Snowy nights require serious weaponry.
Mystery Ranch Pitch 55 Pack
At 55 liters, this is the largest option in Mystery Ranch’s climbing line. It swallowed everything we needed for a long weekend. Bonus points for features like the external crampon pocket and pick guard for ice axes.
SOG Reactor Multitool
Inside this Kit Kat–size unit are burly pliers, a stainless-steel blade, a quarter-inch bit driver, and seven other critical tools to get you through all your camp chores.
Primus Winter Gas Canister
When temps dip south of freezing, most canister stoves lose their mojo. Primus solved this by nesting a layer of mesh in the body of the Winter to helps boost the interior pressure, making your stove run smoother. The upshot: your morning coffee, sooner.
Patagonia Grade VII Parka
Bow down to the king of puffies. This 800-fill-down beast handled subzero conditions in Norway with gusto but weighs less than a pound and a half. Laudable features include waterproof laminate on the shoulders and a huge hood.
Bergans Wiglo LT4 Tent
Yes, sleeping on ice can be glamorous. At 13.3 pounds, this tent’s heavy, but it makes up for the portliness with a tepee-like dome and cavernous interior that sleeps four.
Nemo Vector Insulated Sleeping Pad
Even minimalists who opt to forgo a pad in the summer need protection from the frozen ground in winter. The insulated Vector has a built-in foot pump for easy, fast inflation and internal baffles that provide extra warmth and support.
Petzl Ride Ax
Superlight (8.5 ounces) and exceptionally small (17.7 inches long), the Ride is designed to come along on all your steep-snow outings—just in case. The tough, all-steel head bites into hard ice much better than the aluminum you usually get at a price this low.
LED Lenser XEO 19R Headlamp
Sure, 2,000 lumens is overkill for cooking dinner at camp. But you’ll appreciate the power in an emergency. Nice: the battery pack pops off easily, so you can keep it warm and dry (and charged) in your pocket.
Feathered Friends Snowbunting EX 900 Sleeping Bag
One of the best winter bags—with its DWR-treated shell, svelte cut, and low weight—is now stuffed with warm, packable, 900-fill down.