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Cloudveil Enclosure Hooded Jacket

Cloudveil Enclosure Hooded Jacket
Cloudveil Enclosure Hooded Jacket

The Enclosure’s water-resistant shell is made from recycled materials. Its PrimaLoft fill provides warmth whether it’s wet or dry and remains compressible enough to stash in your pack. Mesh panels under the arms provide good ventilation and vent your pit funk. Plus: Roomy inside pockets hold goggles and other essentials. Minus: The hood is a tight fit over a helmet.

Stuff We Like: Patagonia's Nano pullover

Stuff We Like: Patagonia's Nano pullover
Patagonia Nano pullover

We love puffy jackets. We just wish they didn’t make us feel so, well, puffy. Therein lies the brilliance of Patagonia’s new barely there Nano pullover ($150). Three ounces lighter than Patagonia’s Down Sweater—a SKI staff favorite we were sure would never be unseated—the Nano’s synthetic PrimaLoft insulation retains heat even when wet. The wind- and moisture-resistant polyester shell is 100 percent recycled material and recyclable through Patagonia’s Common Threads program.

Hot Stuff

Even in the bitter cold of January, the gear here is sure to make you a warmer human being.

Published: January 2006

MARKER M3helmet ($130)
Keep a lid on to trap all that precious head-heat. Most helmets are warmer than any hat you'll find, especially one with vent-hole plugs, like the M3.

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Sub Zero parka ($175)
650-fill down armors you for anything short of Arctic temps, without making you look like the Michelin Man. A longer cut and fleece-lined collar seal the deal.

Hestra USA Gloves 2001-02


Hestra will continue to target its gloves to specialty stores whose customers "like the best and like to be different."

It's the Little Things: Gloves


Glove manufacturers have discovered what the rest of us have long known: Layers are key. Many are moving toward glove "systems."

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