield Pants ($159)
A polyester-spandex panel on the back helps evaporate heat during cardio, while the soft-shell fabric on the front and calves fights moisture. These pants are great for running and biking and have zippered leg openings for sliding over boots.
Skida Men’s Alpine Hat ($36)
This close-fitting fleece-lined cap keeps your head warm under a helmet or on an evening run, and it won’t look out of place in town.