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The Coziest Gear for Chilly People

Need the nuclear option for staying warm this winter? Reach for one of these five ultra-cozy winter essentials.


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Maybe you’re not chronically cold—but you probably know someone who is. Even people who love winter often struggle to stay comfortable through plummeting temperatures and snow. To the rescue: these five outrageously cozy accessories, which are guaranteed to raise both your temperature and your well-being.

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Rumpl Whiteout Chillmono ($280)

Why settle for the standard-issue puffy jacket when you can don full-body baffles? This robe-length hoodie packs 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester batting into a silky shell (also recycled polyester) that’s treated with DWR—so it repels snow flurries and coffee spills. Handwarmer pockets thaw icy digits. And the microfleece lining feels instantly cozy, as if the Chillmono was pre-warmed for you. So while its color evokes winter’s snow, its feel is downright fiery.

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Selk’bag Nomad ($269)

Sure, you could wear this “sleeping bag” while camping, because the zip-away booties have tough nylon soles for traction and durability on bare ground (or slate floors). But we prefer it for lounging indoors, because unlike a basic blanket, it moves with you from couch to kitchen to garage. Fabric and zippers are made from 100 percent post-consumer plastic, and so is the down-like insulation: PrimaLoft Thermoplume Black, also used in premium bed pillows and comforters, feels instantly cozy. Seamless baffles hold it in place without the cold spots that are typical of stitched seams (the Nomad is comfort rated to 44 degrees F). Bonus: a hip pocket conveniently stashes a smartphone.

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Manitobah Waterproof Snowy Owl ($250)

With a shearling lining and rabbit fur wrapping the ankles, you know this boot is warm. Comfort rated to -26 degrees F, it’s perfect for cold-footed commuters and après-skiers who need to thaw frozen toes. Three layers of waterproof sealant keep out slush, a Vibram sole grips slick parking lots—and practical features are elevated by artistry. The toe’s beadwork was designed by Rosary Spence, a Swampy Cree creative (100 percent of Manitobah’s profits are returned to its Indigenous artists). The construction stands up to years of wear, and once you pack down the fluffy footbed, you can refresh the cozy factor with replacement sheepskin insoles ($25).

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California Cowboy AprèSki Robe ($398)

Winter’s answer to the Hugh Heffner robe, this flamboyant puffy coat is lined with plush recycled-fiber terrycloth that mops up droplets following any steamy soak. It’s also loaded with features that make it so much more than a post-tub topper: One generously-sized hip pocket holds a Champagne bottle; a terrycloth-lined chest pouch secures sunglasses; one waterproof front pocket protects electronics while the other integrates a bottle opener. Need cozy pockets for warming frigid hands? It’s got those too, plus a detachable hood and an adjustable belt. Stoke-up soundtrack not included.

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Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Smart Heated Gloves, $299

Most heated gloves and mitts require you to fumble with heat settings to adjust the temperature—but not these body-sensing hand-warmers, which automatically modulate their warmth according to your body temperature and activity level. Once you establish your desired temperature by using the related smartphone app, the gloves’ clim8 sensors and heating elements keep you consistently comfortable, whether you’re skiing in 0-degree F temperatures or watching the Christmas Day parade. The rechargeable batteries are bulky (about 2”x2”) so not every jacket cuff fits over or under the gloves’ gauntlet. But we’ve found the heat to last four hours or more in ultra-cold temps, and quality insulation (PrimaLoft Gold backed by Pittards leather) makes this waterproof glove a winning performer even without the wattage.

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