(Inga Hendrickson)
2020 Winter Buyers Guide

The Best Winter Camping Gear of 2020

Warm, durable gear for extreme adventures


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Outdoor Research Tundra Aerogel Camp Booties ($89)

(Courtesy Outdoor Research)

Aerogel’s unique ability to insulate under pressure makes the material perfect for the soles of these booties—and the slippers themselves perfect for padding around the cabin.

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Gerber Compleat Utensil Set ($30)

(Courtesy Gerber)

At 2.3 ounces, Gerber’s isn’t the lightest camp cutlery you’ll find. But with everything from the standard fork and spoon to a veggie peeler and tongs, it might be the most comprehensive.

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Marmot West Rib Parka ($600)

(Courtesy Marmot)

The innovative West Rib has a layer of synthetic insulation, which is shingled over down-stuffed, cube-shaped baffles. There’s no better jacket for cold, wet belays.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear NorthRim 4400 Pack ($450)

(Courtesy Hyperlite Mountain Gear)

One of the toughest packs we’ve used, the NorthRim has Dyneema for extra burliness. It held up through granite chimneys and countless crampon stabs.

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Mountain Hardwear Outpost 2 Tent ($600)

(Courtesy Mountain Hardwear)

Want expedition-grade strength without expedition-grade weight? The Outpost hung tough in a storm, and there are mesh doors and vents for shoulder-season use.

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Pelican 2765 Headlamp ($45)

(Courtesy Pelican)

Pelican’s compact lamp uses three directional LEDs: one for focused long-distance illumination, and two that create a diffuse, down-facing beam for trail visibility.

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Black Diamond Solano Mitts ($400)

(Courtesy Black Diamond)

Even in early-spring snow and rain, the Sola­nos’ goat-leather shells and Gore-Tex inserts ensured that our hands remained dry. PrimaLoft Gold and built-in heaters kept things toasty.

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Big Agnes Insulated Axl Trail Boss Sleeping Pad ($200 and up)

(Courtesy Big Agnes)

Big Agnes claims this pad is its warmest and toughest. A week in Wyoming’s high country bore that out. It’s made with Prima-Loft Silver wrapped by the same material used for airplane emergency slides.

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Zenbivy Light Bed Sleeping Bag ($419)

(Courtesy Zenbivy)

The ten-degree, 800-fill down quilt uses plastic hooks to attach to a bottom sheet, which has a sleeve to keep your pad in place as you doze.

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From Winter 2020 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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