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“For stop-and-go activities in the alpine, the K3-Dasche is your steadfast companion,” wrote gear director Will Taylor in our 2022 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Fully recycled synthetic insulation in the torso and arms keeps you warm where you need it, while thin four-way-stretch soft shell everywhere else dumps heat.”…

40-plus testers spent four months testing the latest, greatest winter gear on ski hills, backcountry routes, and trails, and in our own home gyms and backyards

The Altus MIPS won a Gear of the Year award in our 2021 Winter Buyer’s Guide: “Testers wore the Altus for multiple self-powered laps up southern Oregon’s Mount Ashland on a 50-degree afternoon, never wanted to take it off, and came away with dry hair,” we wrote.

This sleeping pad was our top choice for winter camping in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. Our tester spent a week in Wyoming’s high country with the Trail Boss and confirmed it’s one of the warmest and toughest pads out there. It’s built with heat-reflecting PrimaLoft Silver insulation wrapped…

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.

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…

These kicks were one of our favorite pairs in the 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The paraffin-treated cotton upper and flannel lining is made to keep cold weather out of your soles. “The Vibram Megagrip outsole and reinforced leather accents make this vintage-inspired hiker even more winter-ready,” our tester wrote.

In our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide roundup of the best flannel shirts, the super soft Flare Gun Stretch was a fan favorite. Our testers found themselves wanting to wear it a few days in a row—so they did.

On the slopes, you want your feet warm but not suffocated. That’s the thinking behind these socks, and it’s why we included them in our Winter Buyer’s Guide lineup. “The PhD Ski Ultra Light offers a snug, barely-there fit, but the nylon-merino-elastane-polyester blend still kept our toes warm,” our…

This headlamp was our top pick for running in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide because of its five lighting modes. We did note the Halo Fire is bulkier than other designs, but the straps cinch tightly to your head to avoid too much bounce.

Hunt down far-flung powder days in style and comfort

Preferably one with gobs of comfort and safety features

Kit to relax with after a big day on the mountain

Whether for Instagram or the mantelpiece, these shooters capture your escapades best

A dash of style doesn’t have to mean reduced traction

New lens designs are improving the view even on low-contrast days

Warm, functional jackets with a strong dose of style

If you’re determined to camp in winter, you’re going to need some sturdy gear

Keep riding long after everyone else has put their bike away for the season

Six cozy throws, from plush to practical

Potions to stay prepped for tomorrow’s adventure

Frozen dome? Try one of these.

A complete revamp of a classic leads the cream of the crop from our test in Snowbird, Utah

Four sturdy stompers for deep days on the trail

Six winterized options for when the lifts stop spinning

Hot pockets—nuking not required (unless we’re talking about snow)

Comfort and performance in a lightweight package

The kit you need to maximize winter saddle time

Tights and insulators to keep you warm and feeling strong

For a parking lot party unlike any you’ll find at a football stadium

A little prep goes a long way toward getting yourself un-screwed

Five decks that bring surf style to the slopes

Get the most out of gym days and training runs

We don’t need no stinking sleeves

Timepieces that look good and play hard

Gear that’s got your back, should things go sideways

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