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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.

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

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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.