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When you need something reliable to get you up the mountain in any condition, these BD skins are it. Plus they’re a little lighter and more packable…

When you need something reliable to get you up the mountain in any condition, these BD skins are it. Plus they’re a little lighter and more packable than other skins. [$180; blackdiamondequipment.com] — Ryan Dionne, Skiing digital brand manager

I’m a sucker for sweaters. When I saw this wool softshell jacket, I wanted it immediately. It’s windproof, warm, and subtly steezy. It works for any…

I’m a sucker for sweaters. When I saw this wool softshell jacket, I wanted it immediately. It’s windproof, warm, and subtly steezy. It works for any off-hill mountain town scenario. [$330; eider.com] — Kevin Luby, Skiing senior editor

When it comes to convenience and bang-for-buck fitness value for skiers, running is hard to beat—but it can beat you up. I’m 38 years old and 190…

When it comes to convenience and bang-for-buck fitness value for skiers, running is hard to beat—but it can beat you up. I’m 38 years old and 190 pounds, and I tend to feel the jolts of a run in my knees and hips for a day or two afterward. I tried all those fashionable minimalist shoes and then basically threw the towel in, deciding maybe running wasn’t for me after all. Then came the Hokas. Now I love running again. In fact, I entered a few 10ks this summer and fall—something I never thought I’d do anymore—and I’m running four times a week as part of a pre-season fitness program. Cushioned shoes aren’t new, but cushioned shoes this light with wide-body stability and terrain-eating rocker are. And they’ve got skiing ancestry: founders Jean-Luc Diard and Nicolas Mermoud both worked for Salomon back when that brand released the influential and now iconic Pocket Rocket ski. Once you try the ultra-cush ride of a Hoka, you’ll never want to run in anything else. [$160; hokaoneone.com] — Sam Bass, Skiing editor-in-chief

Talk about last minute! You can gift this to as many people as you want (including yourself) with just a click of a few buttons. Get it now. [$10;…

Talk about last minute! You can gift this to as many people as you want (including yourself) with just a click of a few buttons. Get it now. [$10; SkiingMag.com] — Ryan Dionne, Skiing digital brand manager

Not only do these shades look great, but they make you feel great. With Happy technology, the lenses block harmful rays and let in blue light that…

Not only do these shades look great, but they make you feel great. With Happy technology, the lenses block harmful rays and let in blue light that balances out your mood. [$180; spyoptic.com] — Karolyn Castaldo, Skiing intern

A solid pant for roughhousing off of the slopes. Every gal who likes to get a little muddy now and again needs a pair of Carhartts. [$48;…

A solid pant for roughhousing off of the slopes. Every gal who likes to get a little muddy now and again needs a pair of Carhartts. [$48; Carhartt.com] — Jessi Hackett, Skiing contributing editor

This portable solar panel can attach to your pack while skinning, or it can sit in the sun at your campsite. It can directly charge your cell phone,…

This portable solar panel can attach to your pack while skinning, or it can sit in the sun at your campsite. It can directly charge your cell phone, mp3 player, etc., or it can store energy in one of Goal Zero’s many mobile power packs. [$160; goalzero.com] — Kjell Ellefson, Photo Intern

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a guidebook. Rocky Mountain National Park is arguably the best part about living on the Front Range.…

I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a guidebook. Rocky Mountain National Park is arguably the best part about living on the Front Range. It’s a place of utterly rugged terrain and gnarly mountains all linked together by incredible access. Of course for every easy-to-reach line in the park, there are another hundred that hardly see ski tracks. This book is going to open up a lot of RMNP for me and for seasoned backcountry skiers. However, I’m guessing the authors left out some of their best secrets. There will be plenty more to go discover. [$26; giterdunpublishing.com] — Kevin Luby, Skiing senior editor

I wore them ski touring in Montana in May in all types of cloud cover and all types of temperatures, from sweating my ass of to freezing cold on top…

I wore them ski touring in Montana in May in all types of cloud cover and all types of temperatures, from sweating my ass of to freezing cold on top of a 10,000ft mountain peak on the edge of Yellowstone. Not once during my longest tour of the season (13 miles) did they start to slide down the bridge of my nose as it became soaked with sweat. They stayed in place the whole time, and let me focus my energy on the important things, like getting through the tour in one piece, instead of continuously having to push them back into place. [$109; zealoptics.com] — Crystal Sagan, Skiing digital producer

Ya never know when things’ll go south, but when they do, they go fast. That’s why I keep a basic survival kit in my backcountry pack. It has the…

Ya never know when things’ll go south, but when they do, they go fast. That’s why I keep a basic survival kit in my backcountry pack. It has the brunt of what you’d need if you’re caught in the middle of nowhere with help too far away: a knife, emergency whistle, fire starter and waterproof matches, some emergency cord and more. [$23, gerbergear.com] — Ryan Dionne, Skiing digital brand manager

The attractiveness of a “French” or “Dutch” oven is its limitless utility. Crock pot meets sauté pan meets skillet meets oven. Cook, bake and store…

The attractiveness of a “French” or “Dutch” oven is its limitless utility. Crock pot meets sauté pan meets skillet meets oven. Cook, bake and store soups, stews, casseroles, pastas, meat dishes and more with this bad boy. Once you have a cast iron pot, you’ll have it forever. [$270; Cookware.lecreuset.com] — Jessi Hackett, Skiing contributing editor