I want to get this for my dad, but it’s cool enough that I’d quickly steal it back from him if I don’t see him wearing it enough. I like its basic design, and that it doesn’t pretend to be anything but a reliable, comfortable softshell jacket. Wear it over a baselayer for ascending or layer underneath for general use. The helmet-compatible hood and fleecy lining are nice storm-day features. And it’s decidedly non-techie looking, so you won’t feel like a pretentious dweeb wearing it out on the town.-S.B.
One of my sisters loves beer, but hates drinking from cans and bottles. She likes the touch of class that a pint glass brings to swilling her favorite brews, but glass doesn’t work well for tailgating. So I’m going to get her this flexible, food-grade silicon pint glass. She can toss it in her ski bag or jacket pocket and be ready to tailgate in style. And if she gets tipsy and drops the Silipint onto the parking lot, it won’t shatter.-S.B.
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My cousin just passed up a job as an editor at a snowboard magazine to be a liftie in Utah. I kind of want to kick his ass, but I’ll take the high road and make sure he looks fresh bumping chairs in these shades. They’ve got 100% UV protection and lots of coverage for his precious young eyes.-Sam Bass, Editor [$110; dragonalliance.com]
My youngest sister married a great guy who’s in grad school in Lincoln, Nebraska. She loves him, so she went with him, but she’s not that into Nebraska. If I had enough money, I’d get them a gift certificate for catskiing in Colorado’s lovely San Juans. That way, they could drive from Lincoln to Boulder, visit me, and then make the long-but-awesome drive to southwest Colorado. I skied with San Juan Ski Company a few years back and had a blast so I know she’d love it. With a gift certificate, she can watch the weather and pick her own date, and it’s $25 less than it would cost if she booked her own seat.-S.B. [sanjuanski.com]
My mom’s a serious homebody. She never leaves the East Coast to come visit me in colorful Colorado. She also loves to be comfy while she plays with powertools in her sculpture studio. To celebrate her love of the East and keep her cozy during the long Maine winter, I’m thinking of getting her this dope-ass Ski the East hoodie.-S.B.
I want this one for myself. It’s a superlight down pullover that packs within its own pocket to the size of a water bottle. Perfect for busting out at the top of a skin track or simply wearing as an inbounds layering piece during the dead of winter.-S.B.
Thule didn’t have any in-snow pictures of this new aerodynamic crossbar, so you’ll just have to imagine there’s a roofbox (see next slide) in this shot instead of a bike. The idea behind these crossbars is simple: less wind drag and noise. I’d like to get these for my wife, who hates riding in my car because my racks make a mean whistle around 63mph, not because I haven’t cleaned the interior of my car since 1998. [Prices vary; www.thule.com]