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Feb

3

2017

A Sneak Peek at Next Winter’s Gear

The annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show wrapped last week in Denver, Colorado. We cruised the floor to bring you these hits, available later this year.

Krimson Klover Marta Sweater

Krimson Klover Marta Sweater

Every style Colorado-based Krimson Klover makes is feminine and flattering—while using tech materials like 100 percent Merino wool. What’s cool about the Marta Sweater is that five percent of sales go to also First Descents, which offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors free outdoor adventure experiences.

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Buff Merino Lightweight, Midweight, and Heavyweight Neckwear

It must be hard to keep improving on neckwear, but Buff is doing it with eco- and sheep-friendly Merino wool blended into three weights of neck gaiter and neck warmer (the heaviest version).  Merino resists odor naturally and can be worn for weeks without washing. No more coffee breath stench in your over the mouth and nose warmer.

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Shred Ultimate Basher Helmet

Race geeks will love the Basher’s graphics, while those who value grey matter will love its flexible copolymer shell, Casidion nanotechnology impact liner, and ICEdot emergency identifier technology (overly techy things that Shred says make it brain protective and FIS-certified).

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Tecnica Mach 1 Women’s Boot

Tecnica pulled out all stops when designing this ridiculously customizable boot (above right; men’s boot on left), with a revolutionary heat moldable system in the upper cuff and a liner pre-shaped to the anatomy of the foot—including anatomically correct, asymmetrical ankle pockets. They have a 98-milimeter last, a 115 flex, and a Merino wool liner.

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Atomic Backland FR Pole 

Freeski athlete Chris Benchetler designed this lightweight, telescoping pole with a screwdriver inside the shaft. That way you can carry one less tool yet adjust your bindings on the fly.

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Smartwool Men’s Merino 250 Jogger Bottom

Who doesn’t want to go to the office in their long underwear? Smartwool makes it possible with the 250 Jogger. It looks like a pair of sweatpants—and essentially is. But they won’t stink (thanks again, Merino), they’re stylish as hell, and they have a cool rainbow waistband that reminds this reviewer at least a little of Mork’s suspenders.

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