Gear & Gadgets Vol 47 #4

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Mountain Hardwear’s Exposure/2 Gore-Tex Pro jacket ($750) and pant ($600) are top-of-the-line gear for the most serious weather and conditions: skiing, climbing or a combo of the two. The company’s most durable, multi-featured outdoor outfit can handle Mother Nature at her worst, leaving its owner inside Gore-Tex dry. In men’s and women’s and four colour combos; the Heritage-inspired Colourway here uses eco-conscious solution dyed fabric.


Does your body need a tuneup after a tough day on the slopes? Skier’s thumb? Tennis elbow? Climber’s pump? The Wave (US$49) helps treat myofascial pain by finding specific pressure points and ultimately stimulates tissue healing. Massage your way back onhill…the small-sized recovery tool packs easily, too!


Jöttnar may be inspired by Scandinavia but the brand is indeed very British, and it’s now crossed the Atlantic with some impressive ski, climbing and outdoor threads. The shapely women’s version of the Thorsen Lightweight Down Jacket here ($450) uses the softest water-repellent, rip-stop face fabric and, inside, premium 850 Fill Power DownTek (93/7 down/feather ratio) that’s also water-repellent, free of fluorocarbons and complies with the Responsible Down Standard.


Great grip, super light (less than 30g), 95 per cent HEV protection and Ellume Polarized, the Campo by Zeal ($149) is, like your phone, oleophobic to help protect your favourite sunnies from oils. And, like most Zeals, they’re ready for your prescription, too.


Whether you’re buying another Buff in the upper lodge because you forgot yours or you’re designing a custom team order of 30 made from your favourite photo or design, your kit isn’t complete without this essential. Balaclava to bandana, Polartec Microfleece to ThermoNet, necks, heads…it’s time to freshen up your collection and be overwhelmed with Buff’s selection.


You’re well covered in the Vivid Monosuit ($829) by Tobe of Sweden. In five hot colours, plus a slightly less arresting black, the Monosuit is at home ripping waist-deep in tight trees, bashing slush bumps under the chair—or sledding to the backcountry. With reinforced seams, Cordura and Armortex Kevlar fabrics, and a host of functional design features, it’s built tough. But if you’re just not a hot enough skier for the Monosuit, Tobe’s got everything from heavy-duty outerwear to baselayers and the bag to pack it all in.

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