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Workout
TOUGHEST RUN CONDITIONS: PUSHING A JOGGING STROLLER INTO A 20-MILE-PER-HOUR WIND THAT WAS HIPPING ICE PELLETS When you’re heading out for a cold, wet run, you want to be confident that your gear is going to protect you while still letting you fly. To
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Step On It
Merrell Moab Speed Thermo Mid WP $170 Much like winter tires, the outsole on this waterproof hiker is odd looking but highly effective. Half of the six-millimeter lugs have micro-edges (essentially mini lugs), which help bite into packed snow; the ot
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Speedy Shelter
$36 These mid-rise full-coverage bikini briefs don’t budge, bunch, or bind—even under tights, and they shine during the chilly window after a run and before you’ve changed out of your sweaty clothes. The merino-spandex blend kept us so dry that we fe
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Polar Express
SlingFin HotBox $650 The double-walled HotBox offers bestin-class stability and storm proofing. Credit its bad-weather chops to the rain gutter, bathtub floor, and snow flaps. Testers experienced condensation-free nights in Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountai
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Layers
MOST EXTREME TESTING CONDITIONS: A DAY WITH SNOW FALLING AT 2.5 INCHES PER HOUR, AND ANOTHER WITH WINDS AT 48 MILES PER HOUR Wicking base layers, breathable insulators, and waterproof shells are your defense against snow, sleet, mud, and cold. But ev
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Ice Ice Baby
$69 Weight: 63, 76, 90, 100, 111, 121 g Size range: 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22 Blue Ice is a brain trust of industry gear elders. Case in point: Its product team is lead by Bill Belcourt, who’s been at the cutting edge of climbing equipment—and ascents—fo
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Pow Down
$975 Overall Score: 8.39/10 Dimensions: 138-112-127 mm Lengths: 178, 186, 194 cm This year’s top-ranked unisex powder ski offers a balanced, dependable platform to push intermediate and advanced skiers to the top of their game. One tester, a former C
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Crud Crushers
$800 Overall Score: 8.59/10 Dimensions: 142-102-124 mm Lengths: 170, 177, 184, 191 cm With so many exceptional wider all-mountain skis on the market, to have the Mantra 102 be such a standout is a testament to Völkl’s commitment to its craft. “It’s t
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Shining Armor
$649 In 2015, Gore-Tex debuted its lightest and most breathable product: Shakedry, an ultralight waterproof shell material without the traditional protective face fabric. To bring Shakedry to the trekking and backcountry skiing world, Norrøna combine
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Slice Of Heaven
$800 Overall Score: 8.66/10 Dimensions: 127-82-115 mm Lengths: 160, 168, 176, 184 cm The Experience 82 Ti, a carryover from last season, blew our testers away this year. “This is the ski!” said one. “Knocked it out of the park,” commented another. In
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Safety First
When it comes to kitting yourself out for cold-weather sports, there are many big-ticket gear items to consider: Puffies, packs, skis, waterproof hikers. But a successful trip to the mountains also boils down to the little things that you forget abou
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Cold Case
Black Diamond Dawn Patrol 25 $170 More easy-going than most of our ski partners, the Dawn Patrol 25 is just as at home on mellow tours as it is in steep couloirs. A thermo-molded plastic frame sheet contours the back and helps direct weight to the cu
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Fill Station
$475 The Rab Mythic Ultra removes the usual trade-off between warmth and packability. Thanks to a generous amount of 900-fill down in offset box-wall baffles, as well as a heat-reflective aluminum scrim (think gauze but with the ability to bounce bod
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Hand In Hand
$320 It wasn’t what we noticed while wearing the Tactility Heat Liner that got our attention; it was what we didn’t. Where other heated gloves have bulky heating elements and wiring that yields an awkward fit, this sturdy polyester and elastane pair
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Friends On A Pow Day
Tradition dictates that when a storm cycle rolls in, it’s everybody for themselves. No time to lollygag at the top of a bootpack or the bottom of a lift when there are untracked stashes waiting. Producing gear guides has typically gone the same way.
