Gear Kits

Winter Buyers Guide for Clothing 2017

Stay warm, dry, and comfortable with our Explorers' favorite winter clothing.

Curated by The Outbound Collective

We asked our Explorers for their go-to winter clothing options, and they shared their favorites. 

Fits Socks - Mountaineer

Josiah Roe says - "Light, breathable, but warm, damn warm."

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SmartWool NTS Midweight Bottom - Men's

Josiah Roe says - "These just saved my butt camping at 11,000' in the San Juans with only a 20 degree sleeping bag."

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant - Men's

John Chau - "The best all-around pants I've worn for mountaineering and backcountry excursions. They're extremely durable and their water-resistant, wind-resistant, warmth, and stretchy breathability make them great for winter hiking. "

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MEC Airblock XC Gloves - Unisex

James Hueser says - "Windproof and warm enough once I start heading up the mountain. Gives me great dexterity when scrambling up a rock face."

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People Socks

Christian Murillo says - "Really soft and tremendously warm. A premium Merino wool blend that is an absolute bargain at under $35 for 4 pairs."

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Mountain Standard Merino Camp Socks

Jake Young says - "Very high quality midweight merino socks that also happen to be very cheap at ~$7.50 per pair"

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Ibex Woolies 1 Crew

Jake Young says - "Extremely versatile merino wool base layers. Breaths well, keeps you warm, and most importantly is smell resistant. Comes in three different weights."

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Eastern Mountain Sports Women's Feather Pack Jacket

Elyse Clark says - "Light (5 oz), warm jacket. Easily compressible to fit into backpacks. Durable material with good water resistance."

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Outdoor Research Men's Lodestar Jacket

Matt Ford says - "A hybrid jacket that combines the best of breathability, waterproofing and insulation into one package. Slim fitting, can be worn on long approaches and won't let you overheat. The only jacket I need for ice and alpine climbing."

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Salomon Alp Mtn Gtx Boots

Emily Haggar says - "These boots are the perfect mix between a hiker and a mountaineering boot. Waterproof and warm for winter but also great for 4 season use."

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Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket - Women's

Emily Haggar says - "Love this company and their gear is exceptionally designed and beautifully constructed. This puffy has a cut like no other on the market, and technical features you'd expect to find on other mountaineering gear."

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Women's Notion Beanie

Madison Sankovitz says - "Soft and warm around my head in the cold. It has an easy, comfortable fit that is perfect for any winter day!"

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Bloom Outerwear Bib Pant

Grant Whitty says - "The bib pants are a versatile bib-style ski and snowboard pant. They are ideal for days touring in the backcountry, as they are lightweight and breathable, yet waterproof. The bibs can be removed to make a traditional style snow pant, as well as connect to Bloom's jackets' built-in powder skirt."

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Bloom Outerwear Onward Jacket

Grant Whitty says - "The Onward Jacket is a high-quality, ripstop, shell jacket from Denver-based Bloom Outerwear. This jacket is waterproof, yet breathable with many rad features like built-in wrist gaiters, a plethora of pockets, bib-pant integration, and a taller fit to keep the snow out."

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Hot Chilly Men's Peachskin Crewneck

Josh Currie says - "A little lesser known but very warm and affordable base layers for the cold!"

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Fjällräven Ovik Winter Trousers

Josh Currie says - "I'll never wear a different pant outdoors again and you'll have them for life. Very sturdy but breathable for grueling hikes."

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Buff Merino Wool Thermal Neckwarmer

Jason Hatfield says - "I use this buff for pretty much everything, a bandana when generating heat skinning up, a hat when conditions get a little chillier, and a face mask for blocking bitter winter winds. Since it's wool it does a stellar job of retaining heat when wet and breathing enough for my hot head."

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Western Mountaineering

Western Mountaineering Flight Down Pant - Men's

Jason Hatfield says - "You know that deep cold you can't seem to shake when waiting for a sunrise shot? That's all your body heat escaping through your thin pants. These puffy pants that feel like warm, fluffy, leg-clouds (and might elicit comments of "Michelin man") have changed my life. Hike or ski in thinner breathable pants and throw these bad-boys once you're at destination for warmth in temps below zero."

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Icebreaker Everyday Crew Top - Women's

Christin Healey says - "Base layer that's super soft, warm when it needs to be, cools off and wicks when you're working. Plus, you can wear this layer for days (ok, weeks!) without needing a wash if you are in the backcountry. Great colors too."

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Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boot - Women's

Hillary Federico says - "Super comfortable, waterproof hiking boot. Durable, affordable and comes in really fun colors (great for photos)."

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Airblaster Hoodless Ninja Suit - Men's

Michael Gabbert says - "A base-layer onesie. Packs small, looks awesome, and provides great warmth for winter camping, skiing, or just chillin."

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Black Diamond

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell Jacket - Women's

Emily Haggar says - "A tough but lightweight GortexPro shell - love that it's built for whatever adventures you can throw at it. Minimal design + awesome performance."

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Aria Down Hooded Jacket - Women's

Madison Sankovitz says - "I can hike to the highest peaks and still stay warm! It is insanely comfortable in blistery conditions."

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