The Need: A warm resort shell that’s light enough for athletic turns.

The Answer: Arc’teryx’s Titan serves up a winning combination of über-light, super-breathable, and highly waterproof Gore Pro Shell insulated with light, toasty Primaloft.

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$600; arcteryx.com

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The Need: A better camera for posting face shots on YouTube

The Answer: We attached the tiny V.I.O. POV.1 helmet cam to our lid, and started filming the best homemade tight-tree and deep-snow action-sports porn in the history of the Internet.

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$700; vio-pov.com

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The Need: Something lighter than snowshoes.

The Answer: Strap on a set of Kahtoola MicroSpikes. At just 354 grams per pair, these strapless stainless steel spikes give all the grip of a mini-crampon on the hardpack—and fit in a jacket pocket.

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$59; kahtoola.com

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The Need: Someone to tell the truth about “going green”

The Answer: James Glave’s Almost Green (Skyhorse, 2008) chronicles  the author’s mission to build an “Eco Shed.” Glave isn’t afraid to poke fun at the movement (and himself) while still trying to stay true to its principles.

$25; glave.com

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The Need: Something to do on lazy weekends.

The Answer: The tension device in Gibbon’s Slackline Kit made it easy to adjust the line between two trees and the thicker, 50mm-wide webbing was easy to walk on.

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$80; gibbonslacklines.com

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