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.
POC Carve Clarity Sunglasses
It’s almost spring in Colorado, meaning I’m equally likely to walk out my door to binding sun and 60 degrees as I am to fresh pow accumulating on my front steps. This time of year, flexibility is king, which is why POC’s Carve Clarity shades and I have become inseparable. Multiple lens tints and a modest wrap-around design make the sunglasses ideal for ski touring, gravel biking, and feeling a solid 20-percent faster while walking the dog. Shelling out $265 for sunglasses is tough (come on, that’s the same price as buying a breakfast burrito and coffee every day of ski season), but the durable grilamid frames and brilliant fit remind me every day that I wear them that you do, indeed, get what you pay for. [$265] —Stephen Sebestyen, Outdoor Group Marketing Manager
We’ve had quite a bit of snow here Colorado’s Front Range this winter, making my several-times-day walks with my new puppy more laborious than I’d like. Finn, my seven-month-old lab mix, would come back from our strolls with snow and ice impacted between his toes, which he’d then go after by licking and pawing on the floor. My mom has used Musher’s Secret with her long-haired dog for years and suggested I give it a try. It’s a food-grade wax that you lather on before walks, so if snow or ice does get lodged in there, it slides out easily. It also helps to keep Finn’s paws moisturized and stops them from cracking in Colorado’s extremely dry climates. [$15 for 2.1 ounces] —Elyse Schreiber, Art Director
Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
Every once in a while you get introduced to that one piece of gear that you marvel how you ever lived without. This season, it was my Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket. Skiing out of the car as our base lodge, this blanket has been a lifesaver to quickly warm cold toes or to sit on in the trunk while booting up. I’ve been known to cocoon inside my Rumpl up while warming up with cocoa during ski breaks—so much so that my kids now each want one of their own. The blanket is stuffed with 100-percent recycled insulation and the outer fabric is treated with a DWR coating for water resistance, so you don’t have to worry about ruining it. Every couple weeks I bring it in and throw it in the washing machine and it comes out looking brand new. It’s presently in my trunk awaiting use this spring as a picnic blanket, dog-dryer, sideline insulator, and whatever else it will inevitably come in handy for. [From $99]. —Samantha Berman, Senior Content Producer
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