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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.

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Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.

This year's version of the Scarpa T-Race is the burliest telemark boot on the market: four buckles, a stiff Booster Strap-style power strap, and no walk mode. Next year's version? The same stiff four-buckle construction but with a walk mode and a revised, lighterweight power strap—and it's returned to its former cherry red.

Next Year's Gear: A Sneak Peek

We covered the floors at last week's Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, to bring you some of the coolest new gear for next year—from goggles with a built-in speedometer to snowboard pants that look like jeans.

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Next Year's Indie Skis

We spent last week at Aspen Highlands testing next year's boutique and indie brand skis. Reps from some of the companies gave us an on-camera rundown of what they have coming for winter 2011-12. Here are the videos.

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Your Favorite Skis of the Year

Different skis are good for different people, but every year there are always a few pairs that everyone seems to be obsessed with. Here are the most popular skis of the season, the one's you've been searching on our site, googling, stalking on Steep and Cheap, and raving about. And, to stoke the fires, the one ski coming out next year that's already creating major buzz.