Ice Climbing Gear Essentials

The key to staying warm and stuck to the ice? The right stuff.

Ice Climbing Gear

Ice Climbing Gear    Photo: Shana Novak

1. PATAGONIA STRETCH ELEMENT LOW BIBS
Finally, a pant that really does have it all: waterproof and stretchy fabric with full side zips, two hip pockets that sit above your harness, an easy-access thigh pocket, and built-in gaiters. $400; patagonia.com

2. MILLET PEUTEREY PACK
The Peuterey has a front-mounted crampon pocket, side ski loops, and lash points that hook newfangled ice-tool heads. $180; 40 or 50 liters; milletusa.com

3. BLACK DIAMOND ENFORCER GLOVE
Thanks to D30, a flexible, Silly­ Putty–like substance that hardens on impact, the Enforcer protects your knuckles. $170; bdel.com

4. MAMMUT STRATUS HYBRID JACKET
The hybrid Stratus has a non-bulky insulated core, soft-shell arms, and shoulders that keep you warm while leaving you with full range of motion. $239; mammut.ch

5. PETZL ALTIOS HELMET
The Altios has nine vents and an inner mesh hammock that keeps the shell off your head, for great air circulation. Included plugs block the vents on cold days. $80; petzl.com

6. KAYLAND M11+
At about four pounds per pair, this ultralight boot conforms to your foot for precision placement on ice or mixed routes. Asymmetrical dual-zone lacing means it won't loosen up when you're high-stepping, and the built-in Schoeller gaiter combats deep snow. $400; kaylandusa.com

7. BLACK DIAMOND CYBORG CLIP CRAMPONS WITH ABS
BD swapped out the Cyborg's toe wires for hard plastic loops, included anti-balling plates, and added a knob on the heel bale for a quick fit. Aggressive secondary points dig into vertical walls, and underfoot points deliver great agility. $200

Winter Running Gear Essentials

Cold weather is no excuse to stop running

Winter Running Gear
Winter Running Gear   Photo: Shana Novak

1. PEARL IZUMI ALPINE ELITE
In colder temps, this jacket's soft-shell arms and chest shield you, while the pit zips and lighter polyester in the back dump surplus heat. $150; pearlizumi.com

2. ADIDAS ADISTAR GORE-TEX HALF-ZIP
Cold, blasting wind? Slip into this fitted base layer, which features Windstopper fabric up front and in the arms, as well as elastic, breathable polyester everywhere else. $99; shopadidas.com

3. KOMBI TAIFUN GLOVE
These cut the chill with Windstopper, plus they're trimmed with reflective piping. $32; kombiltd.com

4. PATAGONIA TRAVERSE
For cooler, faster runs, Patagonia's stretchy Traverse jacket is breathable, light, and slim-fitting—i.e., perfect. $100; patagonia.com

5. SUGOI FIREWALL 220 VEST
Sleeves are furnaces. For mildly chilly days, wrap your core in this vest, which fits like a soft-shell hug. $150; sugoi.com

6. SAUCONY PLAID BEANIE
The loose knit lets steam escape, but the velvety, stretchy internal headband keeps this stylish cap cozy. $25; saucony.com

7. BROOKS AIRPLEX STRETCH PANT
Tights not your thing? These pants are supple and light, with good wind protection in a slim-fitting but more modest cut. $65; brooksrunning.com

8. ASICS GEL-TRABUCO 11
On wet roads, the Gore-Tex liner in the cushy Gel-Trabuco keeps your feet dry and warm, and the trail-running outsole grips well in slush. $100; asics.com

9.SAUCONY OMNI LX TIGHT
If it's form-fitting, it should fit great. These tights have the smoothest feel and our favorite cut of the year. $65

10. SUGOI R&R SOCK
Winter is the only time of year you should run in full-length socks. These keep your calves nice and warm. $30

Nordic Skiing Gear Essentials

Whatever your preference—classic or skate—we've got the goods for you

Nordic Skiing Gear
Nordic Skiing Gear

1. ALPINA ELITE SKATE BOOT
Built for pure speed, this super-minimalist boot features a titanium-and-carbon ankle cuff, firm padding, and a waterproof seamless-elastic upper. $399; alpinasports.com

2. MADSHUS NC12 BOOT
Higher-than-normal cuffs and laces offer extra ankle support, meaning more control, while a full composite last and flexible construction make for notable comfort in these recreational touring boots. $125; madshus.com

3. ATOMIC WORLD CUP SKATE SKIS
A honeycomb core of cardboard impregnated with Nomex resin delivers an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. Combining a narrow front end with Atomic's Pilot Race Skate Bindings ($115) makes for a fast yet remarkably stable ski. $600; atomicsnow.com

4. FISCHER RCS VASA
Because these lightweight, carbon-fiber-reinforced poles come as a kit, you can cut them to any length you like and use them for either classic or skate skiing. (Skate poles are cut longer than classic poles.) $239; fischerskis.com

5. ROSSIGNOL MAX CLASSIC NIS AR SKIS
Waxless skis are no longer for beginners only. These lightweight wonders will take you from novice through training and into racing. Mounted with Rossignol's R4 Classic NIS (Nordic Integrated System) Bindings ($105). $259; rossignol.com

6. SWIX X-PLUS GLOVES
These fleece-lined, windproof, water-resistant gloves will keep your digits comfortable in temps from mild to frigid. $36; swixsport.com

7. CRAFT PERFORMANCE XC LITE JACKET
A windproof front and stretchy back and underarms offer temperature control and full mobility for rigorous poling. $110; craftsports.us

8. IBEX MILO PANT
More like loose-fitting tights, with a wind-and-water-resistant nylon-and-Lycra outer and soft merino-wool innards. $220; ibex.com

Winter Camping Gear Essentials

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

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

Women’s Winter Workout Gear Essentials

Keeping the cold out so you don't have to stay in

Women's Winter Workout Gear
Women's Winter Workout Gear

The North Face's polyester Windstopper Hybrid Tights have a fleece interior that breathes and keeps you cozy. $125; thenorthface.com

Buttery soft, the stretch-polyester-and-spandex Saucony Primo Long-Sleeve Shirt fits snugly and wicks away moisture. $42; saucony.com

Nike's brushed-fleece Cold Weather Long-Sleeve Hoody might be a midlayer, but it blocks wind like an outer layer. $70; nike.com

Shield yourself from wind, snow, or drizzle with Patagonia's lighter-than-air Traverse Jacket. $100; patagonia.com

Mountain Hardwear's Polartec fleece Women's Heavyweight Power Stretch Gloves have grippy panels on the palms for less chafing on nordic-ski days. $30; mountainhardwear.com

Listen to your new coach: Suunto's t4c Watch features personalized training programs and a heart-rate monitor. $239; suunto.com

Outdoor Research's Fleecy Hat has a secret: The back seam hides a zippered stash pocket for a key or money. $19; outdoorresearch.com

Oakley's first women-specific sport sunglasses, the Enduring Pace have water- and oil-repelling lenses. $175; oakleywomen.com

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