This jacket is made with burly, seven-ounce waxed sailcloth and lined with soft polyester. Like fine leather, it will develop a patina that looks better the more you wear it. “You’ll have this jacket for years to come and will wear it so often that the price tag will start to sound like a bargain,” wrote columnist Jakob Schiller.
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This stackable pint won our Gear Guy’s test of the best insulated cups. “It had the best insulation of the bunch, and the base fits nicely in a cupholder,” he wrote. “I’ll never complain about a beer mug that can pull double duty for coffee in the mornings.”
Our Gear Guy called the Lowball the only Yeti product you actually need. “I’ve been using this tumbler almost every day since August 2015, and after four and a half years of heavy use, it still works just as well as the day I got it,” he wrote.
This jacket was the best all-around midlayer in our year-long test. “Although it was designed for ski touring, the Zebru is ideal for any fast-paced winter activity where warmth and breathability are key,” our tester wrote. “This is the layer you put on in the morning, never have to think about, and don’t take off until the day is done.”
Columnist Jakob Schiller loves the Vista for running: “They’re fully waterproof, so I don’t have to worry about ruining them with sweat or in the rain; and they never slip out of my ears or need adjustment as I bound along on trails or pavement,” he wrote. Read his full roundup of winter workout gear here.
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 gave these goggles a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “The optics are tack sharp, with (to our eyes) zero refraction or mirroring. We were able to pick up subtleties in the terrain while bombing a groomer at 40 mph,” our tester wrote. “And our best efforts to get them to fog were met with failure.”
A great everyday layer with technical chops, the Nano Puff packs down to the size of an orange. It brought enough heat to keep our testers warm in low thirty-degree weather. It’s filled with high-loft synthetic insulation, and the ripstop fabric is treated with DWR to repel water.
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.
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.”