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All-Year Gear

All-Year Gear

By Kellee Katagi
posted: 08/30/2004

The snow can't last all summer, but your gear can. These winter staples shine year-round.

Move seamlessly from snow to dirt with the adjustable LEKI AirErgo 3 poles ($100). They extend from 67 to 145 cm for easy ascents, descents and pack-stuffing. The contoured foam grip is comfortable with gloves or without.

The soft and stretchy Patagonia R.5 ($79) doubles as a winter midlayer and a summer standalone. The light, quick-drying pullover won?t keep the wet out, but it?s warmer than its weight implies.

A foot-hugging fit makes the Merrell Chameleon Stretch ($90) hiking friendly, while its slip-on style suits après-ski perfectly. Add a rugged sole with multidirectional traction and you?re set for any season.

The 50-ounce camelbak SnoBowl ($40) is equally at home on the ski lifts (it fits over or under a parka) and on the bike trails. An insulated tube and reservoir keeps liquids ice-free in winter and cool in summer.

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