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The Flexsteps are a Goldilocks option for winter foot traction. Its spikes aren’t too small, nor too deep, so they provide grip on most icy surfaces. They kept our reviews editor sturdy on frozen streets in Iceland, which is why we featured them in our 2020 Winter…

Unpacking an all-time Lee Cohen ski photo during a March storm in Alta, Utah

These gloves live in columnist Jakob Schiller’s car at all times. “The leather palm is tough enough for putting on chains or sawing wood but supple enough for riding a bike,” he wrote. “Wool on the back lets your hands breathe, and a wool lining inside keeps…

The legendary skier anoints a successor, Breezy Johnson, to the title she held for years

Outside’s ethics guru on whether we should prioritize uphill or downhill traffic in the backcountry

We included the Wakayama in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best gloves. “The cowhide outer is treated with aniline oil for water resistance, and the wool lining is woven into loops like terry cloth, forming air pockets that trap warmth,” our tester wrote. “The…

This pair of mitts is built with Gore-Tex and PrimaLoft Gold, which provide excellent waterproofing and warmth. “The exterior is a mix of stretchy soft shell and supple goatskin, making it the nimblest mitten we tested,” wrote Winter Buyer’s Guide tester Dave Cox.

“Mittens are great, until you need to fish something out of your pack,” wrote our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide tester Dave Cox. “That’s why we’re fans of the Maine Line, with its separate index finger for improved dexterity and no loss of warmth.”…

We included these gloves in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best Nordic skiing gear. “Dexterity is key for efficient nordic technique. But off-piste, protection is, too,” wrote tester Marc Peruzzi. “With supple goat leather, offset finger seams, and windproof Gore-Tex, these Hestras deliver both.”…

The untold story of why a generation of dreamers abandoned promising lives to deliver pizza and chase their wildest powder dreams

“Our favorite for uphill skiing or wearing under a large mitten, this glove has fleece on the back of the hand for warmth and a combination of polyester and goatskin in the palm for durabil­ity,” wrote our Buyer’s Guide tester. It’s one of the…

Yukon’s Hammerhead Pro HD was the only logical choice for tackling Vermont’s famous Lincoln Gap Road

This jacket was the best all-around midlayer in our year-long test. “Although it was designed for ski touring, the Zebru is ideal for any fast-paced winter activity where warmth and breathability are key,” our tester wrote. “This is the layer you put on in the morning, never…

We gave these goggles a Gear of the Year award in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “The optics are tack sharp, with (to our eyes) zero refraction or mirroring. We were able to pick up subtleties in the terrain while bombing a groomer at 40 mph,”…

How to stay fueled and warm on the slopes without looking like a total nerd

This toasty 650-fill puffy is one of our go-to layers for winter crag days: the two-way zipper allows you to flare out the hem over a harness for an easy belay. We prefer the Colter for less aerobic outings, but if you’re working up a sweat, it has pit zips…

When an avalanche killed Caroline Gleich’s brother, it didn’t end her pro skiing dreams. But it did change her approach to the mountains.

Two Yosemite locals just made the first summit-to-Valley ski descent of the iconic feature

Pups don’t need sunglasses, but certain dogs “could benefit from dog goggles, or Doggles, because of the decreased UV exposure,” contributor Jade Kolker explained in 2014. “They’ve become a regular fixture on family adventures when my dog sticks his head out the window on the way to…

It’s 2021. Let’s retire the cringeworthy label already.

The Baxter was the best street/slope crossover puffy in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester called this coat “Equal parts stylish, cozy, and technical.” Read our full review here.

In an uncommon skimo race in New Hampshire, two skiers climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest—twice

The desperate race to save a skier who disappeared under an avalanche

A new Snow Mode makes finding trails and parking lots easy, and the app helps you avoid avalanches, too

We featured the Force Dry DX in our 2019 Winter Buyer’s Guide page of the best gear care tools. “Slide your boots over the tubes, set the timer, and wake up to warm, moisture-free gear. Works with gloves, too,” wrote our tester.

When it was first released in 2010, we called the Snowshot “one of the least expensive jackets in our test but also a tester favorite.” The three-in-one design lets you wear a waterproof shell or insulated liner—or both together for really cold weather.

These were the warmest gloves in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide test. “The Carbide deploys a Gore-Tex membrane beneath supple goat leather on the palm and back of the hand, and has a long cinchable cuff with an adjustable wristband to keep snow out,” wrote tester Dave Cox. Read the…

Microspikes can provide loads of confidence when moving across icy ground. That’s why we love these for winter running: “With ten carbide teeth per crampon, Nanospikes provide reliable grip on slick surfaces,” wrote tester Fritz Huber. “They easily attach to your shoes, thanks to stretchy thermoplastic straps.”…

Kari Traa’s base layers are specifically designed for women, by women, and the Rose pant is a perfect example of that. The pant uses playful, Nordic-inspired patterns that don’t feel overly girly. Plus, it’s made from 100% merino wool that wicks moisture, dries quickly, and resists odor.

The Bitterblaze made it into our 2019 list of favorite gloves for a reason: they’re out-of-this-world warm. Outdoor Research lined them with aerogel—the überwarm, porous silica insulation used by NASA in its space suits.

A dietitian weighs in on our favorite packable midday meals

Ten years ago, heli-ski guide Erin Tierney survived a helicopter crash and began a relentless journey of healing and recovery. Battling injuries invisible to the naked eye, she fought to reframe and regain her hold on the life she loved.

A revolutionary robotic device is opening up all kinds of new possibilities in the mountains

Base lodge closed? No problem. Turn your car into a private post-ski lounge.

A poem to remind you to stay safe out there

Since 1973, a groundbreaking organization has gathered thousands of Black snow-sports enthusiasts for a week of on-mountain revelry. But the event has always had a more serious mission, too: changing perceptions about who belongs on the slopes.

This winter-specific Buff has Polartec fleece on the lower half for extra warmth and Buff’s standard polyester-elastane material on the upper half, so you can dial in the exact coverage you need for the conditions. The four-way stretch piece can be used as a bandana or scarf and has UPF…

Know the risks, the terrain, and the gear you need before your maiden voyage into the backcountry

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