Trial Run: January 2003

Trial Run: January 2003

After-Sport Clogs
by Bevin Wallace

Après-ski protocol: Remove your cyborg boots, peel off your clammy socks, and stuff your naked feet into Merrell's Yeti Clogs. Ahhh. The natural sheepskin lining brings cozy relief to your suffering dogs. Although they're meant to be worn sans socks, these aren't house slippers: The sticky-rubber lug sole is worthy of a serious hiking boot.
888-637-7001, merrell

Gold $60
An updated version of the traditional Euro-style boiled-wool slide, The North Face Nali Clog doesn't sport cushy sheepskin, but it does offer natural wool's breathability and temperature-management. A supportive footbed keeps your foot from slipping around inside the shoe, and the grippy sole keeps you from slipping in the snow. 800-447-2333,

Silver $24.50
Of the three clogs tested, the Lands' End All Weather Clog is the most basic-and the least slipperlike. The solid-color suede uppers come in five colors and are treated for water-resistance. Molded rubber soles provide decent traction on icy sidewalks. There's no wool or shearling, but the microfleece lining is plenty warm and comfy for a trip to the bar. 800-356-4444,

Altimeter Watches
by Evelyn Spence

Platinum $369
With the Suunto S6, you're ponying up for memory-unlimited data points-a digital compass, a slope meter, and a cell phone-like scrolling display. The ski chronometer automatically measures number of runs, vertical drop, and aver-age speed-and included software allows you to download your vert, graph it, and flaunt it. 800-543-9124,

Gold $199
It doesn't sync with your PC, but the Nike ACG Ascent graphs altitude change and 24 hours of barometric pressure right on its face (okay, so it's a tiny graph). Unlike the Suunto, you have to reset the ski chronograph after each run, and it only stores five data points. But Nike's altimeter resists barometric drift, and a bubble keeps the compass-reading level. 800-806-6453,

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Silver $170
Although it's not designed for off-piste navigation (it lacks a compass and slope meter), the Avocet Vertech II Ski is plenty of watch to track your accumulation-for the day, week, or season. It also calculates average descent rate and automatically counts runs. Big buttons make this ski toy glove friendly. 650-321-8501,

by Helen Olsson

Platinum $150
Patagonia's Synchilla Windzone Jacket is downright plushy. Thanks to a dense, almost suedelike, wind-resistant fleece, though, it's more jacket than sweatshirt. The fabric is treated with a water-repellent finish to withstand wet flurries. It's ideal outerwear for around town, but at almost two pounds, it's not for the fast-and-light crowd. 800-638-6464, patagonia.Com

Gold $75
A toasty après-ski warming layer, the casual, roomy Sierra Designs Monterey Hoodie pullover with kangaroo pocket is lighter weight than the Patagonia, and it can't be depended on to block much breeze. But, made with a lofty two-sided thermal fleece, it'll look smarter and wick moisture far better than your garden-variety sweatshirt. 800-635-0461,

Silver $30
This seminal piece, the poly-cotton-blend Russell NuBlend Sweatshirt, gets credit for starting the hoodie rage. Unlike its cutting-edge offspring, the front-zip Russell soaks up sweat and snow like the cotton hoodie it is. But it's cozy out of the dryer, and you can buy it in five colors for one Patagonia hoodie. 866-271-5864, russellathletic.Com