The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2015

No crowds, no bugs, and, if you've got the right gear, no shivering.

Molly Loomis

(Inga Hendrickson)
klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide

No crowds, no bugs, and, if you've got the right gear, no shivering.

Molly Loomis

Klymit Insulated Static V pad

Strategically placed, synthetically insulated air chambers minimize heat loss and make the most of your sleeping bag’s loft—design features that kept testers in the Northern Rockies warm all night long. $90, klymit.com

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


Outdoor Research Stormtracker gloves

Finally. Lightweight, battery-heated, soft-shell gloves that actually retain their warmth. Testers appreciated the great grip and dexterity on these minimally insulated, windproof gloves, especially for activities like ski touring and ice climbing. $235, outdoorresearch.com

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


NEMO Canon -40 sleeping bag

The warmest, most thoughtfully designed sleeping bag we’ve ever tested, NEMO’s 850-fill Canon ($1,050) is equipped with side vents that allow you to shunt heat without letting cool air in and a tubular opening that warms the air around your face (it really works). Arm zips allow you to make coffee without getting out of the bag.

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


MSR Operator D shovel

Quick to deploy, with a beefy, serrated aluminum blade for chopping into consolidated snow, the Operator D ($70) can move a lot in a hurry.

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


Mammut Alyeska Realization pants

If your ski-mountaineering objectives regularly require you to rope up or rappel down, you’ll appreciate the Realization’s ($700) built-in harness. Not having to carry and then put on an additional piece of gear saves space and time.

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


Brooks Range Invasion tent

This fast-and-light, single-wall mountaineering tent is easy to set up (even with gloves on) and rock solid considering how insanely light (3.4 pounds) it is. The caveats: floor space is tight for two people, and as with all single walls, condensation is an issue. $570, brooks-range.com

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


ABS Vario Line 45+5 pack

This avalanche-airbag pack has 50 liters of storage capacity—plenty of room for stashing overnight gear. Want to downsize for a day trip? Zip one of ABS’s four other pack bodies (8, 18, 24, and 32 liters) onto the Vario base unit ($1,080) to adjust the carrying capacity.

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


MSR Beta Snow Science saw

Our backcountry-skiing testers loved the snow-crystal grids printed on the side of the blade. Everybody was impressed with its light weight, ergonomic handle, and cutting prowess (it handled good-size trees with no problem). $50, msrgear.com

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)


JetBoil MiniMo stove

The latest JetBoil features improved simmer control and a fuel regulator that can handle arctic temps. $130, jetboil.com

klymit insulated static v pad outdoor research stormtracker g nemo canon 40 sleeping bag msr operator d shovel mammut alyeska realization pant brooks range invasion tent abs vario line 45+5 pack msr beta snow science saw jetboil minimo stove winter camping outside winter buyers guide
(Inga Hendrickson)

More Gear

Holiday Subscription Sale! Save 79% and Get a Free Gift!

Subscribe
Pinterest Icon