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It may not be the beefiest boot you will take into the backcountry, but this baby form-fits, not just in the liner but in the shell. That exact…

It may not be the beefiest boot you will take into the backcountry, but this baby form-fits, not just in the liner but in the shell. That exact molding allows for less weight—it’s just three pounds, 6.7 ounces. And that custom fit hopefully means comfy tootsies without blisters. [$850; www.FischerSports.com]

The Big Belly mugs are a great spin on a classic mug. Wide bodied to accommodate more volume, eye-catching designs, and hand-dipped enamel make these…

The Big Belly mugs are a great spin on a classic mug. Wide bodied to accommodate more volume, eye-catching designs, and hand-dipped enamel make these a fantastic supplement for any type of liquid. And since it’s made from .5mm steel, there’s no need to question the durability. [$42 for a set of two; www.BaseCampX.com]

The Jody Down is a super comfortable, warm down ski jacket that looks just as good on the slopes as it does at aprés beers. It also has a ton of…

The Jody Down is a super comfortable, warm down ski jacket that looks just as good on the slopes as it does at aprés beers. It also has a ton of pockets, a big helmet-compatible hood for super cold days, which is why it’ll be my go-to jacket for all things cold when I’m skiing. [$350; www.FlylowGear.com]

Full disclosure, I am a sucker for backpacks. My closet is stuffed with packs for every style of adventure, from the sunrise skin to the week-long…

Full disclosure, I am a sucker for backpacks. My closet is stuffed with packs for every style of adventure, from the sunrise skin to the week-long expedition. Yet not all packs are created equal, and a select few get significantly more use and love. Black Diamond’s Axis 33 is one of these packs. Elegant in its simplicity, it’s large enough to hold a tent and cookware, but light enough to toss on for a short jaunt. The oversized top zipper grants easy access to everything in the pack, and the helmet carrier keeps your lid accessible. The true genius however is in the ergoACTIV suspension system and SwingArm hip belt, which keep the pack centered and secured regardless of orientation. [$170, www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com] — Stephen Sebestyen, contributing editor

For the discerning dirtbag, this low-cost, high-value bourbon goes down smooth and has a nice kick. It’s a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, so…

For the discerning dirtbag, this low-cost, high-value bourbon goes down smooth and has a nice kick. It’s a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, so you’ll look like you know your stuff when you order it, and the old-west styled bottle looks real good in a brown paper bag as you stumble down main street in Mountain Town, USA screaming at the top of your lungs “Happy Holidays!”. [$36; www.Bulleit.com]

Windproof? Check. Water repellant? Check. Super light and, dare we say, cozy? Check. This 800-fill down jacket is filled with a moisture-resistant…

Windproof? Check. Water repellant? Check. Super light and, dare we say, cozy? Check. This 800-fill down jacket is filled with a moisture-resistant down. Stretch panels allow you to move, even in the jacket’s slim athletic fit. More importantly, it packs into its own pocket. Most importantly, it works as hard on the hill as it does around town. [$229, www.eddiebauer.com]

With a hemp/cotton/lycra blend, this t-shirt-sleeve-inspired accessory has hippy roots and organic materials. Designed by a Stevens Pass, Washington,…

With a hemp/cotton/lycra blend, this t-shirt-sleeve-inspired accessory has hippy roots and organic materials. Designed by a Stevens Pass, Washington, based ski mountaineer, the sleeve serves as a feel-good, odor-repelling headband when skinning, hiking, or running errands. [$14, www.Birdwhere.com]

The low-profile and blizzardproof Sol Republic Deck wireless speaker has great sound clarity with minimal distortion at max volume. It’ll connect to…

The low-profile and blizzardproof Sol Republic Deck wireless speaker has great sound clarity with minimal distortion at max volume. It’ll connect to your device via Bluetooth, near field communication, or auxiliary cable. And it has a microphone for that business call you have to take while crushing après beers. 
[$100, www.SolRepublic.com] — Ryan Dionne, digital brand manager

Ski jackets have never really had a cool, Hollywood, James Dean, appeal to them. But this jacket from Bozeman, Montana based Duckworth would look…

Ski jackets have never really had a cool, Hollywood, James Dean, appeal to them. But this jacket from Bozeman, Montana based Duckworth would look natural on the back of a motorcycle, or on someone who wanted people to think they would look good on a motorcycle. Either way, it’s cool. [$250; www.DuckworthCo.com]

From backcountry trips, to skiing missions on every continent, a subscription to Skiing mag will have you covered all season. So when you can’t get…

From backcountry trips, to skiing missions on every continent, a subscription to Skiing mag will have you covered all season. So when you can’t get out yourself, find an ski adventure with us. [$10-20; www.SkiingMag.com]

Smith’s new Lowdown shades feature a classic straight-top frame that’s lightweight and perfect for medium-sized faces. A rubberized nose and…

Smith’s new Lowdown shades feature a classic straight-top frame that’s lightweight and perfect for medium-sized faces. A rubberized nose and flexible, rubberized earpiece tips keep the shades comfortably in place. We didn’t take them to the lab, but Smith’s new ChromaPop lens is designed to provide better contrast, clarity, and color than other lens technology. [www.SmithOptics.com; $209, Tortoise with ChromaPop Polarized Brown Lenses] — Ryan Dionne, digital brand manager

With a surprisingly stellar (read: low) price point, this water-resistant watch offers the basic bells and whistles a mountain-goer needs, including…

With a surprisingly stellar (read: low) price point, this water-resistant watch offers the basic bells and whistles a mountain-goer needs, including a GPS altimeter and compass. When you’re cross training, a 100-lap memory and six interval timers keep you on track; when you’re shredding, it tracks your vert and speed. Plus it’s compatible with Strava, so you can pour over (and share) your stats. [$199, www.soleusrunning.com]

Some of the warmest mitts we’ve ever used, the BD Mercury Mitts are our go-to for really cold ski days. What they may lake in dexterity, they make up…

Some of the warmest mitts we’ve ever used, the BD Mercury Mitts are our go-to for really cold ski days. What they may lake in dexterity, they make up for in warmth. Waterproof with a removable liner, the Mercury Mitts, with a women’s specific shape, are awesome. [$110; www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com]

Skratch Labs electrolyte mix
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A far cry from old-school ski lodge apple-cider packets, this Skratch Labs electrolyte mix takes winter hydration to a whole new (delicious) level. Sure, you could just sip on whiskey all day to warm your innards, but Skratch delivers nutritionally balanced servings of sugar, sodium, potassium, and magnesium—plus vitamin C, iron, and calcium—all necessary to making sure you make it from first chair to last call. Plus it pairs well with whiskey, hot or cold. [$19.50 for 1-lb. bag or $35 for 20 individual servings; www.SkratchLabs.com]

The classic work-shirt styling and PrimaLoft insulation give this jacket a one-of-a-kind blend of off- and on-hill performance. It’ll field…

The classic work-shirt styling and PrimaLoft insulation give this jacket a one-of-a-kind blend of off- and on-hill performance. It’ll field compliments in the bar and keep winter’s bite at bay. It’s time to up your midlayer game, and the Snap Jack can help you out. [$195, www.TrewGear.com] — Kevin Luby, senior editor