(Inga Hendrickson)
2020 Winter Buyers Guide

The Best Winter Car Kit of 2020

Prepare for the worst and never be caught off guard


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Helly Hansen Workwear Alta Shelter Jacket ($85)

(Courtesy Helly Hansen)

Changing a tire in the snow could leave you damp and at risk of hypothermia. The Alta keeps moisture and freezing wind away from your core, and reflective strips ensure you stay visible in terrible weather.

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Gerber E-Tool Shovel ($66)

(Courtesy Gerber)

Made to military specs, with a carbon-steel spade that folds away, the E-Tool is your best friend when a tire starts spinning in snow. Use it to chip at crusty ice and to toss dirt under the wheel for traction. 

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Primus Lite+ Stove ($115)

(Courtesy Primus)

Built for use on portaledges and ultralight backpacking missions, this stove is a tough little piece of equipment. It’s compact, and the locking mechanism keeps the pot close to the flame for rapid boiling. 

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Good To-Go Meals ($13)

(Courtesy Good-To-Go)

Good To-Go’s tasty vegetarian offerings hit the spot when we found ourselves snowed in at a Forest Service parking lot.

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Silky GunFighter Saw ($80)

(Courtesy Silky)

This saw should live in your rig year-round. Triple-edged teeth cut through almost any timber, perfect for sliding boughs underneath your tires or making firewood.

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Coast PX250 Flashlight ($50)

(Courtesy Coast)

The PX250 has three power levels useful for signaling, searching, or reading, plus a flashing red mode. And the magnetic shaft attaches to the body of your car.

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Duluth Trunk Commander Duffel ($120)

(Courtesy Duluth Trading Co)

Roomy enough for emergency water, jumper cables, chains, and all the gear on this page, the Trunk Commander’s seven compartments and pockets keep everything organized.

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Western Mountaineering Semilite Sleeping Bag ($295)

(Courtesy Western Mountaineering)

The zipperless Semilite is a three-quarter-length bag stuffed with 850-fill goose down that you can use with a good jacket for overnighting in your vehicle. It packs down to the size of a softball.

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

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