HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER
1. Nau Urbane Jacket
Mountaineering shells often look too garish for city streets, but the Urbane Jacket marries weatherproof performance with urban cool. A protective (removable) hood and high collar seals out rain and wind during epic bus-stop sessions, the waterproof/breathable membrane keeps the interior from steaming up while walking, and the stretchy polyester shell is 100 percent recycled. $275
2. Patagonia Women’s PowSlayer Bibs
Get your powder diva the best: These top-rated pants manage to deliver ultimate weather protection and low-bulk comfort. The articulated seaming offers outstanding freedom of movement while skiing and hiking, the high waist feels super-comfy beneath a backpack, and three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric offers enough durability for 100-day seasons. $599
3. DaKine Tundra Mitt 16w
These down-filled mitts look cute while also delivering the performance cred required for bona fide powder missions. The blend of goose plumes and Primaloft keeps digits cozy in the coldest temperatures, the reinforced leather palm stands up to sharp ski edges, and Gore-Tex-backed fabric stays waterproof even in puking storms. $120
4. National Geographic Mediterranean Camera Bag
Got a globe-trotting shutterbug on your list? Get her one of the Mediterranean camera bags, which look like stylish travel totes but carry a DSLR (and other travel essentials) safely and comfortably. National Geographic’s partnership with Manfrotto camera equipment makes these bags as functional as pro models—just a lot less utilitarian-looking. $39-$97
5. Hillary Day Origami Coat
Nothing about this stylish topper looks technical—which is why the Origami is such a coup. It’s made of Schoeller’s wool-like Switzerland fabric, featuring a NanoSphere fabric treatment (to repel water and dirt) and a c_change membrane that’s smarter than your average waterproof/breathable technology: Reacting to variations in temperature and humidity, c_change cells can open to release sweat, or close to seal in body heat. That means the Origami always feels as good as it looks. $595
6. Lange XT 110 W LV
With a name that seems fitting for Formula 1, this ski boot aced our tests by helping true experts reach their potential. Whereas some women’s boots feel too soft for effective energy transfer, the XT 110 W LV skis like a race boot—only warmer, and more comfortable. The Thinsulate liner keeps toes cozy on frigid days, a slightly rockered sole makes striding easier, and a walk mode delivers enough range of motion for short backcountry tours. $750
7. Armada VJJ 2.0
Get your gal ready for massive El Niño dumps with the floaty VJJ 2.0. Its lightweight wood core and fiberglass construction (no metal) makes it lively and playful, with a forgiving swing weight that facilitates effortless turns on demand. The rockered tip and tail surfs above everything from powder to crud. $700
8. Scarpa Women’s Freedom SL
Get her the Freedom, and get ready to hear whoops of delight on the downhills. This top-rated touring boot isn’t the raciest option out there, but the carbon-fiber core and Pebax shell make it light enough for big climbs—and it rocks the descents with category-leading power transfer. More good news: Thanks to an unusually broad size range, it fits gals both small and tall. $779
9. Bogs Bobby Tall
Some girly-girl boots are ruined by cold, wet conditions--but not the waterproof Bobby Tall, which is destined to become part of her daily uniform this winter. Its full-grain leather and suede is specially-treated to endure soggy rain and snow, and the lugged soles (made of sticky gum rubber) provide sure-footed traction on slick sidewalks. $190
10. Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest 2.0
It may be named for a man (ultrarunner Peter Bakwin), but this hydration vest fits women so well, it won our Best in Class Award. Credit the broad size range and customizeable sternum and side straps that let even big-bosomed runners enjoy the convenience of a dual-bottle design. Despite the pack’s compact profile, it ably carries an astonishing quantity of gear, making it ideal for long-range forays. $160
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