Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover

Scrunch and squeeze the Patagonia Nano Puff Pullover and it will compress inside its own chest pocket to create a grapefruit-size package that weighs less…

Karhu XCD ski gear

Karhu’s XCD line touts a “marriage of downhill and cross-country qualities,” including metal edges, Nordic builds, and a sidecut and camber capable of touring as…

Mountain Hardwear Compressor PL

Cold, harsh environments can offer great opportunities for adventure — and some of nature’s most stunning beauty. Now imagine enjoying the cold without the bulk…

Arc’teryx Covert Cardigan

The Covert Cardigan by Arc’teryx, a pricey mid-layer top, is as comfortable as putting on your favorite hoody but without the weight. Plus, it’s not…

Skiing and Snowboarding Gear 2009

In this column on gear trends in skiing and snowboarding for the ’08/’09 season, I highlight a jacket with embedded electronics, self-tinting goggles, and a…

Heidiskis

Say it with me: “3,800 Euros for a pair of skis.” That’s about $5,913 as per this week’s currency exchange. But Heidiskis, a Montreux, Switzerland,…

Spyder’s $2,000 Ski Suit

What do 2,000 clams get you from Spyder in the realm of high-end ski outerwear? How about a shell jacket with RECCO avalanche-transceiver reflectors? Included.…

Gear Review — Glacier Gloves

It’s been 25 years since Glacier Glove of Reno, Nev., started selling its line of stretchy, spongy, hand-molding gloves that have the same water-tolerating qualities…

Scarpa Spirit 4 ski boots

And the final piece of my new alpine setup is. . . the Scarpa Spirit 4. These high-performance touring boots handle demanding downhill terrain with…

Slope Style 2008

The new ski season is here — and so is the new gear. For a story in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, I polled industry buyers,…

K2 HellBent skis

The fattest of the fat in this year’s lineup from K2 is the HellBent, a deep-snow defying reverse-camber plank that touts fast planning on powder…

Volkl’s Tigershark

Turn it on. Turn it off. The new Tigershark ski from Volkl has spring-loaded carbon rods that engage off and on at the flip of…

Marker Duke Ski Bindings

Marker is touting its Duke Binding as “the first significant ski binding breakthrough in years.” A big claim for sure. But what the Duke does…

Kahtoola MICROSpikes

Yes, these are crampons. Well, sort of. Pedestrian crampons. But with 10 spikes, each one 3/8-inch long, and made of stainless steel, the Kahtoola MICROSpikes…

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