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BCA Stash BC Pack
BCA upgraded its flagship pack line this year, lightening the load by minimizing layering and welding seams. Temperature-regulating Outlast in the shoulder straps draws heat from the body, stores it, and uses it to keep the bite valve from freezing.
Bollé Troost Sunglasses
We’ll spare you the Top Gun references and just say these lightweight polarized aviators can take a beating—and make you look like you can dole one out.
Spyder Venom Godfather Jacket and Pants
Spyder’s new rider-driven, big-mountain Venom line features this Thermosoft-insulated technical performer with muted style. The textile-like shell has a water-repellent coating, taped seams, and a stout hood.
$300 (jacket), $200 (pants); venom.spyder.com
Marker Ripper Helmet
This tough noggin saver has a bolted-on, removable chin guard and visor for those rocky hazards. Lightweight despite its strength, it won’t weigh you down, and 11 vents ensure a cool head.
Freestyle Audio Sport mp3 Player
Weighing less than 35 grams, this MP3 player is waterproof down to 10 feet, so you can take it out in a storm without worry. The USB interface works on both Macs and PCs, and the rechargeable battery lasts over 30 hours. That’s a lot of cowbell.
$100 (1 GB); freestyleaudio.com
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Dragon Mace Goggle
The Mace provides superb peripheral vision, complete optical clarity, and good airflow to prevent fog. Microfleece-lined face foam and a wide strap keep them in place.
SmartWool Skiing Light Pro Socks
A lean, well-fitting sock is the key to keeping feet warm and comfortable in your boots. Light padding in the shins and soles protects sensitive areas, and the wicking merino wool keeps you warm, dry, and smelling fresh.
Level Rexford Glove
Supple Pittards leather and a trim, no-bulk cut give the Rexwood enough flair for Italian motorcycle drivers. They also come in a brown leather-and-plaid version, which doesn’t look as good when you’re driving a Ducati.
Holden Gaf Beanie
The earth-toned Gaf beanie has a cozy, loose-knit construction and full-coverage fit to keep you toasty while lounging, sipping beers, and just generally hanging out.
Leki Trigger S Ski Pole
In addition to Leki’s patented Trigger grip system (see page 124), this pole also features a lightweight, oval-shaped titaniumcomposite shaft. And it’s angled at 10 degrees for quicker planting.
Sessions d3o Diffusion First Layering
The foam-rubber-like d3o knee and elbow pads in Session’s latest baselayers harden on impact, thus protecting your joints from whatever threatens you—be it rocks, trees, ice, nightclub bouncers, or commitment.
$40 to $50; sessions.com