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These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things This Week

What the SKI staff is loving right now, from the perfect shell pants and base layer to the one accessory skiers can't live without.

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Testing new gear is always on the to-do list here at SKI, but every so often it’s nice to be able to reach for our trusted favorites. Here’s what the SKI editors are digging this week.

Kari Traa Smekker Wool Long Sleeve

Smekker base layer
Photo: Courtesy of Kari Traa

This is my new go-to baselayer. I’m always cold on the slopes, and usually have to double-up on base layers, even when I wear a midlayer. But I’ve been able to replace my double-layering system with just the Smekker this season. It feels lightweight, bult the 100-percent Merino wool pulls double-duty. I also just love Kari Traa’s fun patterns—I can wear the Smekker out and about and everyone thinks it’s just a cute ski sweater. The Smekker also comes in a half-zip version, but I opted for the crewneck style because too many zippers can get in the way with ski layers. [$110]  —Jenny Wiegand, Content Producer

Ski Town All-Stars Voile Strap

Ski strap
Photo: Courtesy of Ski Town All Stars

I swear you can use the Ski Town All-Stars ski strap for anything, not just holding skis together or in an a-frame on your pack. I use them to hold poles together, bundle gear in my pack, hang my water bottle from my bag … the options are endless. Not to mention, they make a great backup for medical emergencies, if you need to splint something on a ski pole or use it as a tourniquet. You’ll always find a few of these straps in my ski pack, whether I’m heading to a hut for the weekend or just out for the day. [$8]  —Elyse Schreiber, Art Director

Bright Cellars Wine Delivery

Bright Cellars
Photo: Courtesy of Bright Cellars

It’s not often that I get snookered into clicking an ad in my social feeds, but the promise of an online quiz determining just the right wine for me managed to pull it off. I have a bizarre palate that tends toward light-bodied reds grown in weird dirt; I live in California, however, where the majority of wine shops still think France is exotic. Bright Cellars‘ quiz (designed by MIT grads, so you know it’s good!) is as hokey as you’d expect from something you found at the bottom of Twitter, but the four bottles they sent did a decent job of hitting the center of the awkwardly shaped Venn Diagram that’s in my mouth. And one of them is even from California! [Roughly $80 per month, but half off the first order]  —Micah Abrams, VP Content Strategy, Adventure Sports

Yeti Camino Carryall 35  

Photo: Courtesy of Yeti

Yeti’s Camino Carryall 35 is by far my go-to open duffle. In winter, it’s my catch-all for kid’s ski gear on the way to the mountain, fitting helmets (with goggles and neck gaiters nested inside), snow pants, jackets, and mittens) for both of my kids. And after skiing? The Camino is waterproof, so the gear inside is protected from melted snow dripping off of skis and boots in the back of my SUV. For summer, the Camino’s durable side and bottom fabric puts my mind at ease when throwing camping gear (including my Hults Bruk hatchet, hot dog skewers, and other sharp objects) inside. And its big opening makes it easy to dig through or pack larger objects (like life jackets, towels, and pool toys) on road trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Regardless of what I’m throwing in it or how I’m using it year-round, I know it’ll hold up to the worst conditions. [$150]  —Ryan Dionne, Online Education Content Producer (and former SKI Editor)

Arc’Teryx Sentinel AR Women’s Pants

Sentinel ARPhoto: Courtesy of Arc’Teryx

In the seemingly oversize-fits-all world of women’s ski apparel, it can be hard to find ski pants that fit if you’re either on the short or tall side. I’m 5’3’’, and have spent the better part of my adult life dragging the cuffs of my ski pants behind me, accidentally getting them stuck in my bindings, and just looking sloppy and unkempt. Then I found the Sentinel Pant. This Gore-Tex shell pant fits like it was literally made for me—a straight-leg design that’s flattering through the hips and, wait for it, bomber cuffs reinforced with 100-denier Cordura that fall to my mid-ankle, even without shoes or boots on! It’s like Christmas morning every time I pull these on. The pants are available in women’s short or tall sizes in addition to regular, with the inseam on the short small coming in at 29 inches. Translation: Ladies, you too can have ski pants that really fit! I only wish more ski apparel companies would offer different lengths for women. [$549] —Samantha Berman, Senior Content Producer

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