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Tahoe-Truckee shopping: Check out these 5 gear gift ideas for men

Dylan Silver | Special to the Sun
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As another winter falls from the sky — and the holiday season approaches — you may want to add a few upgrades to your equipment closet.

Whether you’re sledding, snowshoeing or snowboarding, this year’s round of gear will surely keep you warm, dry and happy on Tahoe’s chilliest days.

Check below for five holiday gear gift options for the men in your life. And click here if you missed last week’s guide for gifts for the ladies.

1. Patagonia Refugitive Jacket

When the wind is howling and the snow is piling up, you’ll want outerwear that doesn’t mess around. Patagonia’s Refugitive Jacket is made of nearly airtight, 3-layer GORE-TEX. The fabric allows heat and sweat to escape, but won’t let the cold in. Though the features are fairly minimal, it’s got everything you need for a great day in deep powder.

Available: Patagonia @ Squaw, Olympic Valley, 530-452-4455

2. Arc’teryx Procline Ski Boot

The legendary outerwear company’s first shot at ski boots looks like a winner. Made specifically for touring, the boot allows two modes: skiing and skinning. The design is tailored for serious backcountry enthusiasts, but features like an ultralight weight and a lateral moving upper cuff will undoubtedly benefit novices as well.

Available: Village Ski Loft, Incline Village, 775-831-3537

3. Buff Merino Wool

From blizzards to baking sunshine, the cylindrical accessory is a must for snow sports enthusiasts. It can be worn as a neck gaiter, hat, face guard, headband or numerous other ways. The merino version is especially cozy with natural elasticity and water resistance. Merino is odor resistant, too, great for those marathon ski weeks.

Available: Cabela’s, Verdi, 775-829-4100

4. Brooks-Range Igloo 70 cm. Folding Snow Saw

There comes a point in every snow lover’s life when he or she must build an igloo. Do not meet this moment unprepared. With the Brooks Range Mountaineering Snow Saw, you will be able to slice and dice those ice blocks into the perfect bricks. There are a lot of other uses, too: Saw your way through a cornice, cut a tunnel to the front door or go all Michelangelo on that snow pile.

Available: The Backcountry, Truckee, 530-536-5200

5. Strafe Nomad Pant

Bibs have been around for a while, but their full potential is only lately being recognized. Strafe’s contribution to the age-old snow pant is a removable stretchy nylon bib, which makes the pant perfect for the varying conditions around Lake Tahoe. There’s also lengthy inner thigh vents and hamstring vents for especially warm days or steep climbs.

Available: Willards Sport Shop, Tahoe City, 530-583-3356


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