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Marmot Mammoth Parka
Marmot’s Mammoth Parka has been around since the ’90s (it was apparently a favorite of Biggie Smalls), but it finally got an upgrade this fall. The Mammoth Parka ($575) is a 700-fill down parka with a two-layer GORE-TEX shell, 100% taped seams, a zip-off, down-filled hood, a powder skirt, handwarmer pockets, an interior media pocket, microfleece cuffs, and more. It comes in some new colors and sizes S-2XL.
Gaia Winter Topo Maps
Last week, Gaia introduced its winter-edition topo maps. The Winter Topo layers, designed by Gaia’s in-house cartographers, include new features like terrain info, tree cover, contours, nordic and downhill trail maps, and a special “winter” color palette. Looking for resort skiing? Fat bike trails? Gaia’s winter topos should be able to guide you through it all this season. But take note: It’s only available with Gaia premium memberships.
Point6 Livin' It Merino Joggers
Hike sockmaker Point6 now also makes apparel. Its cozy joggers and hoodie (from $175) are made with a 100% merino exterior. A brushed polyester interior insulates the joggers, and an 88% merino (plus a bit of spandex) blend makes up the hoodie. The joggers have deep drop pockets, and the hoodie has a kangaroo pouch. Shop the men’s and women’s hoodie, or men’s and women’s joggers.
Benchmade Collector's Edition Cutlery
Benchmade already has knife sets, including a custom knife set, but how about a one-of-a-kind collector’s set? Benchmade’s got that too with its 4000-211 Collector’s Edition 3 Piece Set (available for a cool $2,400). Each knife in the set — a chef, utility, and paring knife — comes with a 14-degree edge Damasteel blade, a gold-plated ring, and carbon handles with marbled carbon-fiber bolsters. Only 200 sets are available.
Faction x Madhappy Agent Skis
Faction’s Agent 4.0 touring skis get a makeover with Madhappy Outdoors. The collab Faction x Madhappy Skis are different from the standard Agents, as they feature recycled materials in the base and sidewalls, a sustainably sourced wood core, and plant-based resin. To top it off, 1% of sales will be donated to 1% for the Planet. The skis come in 171cm and 179cm lengths. These cloud-like beauties retail for $800.
Sea to Summit X-Pot Kettle
A compact kettle that folds to save space? Yes, please. This kettle utilizes Sea to Summit’s proprietary heat-resistant silicone to form collapsible walls. The X-Pot Kettle ($40-50) has an anodized aluminum base, silicone walls, translucent lid, and glass-reinforced nylon handles. The kettle is BPA-free and comes in two sizes: 1.3L and 2L. Pair with the collapsible Sea to Summit X-Mug or X-Pot for a perfect packable setup.
Injinji Lightweight Running Gloves & Headband
New and perfect timing for cold-weather running are Injinji’s lightweight gloves ($24) and headband ($12). Both are soft, lightweight, and uber-reflective. We’ve been enjoying them the past few weeks, and we especially love the touch-compatible fingertips and reflective hits. The gloves come in sizes for men and women. P.S.: These would make a great stocking stuffer!
Jack Wolfskin DNA Tundra Hoody
New for winter 2021 is Jack Wolfskin’s DNA Tundra Hoody ($200), an essential puffy style revived with completely recycled materials. The DNA Tundra is windproof and water-repellent, with a ripstop outer fabric and 700-fill RDS-certified duck down. It’s 100% PFC-free, and 100% recycled (except for the zipper). It’s available in men’s and women’s sizes.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard x Spyder Googles
Similar to another athlete collab earlier this season, Spyder has partnered with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team to create a goggle perfect for cheering on our athletes on home turf — or repping them abroad. The Collab Spyder Goggles ($130) have a frameless design, a red lens, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Pro Team logo decal on the strap.