2008 Holiday Gift Guide- Gifts for Boys - Ski Mag

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One of my buddies loves to get on the slopes but doesn’t have the means to get up to the mountains as much as he would like or buy the best gear. His bargain bin goggles are probably the best example. Sure, they work, but they put a very uncomfortable orangish-brown spin on an otherwise colorful world. To remedy the situation, I’m getting him a fresh pair of Smith I/O goggles. They come with two high quality spherical lenses— a light one for overcast, a dark one for sunny days. The lenses can be switched easily thanks to Smith’s tricky quick release lens system. Plus, the goggles fit well with a helmet and are about as stylish as goggles can get. -K.L. [$165;smithoptics.com]

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Smith has caught on to the goggles under helmet style and made the Holt Park without ear pads, so he can wear his goggles, beanie, and headphones underneath it. $60; www.smithoptics.com

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My roommate hates on helmets, but he skis like a chimpanzee on speed. I think it’s a self-conscious image thing. A helmet protects your noggin first and foremost. After that, it’s all style. I think he’d like the simple, matte-black look of the Bern Carbon Watts. The brim gives it a little steeze and the carbon construction makes it extra lightweight, which I would appreciate if it were strapped to my pack on the skin track. The Watts also meets all of the ASTM helmet standards for snow sports.-K.L$250; bernunlimited.com

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Part 1

This holiday season, to help you find presents for the people in your lives, we're sharing what we're getting for the people in ours Step one: What editor Kevin Luby is getting for his father, sister, and mountain deprived cousin in Arizona.