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These Are a Few Of Our Favorite Things This Week: Women’s Edition

SKI's lady editors highlight their most-reached-for gear, from all-mountain skis to the raddest little firepit for your ski-condo coffee table.

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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 SKI’s editors are digging this week.

Buff Headwear Polar

Photo: Courtesy of Buff Headwear

I’ve been wearing the same Buff for so many seasons now that I had to go check the website to make sure this type is still sold. Luckily, the Polar is still available (I might just buy myself a backup just in case, like a toddler’s favorite lovey). What I love about this piece of neckwear is the versatility: The top portion is a four-way-stretch polyester (the new version is made with Repreve, a fabric crafted from recycled water bottles) and the bottom part is a super-cozy and warm PrimaLoft fleece. I appreciate that I don’t have to guess in the morning how cold or warm it might be later in the day, or wonder if it’s going to be windy enough to want a heavier-duty face covering. With the Polar, I have both with me all day and can flip it around as needed. It’s also super-long, so you fashion it into a makeshift hat when helmet hair strikes during lunch or après. [$32]  —Samantha Berman, Senior Content Producer

Buy It at REI: Buff Headwear Polar

Ortovox Tour Light Gloves

Ortovox Tour Light Gloves
Photo: Courtesy of Ortovox

These are by far the best liners I’ve ever used. As a photographer who’s often shooting on the slopes or other cold-weather locations all winter long, I need a liner that’s like a second skin so I still operate my camera effectively. The Tour Light Gloves are lined with Merino wool next to skin, so they keep my hands warm even when damp. I’ve tried many liner gloves and these are only ones that provide the dexterity I need and the durability to withstand a lot of abuse. [$65]  —Keri Bascetta, Director of Photography

Rossignol Black Ops Rossignol Rallybird Ti

Rossignol Rallybird Ti
Photo: Courtesy of Rossignol

Hands down one of the best skis to hit the shelves for hard-charging women in years (at least, IMO). I rarely ski planks that are more than 100mm underfoot, even out here in Colorado, because I find that narrower all-mountain skis get the job done just as well and can handle the crud and groomers better. But the Rossignol Black Ops Rallybird Ti has changed my mind about wider all-mountain skis. They perform just as well on hard snow as narrower skis with more sidecut, but definitely offer some versatility thanks to a smidge more underfoot and a bigger tip profile. I’m in love. [$900]  —Jenny Wiegand, Content Producer

Buy it on Rossignol Women’s Black Ops Rallybird Ti

Read Our Review from the 2020 SKI Test

Flikr Fireplace

Flikr Fireplace
Photo: Courtesy of Flikr

This portable stone fireplace adds so much ambiance whenever I use it—which is almost every night after dinner when we’re playing board games or having a cocktail. It burns isopropyl alcohol, like the kind you get at the pharmacy, so there’s no smoke, no residue, and no carbon monoxide risk—just a beautiful open flame that makes you feel like you’re back in your favorite upscale bar, only you’re home in your favorite joggers watching Survivor reruns. When not lit, the chic minimalist design makes a great centerpiece. I treated myself, but highly recommend this as a gift. While it does put off heat (it gets hot to the touch), and is safe to roast a marshmallow over, I wouldn’t recommend it for camping so much as couching. [$95]  —Sierra Shafer, Editor in Chief


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