Be prepared for anything with these 12 cold-weather-gear picks

In this week's Staff Picks, Emily shows us just what you need to keep nice and warm this winter.

Because having feeling in your fingers shouldn't be a luxury

Don't let cold temperatures prevent you from getting out there

The Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt offers the most customizable—and comfortable—night of sleep you can get

An extremely light and comfortable sleeping pad that is excellent for three-season conditions.

The synthetic fill is designed to break down once it hits the landfill

Six cozy throws, from plush to practical

Warm, functional jackets with a strong dose of style

If you like your beer icy cold and your coffee piping hot, there’s no better option out there

The Bobcat Down trail quilt is one of the lightest on the market

If you like cold, frothy beer as much as I do, pay close attention

A stove to repair a dent and other totally unexpected uses for stuff you own

Consider three things when picking the perfect 18- to 20-ounce water bottle: usability, durability, and temperature control

When weather rolls in, grab one of these

I learned that the little things make the biggest difference, but ultimately, it mostly comes down to style and personal preference. And we're totally OK with that.

Thicker than a button-down and lighter than a coat

Comfortable, practical—and, yes, they actually keep you warm

From a performance-minded midlayer to an apres statement piece

You can take the Outdoor Retailer trade show out of Salt Lake, but you can't take the Salt Lake blues out of the show

The gear you need to shred all winter long

Mission-critical supplies for when the mercury drops

Shred all winter long with these essentials

Uberlight and able to take moisture in stride, a new breed of synthetic down is changing the winter jacket for good

There's a lot to talk about when it comes to this fabric

24 products—for work and play—that we fell in love with this year

Is riding with headphones really such a big deal?

Stainless steel water bottles wrapped in cork.

The best ways to get your tea and coffee fix on the road

Don’t leave home without a warm winter buddy.

The Mobot Big Bertha is the ultimate après tool

They'll keep your beer cold for a stupid long time and are easy to transport

Après layers that pull double duty on the trails and slopes

Not all travel mugs are created equal. Pick the wrong one and your coffee will be cold before you reach the ski hill.

Barely-there shells for all kinds of conditions

Forget the forecast. This gear will keep you moving through the toughest season.

What do you get in a super-luxury jacket? A good laugh, and a lot of pockets.

We put five stainless-steel water bottles through the ultimate test, including punting them off a 50-foot cliff and shooting at them with a rifle. Here's how they stacked up.

A jacket that can handle the trail but looks tailored enough for a dinner in Aspen—and is 100 percent American? We'll take three.

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Be prepared for any situation.

The Halogen can’t do it all, but it does so much so well that it rates as one of the most versatile winter jackets we’ve ever tested.

Tired of waiting for the industry to start offering appropriately-sized splitboards and other backcountry items, Ali Carr Troxell is turning to Wagner Custom for the perfect made-to-order gear

Ali Carr Troxell tests Helly Hansen’s new, innovative way to keep you warm out on the slopes

A company never satisfied with the status quo has designed two new jackets that are as cozy and comfortable as some of your favorite pieces

According to Mountain Hardwear, the Ghost Whisperer (hooded) is the world's lightest down jacket—seven ounces, 850-fill down, two pockets, and a ripstop shell that's down- and wind-proof and water repellant

The Arc'teryx Keibo is a moderately insulated, synthetic-fill snowsports hard shell with a relaxed fit

The first question to ask yourself is: Down or synthetic? Synthetic insulation is water-resistant, dries quickly, and is usually not as marshmallowy as its natural counterpart, which makes for better layering.

Who says you can't eat, drink, and sleep in your car as well as you do at home? These products, from the three-gallon Nemo Helio portable shower to the low-profile, synthetically-insulated Montbell U.L. Therma-wrap to the 16-pound, 55-inch long REI Camp Table XL, are all about upping the comfort factor.

Nordic skiers and cold-climate runners will love this aerobic-oriented jacket, which has a wind-blocking front face and a thin, breathable back.

Sierra Designs DriDown technology, unveiled at Outdoor Retailer, allows down to retain its insulating properties even while wet.

I’m looking for an all-purpose jacket that looks decent around town when it’s cold and wet, but also wouldn’t be out of place on a winter hike or snowshoe trip. Not a rain shell–something that has a little warmth. Any suggestions?

Outside picks the essentials for January, including the Patagonia Reversible Flannel jacket.

So you're shopping for someone who shuns modern technology? This rugged, timeless gear is sure to be a hit.

She can shred like nobody's business. Here's what to get her.

The perfect gifts for the active city-dweller.

Classic boots, a backcountry-ready axe, and other awesome gifts for hikers.

The best holiday gifts for climbers, from peak baggers to Himalayan mountaineers.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Patagonia Ultralight Down Hoody.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Jones Snowboards Mountain Twin.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Canada Goose HyBridge Lite jacket

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2012 Winter Buyer's Guide, including the Helly Hansen Odin Mountain jacket.

What are your ten favorite pieces of outdoor gear from the past ten years?

After competing in more than two dozen adventure races, Stephen Regenold breaks down his go-to outdoor gear

What type of jacket do you recommend for winter traveling in Mongolia, where temps will drop to as low as -40? Can I get a good jacket for $200 or cheaper?

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Patagonia Nano Puff vest.

What's the warmest and lightest winter jacket for under $300 for a woman? JonWarren, VT

What's a great men's down jacket that's extremely warm (waterproof would be nice) in the $250 range? I'm looking to wear this alone in the middle of winter without the need for layering. Peter New York, NY

The best new winter coats for on or off the mountain.

Famed explorer Alan Arnette gives us the inside scoop on what he wears to stay warm in the South Pole

I've decided to go big and invest in a quality down jacket, one that I'm going to wear for the next decade. I may be using it when I'm shoveling snow, snowshoeing in the mountains, or just around town. Which jacket do you recommend? Lindsay Durango, CO

PUFF LIGHT Of all the jackets we tested, none saw as much field time as the Xenon. The slightly puffy top is stuffed with enough PrimaLoft insulation to be worn alone down to about 30 degrees. And while its face fabric appears thin and fragile, it’s anything but. One tester…

Town Crossover Stuff the synthetically insulated Guise into one of its pockets and—voilà—it’s a U-shaped travel pillow. Though the DWR coating and pit zips give it a bit of technical prowess, without interior pockets, Velcro closures, or a hood cinch, this jacket is not designed for serious backcountry use.1.8 lbs;…

Throw on this 540-fill faux-down jacket (our warmest here), insulated side in, when you’re at the resort. The waterproof, breathable, neon-sunshine hard shell will keep you safe from the elements (and from getting lost). Afterwards, turn it inside out for a street-smart lime puffy. TAGS: reversible, neon, technical…

Town Crossover Sure, you can sled or snowball-fight in your technical puffy. But you might appreciate the extra padding that this machine-washable wool-nylon beast provides. The huge collar pops up as high as your ears—and stays there. 4.6 lbs; TAGS: wool, machine-washable, heavy-duty…

The wrong knee-length parka can make you look like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Not the Aria. Its 650-fill down is toasty on blustery winter days, but the close-fitting silhouette doesn’t add bulk. Plus one of the hand pockets doubles as a stuffsack. TAGS: knee-length, media pocket, packable…