Winter Camping Gear Essentials

It’s a winter wonderland. Get out there and enjoy it.

Nov 18, 2008
Outside
Outside Magazine
Winter Camping Gear

Winter Camping Gear

1. BCA COMPANION SHOVEL
This basic shovel strikes the perfect balance—light enough not to be a burden but sturdy enough for efficient cave building or avalanche rescue. $50; backcountryaccess.com

2. GRANITE GEAR PULK SLED
Be the husky. Winter slogging with a heavy pack is a cinch with this classic 17-pound, torso-harnessed sled. $600; granitegear.com

3. BIG AGNES TWO TRACK
This self-inflating, two-inch-thick pad is insulated enough to replace closed-cell foam on sub-zero excursions. $83; 2.1 lbs, 20"x72"x2"; bigagnes.com

4. RAB SUPER LIGHT BIVY
The waterproof-breathable eVent upper handles condensation, so you don't soak your down sleeping bag from within, while the waterproof bottom keeps out the melt from your snow cave. $240; 1 lb; rab.uk.com

5. BIG AGNES HAHNS PEAK SL-20
On a zero-degree night above treeline, I slept warm and well in this 800-fill-down cocoon, which trims weight by using lightweight shell materials on the bottom. $500; 2.9 lbs black

6. DIAMOND STORMTRACK
Spacious enough for two, plus packs, this 6.5-pound, double-walled bunker has two doors and vestibules and sets up easily, even in the wind. $500; bdel.com

7. THE NORTH FACE PRISM OPTIMUS
With its low weight, small pack-down size, and a stowable PrimaLoft hood, this down zero-degree jacket is our new backcountry go-to. $299; 1.7 lbs; thenorthface.com

8. CLOUDVEIL DOWN PATROL MITT
Inside this cozy wind-blocking mitten is a fingered glove liner for added warmth. $95; cloudveil.com

9. BIG AGNES MILNER MALL RECYCLED CAMP BOOTY
The abrasion-resistant and recycled sole makes for more comfortable footing on mixed snow and dirt, while PrimaLoft eco-insulation keeps boot-weary feet toasty. $45

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