In our roundup of the best puffies of 2019, the Thorium was our favorite for its durability. This jacket is sheathed with a stout face fabric and a DWR finish, so it can take a beating. Plus, it has water-resistant insulation at the spots most likely to get wet.
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We dig this frameless, 18-liter wonder that’s ideal for fast and light summit missions or just packing extra layers for your nephew’s soccer game. The nine ounce pack has a few key features that separate it from similar builds, like a padded insert in the back panel that adds structure. There’s also a port for a hydration bladder, and the chest and waist straps can be removed entirely.
Coffee is significantly better when it’s hot, which is what makes the Yeti Rambler an absolute must-have. The double-wall vacuum-insulated mug keeps a 14-ounce cup of joe warm for hours. And it’s dishwasher safe.
Black Diamond’s new Spot325 has all of the traits that made the original Spot so popular (night vision, multiple power settings, IPX8 waterproof rating) but in a smaller package that weighs just three ounces. Hit the high beam and you get 325 lumens of LED brightness lighting your way.
Save the planet one to-go beverage at a time with this reusable steel straw that collapses into its own travel case. It even comes with its own telescoping cleaning brush.
The eight-ounce Master is adventure ready with a rust-proof exterior and a stainless-steel interior that resists odors and lingering flavors. It fits perfectly in that chest pocket of your vest, too.
The mountain vista wrapped around your ankle is captivating, but it’s the soft merino wool that will make you want to wear these socks on the reg, whether or not you’re on the trail. They’re soft, warm and just a little bit stretchy, and the ridges on the top of the toe box help lock the sock in place inside your boot to prevent slippage.
These gloves raised nearly $225,000 when they debuted on Kickstarter in 2016. Contributor Jakob Schiller is a big fan. "With a waxed and baked leather outer, waterproof-breathable membrane, and Thinsulate insulation, they're great for frigid resort ski days while being breathable enough for long backcountry missions," he writes.
We reviewed the best all-mountain women’s skis and Atomic’s Vantage 97 C received an honorable mention. While this popular ski wasn’t our favorite, “it reliably busts through crud and consistently makes every turn shape,” wrote tester Heather Hansman. Plus, the Vantage is one of the most budget-friendly pair of skis we’ve reviewed.
In his roundup of winter home upgrades, tester Jakob Schiller wrote: “This Upstate set is like a warm hug that will keep you cozy all night.” The velvety organic cotton sheets are made in Portugal by a company with four decades of expertise, so you know you’re getting a high-quality product.
Contributor Graham Averill highlighted the Heritage briefs in his roundup of the best men’s performance underwear. These boxers emphasize comfort with a mix of organic cotton and elastane to give you a snug fit. Plus, they’re made in the U.S.
During our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide test, the Hemispheres bib was the least flashy of the bunch but offered the best ski-specific fit. We love the “stretchy panels that lend them an ‘Am I even wearing pants?’ feel.” The strategically placed zippers also make going to the bathroom quick and easy.
We included this jacket in our roundup of the best winter jackets for the coldest days. The Camosun combines a waterproof outer layer with a mix of 750-fill goose down and synthetic insulation inside. “The understated styling and streamlined cut make this jacket a go-to for brutally cold nights on the town,” our tester wrote.
Our editor was strictly anti-vest before he was converted by the Atom SL. "Wrapping my torso in the Atom’s combination of light Coreloft polyester insulation, on the front and back, and stretchy polyester panels, on the sides, puts me right in that sweet spot of comfortable, sweatless warmth," he wrote.
Gear editor Ariella Gintzler wasn’t thrilled about this über-pared-down design at first, but after several days of testing, it won her over. “I came to appreciate the pack’s simplicity, which made for an easier and more comfortable carry, thanks to the absence of dangly straps and overstuffed side pockets,” she wrote.
We included the Hemispheres bib in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best ski pants. Testers noted the superb fit that allowed them to move unrestricted. Plus, the three-layer Gore-Tex waterproofing will help keep you dry in slushy conditions.
Packability is the Zeta SL’s calling card: it features Gore-Tex’s two-layer Paclite construction, and no lining fabric. It also has excellent breathability, a feature which our testers appreciated while hiking up steep Rocky Mountain passes. For these reasons, this shell is our choice for peak-bagging and backpacking.