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Today in Gear: January 7, 2014

Today in gear, we find apparel for the polar vortex, an ice shovel/brush for the polar vortex, a hot tub… for the polar vortex. And much more.

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Tested: NW Alpine

There are big-name brands in the outdoor clothing market that turn out lustworthy, cutting-edge shells, baselayers and insulation pieces season after season. But every once in a while, we stumble upon a small brand doing things a little bit differently yet equally well. One of those is NW Alpine, based in that outdoor playground, Portland, Oregon. We got to test out three pieces of NW Alpine gear in the mountains this fall: the Black Spider Hoodie, the Fast/Light Pant and the Simplicity Jacket.