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.”
Tackle Winter Camping with These 10 Gear Deals
In our roundup of the best winter camping gear of 2019, we wrote: "Testers loved the Immaculator for frosty belays in the Tetons." This North Face parka is built with responsibly sourced 800-fill goose down, ripstop fabric with a durable water-repellent finish, and a high collar to keep you extra toasty on long, frigid outings.
This sleeping pad was our top choice for winter camping in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester spent a week in Wyoming’s high country with the Trail Boss and confirmed it’s one of the warmest and toughest pads out there. It’s built with heat-reflecting PrimaLoft Silver insulation wrapped in puncture-resistant airplane-grade nylon.
We picked this pack for winter camping in the backcountry because it manages big loads with ease. Testers liked that they could stuff their heaviest, most awkward items right up against their backs for easy carrying, thanks to compression straps that connect the body to the frame.
One of our favorite adventure blankets in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide, the Original Puffy “is the Cadillac of backcountry quilts,” according to our testers. It's weather-resistant and packs into the included stuffsack. As an added bonus, the synthetic insulation makes it machine washable.
In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide, this mini lantern was one of our favorite pieces of travel gear. The 100-lumen light has a handy magnetic strap for carrying or hanging and can last up to 15 hours on the highest setting. We recommend it for lounging around campsites, yurts, or cabins.
The Air Core Insulated sleeping pad offers a 4.1 R-value, with a comfort range down to 15 degrees. Complete with a ripstop nylon outer and stuffed with a thin layer of PrimaLoft insulation, it’s a durable multi-season pad for those chilly nights under the stars.
Winter car camping is cozier with Black Diamond’s Stance. Its 180-gram synthetic insulation kept us toasty on frigid belays and at the camp kitchen. We love the helmet-compatible hood, too.
In our roundup of affordable stocking stuffers, we wrote: “This flask should be full of bourbon and tucked into your daypack along with a compass, knife, headlamp, and matches at all times.” Stanley’s Classic Flask is compact, BPA-free, and easy to drink from.
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.”
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.
We included the Eddie in our roundup for the best sun shirts because it’s stretchy, dries fast, and has a UPF 50+ rating. “It’s as performance-minded as your favorite tech tee but good-looking enough to wear about town,” our tester said. Added style points for the pearl snaps.
The Stretch Front is climbing editor Julie Ellison’s do-it-all pant for climbing and travel. “These are the first pants that have ever stayed in place while climbing,” says Ellison. The pant has a slim fit and the organic cotton-elastane blend gives it plenty of stretch for high steps and heel hooks.
In our search for the best winter travel gear, we discovered this collapsable duffle. If you’re the type to rack up souvenirs, the Cargo Hauler is perfect because “it won’t burst when you stuff it full of tchotchkes,” we wrote. Plus, the removable backpack straps make it easy to convert from a carry-on to a checked bag if it gets too full.
In our ultimate guide to coolers, this 30-quart, soft sided number was one of our favorites. We especially like the Trooper’s extra-wide opening, two water-resistant exterior pockets, and a mount for a bottle opener or dry box. Plus, the Trooper has shoulder and backpack straps so you can carry it as a pack or a tote.