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Five pieces of outdoor gear to chase away the winter blues

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger featuring a built-in charging cable.

The Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger featuring a built-in charging cable.

From keeping your smartphone charged to staying warm on an outdoor jaunt, these items will help make the most out of the season

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting the return of a real bone-rattling, old-fashioned winter this year. Embrace it. Whether you plan to hit the trail, shred the slopes or go for a jaunt on the wild West Coast, stay active and fit in the months ahead by outfitting yourself with the latest outdoor gear.

Here are five items you will not want to leave behind:

Breathe easy on that run

Featuring chafe-resistant seams and ‘anti-stink technology,’ Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech Thermal Tight is a good reason to do away with cotton this season.

Featuring chafe-resistant seams and ‘anti-stink technology,’ Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech Thermal Tight is a good reason to do away with cotton this season.

Your cotton is out, the Lululemon Metal Vent Tech Thermal Tight is in. That’s one big name for a simple necessity: warmth. Your legs will like the all-day comfort from chafe-resistant seams and your friends will appreciate the “anti-stink technology.” $88; lululemon.com

Rev up and share those micromoments

Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger.

Goal Zero Venture 30 is an weather-proof, easy-to-use smartphone recharger.

When it’s cold, you know what happens to your smartphone. So don’t let the “dead phone” blues stop you from sharing the magic of capturing your first powder turn. Go ahead and share it with the Goal Zero Venture 30, which packs the power you need to keep your device happy. This is an easy-to-use recharger, so there’s no need to carry cords with the built-in charging cable. It’s weatherproof, too. $132; mec.ca

Winter traction

Scarpa’s new Proton GTX footwear features grips designed to prevent users from slipping during a winter jog.

Scarpa’s new Proton GTX footwear features grips designed to prevent users from slipping during a winter jog.

Don’t let the snowy trails stop you from getting out for a fresh and frosty run. Scarpa, a company better known in climbing circles, understands the need for shoes that grip, which is essential for a snowy run. The new Proton GTX will not only keep you on the trail but, with full Gore-Tex liners, your feet will stay dry, too. $169 (U.S.); scarpa.com

Make every day Saturday

Outdoor Research’s Skyward jacket features AscentShell technology, which lets users’ sweat out to better ensure they don’t get cold.

Outdoor Research’s Skyward jacket features AscentShell technology, which lets users’ sweat out to better ensure they don’t get cold.

The wrath of winter storms should not keep you from chasing powder. Outdoor Research’s Skyward jacket can take anything Mother Nature will throw at you. Not only will it keep you warm on the descent, this jacket will also keep you cozy on the lift ride up. The new AscentShell technology will let all the sweat out so you don’t get cold. $450; outdoorresearch.com

Get wet and smile

The Hitcase Pro is 100-per-cent waterproof and drop-proof.

The Hitcase Pro is 100-per-cent waterproof and drop-proof.

A deep snow bank or torrential downpour won’t stop you from catching that shot on your iPhone with the Hitcase Pro, the only case to have when you are inside nature’s washing machine. It’s 100-per-cent waterproof and drop-proof, letting you fearlessly share your life with the world. $99.99; hitcase.com

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