The Best Winter Travel Gear of 2021
Kit yourself out for comfort, no matter the journey
Maho Shades Charleston 2 Sunglasses ($125)
These sunnies are so lightweight, you’ll forget they’re on your face. Made of wood pulp and cotton, the frames have a special coating that gets sticky when wet, so they stay put during sweaty adventures.
Gregory Detour 40 Pack ($120)
Designed to be simple and adaptable, the Detour 40 is an ideal carry-on. It features two handles for easy use, a contoured shoulder harness for comfort, just the right number of pockets for passports and snacks, and a padded laptop sleeve. And still there’s enough space for the helmet that never seems to fit in your ski bag.
Sorel Explorer Joan Boots ($140)
Winter footwear can be cumbersome to travel with. But the Joan are so light, you’ll barely notice a difference in your luggage. Even so, the microfleece-covered footbed and waterproof leather and suede keep your feet dry and comfortable when streets turn sloppy. It even looks cute with jeans.
POC Fornix SPIN ($180)
Lightweight and well ventilated, POC’s new Fornix SPIN is the ultimate all-mountain helmet, allowing you optimum temperature control whether touring in the backcountry or riding the lifts this winter.
Cotopaxi Dorado Half-Zip Fleece Jacket ($100)
The Dorado’s cheerful colors and retro styling made us happy, and its midweight recycled-polyester material kept us warm without overheating—perfect for long days on the go. Plus, the company donates 1 percent of its profits to organizations dedicated to ending poverty.
Rumpl Travel NanoLoft Puffy Blanket ($99)
Meet your new security blanket. The Rumpl is remarkably warm for being just 0.7 pounds. It’s also water resistant and filled with 100 percent recycled synthetic insulation, and it stuffs down too small to ever leave behind.
NuraLoop Earphones ($199)
Using a special microphone, the new NuraLoop measures the vibrations your ears generate in response to certain tones. It then customizes the audio’s range accordingly, bumping up the treble for those less attuned to high-frequency sounds, for example. The result is a much more immersive listening experience.
Hydro Flask Coffee bottle with Flex Sip Cap ($33)
Finally, a no-drip coffee bottle, thanks to Hydro Flask’s twist-lock mechanism. The double-walled stainless-steel container keeps liquids hot for 12 hours and cold for 24, and it’s dishwasher safe.
Patagonia Men’s Long Sleeve Natural Dye Fjord Flannel Shirt ($99)
This soft heavyweight flannel, made with organic cotton and plant-based dyes, will become your go-to multipurpose layer to dress up or down.