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SKI & SNOWBOARD
Testing new skis, boards, and boots is a tough job (just ask our ski boot testers), but someone’s gotta do it. To test 316 products—the most in the history of our annual gear test—SKI and Outside joined forces, combining our pools of veteran ski and
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An Angler And A Climber Walk Into A Bar
At any given wintry crag in the Pacific Northwest, you’re likely to spot a number of sworn gear favorites from big brands. But there’s one particular item that’ll stand out against the snow and granite—and it’s bright blue. Climbers call them Smurf g
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Buckle Up
$850 Flex: 130 Last: 99 mm Weight: 1,780 g Having a loose, articulating upper cuff is great for walking and terrible for skiing downhill. Most boots flip into walk mode with a notched arm that fits into a slot on the heel and locks the cuff into plac
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Lift Off
$800 Dimensions: 133-102-122.5mm Lengths: 156, 164, 172, 180, 188 cm Weight (per ski): 1,780 g The most talked about ski in this year’s test lived up to the hype as a one-ski quiver for the backcountry that more than holds up at the resort. It’s ligh
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SAFE > SORRY
$1,300–1,400 Weight: 5.3 lbs Size Range: 30L, 40L, 28L(S), 36L(S) Alpride broke barriers when it launched its E1 electronic airbag system in 2017 with a supercapacitor that stored electrical energy without any chemical reaction and was not sensitive
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Pep Your Step
Asics Magic Speed 2 $150 The Asics Magic Speed 2 transforms regular runners into superheroes, or at least makes them feel that way. “You can’t help but clip along nicely in this shoe,” said one tester. The speedy ride stems from a lightweight package
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One For All
$650 Overall Score: 8.31/10 Dimensions: 124-92-114 mm Lengths: 148, 157, 164, 172 cm Looking for the Black Pearl 97? You won’t find it in these pages. Instead, allow us to introduce you to this year’s chart-topping women’s all-mountain ski: The more
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Don’t Knock It
$250 Giro’s Tor Spherical helmet feels as light as a ball cap. At 550 grams, it was no problem for testers to attach to their backpacks for backcountry tours. It felt breezy on the descent, thanks to easily adjustable vents and a plush, breathable fl
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From Rags To Riches
$279 Most of our male testers prefer the adjustability of layering with a shell to the warmth of insulated pants—that is, until they stepped into the hybrid Snowcrew. These bibs feature recycled synthetic insulation only in the seat and thighs, leavi
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Accessories
BEST TESTER NOTE: “I WAS SO HAPPY NOT TO F—K AROUND WITH TOO MANY STRAPS AS MY LIFE PASSED BEFORE MY EYES.” Often it’s the little things that make or break a winter getaway—a ski pack that bounces when you turn, as you carve, or sunglasses that fog u
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5 Sustainability Buzzwords Worth A Closer Look
When it comes to purchasing outdoor gear, everything—durability, breathability, comfort—is relative. Evaluating a product’s environmental cred is no different. Without a clear definition and universal standards, words associated with sustainability o
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Meet Our Testers
Category: Shells, Backcountry Skis and Boots Age: 27 Location: Jackson Hole, WY Lily Krass is a freelance ski journalist whose writing has been featured in Ski, Powder, Freeskier, Teton Gravity Research, and Ascent Backcountry Snow Journal. She spend
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From Rags To Riches
$330 “Stay awhile!” It was a lame joke aimed at one tester’s delayed jacket-shedding in the lodge, but it speaks volumes about this insulated coat’s incredible thermo-regulating ability. Picture lined the waterproof polyester shell (made from a blend
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Back To Black
After designing some 50 ski models for Line over his 22-year run as a sponsored athlete, Eric Pollard had an epiphany: The world didn’t need any more skis. “There are a lot of great options out there already,” he explains. Pollard himself helped laun
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