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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This shirt was one of our favorite flannels in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The Dovetail uses brushed cotton for an extra snuggly feel, while the longer cut gives it a polished look.
This performance flannel looks classic, but has a modern twist with its cotton-polyester blend. The shirt’s relaxed fit and brushed cotton feels cozy, while the 30 percent polyester helps wick moisture and offer stretch. We especially like the pearl snaps that add a classy touch.
The Rune is one of our favorite fall sweaters. “It’s substantive enough to give you the snuggly feeling you crave but trim enough to look good dressed up,” wrote gear editor Ariella Gintzler. Plus, the 100 percent merino wool is naturally odor-resistant.
This brushed cotton flannel is one of our go-to tops. The Junction’s medium cut and colorful plaid pattern looks good around any mountain town, and we dig the shirt’s two western-inspired chest pockets.
We think the Esther is perfect for cool-weather hikes—and the bar after. The fabric is velvety soft, yet has performance-level moisture-wicking, thanks to a cotton-poly blend.
This long sleeve shirt looks like your basic button-down, but it has the performance features to keep up with you on chilly outdoor adventures. Like many of Stio’s shirts, the Tipton uses a cotton-polyester blend, so it dries faster than traditional layers.
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.