We named this jacket the best uphill layer in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “It’s as comfy as a cotton sweatshirt and treated with an interesting heat-regulating technology called ActiveTemp, made from a non-Newtonian polymer that becomes a liquid when cold, helping to block transmission of warm vapor,” we wrote.
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Fend off chills and cold weather in the Ghost Whisperer Reversible 2 jacket. Its 800-fill down retains heat while the ripstop shell and DWR finish resist moisture—that means the jacket can be worn in light rain and snow and still provide ample protection from the elements.
The Nano Puff is a classic jacket that is “super versatile, warm, and looks good with any outfit.” It’s built with 100 percent recycled polyester for the ripstop shell and 55 percent recycled content for the insulation. Plus, it packs down into its own chest pocket for easy transport.
This hoodie is as high-tech as it looks. Packed with quality 850-fill down in the core, the Cerium LT Down has strategically mapped areas with synthetic insulation to resist moisture. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 10.9 ounces.
The Stretchdown is a staff favorite. "This puffy is made with a nylon-elastane face fabric that’s super stretchy, so it’s great for increased range of motion for climbing, hiking, and skiing," said a gear editor.
Former editor Ben Fox loves the Transcendent for its uber-warm protection from the elements. “When you’re on a chilly belay or ripping off touring skins on an exposed summit and the wind starts gusting, you’ll be thankful for the Transcendent’s lofty, lightweight 650-fill down insulation, wind-resistant fabric, and cozy hood,” he says.
To combat cold spots in its Featherless hoodie, Marmot ditched large baffles and instead filled tiny compartments with synthetic Thinsulate Featherless insulation.
Packed with premium 850-fill down in the torso and synthetic insulation elsewhere, the Cerium LT is constructed to retain warmth where you need it (around your core) and manage moisture everywhere else. You’ll barely notice it in your pack: it weighs just 9.7 ounces.
Our testers hailed the Stretchdown as one of their favorite winter puffies. “Mountain Hardwear developed a loom that weaves the face fabric and lining simultaneously and creates the baffles without stitching,” one tester wrote. “A snug hood and 800-fill down retained warmth on 20-degree mornings.”
In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide, we featured this jacket as one of our favorite midlayers. “The Wolverine Cirque is for those of us who can’t decide what kind of midlayer to wear,” we wrote. This clever piece has the warm synthetic fill of a puffy, and the stretchy, quick-drying qualities of a fleece.
The Tufly received big praise in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide test of the best tents: “Might be the best tent I’ve ever used,” wrote one tester. It’s built to withstand three-season temperatures and has two doors and vestibules for easy access. That’s why we called it “a tent with every creature comfort you’d want at a drive-in campsite.”
We love the Klettersack for its beautiful, high-quality design. Our tester praised the bag's bomber construction: “The 22-liter pack features 1,000-denier Cordura fabric and heavy duty hardware so it'll put up with years of day-hike abuse.”
The Coleman Classic is one of our Gear Guy’s top choices for car camping. “The two 10,000-BTU burners take a little while to heat things up, but no one should be in a rush when out camping,” he wrote. “If anything ever breaks on a Classic—which rarely happens—replacement parts are easy to find, and the fixes are easy to make.”
In our Gear Guy’s roundup of backcountry ski packs, he wrote: “If I were to choose a pack for a winter worthy of Game of Thrones, this would be it.” The Bergtagen is a lightweight, high-volume option that’s ideal for trips in the mountains. We especially liked the hip belt and wooden frame.(20 percent off with the code 20CLIMBSALE)
One of our female editors’ favorite layers to cozy up in after a long day of skiing, the Better Sweater can also be dressed up thanks to the heathered knit face. We also like the zippered pocket on the sleeve, which is handy for keys and cards.
We included this rain jacket in our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide. “The exterior nylon is tough, wind-resistant, and stretchy, while the interior is lined with a buttery knit that adds warmth for alpine starts and windy ridge walks,” our tester wrote. The lining does make the jacket less breathable, so it’s best for slower-paced activities.
The Snap-T Pullover is one of those iconic pieces of outerwear that we think will last you a lifetime. “Chances are you’ll be wearing the same one 30 years from now,” we wrote. Plus, it’s built with recycled materials.
Our senior digital marketing manager, Katie Cruickshank, currently owns two of these trowel-knives and can’t get enough of them. The concave blade works as a shovel and has a sharp slicing edge and a serrated edge for different cutting needs. Cruickshank especially likes the knife’s burly look.