The Well-Outfitted Skier

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Winter Travel Guide 1996

The Well-Outfitted Skier

  1. Smiley’s knit and fleece Bormio Peak ($26) is also available with a Gore-Tex lining ($32).
  2. Thanks to nylon frames and polycarbonate lenses, Bolle’s Coach Whip sunglasses ($60) stay light and deter scratches.
  3. The boxed finger construction and rubber palm of Outdoor Research’s Expedition Modular gloves ($120) make for a better fit and grip.
  4. Smith-Atrigon poles ($135) have a Z-shaped bend to reduce the wrist action needed to make a pole plant.
  5. K2’s Four ($625) has both a deep sidecut to make your turns crisper, and a built-in bibration absorber.
  6. The durable Mountain Hardwear Stratus pant ($290) is reinforced at the cuffs to prevent slashing by your skis, and has full-length zippers that vent at top and bottom.
  7. Marker’s M51 Turbo SC bindings ($390) adjust for snow conditions: set them for powder, hard snow, or ice.
  8. With carbon reinforcements at the cuff and sole, Tecnica’s TNT Explosion 8 AVS boots ($595) powerfully transmit steering energy while still allowing normal flex.
  9. Marmot’s Trient Gore-Tex jacket ($449) combines front pockets with air vents and has paded, reinforced shoulders.
  10. The Scott R 180 goggles ($70) use an expanded lens to improve peripheral vision, and an increased airflow system for better ventilation.


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