Mountain Life Gift Guide: ML Partners and Staff Pick their Winter Gear Favourites

Introducing our 2020 Mountain Life Gift Guide! Here are some last-minute shopping ideas for that #mountainlifer in your circle. You can find all of our Local Picks in the latest issues of Coast Mountains (B.C.), Blue Mountains (Ontario) and Vie en montagne (Quebec).

Staff Pick: Lynx OGT Cat-Eye 2.0 $112

Photo: Lynx OGT

This is an amazing headlamp for the backcountry enthusiast who appreciates weight and space saving, long battery life and simplicity. –Feet Banks, Editor, Mountain Life–Coast Mountains.

Staff Pick: Maloja HagarM. Women’s Jacket $315

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“Multi-functional meets technical. Combining performance and style, the HagarM. jacket is warm and lightweight, breathable and protective. The jacket folds into its own storage pocket so you can easily pack it wherever your next adventure takes you. Wear it fall camping, under a shell, or when you reach the summit after a long skin up… go your own way and see where it leads you.” —Susan Butler, Managing Editor, Below Zero by Mountain Life.

Staff Pick: Selk’bag Original 6G – $169.99


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“Get cold while camping? Netflix and chill too chilly? This wearable sleeping bag has got you covered. The Selk’bag offers maximum mobility, warmth, and comfort for any activity. With hand enclosures and removable booties, you can adapt between active and sleep mode, and the vents and pockets enable you to wander without worry. No more dreading getting out of bed, this thing will keep you cozy while you start that morning coffee, whether it’s alfresco or not!” –Todd Lawson, ML Publisher & Photo Editor.

YETI LoadOut GoBox 30 $249.99

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“Keep your gear in good shape with this tough-as-nails, go anywhere cargo box that’s built to stand up to the demands of the outdoors. Waterproof, dustproof, stackable, and built to be nearly indestructible, the ultra-portable GoBox can endure seasons in the sun, negative temps in the field, and the daily abuse of a full-on Coast Mountain winter.” —Mike, Squamish Source for Sports, 604.567.7716 

Intuition Dreamliner Ski Boot Liner $247.50

Photo: Intuition

“The everything liner, not too soft, not too stiff and fits most boots. Dreamliners are performance liners with soft lining for extra comfort, a roomier toe box and removable insoles if you need more space for wide feet, a high instep or footbeds. Available in three thicknesses.” —Emily, Intuition Vancouver, 604.879.9231

RMU YLE 110 Ski $899

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“The YLE 110 is a perfect balance of play and drive. Built for those days when you may encounter some variable snow, a bit of pow, a few laps cutting up the groomers, and perhaps even a lap through the park at the end of the day.” —Wiley, RMU Outdoors, Blackcomb Base, 604.938.1159

Editor’s Pick: Olive Domanski Snowboard $680

Photo: Olive Skateboards

“This is a kick-ass board from a Canadian company with over 25 years’ experience featuring a topsheet photo of a local legend hitting the Whistler Mountain cliff named after him. It’s an all-mountain ripper, tapered for float but I’m pretty sure if you’re truly stoked on and inspired by and in love with the board under your feet, that will probably do more for your riding than all the technical specs in the world. Good enough for Matt Domanski, good enough for me.” —Feet Banks, Editor, Mountain Life–Coast Mountains.

Arc’teryx Incendia Women’s One-Piece $1300


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“From two legendary female designers, the new Incendia capsule brings uncompromised style and performance to the world of women’s skiing and snowboarding. The one-piece was inspired by the value of feeling phenomenal without forfeiting world-class technical performance. Fully featured 3L GORE-TEX and clever female-focused design details—like thigh vents that double as a quick release system for easy bathroom breaks—make this the ultimate uniform to send.” —Julia, Arc’teryx Store, Whistler Marketplace. 604.962.9272

Staff Pick: Helly Hansen Elevation Infinity Shell $900


Photo: Helly Hansen


Taking design inspiration from the best-selling Elevation Shell and incorporating the new chemical-free waterproof/breathable LIFA Infinity Pro Technology, this shell jacket features a longer freeride fit and a host of thoughtful features that emphasize comfort and safety while skiing/snowboarding on or off-piste. —Ned Morgan, Editor, Mountain Life–Blue Mountains. Helly Hansen Canada, 800.729.0322

Prior Northwest 110 Ski $1049


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“The perfect everyday freeride ski for B.C., whether you’re charging cliffs or throwing down in the black park. A versatile waist width combined with a progressive flex profile allows the NW to rip a turn, float in the powder and remain playful in all conditions. Perfect for skiers looking to take their tricks to natural terrain and all over the mountain, take your pick from 100mm or 110mm underfoot.” —Ben, Prior Snowboards & Skis, Function Junction, Whistler, 604.935.1923

RAB Khroma GTX Jacket $600


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“Rugged protection and breathability are paramount, but the Khroma GTX is also made of 100 per cent recycled face fabric using two types of GORE-TEX® Pro and features a fixed powder skirt and fully adjustable snow cuffs. This is a fully-featured, ultimate protection beast of a jacket built for years of pow-chasing at a price that can’t be beaten.” —Toby, Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Squamish, 604.892.9092

Plum Oazo 8 Bindings $629

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“A durable and lightweight touring binding, the Oazo 8 weighs in at a featherlight 200 grams yet maintains a mostly metal construction with a four-screw heel that allows for greater distribution of force on your ski. The vertical release value of eight is very versatile and the heel-generated lateral release adjusts from four to ten, making this binding as adaptable as it is light and dependable. Sounds like a backcountry buddy!” —James, Escape Route, Whistler 604.938.3228, Squamish 604.962.3228

The MacAusland Blanket $205


Photo: MacAusland’s Woolen Mills


“Handcrafting blankets from raw, Atlantic wool on Prince Edward Island, MacAusland’s Woolen Mills is a family business built on the traditional values of quality craftsmanship, beauty and durability. Made from 100 per cent virgin wool, this blanket comes in a variety of colours and is a staple piece in cozy cabins everywhere.” —Chelsea, Camp Lifestyle + Coffee Co, Function Junction, Whistler, 604.932.0123