Every day, UPS and FedEx dump a mountain of gear packages in our lobby that we get to open and play with. A lot of what we see is plenty nice, but occasionally a piece stands above the rest and becomes a daily go-to, or something we’re more excited about than usual. What follows is a list of these pieces from this winter. From hats to skis to bikes, here’s what we’ve been using the most as the snow flies and temps stay cold.
Coalition Snow SOS Skis ($699)
<strong?photo:< strong="">I've tested plenty of women-specific skis that worked about as well as overcooked noodles on the steeps. That's why I'm so excited for the 15/16 line from Coalition Snow, a company making skis and snowboards for women that, in their words, "don't suck." (Sorry, boys, there are no options for you.) The SOS 173 all-mountain ski, with its full birch wood core and 105-millimeter waist, is a hard-charging quiver killer. And it's pretty to boot. —Axie Navas, senior editor, Editor Buyer’s Guides