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The 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide

335 products tested and reviewed

Ski and Snowboard

The season’s top performers from our ski test in Steamboat, Colorado, do everything you want them to, no matter what the conditions

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Versatility reigns as decks with inventive shapes push performance to the edge

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Two newcomers shake things up, while a couple of old hands succeed with clever tech

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Shed a little weight from your backcountry setup

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The year’s best powder hounds

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Because remote, untracked snow is worth the effort

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Eager to find the perfect resort? Read on.

Layers

Turns out performance and eco-friendliness can play nice together

Swaddle yourself in light-weight, breathable warmth

Swaddle yourself in light-weight, breathable warmth

You’ll feel like dancing

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Keep hands toasty and fingers functional with these sturdy mitts

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You can’t spend every day chasing powder stashes

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Bundle up in our favorite fiber

Essentials

State-of-the-art protection, minus that clamped-down feeling

Finally, a winter hauler that hits the sweet spot

Your deductible toward security in the mountains

Bring home the bacon. Or venison or turkey.

Whatever your adventure, here’s the gear to get you on your way

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Keep footing firm on dicey surfaces

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Time-tested classics and updated iterations

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Warm, durable gear for extreme adventures

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Technical pieces that breathe new life into old materials

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They won’t always be on their best behavior, but at least they’ll stay warm and dry

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Prepare for the worst and never be caught off guard

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Mission-critical kit for cars, trucks, and the garage

Fitness

Spry and responsive foul-weather trainers for road and trail

Don’t let winter cold banish you to the treadmill

Don’t let winter cold banish you to the treadmill

Berne Broudy

Weather’s nasty? No need to stay inside if you’ve got a pair of these.

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You want to ride your bike. You know you do. So get out there.

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Astride any of these stout steeds, you needn’t limit yourself to snow

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Sending indoors can be fun. Here are our favorite tools.

Don’t let chilly weather keep you on the couch

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Don’t let chilly weather keep you on the couch

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Smart devices that track everything you do

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Train naked. Or wear a panda suit if you want—it’s your house!

Après

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Cool capability returns with the best shades for winter

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Look like a million bucks. And feel like it, too.

Keep cozy when you’re off the slopes

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These shirts do it all—dinner, drinks, and (yes) lumberjacking

We ski in jeans. And skip the wardrobe change when we’re done.

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New and revamped classics for adventurous wrists

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Comfort and style as you go from lift lines to bar limes

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Soothing helpers for all your winter ailments

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Everything you need to host a hungry crew at the end of the day