The best of…2013 ski gear

POC Cornea NXT, Pret Effect, Rossignol Super 7, and more

POC Cornea NXT

Say hello to “the only pair of goggles you need this season.” The photochromatic lens provides great vision clarity in a huge range of conditions, “from blinding clear skies to smothering fog.” And it resists fogging too.

$240, pocsports.com

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Source: Men’s Journal

Black Diamond Carbon Compactor

These collapsible poles fold for easy stowing in a backpack when you’re snowshoeing or backcountry skiing. Made of carbon fiber, they’re “almost uncanny” in their lightness.

$160, blackdiamondequipment.com

Source: Wall Street Journal

Pret Effect

Pret helmets are oval-shaped like most heads, not round like most rival helmets. The comfort factor is high, and 32 vents provide “ample airflow.” Simply put, this is “the smartest helmet design out there.”

$160, pret-helmet.com

Source: Men’s Journal

Rossignol Super 7

No ski has ever scored higher in Outside’s annual test than the newly redesigned Super 7. Amazingly versatile, it “floats as well as any powder ski, pivots at will, and still edges powerfully in hard snow.”

$750, rossignol.com

Source: Outside

Salomon X-Pro 120

“Easy customization is the trend in alpine boots,” and no all-mountain boot makes custom fitting easier. “Virtually the entire shell and cuff” is made of a heat-moldable material that you can set in just 20 minutes.

$599, rei.com

Source: Outside

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