When your gear is intuitive and well-engineered, it’s easier to focus on your game—whether that’s going fast, nailing tight turns, or landing tricks. By strategically placing aluminum alloy cutouts in places where the ski needs the extra support—like underfoot and along sides and ends—the Völkl Mantra bends easily into turns, and the carbon-fiber tips feel buttery on straight runs with a solid hold on icy patches. But even with the best skis, a run can be sabotaged by poor visibility. Pro tip: Instead of swapping lenses as conditions change, the Spy Ace EC goggle [$275; spyoptic.com] makes adapting push-button easy. A battery pack instantly charges a filament sandwiched in the lens, switching tints seamlessly to maximize low light, mixed light, and those bluebird days.
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