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Suit Up: 9 Snow Gear Essentials

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Warm, rugged outerwear and well-designed snow gear gives any chilly winter expedition a sure footing

By Dina Mishev

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Take a Hike

If you agree Chaco does summer sandals better than anyone, check out its weatherproof hiking boots. The women’s Fields boot looks great, with a leather upper and brass hardware, and handles snowy trails with ease, thanks to its rugged sole. $190, chacos.com

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White Sight

The limited edition CL Companion Polaris binocs from Swarovski Optik are specifically designed for snowy landscapes: Expect details, colors and wildlife to be crisper and clearer with a 372-foot field of view and 8x magnification. From $1,388, swarovskioptik.com

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Warm & Woolly

Based in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, VOORMI is the first company to use merino wool on the exterior of waterproof, technical outerwear. The AN/FO jacket and pants are as rugged and weatherproof as they are stretchy and soft. From $499, voormi.com

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Helping Hand

Known for great products at a good value, Seirus has done it again with the SolarSphere Brink Glove. Stuffed with an animal-friendly alternative to down, it absorbs heat from the sun to naturally warm up by 10 degrees. They’re also waterproof, breath-able and touch-screen capable. $50, seirus.com

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Watch Your Step

Garmin’s Fēnix 3 is the only wristwatch with navigator GPS and ABD (altimeter, barometer, compass) and the capability to track ski runs. Its ski/board mode measures speed, vertical drop, distance and number of runs. $550, garmin.com

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A Puffy Without the Poof

The Wool Aire Hoody (Wool Aire Jacket for men) has the warmth of a traditional down puffy, without the bulk. Ibex’s patented Wool Aire insulation — made from lightweight wool — keeps the jacket slim and cozy. $275, ibex.com

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Blaze Your Own Trail

The Fischer Outback 68 ski fits in groomed classic tracks, but with its early rise tip, steel edges, lightweight wood core, and Offtrack Crown climbing technology, it’s happiest when adventuring off-trail. $269, fischersports.com

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Shoe Shine

Whether conditions are powder or ice, reach for Crescent Moon’s Gold 9 snowshoes. Stainless steel crampons combine with climbing toe claws under the ball of each foot for extreme traction. Hypalon bindings ensure the straps will never freeze or loosen. $269, crescentmoonsnowshoes.com

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Pole Position

The ultralight aircraft-grade aluminum shafts of MSR Flight 3 poles are nice, but it’s the freeze-resistant, no-slip locking mechanism, hydrophobic foam grips and pack-friendly collapsibility that make them our fave for snowshoeing. $130, cascadedesigns.com

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