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The Best Men’s Layers for Exercising in the Cold

Dress well and you can run or ski tour through even the worst weather

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$229 $150 from REI
34% off
We named this jacket the best uphill layer in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “It’s as comfy as a cotton sweatshirt and treated with an interesting heat-regulating technology called ActiveTemp, made from a non-Newtonian polymer that becomes a liquid when cold, helping to block transmission of warm vapor,” our testers wrote.
$299 $250 from REI
16% off
The SlimShady attaches to any roof rack and spans 42 square feet—plenty of shelter whether you’re escaping the brutal sun or waiting out a downpour. We featured it in our 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide.
$65 $52 from Amazon
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These are Outside contributor Andrew Skurka’s favorite trekking poles. “[They] are not best in class, but they’re an irresistible combination of price and utility,” he wrote. “I’ve used these poles extensively, including on a thru-hike of the Wind River High Route, and I’ve recommended them to countless hikers.”
$300 $225 from REI
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Outside contributor Svati Kirsten Narula included the Agravic Pro TR in her Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best women’s running gear of 2022. “This stretchy, three-layer ­waterproof shell offers the perfect mix of protection and breathability for rainy or snowy sessions,” she wrote.
$249 from L.L.Bean
Now with complete waterproof protection the L.L.Bean Packaway Jacket will keep you dry. Plus, the PrimaLoft insulation with Cross Core technology utilizes aerogel to keep you warm without weighing you down. An essential this winter season.
$99 $69 from REI
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When Climbing digital editor Steve Potter moved into a van with his partner in 2020, winter in Montana wasn’t exactly kind to them. “[We] spent our workdays shivering in bed, blowing into our fingers as we typed on frozen laptops,“ he wrote. “The only thing that made working (or sleeping) in the van even remotely tolerable was our Rumpl blanket.”
$25 $20 from REI
20% off
Don’t let falling temperatures keep you from getting your sweat on. Thin merino wool, like the kind used in the Chase beanie, is ideal for arduous winter activities, wicking moisture to help you stay dry and warm. We featured it in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide.
$79 $26 from REI
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We recommended this pack for the remote worker in our Holiday Gift Guide. The 20-liter Wayfinder is a versatile everyday pack made from durable ripstop nylon. Plus, it has all the tech features you need for work travel, like cord organizers and padded laptop sleeves.
$249 $174 from REI
30% off
The Micro Puff was our favorite jacket of 2018 because there’s a lot to love about this warm, superlight 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.
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NDO Wind Block Tights

$198 from Tracksmith
Running in the coldest conditions just got easier with the Tracksmith NDO Wind Block Tights. With double-sided with wind-blocking lining on the front and thighs, three pockets and snug, high-waisted fit, plus reflective sashes on the front thigh and back left calf for visibility in low light, you’ll be ready to brave the elements with confidence.
$180 $140 from REI
22% off
In 2019, we gave the Carbon X our coveted Gear of the Year award. “The Carbon X is the everyday runner’s superhero cape,” wrote testers Cory Smith and Lisa Jhung. “Hoka’s rocking-chair-like outsole propels heel and midfoot strikers onto their toes, maximizing launch.”

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