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Flannels for Fall

Skiers and flannel shirts go together like Anna Wintour and Vogue– you can’t visit Breckenridge, Jackson, Whistler, or Snowbird without seeing herds of skiers clad in plaid. So, to ease your fall wish-list shopping, we’ve picked the best styles to wear skiing, to the bar and beyond.

These high-tech Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layers gloves are so dexterous, you can lift up a sewing needle with them. Not that you'll ever need to do that while skiing, but still. The fingers are molded and articulated using a patented technology that feels almost skin-like. They come with a removable Polartec Wind Pro liner and are completely storm-proof. Buy them next fall at www.arcteryx.com.

New Gear: The Coolest Stuff Out Next Fall

A lightweight carbon-fiber helmet. A glove that can pick up a sewing needle. Swedish sunglasses. Kids' rockered skis. Start saving now: You're going to want some of this new gear for next winter's ski season.

Mother bought me this jacket for Christmas and I’ve worn it every ski day since, rain or shine, backcountry or lifts, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho. It kept me dry, blocked the wind, and looked wicked stylish while doing so. It took a lot of abuse this season but I’m pretty confident it will continue to do so for years to come. www.flylowgear.comKevin Luby, Associate Editor

Our Favorite Gear of the Year

We get to try out a lot of gear around here, but the stuff we truly love can be rare and hard to come by. These are the goods, from boots to barbecue sauce, that we abused the heck out of this winter. We like this stuff a lot, and there's a good chance you might too.