GET IT IN GEAR
By Jim Witty
For The Observer
Ah, new gear.
It's shiny and high-tech and it even smells good.
This selection of highly desirable outdoor stuff was never on your grandparents' Christmas list.
It's new and improved and takes performance, safety and comfort to a new level.
Whether you're a hard core backcountry buff or a recreational dabbler, the right gear is essential
MSR BASIC DENALI SNOWSHOES
The MSR Denali is a non-traditional, all plastic, light weight snowshoe. Exceptionally durable, it's favored by many search and rescue team members. Suggested retail is $130.
MSR DENALI EVO ASCENT
The MSR Denali Evo features the same traction and design as the other Denalis in the line but is a souped-up, high-performance version. It comes equipped with a more aggressive crampon to increase traction, a form-fitting binding and an optional tail for increased flotation. Suggested retail is $170.
K2 T:NINE PHAT LUV FOR WOMEN
Designed for women and big mountains, the new Phat Luv alpine skis combine MOD technology and 90mm underfoot to provide a smooth ride down even the steepest back country pitch. A 14mm sidecut allows for plenty of performance in bounds. It's an extremely versatile powder board made exclusively for women. Suggested retail is $675.
BURTON CUSTOM X SNOWBOARD
Nice. This is the top-line Custom with a few twists. It features non-corroding stainless steel edges, highly engineered Dual Warp Lite Triax fiberglass and a Dragonfly core. This all-terrain board is engineered with top-notch materials for riders who want a quality all-around board. Suggested retail is $559.95.
FRITSCHI FREE RIDE ALPINE
TOURING BINDING AND GARMONT MEGA-RIDE BOOT
The binding gives you the ability to ski aggressively downhill as well as tour because the boot heel releases. Suggested retail is $289.
At 7 pounds, The Mega-Ride alpine touring boot is the lightest weight four-buckle boot on the market. Suggested retail is $529.
DYNA FIT TRI STEP ALPINE TOURING BINDING
At two pounds, the Tri-step is super light weight. Great for downhill and touring alike. Suggested retail is $300.
LANGE COMP 120 FREERIDE ALPINE BOOT
This high-performance boot is designed for the all-mountain skier. It features a cushioned heel and padded tongue. Suggested retail is $599.
PATAGONIA WOMEN'S PRIMO PANTS
Perfect for endless-winter junkies. The pants come with removable suspenders, full-featured gaiters, a locking snap-on front closure and zippered handwarmer pockets. Proportioned for women. Suggested retail is $299.
PATAGONIA WOMEN'S DIMENSION JACKET
Changes this year include an offset front zipper that won't bunch up under layering, torso pockets that stay open when you need to ventilate and hood.hem drawcords that adjust from the inside front pocket. The hood is helmet-compatible. Suggested retail is $240.
SMITH FUSE GOGGLE
These helmet-compatible goggles feature an adjustable lens ventilation system and a flash mirror coat that helps reduce snow glare. Great for sunny days on the slopes. Suggested retail is $85.
K2 WOMEN'S ULTRA HELMET
Protect your noggin. Floral design. Suggested retail is $125.
PATAGONIA CAPILENE FOR MEN
The nation's No. 1 base layer for a decade, Capilene wicks moisture away from the body. Suggested retail is $38 to $45.
PATAGONIA STRETCH CAPILENE FOR WOMEN
Designed for women, it provides extra support and a contoured fit. Suggested retail is $48 to $60.
K2 5 SPEED ALPINE POLE
The 5 Speed is a composite, lightweight and durable for downhill skiing. Suggested retail is $75.