Don’t hibernate, activate. Stay motivated and readied to give Jack Frost a beat down with this knock-out assembly of cold-weather gear.
There’s a whole lotta tech packed into this glowing, Reese’s-sized puck. The Trace Snow action sports tracker, $200, has a 9-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) and GPS that accurately tracks ski session details like speed, distance, jumps and airtime; provides detailed map overlays; and uploads to other Tracker users and creates profile information. It can even auto-edit GoPro footage and make cuts of the best runs complete with on-screen displays of vital stats. Just stick it and go! traceup.com. Cut fresh tracks with the Tecnica Cochise Light Pro ski boot, $900. The company put its downhill-dominating Cochise Pro on a diet and cut the weight to create this backcountry-bomber. The Triax 2.0 material is lighter and less stiff than traditional polyurethane. And the patented Mobility Cuff allows the upper shell to rotate 23 degrees for hiking with clips still closed. tecnicausa.com.
Plow through snow-powdered ter- rain like the Abominable Snowman with TSL Outdoor Symbioz Elite snowshoes, $290. This French company is literally putting a whole new twist on snowshoeing. The upturned Hyperflex deck conforms to terrain, unlike traditional, stiff metal-framed shoes and employs carbon inserts for responsiveness. It also has an Easy Ascent heel-lift mechanism that’s pole activated for unencumbered mountain climbs. Named 2014’s Editors’ Choice by Backpacker magazine. llbean.com A yeti don’t need trekking poles, but us humans do. These are the best around. Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Poles, $160, are lightweight, carbon fiber sticks ready to tackle four seasons of adventure. The collapsible, three-piece construction with FlickLock closures are easily operated, gloves on or off. And the natural cork grips offer comfy ergonomics, fit for man or mythological beast. blackdiamondequipment.com.
After hitting the slopes, relaxing in comfort is key. So is style. Rest barking dogs inside Lowa Glasgow GTX boots, $250, and achieve both. The fleecy GORE-TEX Partelana liner keeps feet toasty and waterproof. A sneaker-like sole not only looks stylish when indoors, but also has enough lugs to grip icy stairs and parking lots when possibly stumbling home later. lowaboots.com Sometimes the post-slope festivities are on the move or impromptu tailgates. Stay prepared with Stanley Classic Vacuum Growler. It’ll keep 64oz of craft brew cold for 24 hours, or hot coffee (or, say, a big batch of hot toddies) steamy for up to 18 hours. But by that time you should already be looking for refills. Bonus points go to the easy, one-hand pouring flip-top lid that releases a satisfying pop! when opened. And the Hammertone Green body is a looker no matter where it’s laid. stanley-pmi.com