This toasty 650-fill puffy is one of our go-to layers for winter crag days: the two-way zipper allows you to flare out the hem over a harness for an easy belay. We prefer the Colter for less aerobic outings, but if you’re working up a sweat, it has pit zips for dumping heat. Bonus: the brushed tricot in the pockets and interior collar provide a boost of comfort in frigid temps.
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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 associate gear editor Ariella Gintzler.
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.”
Columnist Wes Siler included this piece in his fall roundup of timeless wardrobe staples. “Compared to nylon soft shells, this thing is going to hold up to—and look better with—wear, and the zippers and stitching are built to match,” he wrote. The G-1000 fabric is heavier than nylon, so it’s not ideal for thru-hikes but otherwise works like a charm.
Keep your kid’s waterworks at bay on hikes or backpacking trips with this carrier. In our test of child carriers, the Poco AG Plus was “by far the sturdiest, most durable, and most stable of all the packs I’ve tried,” wrote our tester. At 7.6 pounds, the pack is heavier than some comparable models but also includes 26 liters of gear capacity.
We like snuggling up in this organic cotton shirt on rainy days or relaxed evening hikes. The Fjord is one of our favorite fall flannels for women. “The pearl buttons add just the right amount of femininity and will catch the light on sunny days,” we wrote.
This is the midlayer that makes life easier on 20-degree high-alpine backcountry excursions. “The outer fabric on the Proton LT was more wind resistant than many of the other jackets,” we wrote in our review.
How did this baby make it on our very exclusive list of fall's best flannels? It has everything to do with the Fjord’s variety of colors and patterns, heavy-duty warmth, absurd softness, and two big chest pockets for holding your everyday carry essentials.
Skijoring—getting pulled by a dog while you’re wearing skis—with pair of cross-country skis is a little less intense, and it’s a great way to get outside with your pup during cold and snowy winter days. Ruffwear’s system combines two harnesses: one for you and one for your dog, with a bungee-style leash that gives when Fido gets moving, so you don’t get thrown off your skis.
Rumpl teamed up with Loki the Wolfdog to create this portable bed. Its self-inflating sleeping pad gives your pup two inches of cushion, and is wrapped in a recycled poly face with a reversible fleece side for warmth. Columnist Wes Siler spent five days camping with Loki and wrote: “If he thinks this thing is comfortable, your dog will too.”
Pups don’t need sunglasses, but certain dogs “could benefit from dog goggles, or Doggles, because of the decreased UV exposure,” contributor Jade Kolker explained in 2014. “They’ve become a regular fixture on family adventures when my dog sticks his head out the window on the way to the trailhead,” says tester Graham Averill.
This bag is made from 40-denier ripstop nylon with synthetic insulation that’s rated to 30 degrees. Tester Graham Averill says his DoggyBag has held up to ritualistic circling and scratching from his dog, Rocket, until the pup finds just the right spot to sleep. “After he settles down, it’s easy to tuck him in and sleep worry-free, knowing that he’ll be toasty all night.”
This dog coat from Ultra Paws is more practical than most because it’s designed with reflective lines, so your pup is more visible if you’re walking or running at night. It has a waterproof polyester outer shell to shed water, which we found handy on wet walks. The coat also has a fleece lining and adjustable neck gaiter to help keep Fido warm.
The Anchor Line was one of our favorite technical flannels in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester liked its “funk-fighting boost courtesy of a merino-nylon blend that wicks moisture as you move and lends a bit more stretch.” The nylon material on the shoulders and sleeves helps shed light drizzles and snow.
We gave this lightweight rain jacket a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Summer Buyer’s Guide. The Bantamweight strikes a perfect balance between being waterproof and breathable, so you stay dry in summer showers and comfortable on strenuous hikes. “The Bantamweight feels like a windbreaker but performs like a hard shell,” one tester wrote.
The Baxter was the best street/slope crossover puffy in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester called this coat “Equal parts stylish, cozy, and technical.” Read our full review here.
We featured the Force Dry DX in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide page of the best gear care tools. “Slide your boots over the tubes, set the timer, and wake up to warm, moisture-free gear. Works with gloves, too,” wrote our tester.
The Ferrosi’s nylon build is incredibly light and stretchy. We like them for climbing (the reinforced knees help them stand up to North Carolina granite), but they’re also reliable for mountain bike rides, hikes, and grocery store runs. We found them too thin for true winter conditions, but in the Southern Appalachians, where we tested, they’re appropriate nine months out of the year.