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Weather Wise: Spring Male

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Outerwear

The Marmot ATV Softshell jacket ($180) is wind- and water-resistant for those brief April showers, but when the sun shines again, the highly breathable Schoeller fabric prevents overheating. Designed for heliskiing, the Storm King pants ($250) can hold up to the most active spring skier. Leg vents regulate your temperature, while the windproof, water-resistant and breathable material keeps corn snow out. marmot.com

Base Layer

Handle rising temps with ease by donning the fast-wicking, fast-drying Patagonia Silkweight Capilene T-shirt and bottoms ($32 each). This silky base layer reduces friction under your outerwear-or works as a stand-alone top as the day heats up. patagonia.com

Sunglasses

The mammoth Oakley Monster Doggle ($85) is as close as you can get to goggles in a standard sunglass. Its bold, oversize frame contours to your face, keeping wind at bay-and you in style. oakley.com

Helmet

You can use it all season, but the ultra-lightweight Leedom Prophet ($140) is a slam-dunk in the spring. With 15 sizable vents (eight adjustable, seven mesh-covered), removable ear- and neck-flaps, and a breathable liner, your head will stay cool as the mercury climbs. leedomhelmets.com

Gloves Layers are good. The Seirus Softshell glove system ($110) comprises a windproof, microfleece-lined inner glove tucked inside a Thinsulate outer glove, also with a fleece lining. Wear them together on cold days, but either component will do right by your digits come spring. seirus.com

Sept. 2004