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Winter Camping Essentials

Winter is clearly the season for camping, so check out these 10 great essentials and make no excuses.

Molly Loomis
(Inga Hendrickson)
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Winter is clearly the season for camping, so check out these 10 great essentials and make no excuses.

Molly Loomis

Mountain Hardwear Phantom Jacket

Water-resistant, 850-fill down in Mountain Hardwear’s Phantom jacket ($350) means less worrying about moisture. We also liked the hot-water-bottle-size pockets, the layering-friendly fit, and the fact that it stuffs into its own pocket.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ice Pack

Made from sailcloth and weighing just 2.3 pounds, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s Ice pack ($325) excels where most flyweights fail: it’s durable and comfortable when loaded.

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BioLite CampStove

At two pounds, the BioLite CampStove ($130) is heavy, but because it burns twigs there's no need to carry gas. Bonus: the stove’s heat converter can charge gadgets via a USB port. Add the portable grill accessory (shown; $60) and you can cook brats, too.

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Uco Arka

The multitasking Uco Arka ($70) lights up the night as either a flashlight or a lantern, and it has a built-in USB charger to juice your other gadgets.

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm Inflatable Pad

Four layers of reflective material form the core of the lightweight Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XTherm inflatable pad ($190). It weighs just 15 ounces and provides a superbly effective insulating barrier between you and the cold ground. The downside: it’s crinkly and a bit delicate.

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Big Agnes Crosho SL Sleeping Bag

The minus-20 Big Agnes Crosho SL sleeping bag ($500) has a roomy cut, a cozy draft yoke, water-repellant down, and vertical baffles that distribute heat more effectively than horizontal designs.

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Northern Sled Works Siglin Skijoring Pulk

Made of lightweight polyethylene and weighing under five pounds, Northern Sled Works’ Siglin Skijoring pulk ($205) comes with built-in tracking rails and lashing that can adjust the angle of pull. It works much better than a kiddie sled.

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Astis Kibo Gloves

With silicone-injected suede leather, thick Polartec fleece lining, and Cree Indian-inspired beadwork, the Astis Kibo gloves ($165) look and perform great.

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Patagonia Das Pants

Patagonia’s Das pants ($249) are constructed with quick-drying PrimaLoft insulation and kept us toasty on a frigid evening in the Tetons. Full-length side zips make for quick venting.

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Sierra Designs ASAP Bivy and Tarp

Sierra Designs' ASAP bivy and tarp ($260) are ideal for fast-and-light solo missions. Use the bivy sack year-round and bring the tarp in winter for ample cooking and hangout space.

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