The MARMOT White Heats ($125) raise the bar on waterproof gloves, with grippy, non-absorbent leather palms, pre-bent fingers, and hidden pockets for chemical warmers or lunch money. CLOUDVEIL's Koven Jacket ($365) is a new breed of moisture-shedding shell (made of Cloudburst Stretch SVE3) that's soft, flexible, and plenty breathable. The Gore-Tex LAFUMA ProPant ($199) has removable elastic suspenders, full-length side zippers, scuff guards on the knees, and breathable interior gaiters.
The Gothic Cardigan ($200) from ARC'TERYX fuses Italian wool and fleece in a zip-up sweater with a simple yet functional cut. Raise your glass of chianti to the relaxed fit, thick wales, and blissfully soft inside seams of the Italian-made NAPAPIJRI Ferreira corduroy pants ($116). The urbane, all-leather GRAVIS Cirque slip-on boots ($95) have aggressive tread and moisture-wicking linings.
Made of Polartec Wind Pro fleece, the MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR Ozone jacket ($125) blocks chilly gusts, is highly breathable, and resists moisture but not envious glances. Thanks to a polyester weave with a smidgen of spandex, PATAGONIA's R.5 base-layer crew ($65, in men's and women's sizes) improves wicking and insulation with elasticized comfort.
Wear this TENTH MOUNTAIN women's Lava Clasp cardigan ($158) made of soft Icelandic wooland you'll understand why Norwegian Vikings introduced sheep to Iceland in A.D. 874. The velvety, antipill fleece knit keeps the ROYAL ROBBINS Aspen skirt ($60) wrinkle-free after a schlepp in the duffel. CAMPER's knee-high leather Lola boots ($180) have convenient side zips and sturdy starburst treads.
We like the lightweight, waterproof-breathable MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR women's Recon shell ($270) for its powder skirt, helmet-friendly hood, and stitchless radio pocket. The stretchy PowerShiled fabric of the women's SIERRA DESIGN M8 jacket lets you wear it for insulation or as a primary layer. THE NORTH FACE women's Varius guide pant ($149) stands on two legs: protection (two-layer Pelmo HyVent waterproof-breathable fabric) and comfort (a formfitting Velcro waist adjustment and two generous hand pockets).