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Ski masks have always been standard equipment for staying active through the depths of winter in the colder parts of the country. That doesn’t mean the conventional design was ideally suited for the task. The SkiBonez Mask improves on the idea in several critical ways. Its warmer thanks to a fleece layer that keeps cold out and heat in. A unique inner “skeleton” also creates a pocket in front of the wearer’s mouth that improves oxygen flow. Finally, moisture is channeled through the bottom of the mask, keeping your face dry and goggle’s fog free. In short, a brilliant upgrade that’ll leave you wondering how you ever put up with anything else. Pick one up this ski season and make the most out of your time on the mountain.
Buck Mason Oil Cloth Bomber
Just released, the Oil Cloth Bomber is a versatile layering piece cut from high-quality Japanese fabric. This simple piece features a two-way zipper, two welted pockets and ribbing along the collar, hem and cuffs. Wear it as a mid-layer under your favorite winter coat, of if you’re in a milder climate, just throw it on over a tee. — John Zientek
Leica Noctilux-M 75 mm f/1.25 ASPH
Leica’s Noctilux line of super-high-speed, super-high-quality prime lenses is the stuff of legend, despite only really having one lens in it at any given time. The first one, a 50mm f/1.2, blew the doors off of the camera world in 1966 and following iterations got the aperture down to a mind-blowing f/.95 for the most extreme subject isolation you’ll see on a 50mm lens. Now, they’ve done the same with a portrait focal length. The new 75 f/1.25 will offer even more background blur than the 50mm Noctilux while maintaining the so-called “Leica look” and extreme performance that the folks from Wetzlar are known for. The 75 f/1.25 will start shipping in 2018 for a mind-boggling $12,795. — Henry Phillips
Klipsch Heritage Headphone Amplifier
Okay, forget that this little box magically transforms mediocre digital sounds into heavenly analog ecstasy. Just look at it. Its surface-level beauty alone — weighted aluminum golden dials, machined switches, genuine walnut veneer — make this heritage-inspired amplifier deserving of any audiophile’s workstation. — Michael Finn
Kitsbow Icon V2 Flannel
Before manufacturers discovered polyester and nylon, wool was the ideal material to wear when recreating in the outdoors, and in many ways it still is. Kitsbow, the California-based maker of stylish mountain biking gear, has leveraged wool’s performance abilities in the latest iteration of its trail-worthy Icon flannel. The shirt incorporates the best of the old and the new: it’s made with wool from Pendleton Mills but also features elbow and shoulder panels constructed with Schoeller’s abrasion and water-resistant fabrics. — Tanner Bowden
High Above Lost Lake Duffel
Rugged duffles come in all shapes and sizes, but very few are designed to be minimal. High Above has reimagined the carry-all bag with the idea that less can be more — the Lost Lake Duffel is designed with a durable Phifertex mesh that may not be waterproof but is antimicrobial and packs down small when not in use. The bag comes in two sizes, features military-spec nylon webbing handles and exterior pouch-style pockets, and is currently funding as a project on Kickstarter. — Tanner Bowden
GORUCK Gym Bag
Save $26: Here’s a completely objective statement: GORUCK makes probably the toughest Cordura nylon backpacks on Earth. They are literally war-ready. GORUCK’s gym duffel is, too. The main compartment holds 38 liters of gear, plus a internal zipper pocket separates quick-access stuff, like your keys or phone. Use it for towing gym essentials, or, if you’re a true GORUCK loyalist, a few hundred pounds of military equipment. — Michael Finn
Marpac Noise White Machines
Save 30%: If you’re a light sleeper and constantly wake up in the middle of the night, there may be a simple solution. Before you go out and by a brand new mattress or expensive space-age pillow, try a Marpac Noise White Machine. — Bryan Campbell
Camp Hero Winter Escape Belt
Save 30%: Until December 4th, you can get 30% off any purchase at Camp Hero with the code CAMPHOLIDAY. Based in NYC, Camp Hero produces beaded belts, cuffs and hats that are inspired by vintage accessories. The Winter Escape belt was recently released and features a beaded winter scene stitched onto 8 ounce full-grain leather. It’s a bit Americana and a bit throwback, but perfect for the right person. — John Zientek
Miyabi Kaizen II 8″ Chef’s Knife
Save $115: Sur La Table is taking over 50% off this chef’s knife from Miyabi. It’s forged from a steel core that’s surrounded by 48 layers of damascus stainless steel giving it both a striking look and a durable edge. — Andrew Connor
Marshall Acton Bluetooth Speaker
Save $110: The Acton speaker is a Bluetooth speaker that looks like a classic Marshall amp, complete with grill, vintage control knobs and a black vinyl covering. And it works like a classic Bluetooth speaker. It normally goes for $250, but you can score a brand new model for just $120 on eBay. — Tucker Bowe
J.Crew Coats, Sweaters and More Sale
Save 30%: If you missed J.Crew’s recent holiday sale, don’t worry, you now have a second chance to save on seasonal wardrobe essentials including everything from overcoats and down jackets to pullovers and knitwear. You know, in case you need a holiday sweater that isn’t ugly. Just use the code BUNDLEUP at checkout for the discount. — Tanner Bowden
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