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Trial Run – October 2000

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Viewing the 90 sharp prints I shot during a five-day, three-country shakedown of Canon’s new ELPH Sport camera confirmed my initial hunch: A skier couldn’t ask for more in a point-and-shoot. The tiny (4x3x3-inch), APS-format ELPH stowed neatly in my pocket, and its oversized controls and monster viewfinder let me keep my goggles and gloves on. The camera has a built-in panoramic-shot feature, and at 8.2 ounces it’s the world’s smallest and lightest non-disposable underwater camera, so it’s ideal for hot-tub photography.
-Mark North $270/Canon/800-OK-CANON; www.usa.canon.com

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My old LIFA skivvies were great. Their polypropylene fabric always kept me dry. Plus I got hardcore credit for their mangy, lived-in aura-they itched, pilled, and smelled. So I wasn’t sure about the glossy new LIFAs, with their high-tech softness and pledges of odor resistance. But after skiing in them all season, often for days on end, I have to admit my new crew and bottoms offered the same moisture-transport performance as their trusty predecessors with the added bonus of silky, stink-free comfort. I guess I’ll get used to the general lack of funkiness.
-Bevin Wallace$29/Helly Hansen/800-HELLY-01; www.hellyhansen.com

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Thanks, CamelBak, for delivering me from buying the dog to get the tail. The StoAway let me turn my favorite skiing pack into a hydrant without buying a whole new hydration-dedicated rig. Insulated by a sandwich of closed-cell foam and protected by a Cordura sheath, the tapered 70-ounce reservoir has a big, easy-fill external port. I tried stashing it into several day packs, and it fit easily. A set of insulated covers for the mouthpiece and tube ($16) ensures full winter functionality, and the StoAway’s price makes a cleaning-brush kit ($10) an affordable add-on.
-John Dostal$30/CamelBak/800-767-8725; www.camelbak.com