Smart, classy apparel for the chilliest time of year.

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Voormi Variant II Vest ($349)

If core heat is a concern, consider Voormi’s reversible Variant II. Its thick layer of warmth-trapping merino wool is more than we’re used to seeing on a vest. Plus Voormi’s weather-resistant Core Construction is sewn right into the fabric. But you need to feel comfortable making a bold statement: the Variant is a bit of a Ducati for your torso. 

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Strafe Drifter Jacket ($210)

The versatile Drifter is both technical midlayer for the hill and street-smart everyday jacket for what comes after. The ripstop nylon shell and PrimaLoft Silver insulation both perform nobly while keeping things subtle. Like Strafe’s heavy-duty backcountry jackets, the Drifter is made to deal with harsh conditions, but it has more après chops. 

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Outdoor Research Revy Shirt ($145)

The Revy is the layer we gravitate to most often: soft, inviting, and warm enough for enjoying your morning brew on the back stoop. What you might call a shirt-jacket-cardigan (a shajardigan?), it’s DWR-coated, so it can serve as an outer layer in a pinch. Best of all is the cut, which is stylish enough for a date. 

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Sierra Designs Women’s Whitney Hoodie ($169)

Call the Whitney your better-safe-than-sorry jacket. It’s stuffed with 800-fill DriDown yet compresses to not much bigger than a grapefruit, and insulation runs continuously through the mummy-bag-like hood. The orange ripstop polyester seen here stands up to sharp edges and means your friends will have no trouble spotting you at the brewpub.

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Arc’teryx Women’s Nila Trench ($475)

The Nila, like its men’s counterpart, the Keppel, is a thigh-length jacket that’s part The Third Man and part Blade Runner, with Gore-Tex Performance membrane and rain-shunning sealed zippers. Stretch in the body and reflective panels on the collar signal its bike-commuter intentions, but you’ll want to wear it whenever the weather turns foul. 

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Aether Sequence Jacket ($265)

A true 21st-century garment, the Sequence blew us away with its variety of uses: a stretchy Polartec soft shell with great ease of movement for schussing through powder or running on brisk mornings and a sleekly cut urban jacket for work. It’s breathable and weather-resistant. So what if it doesn’t look all that warm? Looks are deceiving.

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The Best Jackets of 2018

Don’t leave home without a warm winter buddy. (Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Micro Puff Hoodie ($299) A few years ago, waterproof down and down blends were all the rage as brands worked to improve on the coveted high-loft, but moisture-averse, insulation. This year, companies are debuting a crop of jackets with new types of synthetic insulation that perform as well as down, regardless of the weather. Best of those is the Patagonia Micro Puff Hoodie. The superlight jacket is filled with the company’s brand-new PlumaFill insulation, made of hydrophobic polyester fibers that mimic the structure of down—gossamer tendrils radiating from a central spine. Rather

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The Best Hoodies of 2018

Nothing’s quite as cozy. (Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Performance Better Sweater Hoodie ($159) Meet the garment that inspired this page: the Performance Better Sweater. The heathered, lightweight polyester fleece is stylish enough to wear to the office (at least if you work in New Mexico like us), while the Polartec side panels add stretch and breathability. We wore it all day at work, then took it out for hikes on local trails.  BUY NOW (Courtesy Kari Traa) Kari Traa Women’s Kristina ($80) We took the seamless, loose-fitting Kristina from morning yoga to lunch in the park to movie night. The nylon

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The Best Onesies of 2018

The word onesie didn’t always evoke high performance. Rather, it used to conjure images of silliness: footie pajamas, DIY Halloween costumes, and gaper-day ski suits. Today’s onesies, however, are as utilitarian as they are just plain fun. (Courtesy Helly Hansen) Helly Hansen Ullr Powder Suit ($850) Take Helly Hansen’s Ullr Powder Suit. When waist-deep snow is in the forecast, this is the ultimate armor. The neon orange, wind- and waterproof body shown here is reminiscent of a hazmat suit, earning chuckles and compliments in the lift line. On the hill, the seam-sealed polyester-polyurethane body eliminates the scourge of snow getting down your pants

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The Best Winter Workwear of 2018

Apparel that looks its best after you’ve put it through your worst. (Courtesy Duluth Trading Co.) Duluth Trading Co. Superior Fire Hose Quilted Shirt Jac ($100) This burly shirt jacket is surprisingly comfy, thanks to gusseted armpits and thick canvas that breaks in buttery soft. We bet you can’t rip it if you try. BUY NOW (Courtesy Skida) Skida Bandita Bandana ($28) Windproof? Check. Cozy fleece? Check. Easy to adjust or stuff in your pocket without taking off your hat? Check. The Bandita is the perfect neck warmer for days when you need to regulate temperature fast. BUY NOW

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The Best Base and Midlayers of 2018

Don’t skimp on skivvies. (Courtesy Spyder) Spyder Glissade Pants ($129) You can now wear cozy pajama bottoms while skiing. That’s what the plush elastic waistline on the Glissade feels like. Synthetic insulation lining the front, backed by stretchy polyester-fleece along the thighs, offers warmth without bulk. And the slightly baggy fit minimizes chafing under ski pants. BUY NOW (Courtesy Norrona Lofoten) Norrona Lofoten Alpha Raw Zip Hoodie ($169) Norrona took Polartec’s Alpha tech and stripped it down (the satiny insulation feels so good against skin that it needs no liner) to make the Alpha Raw—the most breathable layer we

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The Best Women's Aprés Apparel of 2018

Comfortable, classy fireside wear. (Courtesy The North Face) The North Face Mossbud Swirl Parka ($179) Roomy and cozy, with its silky interior and generous hood, this recycled-polyester taffeta jacket feels like plush outerwear pajamas. Bonus: it is also reversible.  BUY NOW (Courtesy Kaenon) Kaenon Cali Sunglasses ($229) Don’t let the glamorous, Italian-made frames fool you: these one-ounce shades rock a high-performance polarized lens that comes in three tints: gray, brown, and (for better depth per­ception on snow) green. Each one offers 100 percent broad-spectrum UV protection.  BUY NOW (Courtesy Hydro Flask) Hydro Flask 10-Ounce Rocks Glass ($30) Shake up

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