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.
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