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It’s this simple: the better you see, the better you ski. And GIRO‘s BASIS goggles, with their crisp, spherical lenses, impressive peripheral vision, and well-vented design, performed as well during last winter’s testing as goggles costing almost twice as much. $89; giro.com
Bern G2 Helmet
Full-coverage and thickly fleeced ear pads make BERN‘s G2 one of the warmest helmets we’ve tested. But remove the pads and crack the vents, and it’s ready for the warmest spring days. Bonus: It’s also lightweight and vented enough to double as your mountain-biking lid. The only bummer: you can’t easily fine-tune the fit (there’s no adjusting dial). $140; bernunlimited.com
Scott Dumonts Poles
Sure, your old battered poles get the job done. But don’t you want it done right? SCOTT‘s DUMONTS—like all the models in their S4 Series—are some of the lightest, sturdiest aluminum poles we’ve ever tested. Comfy, easy-to-adjust grips seal the deal. $95; scott-sports.com
Mountain Hardwear Bazuka Gloves
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Because the OutDry waterproof-breathable membrane in MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR‘s BAZUKA is glued directly to the inside of the glove’s shell, moisture can’t penetrate at all. Translation: They’re some of the most waterproof gloves we’ve ever tested—and ideal for resorts with wetter snow. They also have impressive dexterity, given how warm and reinforced they are. $170; mountainhardwear.com