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 3.  POW Royal The cozy microfleece lining in these gloves makes you feel as if you’ve stuck your hand into a koala bear, er, into the fur of a koala bear. The inner cuff blocks snow and its Velcro closure somehow (magic?) doesn’t stick to jacket cuffs.  [$70; powgloves.com]  

Essentials: Gloves

The season's best mittens and gloves. From leather, Gore-Tex, and goatskin, this selection will leave you anything but hypothermic and soggy handed.

This super light, formfitting, mid-weight down jacket features a micro-chamois collar to combat zipper chafe, a one-handed draw cord for snap adjustments, and 800-fill down. $220; www.mountainhardwear.com

Best Puffy Coats

Puffy jackets have come a long way since being mocked ruthlessly by Ralphie’s little brother in “A Christmas Story.” Now, they’re engineered to be warmer, lighter and more stylish than ever before. We found eight that stood out from the crowd.