The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2017

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
Winter Buyer’s Guide

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Snowy nights require serious weaponry.

Mystery Ranch
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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.

Price $250

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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.

Price $64

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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.

Price $11

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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.

Price $899

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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.

Price $849

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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. 

Price $200

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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.

Price $110

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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. 

Price $330

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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.  

Price $599

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From Winter 2017 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Winter Buyer's GuideJackets
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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