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. 

Sarah Sheehy - "The old trustworthy Patagonia down. Nine years in and it's still puffy and warm."

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

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. "

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

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

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

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."

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

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

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

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."

Jason Hatfield says - "Over 10 ounces of 800+ hydrophobic down in a 22 ounce puffy designed for sub-freezing mountaineering. This jacket replaced a 6 year old Mont-bell puffy with little "puff" left and has quickly gained a permanent place in my camera pack; It's durable, ridiculously warm, and I happen to think I look pretty good in it."

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."

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."

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

Michael Gabbert says - "Ideal for cold nights camping, these pants are super light and easily packable. Down pants might seem a bit frivolous on the trails, but trust me, they'll become your new best friend"

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."

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