Outside Winter Buyer's Guide
2009/2010 Winter Buyer's Guide

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Outside Winter Buyer's Guide

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Outside Winter Buyer's Guide 2009/2010 Winter Buyer's Guide

Trail Shoes

Sleeping Bags

Women’s Gear

Road Bikes

Road Runners



Women’s Gear

Jacket: Rossignol Hit 2

Boot: Patagonia Koyuk

Ski: Atomic D2 VF 75

Snowboard: Burton Feelgood V-Rocker


Arbor Draft

Rossignol Angus

Burton Method


Tubbs Flex Alps

Northern Lights Backcountry


K2 Sidestash

Salomon X-Wing Fury

Volkl Tiger Shark Power Switch 11

Ski Jackets

Patagonia Reconnaissance

Columbia First Descents Parka

Arc’teryx Sentry


Goggle: Smith Optics I/OS

Helmet: Giro Seam

Base Layer: Sugoi Speedster 2


Nau Down Hoody

Rab Microlight Alpine Event

Patagonia Fitz Roy Down Hoody

Eddie Bauer First Ascent Peak XV

Running Shoes

Nike LunarGlide+

Asics Gel-Pulse

Saucony ProGrid Razor

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Merrell Riot

An all-purpose hiker for a Killer Value.

Vasque Equalizer

An approach shoe that excels on technical terrain.

Kayland Vertigo Light

Our Gear of the Year winning hiking boot.


Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2

An ultralight model for the fast-and-light crowd.

Big Agnes Gore Pass 2

A Killer Value for either backpacking or car camping.

Nemo Losi 3P

Our Gear of the Year winning tent.


Marmot Aegis

Our Gear of the Year winning storm shell.

Columbia Rapidfire

A superlight wind shell with impressive protection.

Mammut Verglass

The most breathable—and stain- and sunproof—soft shell we tested.


Arc’teryx Arrakis 65

A waterproof, technical weekend pack.

Osprey Exos 46

Our Gear of the Year-winning ultralight backpack.

Gregory Diablo

One of our favorite small packs.

Trail Runners

The North Face Voza

A do-it-all road and trail hybrid.

La Sportiva Wildcat

A trail runner built for technical mountain terrain.

Montrail Mountain Masochist

The Gear-of-the-Year winner can take on any trail.

Road Runners

Brooks Glycerin 7

A cushioning shoe for mellow runs.

New Balance 769

Light and fast—a mild-stability shoe with kick.

Asics Gel-1140

A high-mileage stability shoe—and great bargain.

Adidas Supernova Glide

Our Gear-of-the-Year winner delivers on comfort.

Women’s Bikes

Felt ZW1

A top-of-the-line, lightweight racer.

Gary Fisher Simple City 8

Our favorite eight-speed commuter this year.

Specialized S-Works Era FSR Carbon

A high-end, women’s-specific mountain bike.

Sleeping Bags

The North Face Green Kazoo

A 15-degree sleeping bag made from recycled material.

GoLite Adrenaline 20

Our Gear of the Year-winning sack.

Car Camping Gear

The North Face Twin Peaks

Our favorite car-camping sleeping bag for two.

Brunton BrewFire Dual Fuel Coffeemaker

A gas-run portable coffeemaker that cleans easy.

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

Sleep comfortably with this family-size tent.

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The three things to keep in mind when ski shopping.

Ski Boots

A few tips on how to shop for a boot that fits correctly.


Consider your style and skill level before you purchase.


Tips to find the perfect pair for running, hiking, or mountaineering.


Dynafit Manaslu

One of our favorite touring skis of 2009.

Movement Goliath

Our Gear of the Year backcountry ski excels on powder and hardpack.

Boot: Black Diamond Factor

A boot that performs nearly as well in-bounds as it does out-of-bounds.

Binding: Marker Baron

One binding for both the resort and backcountry? Yup.


GNU Altered Genetics

Our Gear of the Year–winning board can handle any terrain.

Salomon Sick Stick

An all-mountain, eco-friendly board for powder and park.

Burton Fix

With reinforced edges, this twin tip is designed specifically for the park.


Cloudveil Hoback

One of the warmest and most technical resort jackets we tested.

Scott Spectre

A jacket that wears as well on the slopes as it does in the city.

Mountain Hardwear Kramer

The most versatile jacket we tested, and our Gear of the Year winner.


Patagonia Stubai

One of our favorite technical après boots, featuring fleece made out of recycled water bottles.

Merrell Lilly

Ankle-high leather boots that work well in the snow and look great in the bar.

Keen Summit County

Our favorite boots for snowshoeing will keep your feet warm to -35 degrees.


Rossignol Classic CX 80

Our favorite all-mountain ski, and winner of our Gear of the Year award.

K2 Coomba

A big-mountain ski that blasts through powder but can still handle hard snow.

