Design Seen: Playing It Cool

1} LACROIX  The maker of winter-sports equipment and accessories has crafted a special-edition set of skis exclusively for the Cheval Blanc resort in Courchevel, France. The pair (about $6,090), which bears the resort’s initials, consists of a diamond-sharpened fiber-metal structure over a wood core. The design marries lightness, elasticity, and shock absorption in a stylish […]

FrontRunners: Downhill Record

A tiny, 12-megapixel camera and a microphone sit between the lenses of the $400 Liquid Image Summit Series HD 1080p goggles (, enabling you to shoot hi-res photos and 1080p full-HD video footage while skiing, snowboarding, snowball fighting, or even luging. Buttons on the goggles’ exterior control the camera functions, and a small LCD screen […]

FrontRunners: Cushy Boots

Designed by the Apex Sports Group, a Colorado company known for its extraordinarily comfortable ski boots, the Apex Ski Boot CF3 ( is intended specifically for more athletic skiers. The $1,495-per-pair CF3s have a full carbon-fiber chassis and heat-moldable linings, which offer a fit that is slightly narrower and firmer than those of Apex’s previous […]

Best of the Best 2011: Sportswear: Brioni

Brioni is best known for the exceptionally tailored, classically cut suits it has been making since 1945. But in the last few years, it has also become a surprisingly inventive maker of sportswear. And this year, the house has come into its own with outstanding casual pieces that express utter comfort and luxury. One of […]

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