Winter is a great time to gear up and get up for some cold weather hiking and snowshoeing adventure. The bugs are gone and so are the crowds, leaving the mountains and the hills to those who can’t live without their weekly dose of sun and snow. There’s no denying that winter gear costs a lot but it also lasts for many years and can be a good value if you use it. I own and have used many of the items list below. The rest is gear I want a special *someone* (hint) to buy me for the holidays!
1. Julbo Vermont Classic Glacier Sunglasses
Julbo Vermont Classic Glacier Sunglasses block 100% of UV rays and 95% of visible light protecting your eyes from the snow’s glare. Moldable ear temples offer a customized fit. A leather nose piece and vented side shields block peripheral light and can be removed as needed. Multiple colors are available.
2. Black Diamond Beta Light
3. Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack
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4. NEMO Sonic 0 Sleeping Bag
The NEMO Sonic 0 degree down sleeping bag is a spacious cold weather sleeping bag that can be comfortably used by back or side sleepers. Tricked out with top of the line features such as a taped zipper, zipper draft tubes, and large draft collar, the Sonic 0 has innovative Thermo-Gills that let you adjust the warmth of the bag without cracking open the zipper and introducing cold drafts. The Sonic 0 is also available in a -20 degree version.
5. Lowa Mountain Alpine Expert GTX Boots
The lightweight, waterproof Lowa Alpine Expert GTX mountaineering boots are ideal for use with step-in crampons on backpacking trips above treeline and for mixed climbing on rock and snow. Available for MEN and WOMEN, these boots are insulated (rare in leather mountaineering boots) with 400g of Primaloft with Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membranes. The soles are also replaceable for long life.
6. Outdoor Research Mt Baker Modular Mitts
The Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mitts, with removable PrimaLoft One liner gloves, provide high warmth and storm protection in cold, damp climates. GORE-TEX 3-layer laminated nylon shells offer waterproof, breathable protection with long gauntlets; synthetic-leather palms add durability and good grip. PrimaLoft One liner gloves have a high warmth-to-weight ratio and continue to insulate when wet; when it warms up or you need better dexterity, they can be worn alone. The liners also have heat pack pockets on the backs.
7. MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove
8. MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes
9. CAMP USA Corsa Ice Axe
Quite possibly the lightest ice ax in the world, the CAMP USA Corsa excels at ski mountaineering, adventure racing, and low-angle glacier travel. Built from 7075-series aluminum for dependable service and minimum weight, Corsa is hardly noticeable when packed. A hot-forged, aluminum head delivers a solid bite, and the rear adze adds chopping power. Read the SectionHiker Review.
10. Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra
The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra is a necessity for added traction when you’re out hiking on local trails or deep in the backcountry. Their heat-treated carbon steel spikes are strong and durable providing years of use. The elastomer harness ensures compatibility with most shoes and boots and make the Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras easy to get on and off.
11. Patagonia Nano Puff Vest
12. Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters
Outdoor Research’s Crocodile Gaiters are hands down the most popular winter gaiters available today and with good reason, because they are nearly indestructible. and tough as nails for winter hiking and snowshoeing. Their waterproof/breathable Gore-tex uppers will keep your legs dry and warm when plowing through snowdrifts and down winter trails. Heavy-duty velcro front closures provide a secure and adjustable fit while hooks at the bottom assure compatibility with many kinds of boots. Read the SectionHiker Review.
13. The North Face Etip Insulated Gloves
Check your GPS and navigation apps without compromising warmth in The North Face Etip gloves. They offer full finger and palm touch-screen conductivity. Four-way stretch fleece gives you full range of motion while pre-curved fingers improve warmth and blood flow to your fingers by mirroring the natural relaxed curve of the hand. You also can’t go wrong by giving someone fleece gloves. They’re the swiss army knife of winter hiking.
14. Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles
Black Diamond’s Trail Back 3-section poles provide patented FlickLock adjustability with zero-slip security. Simply flick the lock open, set the length and flick the lock closed—a quick, tight, and easily accomplished task, even while wearing winter gloves. Includes low-profile baskets for general use and powder baskets for use in the snow. You can’t use trekking poles in snow without powder baskets. They’re an important element of your snowshoeing flotation system.
15. Reversible Polar Buff
The Polar Buff can be worn as a neckliner, helmet liner, balaclava, mask, scarf, hood or hat to give you warmth where you need it when you need it. One side is covered with an original Buff while the other is covered with a layer of Polartec fleece to help minimize heat loss. Super warm and comfortable, the value of this item is its versatility in winter conditions.
16. NEMO Switchback Folding Foam Sleeping Pad
17. Nitecore NU 32 Headlamp
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18. Darn Tough Mountaineering Socks
19. Brynje Wool Thermo Mesh “Fishnet” Long Underwear
20. Backcountry Access B1 EXT-1 Bomber Avalanche Shovel
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