Black Diamond Megawatt

One of the most user-friendly—and fun, and rockered—powder skis around.

Fischer Cool Heat

A super-sticky carving ski that penetrates even the hardest snow.

Völkl Unlimited AC50

The most versatile all-around mountain ski just got better.


Board: GNU B. Pro BTX

Our favorite all-mountain women’s board.

Binding: Burton Stiletto

An affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice comfort.

Boot: Rome SDS Vamp

Plush padding and female-friendly shaping deliver all-day comfort.


Orage Sofia

A streamlined, insulated jacket, without all the bulk.

Special Blend Saga

A stylish, weather-ready shell.

Cloudveil Women’s Madison Quilted

Wear this jacket around town or under a shell on the slopes.


Pearl Izumi Syncroseek III WRX

The 2009 Gear of the Year winner can handle any winter conditions.

Merrell CP Paragon

A lightweight and water-resistant shoe for running on non-technical trails.

Oboz Ignition

A brand new company delivers a shoe fit for the gnarliest trails.


Easton Artica Backcountry

Our Gear of the Year winner excels in virtually any kind of snow conditions.

TSL Walk in the Park

This year’s Killer Value also happens to be one of the most versatile snowshoes.

Faber Winter Rover

A retro—and well-priced—model that works well for casual winter outings.

Crescent Moon Gold 13

Our favorite women’s specific recreational snowshoe.

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Sunglasses: Part 1

The features to look for when shopping, and the Bollé Traverse.

Sunglasses: Part 2

This year’s Killer Value, the Smith Trace.

Sunglasses: Part 3

A word about price, and the Gear of the Year winning Rudy Project Zyon Sailing.


Road Runners: Part 1

A review of the Asics Gel-3000.

Road Runners: Part 2

The Nike Air Structure Triax+ 11, this year’s Killer Value.

Road Runners: Part 3

The Gear of the Year winning Saucony ProGrid Triumph 5.


Backpacks: Part 1

The Arc’teryx Cierzo 18 daypack.

Backpacks: Part 2

A review of the Kelty Locus 40, a traditional top loading overnighter.

Backpacks: Part 3

How to shop, and the Gear of the Year winning North Face Primero 60.


Women’s Gear: Jacket

The Arc’teryx Alpha SL can be worn biking or bar hopping.

Women’s Gear: Sunglasses

The Oakley Betray, a stylish everyday pair of glasses.

Women’s Gear: Road Runners

A review of the New Balance 768, a good shoe for neutral runners.

Women’s Gear: Daypack

The Lafuma Naia 35, a cushy yet supportive pack.


Shells: Part 1

The difference between hard shells and soft shells, and the Arc’teryx Alpha SL Pullover hard shell.

Shells: Part 2

A review of the Mountain Hardwear Transition soft shell, this year’s Killer Value.

Shells: Part 3

The range of jackets available and this year’s Gear of the Year winner, the Marmot DriClime Catalyst soft shell.


Tents: Part 1

The key features to look for in a tent, and the best base- and car-camping tent, the MSR Mo Room 3.

Tents: Part 2

The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, our favorite ultralight tent.

Tents: Part 3

The Gear of the Year winner, the light but roomy Marmot Aura, and advice on buying the right tent.


Trail Runners: Part 1

An summay of the three types of trail runners and the Asics Gel-Trail Attack 4 WR, the ideal road and trail shoe.

Trail Runners: Part 2

The Salomon XT Wings, our favorite shoe for technical trails.

Trail Runners: Part 3

Some final words on shopping for shoes and the Gear of the Year winner, the do-it-all Vasque Aether Tech.


Road Bikes: Part 1

Advice on choosing the right bike, and a review of the Pinarello FP2, this year’s Killer Value.

Road Bikes: Part 2

The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL2, the purest racer we tested.

Road Bikes: Part 3

The Gear of the Year winner, the Trek Madone 5.2, a Tour de France-proven speed machine.

2007-08 Winter Buyer’s Guide Videos

Buyer's Guide editor Sam Moulton and tester Doug Schnitzspahn break down their favorite alpine skis, storm shells, backcountry skis, and packs.

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Alpine Skis

Buyer’s Guide editor Sam Moulton reviews the K2 Apache Coomba, Elan 888, Dynastar Pro Rider, and Head Monster 88.

Backcountry Skis

Buyers Guide editor Sam Moulton reviews the G3 El Hombre, K2 Mt. Baker Superlight, Black Diamond Verdict, and more.


Buyer’s Guide tester Doug Schnitzspahn reviews the Backcountry Access Squall, Gregory Drift, Black Diamond Anarchist 32L, and North Face Patrol 35.

Storm Shells

Buyer’s Guide tester Doug Schnitzspahn reviews the Marmot La Grave, Millet Langtag GTX, Mountain Hardwear Escape and Cloudveil Koven Plus.

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