An occasional look at products the travel industry insists we need.

WHAT: Silk Trails, boxers adorned with silk-screened ski trail maps.

AIMED AT: Ski bums -- literally.

HOW MUCH: Between $27 and $29 for a pair of silk boxers, featuring 11 of the country's most popular ski resorts, such as Killington, Brekenridge, Vail, Park City and Jackson Hole.

BUT DO THEY WORK? Silk Trails feel like satiny powder after a major snowfall and could pass for a knock-off He{acute}rme{grv}s -- the sporty apre{grv}s-schuss line. Reading the detailed trail map, however, could get a bit sticky, if not personal. But the bold and busy designs make for good conservation pieces before the roaring fireplace or around the hot tub. You can reminisce about that great vertical drop around your quads, or the harrowing chutes circling your waist. You can even map out your next day's adventures. We do, though, encourage skiers to pick up a backup trail map made of boring old paper, since you'll be much warmer on the slopes if you keep your shorts on.

-- Andrea Sachs

Silk Trails boxers are available through the company at 303-755-0700,