‘Best In Show’ Winter Gear At Outdoor Retailer (part II)

Color Your Boots — Made for kids, the packable Bodie shoe-boots from Pakems come with a set of permanent color markers. The footwear are blank slates out of the box, and each pair gets to be custom-colored by its owner for a unique look.

While a novel idea, beyond the coloring option Pakems’ footwear is a neat concept alone — they are lightweight, insulated high-tops made to be worn after a day of skiing or other activity. The uppers pack down, and the footwear fits in a small bag when not in use. ($45; available now at www.pakems.com)

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.