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Sunday, November 30, 2008

It doesn't take long -- a chairlift ride, a schuss down the mountain -- to realize the importance of wearing appropriate apparel when skiing, snowboarding or simply goofing around in the snow. To keep you warm and toasty this winter, we selected 10 of this season's hottest cold-weather items, including the best glove innovation in years (see link) and the most stylish apres-ski hats. -- Nathan Borchelt

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Asylum Pants From Nau

($278; http://www.nau.com)

What: Breathable waterproof and windproof pants constructed of three-layer recycled polyester with the right bit of stretch. Because of Nau's fashion-forward aesthetic and distinct lack of garish logos or other design gimmicks, the pants easily shift from double black diamond to happy hour.

Best for . . . resort and backcountry skiing and snowboarding, followed by post-mountain cavorting.

Note: Nau's business model is based on giving back: The line boasts only

recycled and organic fabrics, and 2 percent of each sale goes to one of five eco-friendly nongovernmental organizations.

Mammut Verglas Jacket

(price to be released next year; http://www.mammut.ch)

What: The jack-of-all-trades hard-shell jacket will be one of the only pieces of apparel to feature new ColdBlack technology. Developed by Schoeller, the company that pioneered soft shells, this new fabric treatment reflects up to 80 percent of the sun's rays, offering better heat management when wearing darker fabrics.

Best for . . . spring skiing, when the warm sun turns most jackets into ovens.

Note: The jacket isn't out until spring.


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