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This just in: You don’t need a Bradley troop carrier to drive on snowy mountain roads. Thanks to these easily installed chains, designed specifically for two-wheel-drive vehicles, you stay rubber side down, steel side up. Simply lay them out, drive over them, and attach the color coded ends. Accelerate and the chains automatically center themselves and tighten, providing traction with square-edged, hardened-steel links arranged in a diamond pattern. Remove them by tugging a quick-release lever. All for about $40,000 less than a new SUV.
Lib-Tech is a snowboard company that began producing skis four years ago, but it calls them Narrow-Ass Snowboards (NAS) and would prefer if you did, too. All NAS boards feature “magnetraction,” scalloped sidewalls and edges that supposedly offer better grip than a traditional ski edge, without having to be kept razor-sharp. New this year is the 117-millimeter-wide Pow, designed by freeskier Mike Wilson, for maximum float. They’re sold as singles, so if you have two feet, buy two. 149/117/145 (185 cm only).
$599 for two; www.libtechnas.com
Bern finds inspiration in the skate park, but the Brentwood is built for snow. The liner doubles as a hat and can be swapped out for other liners of varying warmth and patterns, and there’s a goggle strap holder on the back. In warm weather, you can ditch the liner entirely. A special liquid-foam-injection shell-molding process creates a thin, seamless structure that’s strong and light. Built-in speakers attach to your MP3 player, but if you’d rather hear the whistling marmots instead, opt for the speakerless base model ($100).
$110 with speakers; www.bernunlimited.com