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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I loved the Langes I grew up in, but they hurt my shins. Last spring I stepped into a pair of Super Blasters. Wow, Langes have changed. The gel-padded tongue completely eliminates the Lange bang of old. But the coolest innovation is the third-buckle walk-mode switch. Flip it open for easy hiking, skinning, or base-village pub crawling. And the sole is also grippy for traction on the bootpack. [$580; langeski boots.com]  —Ben Rifkin

Best Gear: 101 of our Favorite Things

This is our stuff. We own it, use it, and believe in it. We think you'll like it, too.

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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.

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Our Five Favorite Pants

Tops among bottoms. These are some of our favorite new pants.

This jacket is essentially your outer layer and midlayer in one. Inside, 800-fill goose down stitched into narrow baffles keep weight and bulk down. Outside, a two-layer 12-denier shell with DWR sheds moisture. The chest-to-hip pockets double as core vents.Weight: women’s, 16.3 oz.; men’s, 19.5 oz.[$299; eddiebauer.com/firstascent]

Our 15 Favorite Jackets

When it comes to jackets, comfort comes down to two words: waterproof and breathable. These are our favorites from softshells to storm day puffies.

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.

Tecnica has a lot more boots in their sidecountry line including this Pro Light.

A Look at Next Year's Gear

We've been at the Outdoor Retailer trade show scoping next year's goods. These are the things you're going to want next season.

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.

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2014 Outerwear Our Editors Love

We want to stay as warm, dry and comfortable as possible while looking good. Here's what gets the job done.