Survive a night (or two or three) in the snow.
Mammut Trion Light 38 Pack ($160)
Mammut’s Trion lets you jam in gear for days in the backcountry but is optimized for fast-and-light summit bids. Removable hip pads and top pouch slim things down when ounces count.
MSR Remote 2 Tent ($800)
The Remote 2’s spacious, 33-square-foot interior and cavernous vestibule made waiting out a storm almost pleasant. The burly composite poles held steady in 30-mile-per-hour winds.
Leatherman Rebar Multitool ($60)
With styling reminiscent of Leatherman’s original multi, the Rebar has the tools you need, including saw and can opener, in a slim package.
Eddie Bauer BC Duraweave Alpine Pants ($499)
These pants’ Duraweave-reinforced fabric is the most durable shell we’ve ever tested. Also nice: the single thigh pocket, as simple is always best for fast-and-light alpine missions.
POC DID Glacier Jeremy Jones Edition Sunglasses ($250)
Classic styling and super-comfortable leather side shields make Jeremy Jones’s signature shades easy on the eyes. Zeiss lenses lent clarity on a bluebird traverse in the Cascades.
Jetboil MightyMo Stove ($50)
The MightyMo features an astounding 10,000-BTU burner, and precise controls get it down to a simmer better than any stove we tested.
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season SV Pad ($160)
This pad ditches insulation for reflective layers that trap heat without adding extra weight. The Speed Valve opening allows for inflation up to three times faster than with traditional nozzles.
Black Diamond Women’s Stance Belay Parka ($229)
Sure, down is nice, but when you’re really stuck out in the elements, you can’t beat the Stance’s PrimaLoft Silver synthetic insulation for durability and protection.
Klymit KSB 0° Down Sleeping Bag ($250)
At 3.7 pounds, the 0° Down is heavier than other bags, but flexible baffles add comfort, while three toggles let smaller users shorten the length, reducing heat-sapping dead space.
Petzl Gully Ax ($150)
Weighing just shy of ten ounces, the Gully is built with a technical pick and a curved shaft for bomber placements in blue ice. An adjustable handrest makes it a versatile tool.