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La Sportiva's first foray into skis is pretty impressive. We skied their biggest ski, the Hi5, and were impressed by how easily it busted through crud.

Next Year's Skis and Gear: Outdoor Retailer 2011

We've been trolling the floor at this year's Outdoor Retailer trade show, checking out next winter's gear. So far, the story has been about the sidecountry, and ski, boots, packs, and jackets that are designed to be used in the backcountry just as well as the resort. We also saw beefy but lightweight bindings, multiple airbag packs, a bunch of waterproof, breathable fabrics. Here's what you'll be coveting next fall.

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.

Weighing in at 13 oz., the Super Cell is an excellent choice for the backpacker or outdoors person that wants a super light Gore-Tex waterproof jacket.  The jacket is helmet compatible, and provides the classic Patagonia styling and quality that we have come to love over the years.  $249

Next Year's Summer Gear

Last week, gear companies were all at the Outdoor Retailer trade show showing off the summer gear they'll be releasing a year from now. Our guy on the floor got a sneak peek at the coolest gear coming out in 2012. Take a look.

The Salomon XR Crossmax has a piece of plastic, which they call a tendon, running through the sole. It rebounds on every step, so your foot doesn’t have to.

Next Year's Gear

Twice a year, gear companies meet behind closed doors to preview next year’s gear. You’re probably not allowed in. But don’t worry—here's a sneak peek at new, game-changing outdoor product. Commence drooling now.

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Next Year's Outdoor Gear

This week, gear companies descended on Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer trade show. They showed off what they've got in the pipeline for next year. We scoured the aisles for the best of what's to come. Here is what we found.

Join the Pros—Test Next Year's Gear

Help us test next year’s ski equipment, March 2 - 6 at Snowbird, Utah. The all-inclusive package (lodging, tickets, meals, gift bag) is just $3,000, limited to the first eight skiers to qualify.

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.

These high-tech Gore-Tex Pro Shell three-layers gloves are so dexterous, you can lift up a sewing needle with them. Not that you'll ever need to do that while skiing, but still. The fingers are molded and articulated using a patented technology that feels almost skin-like. They come with a removable Polartec Wind Pro liner and are completely storm-proof. Buy them next fall at www.arcteryx.com.

New Gear: The Coolest Stuff Out Next Fall

A lightweight carbon-fiber helmet. A glove that can pick up a sewing needle. Swedish sunglasses. Kids' rockered skis. Start saving now: You're going to want some of this new gear for next winter's ski season.