We included the Wakayama in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best gloves. “The cowhide outer is treated with aniline oil for water resistance, and the wool lining is woven into loops like terry cloth, forming air pockets that trap warmth,” our tester wrote. “The benefit: it doesn’t break down the way some synthetics do.”
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There are more powerful headlamps out there, but it’s the ultralight design of the 200 that makes it especially intriguing for runners. BioLite ditched its external battery design for a more streamlined design where the light and battery are combined in the front panel, and the brand did it without sacrificing weight (it’s just 1.75 ounces.) or comfort—the 200 offers a truly no-bounce run.
Running in a thick hat is a recipe for overheating at mile two. Opt for this lightweight merino blend that keeps your head and ears warm, but doesn’t trap excessive heat. Thanks to the flat seams and low profile, you can also wear this beanie under helmets while climbing or biking for extra warmth.
Wouldn’t you rather buy one functional piece of gear instead of two? With the Bose Frames Tempo, you get high-performance sport sunglasses and audio capability in one sleek design. By using Open Ear Audio™, you can listen to your music and hear your surroundings at once for maximum safety and a workout like no other.
Shalane Flanagan paid special attention to her diet when she was training for the 2017 New York City Marathon—a race she won. Later, she worked with chef Elyse Kopecky to transcribe her nutritional know-how and favorite recipes into this cookbook designed for runners. The authors focus on simple meals and snacks that are nutritionally dense but quick to prepare, so runners can fuel on the go.
The Bislett is made from a softshell combo of polyester and nylon that’s water resistant while still exceptionally breathable and soft on the skin. The result is a layer that gives you protection against wind and rain, while adding more warmth than a typical rain shell. The best part? You don’t get that clammy next-to-skin feeling that comes with most hard shells.
After trying out a handful of running masks, tester Graham Averill thinks Buff’s Filter is the most comfortable. The poly-elastane build is super light, fits tight against his face without feeling claustrophobic, and houses replaceable filters that block 98 percent of airborne particles. Bonus: the mask offers UPF 50 protection and dries fast enough to wear for multiple sessions.
The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, super-light piece. “The PlumaFill is tacked between sheets of ten-denier nylon fabric in long strands, so it won’t shift and create cold spots,” our tester wrote.
The Etip Grip was one of our favorite pairs of gloves in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “This light single-layer glove is perfect for cool-weather cycling, nordic skiing, or simply having in your pack when the weather turns foul,” our tester wrote. Plus, the textured palm and fingers are extra grippy and touch screen compatible with all five fingers.
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 Sentinel AR was one of our favorite pairs of ski pants in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. With Gore-Tex waterproofing and 100-denier Cordura, they’re mega durable and designed to keep you dry. Plus, “The soft brushed insulation means they can be worn comfortably over thin or thick base layers,” we wrote.
On top of the traditional crampon-style claws underfoot, MSR serrated the edges of the Lightning Ascent. It looks like a snow saw—and bites like one, too. The extra spikes provide stellar all-over grip and lateral stability on steep, icy traverses. (20 percent off with the code PARTYTIME at checkout)
“With metal sawtooth traction built into a durable plastic frame, the Revo offers the perfect combination of aggressiveness, float, and speed,” we wrote in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. We found the updated binding system easy to get in and out of—even with gloves on. (20 percent off with the code PARTYTIME at checkout)
The Nano Puff is a classic jacket that is super versatile, warm, and looks good with any outfit. Its ripstop shell is built with 100 percent recycled polyester and it’s stuffed with 60-gram Primaloft Gold Eco insulation. Plus, it packs down into its own chest pocket for easy transport.
The Sabre Snow Pants are our Gear Guy’s favorite do-everything pants, which he included in his ultimate ski touring kit. “The perfectly articulated legs bend and move like champs while I’m skinning, and ample zippered vents prevent sweat buildup,” he wrote. If you plan to really get after it this winter, these are the pants you want.
We included the 1000 Mile in our staff picks roundup of our favorite leather boots. “The 1,000 Mile boots are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever had besides my house slippers,” wrote former editor Jonah Ogles. “I imagine I’ll be hitting the 1,000-mile mark years from now, and they’ll still look good.”