Six cozy throws, from plush to practical
 

Blue and Orange Camping Blanket from Klymit
(Courtesy Klymit)

Klymit Versa ($80)

Truly adaptable, the Versa goes from blanket to lightweight sleeping bag with a series of snaps and the pull of a cinch cord. With four insulated hand pockets and a footbox, it’s pretty much all you need to keep your extremities warm during picnics on brisk autumn evenings.

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(Courtesy Coalatree)

Coalatree Kachula ($79)

Hey, all you overlanders: this is the blanket you want in the back of your Tacoma. With a ripstop-nylon bottom coated in a DWR finish, it’s our first choice when we have to lie down and change a tire in the rain, snow, or mud. The striped earth-tone pattern looks good even when you’re not messing with your vehicle—for example, laid across sandstone at a crag in Sedona.

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(Courtesy S.O.L.)

Survive Outdoors Longer All-Season ($17)

Snuggly isn’t really a word that applies to the All-Season, but keep this blanket at the bottom of your pack and it may just save your skin. Heat-reflective material inside improves warmth retention and durability, while the bright orange exterior is extra visible if someone’s trying to locate you in the woods.

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(Courtesy Rumpl)

Rumpl Original Puffy ($100)

This is the Cadillac of backcountry quilts. The supremely comfortable Original Puffy is stuffed with a healthy dose of synthetic insulation. Use it on warm nights in a tent or as a wrap in the early morning, before the campfire starts raging. As a bonus, it’s machine washable.

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(Courtesy Nemo)

NEMO Puffin Luxury ($150)

An essential layer for stargazing couples, the Puffin Luxury is big enough, at seven feet wide by seven feet long, to easily wrap around two people. Synthetic insulation provides better loft than a lot of bedroom duvets, and the DWR-coated nylon shell sheds raindrops and coffee spills.

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(Courtesy Pendleton)

Pendleton Roll-Up ($139)

The Roll-Up is the second most expensive item on this page, but the virgin-wool blanket’s good looks are worth the expense. It comes in several classic plaid designs and features a nylon back, to avoid tears on rough rock or the forest floor. And when the temperature drops, wool is a superior natural insulator.

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The Best Jackets of 2019

Winter adventure starts here (Courtesy Eddie Bauer) Eddie Bauer BC EverTherm Down ($499) If you’re a cold-weather backcountry adventurer, you need a fail-safe layer stashed in your pack—the lighter the better. Warm enough for an emergency alpine bivy and waterproof enough to handle drizzly conditions, Eddie Bauer’s BC EverTherm is your superlight safety kit. At just 1.2 pounds, it has the best warmth-to-weight ratio of any waterproof puffy we tested. The secret is Eddie Bauer’s proprietary Thindown insulation, which debuted last year and is made of ultralight down clusters that are pressed into a continuous sheet rather than blown

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The Best Base and Midlayers of 2019

Tights and insulators to keep you warm and feeling strong (Courtesy Direct Alpine) Direct Alpine Mountain Series Bora Jacket ($230) We appreciate an athletically cut jacket that doesn’t bind up. No wonder the Bora (women’s pictured) is at the top of our list—the waist flares and the arms moved with us as we swung our ski poles. Supple Polartec Alpha Direct on the interior wicked moisture and kept us warm on the slopes. Buy Now (Courtesy Corbeaux) Corbeaux 3/4 Centennial Leggings ($89) Layered under ski pants, the polyester-­spandex Centennial (men’s pictured) kicks ass. “Felt great against my skin, and

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The Best Vests of 2019

We don’t need no stinking sleeves (Courtesy Big Agnes) Big Agnes Thorpe ($180) “Just substantial enough to maintain a comfortable core without sending my body temperature into overshoot,” one tester said of the Thrope. This pullover’s PrimaLoft Gold Active insulation and stretchy armholes for unfettered movement have made it a key part of our layering strategy for high-output days in the mountains. Buy Now (Courtesy Marmot) Marmot Origins ($200) We like vests because they’re freeing, with no fabric around the arms to constrict. But that doesn’t mean we’re opposed to adding that fabric back elsewhere. Take the Origins, which

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The Best Winter Workwear of 2019

Burly clothes can still be comfy (Courtesy Voormi) Voormi San Juan Jacket ($299) To fight off any storm, the San Juan pairs old-school cotton-poly with Cordura reinforcements and a weatherproof membrane. The result is as breathable as canvas, offers greater durability, and doesn’t mind being put through the wringer. Buy Now (Courtesy Hestra) Hestra Njord Gloves ($105) Removable merino liners set these goatskin gloves apart. Wear them unlined on warm days, then slip in the merino when temperatures sink. Buy Now (Courtesy Darn Tough) Darn Tough Paul Bunyan Socks ($26) These over-the-calf, full-cushion socks are made of extra-fine knit

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The Best Ski Pants of 2019

Slick trousers for powder-day overachievers (Courtesy Flylow) Flylow Smythe ($450) Our male testers unanimously agreed that these were the most comfortable bibs in our test, thanks to the roomy cut. They’re streamlined, too: big vents, well-placed pockets, and nothing else. Buy Now (Courtesy Black Diamond) Black Diamond Recon Stretch ($329) Whether on long tours or for big objectives, these pants (women’s pictured) deliver. Black Diamond’s proprietary waterproof-breathable membrane keeps the elements out, while four-way stretch, articulated knees, and offset side venting allow for all the backcountry booty dropping you desire. Men's Women's (Courtesy Marmot) Marmot BL Pro ($600) The nylon

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