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.
Upgrade Your Hiking Kit with These End-of-Year Deals
“Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durability,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the best deals we’ve found on winter gloves.
We included this handy bag in our roundup of the best dog gear of 2020. “This take on the rubber poop-bag dispenser looks like a miniature backpack, and can hold treats, keys, and a cellphone to keep hands free for ear scratches,” wrote tester Abbey Gingras.
The Microlite won our Gear Guy’s insulated water bottle test. “It’s remarkably light, and is the least expensive of the bottles I tested,” he wrote. “It almost never pans out that the lightest, most affordable product also demonstrates the highest performance, but the Microlite 1000 really has it all.”
Salomon got innovative with storage in this vest, giving you the standard front water-bottle pockets and multiple stash pockets for smaller items but also a kangaroo pocket that stretches around the sides. Everything is designed to be accessible without breaking your stride.
The Daylite doesn’t come with a bladder, but there’s storage aplenty: 20 liters in the main compartment plus an exterior pocket. The sleeve in the main compartment can house a reservoir you buy separately, or it’ll accommodate a tablet or small laptop if you’re just using it for commuting. If you’re extra thirsty, two side bottle pockets boost the Daylites water-carrying capacity.
These were our favorite hiking boots of 2017. “We adore this everyhiker’s companion because it does damn near everything well,” wrote our testers. “In short, La Sportiva packaged all the best features into a workhorse shoe that’s exactly what most of us want.”
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.
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.
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.