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These Are a Few Of Our Favorite Things This Week

Editors' picks for our favorite water bottle, most versatile midlayer, and a car charger that powers phones in a flash.

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Testing new gear is always on the to-do list here at SKI, but every so often it’s nice to be able to reach for our trusted favorites. Here’s what the SKI editors are digging this week.

Purist Bottles

Flylow Founder Water Bottle
Photo: Courtesy of Purist

I have a zillion water bottles in my cupboard, but I should just throw most of them out because I only ever use the Purist bottles these days. At first I thought this brand’s name and their claim to creating a more “pure” drinking vessel was gimmicky (it’s a water bottle, for cryin’ out loud). But I take it all back now. These water bottles really do make everything, especially water, taste better. Apparently, it all boils down to the bottles’ interior glass finish made from silicon dioxide. It’s unbreakable and nothing sticks to it, so you can alternate between using the bottle to hold coffee, water, tea, and cocktails without fear of a funky aftertaste. I mostly use the Founder 32 ounce, but also own the more portable Mover 18 ounce. Love them both for their clean taste and leak-proof lids. [From $38] —Jenny Wiegand, Content Producer

Flylow Brosé Work Shirt

Flylow Brose Work Shirt
Photo: Courtesy of Flylow

Spring in Colorado can be such a tease. Freezing temps in the morning, 70-degrees by midday, and, despite the radiant blue sky, there’s always an ever-present chilly breeze. (You know, the type of wind that makes everyone regret just wearing a t-shirt but isn’t quite cold enough to warrant keeping the winter puffy out.) I’ve been wearing the Flylow Brosé Work Shirt a ton this season to stay at the perfect temp when headed up to the ski hill for spring slush turns, while having outdoor après at breweries around the Front Range, and even when cleaning the yard and pruning trees. It looks great, functions better, and proceeds from this shirt benefit the High Fives Foundation. That’s three wins, right? [$130, but on sale for $97.50 at Flylow’s website]. —Jon Jay, Digital Editor

OtterBox Fast Charge Car-Charging Kit

OtterBox Car Charger
Photo: Courtesy of OtterBox

One of the perks of using the car as our base lodge is that my phone hasn’t died on the slopes even once this season. In the past, even when I switch it to battery-saver mode, it’s on its last legs by lunch and I’m scoping the lodge for one of those charging stations to give it a bit more juice to get me through the afternoon. One reason I’ve been able to keep nearly a full charge is thanks to my new, turbo-quick OtterBox car-charging kit. During ski breaks I pop my iPhone XR on the charger while I make cocoa and grab a snack for the kids, and I’m back to 90-percent within 10 minutes. Great on-the-go insurance that’s durable, affordable, and comes in fun colors, too. [$34.95—Samantha Berman, Senior Content Producer

Houdini Activist Crew and Tight

Houdini Activist Crew and Tight
Photo: Courtesy of Houdini

These amazing base layers are worth the weight of the Merino sheep they came off of, in gold. They weigh almost nothing—and feel like you’re wearing nothing (no itching at all)—and yet they are the only base layer I trust when I need to be warm and dry. I can spend an entire day sweating in the backcountry, take off my Houdinis, and they smell like they just came out of the wash. Truly. Best purchase ever.  [$80-$90]. —Elyse Schreiber, Art Director

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