This hooded midlayer was the warmest option in our roundup of the best women’s active insulation pieces. “I mountain biked in it one frost-crispened, 25-degree morning, and didn't once feel stifled, even during hard efforts,” wrote our tester. The Ventrix is built with temperature-sensitive fabric which dumps extra heat on the back and underarms.
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To combat cold spots in its Featherless hoodie, Marmot ditched large baffles and instead filled tiny compartments with synthetic Thinsulate Featherless insulation.
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 Mega Mat Duo is the most comfortable mattress we've used for car camping, hands down. It's a 10-centimeter-thick air pad with memory foam insulation. It’s pricey, but it’s the closest we've come to feeling like we were in our bed at home while camping.
The Tecton 12 bindings made it on our list of best alpine touring bindings in our Winter Buyer’s Guide two years running. “It’s got the industry’s only adjustable toe release,” we wrote. “The step-in, alpine-oriented heel switches from alpine to AT with a simple push or pull of your pole.”
This award-winning jacket has a permanent home in our editors' closets—and for good reason. The active insulation in the Ventrix is made to work with you, dumping heat as you go. Gill-like vents cut into the synthetic insulation that stretches throughout the whole jacket.
The Atom LT is a lightly insulated jacket with a highly compressible synthetic fill. The stretchy and uninsulated panels of fleece under the arms make for a less bulky fit and up the comfort factor.
Trekking poles help keep you stable on sketchy sections of trail, and when you’re wearing a heavy pack they can transfer some of the load to your arms, relieving your back and shoulders. The Trail Backs have low-profile trekking baskets, non-slip EVA foam grips, and nylon webbing straps with woven lining for increased comfort.
In our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide, these solar string lights topped the lighting list. MPowerd’s 100-lumen LEDs will shine for eight hours on high or 20 on its lowest setting and are ideal for car-camping. The best part: it’s solar-powered, so you can leave it in the sun during the day and be ready to go that night.
This jacket was our favorite alpine shell in our 2019 Summer Buyer's Guide. The hand pockets didn't interfere with a harness, and the fabric is stretchy, durable, and weather resistant. “It’s not breathable enough for running, but the details that make it ideal for climbing work just as well for getting to the crag on a bike or on foot,” our testers wrote.
In our 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide, we picked the Disco 15 as the best sleeping bag for “side sleepers who like to sprawl.” The bag widens at the shoulders and knees, so you have plenty of room while on your side. We also like the two zippered chest vents that keep you from overheating on warmer nights.
These Kinco gloves aren’t anything fancy, but sometimes we think the simplest gear is the best gear. “The reinforced pigskin leather is tough, and the thermal lining is warm enough for most days on the slopes,” we wrote. We recommend adding a layer of Sno-Seal to the outer coating for a waterproof finish.
You might think a down-puffy beanie is overkill, but it still made our list of favorite winter hats. “The Transcendent might be the warmest hat in your quiver thanks to the 650-fill down stuffed inside the ripstop poly shell,” wrote contributor Graham Averill.
We included the Venu as one of the best smartwatches in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The watch has over 20 preloaded sport modes, a built in GPS, and can store music. It also has an incident detection feature which will direct a paired phone to dial an emergency contact in the event of a crash.
The Trail Pod is one of our Gear Guy’s top choice sleeping bags for car camping. He says it’s “great when you own a Prius instead of a Tacoma” because it is relatively small, light and stays plenty warm down to 30 degrees. The mummy shape keeps you cozy, but still leaves enough room for turning on your side and getting comfortable.
When this pack first hit the scene, it raised over six million dollars on Kickstarter. The interior has adjustable dividers to keep camera gear organized and safe while your laptop stays tucked away in a dedicated pocket. The pack cleverly opens at the sides for quick access and has a magnetic latch to expand or contract.
We recommended these 100 percent organic cotton jeans as a stylish product that's better for the environment. Wellen partners with a factory that upcycles its manufacturing water by sending it to local farmers for crop irrigation. Plus, we dig the classic cut in the “tasteful nineties-throwback light rinse.”
We recommended this merino base layer top as a worthwhile splurge item for hiking the PCT. “Having a set of dry, relatively clean clothes to sleep in will keep you warmer and your sleep setup from getting dirty,” wrote PCT hiker, Taylor Gee. Plus, the naturally odor resistant merino wool will keep you feeling clean after long stretches on the trail.
The Moonwalk is Nemo’s solution for bikepacking. The bag is compatible with Nemo’s insulated sleeping pads so it focuses its insulation power to the top, like a duvet. The bag is rated down to 30 degrees, but our tester used the bag in low 20s and said “it proved adequate if a bit underpowered.”
If you run cold, this pair of silk long underwear is what you want this winter. “I've thrown this pair of long underwear around for a couple years now and they're surprisingly rugged,” said our tester. The thin, lightweight fabric also makes them easy to wear under additional layers.
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