The outdoor gear website GearInstitute picked the Black Diamond as its “Best of Class” in ski backpacks for 2013-14. The price may be weighty ($270), but the pack is light (3 pounds, 7 ounces) for what you get. The AvaLung technology helps you breathe in an avalanche emergency. There are compartments to store your helmet and also ski carry straps. It’s compressible, as well.
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For the business traveler who has everything – or at least, several expensive watches – comes a “buttery” leather watch roll with a buckle to keep your precious timepieces safe. The interior comes in “old gold suede.” This, apparently, is a must-have for those who travel first-class because we can’t have our Rolexes rattling around in our carry-on bags now, can we?
Travel writer Anita Isalska writes about the “etiquette minefield” of going on vacation with the in-laws. Among the tips: “Never make assumptions about who will pay for what. The in-laws might own an island, but that doesn’t mean they want to pick up your cocktail tab.”
“You start going downhill when you stop taking risks.” — Laird Hamilton, pro surfer, in Outside magazine
— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org