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This winter, staying warm and cozy may be more important than ever. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor pieces for doing just that.
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The Nano Puff is a classic jacket that is super versatile, warm, and looks good with any outfit. Its ripstop shell is built with 100 percent recycled polyester and it’s stuffed with 60-gram Primaloft Gold Eco insulation. Plus, it packs down into its own chest pocket for easy transport.
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This hoodie takes synthetic insulation to a new level with Marmot’s Thinsulate Featherless insulation. The loose fill is quilted into small compartments to keep it from shifting and matches the performance of 700-fill-power down. But unlike down, this jacket will still keep you warm if it gets wet.
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We included this vest in our list of the best men’s running gear in our 2020 Winter Buyer’s Guide. The vest is coated with a water-repellent finish, wind-resistant, and has reflective detailing to increase your visibility at night (or during early winter mornings). “It’s perfect for days when you…
Hydro Flask's mountain bike packs are designed to keep water cold for up to four hours
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Swaddle yourself in light-weight, breathable warmth
The synthetic insulation in the Ventrix is made to be active, with gill-like vents cut into the underarms to dump heat. The soft face fabric glides easily under your shell for perfect layering when the weather turns. We included this jacket as one of our favorite splurge items.
The Terrex Agravic Alpha was our top choice jacket for “going aerobic” in our 2018 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “I can’t imagine next winter without it,” said one tester. The superlight shell is thin and breathable, but has a layer of Polartec Alpha insulation on the chest area that lends…
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The North Face’s ThermoBall synthetic insulation came out in 2013 after years of design and quality testing. After we got our hands on it, we realized the insulation will hold warmth even when (a little) wet, is lightweight, and is packable enough to stuff into the jacket’s own pocket.
In 2015, we highlighted Cotopaxi as a brand to feel good about because of their humanitarian efforts and we specifically liked the Pacaya Insulated Jacket. It still has all the features we loved (durable, water-repellent nylon and underarm stretch panels), along with added improvements like the Polartec Alpha insulation.
The Azura and its new synthetic insulation piqued our interest when it debuted earlier this year. “The prospect of a sleeping bag that offers the versatility of synthetic insulation without completely sacrificing on weight and bulk seems like a win in my book,” our editor wrote.
While the Illuminate might not be a top choice to withstand repeated rubbing against rock, it is perfect for keeping warm while camping or hiking. Bonus: it packs into its own pocket to make a comfortable camping pillow with a soft-brushed tricot covering.
The Air Core Insulated sleeping pad offers a 4.1 R-value, with a comfort range down to 15 degrees. Complete with a ripstop nylon outer and stuffed with a thin layer of PrimaLoft insulation, it’s a durable multi-season pad for those chilly nights under the stars.
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Made with 700-fill recycled down throughout the entire vest, the Origins keeps your core toasty without restricting your arms. We reviewed six vests in this year’s Winter Buyer’s Guide and this one stood out for its water-resistant hood, which provides face and ear protection. Plus, the vest packs into…
When reviewing this jacket, our tester wrote: “If I could only have one insulation piece for the rest of my life, this would be it.” The Crowe’s Polartec Power Fill insulation is warm yet breathable and the ripstop fabric is water- and wind-resistant. Plus, the insulation is made from…
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Our favorite puffies and shells for men and women, whether you’re riding lifts or out for a tour
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The shirt jacket is an essential layer for anyone living in colder climates. Built from the same cut as Patagonia’s iconic Fjord flannel, this shacket ramps up the warmth level thanks to a thin layer of polyester on the inside. Of course, on the outside, it still looks like your…
Hestra has been making gloves since 1936 and they know what they’re doing— every single pair of their gloves are made in their own factories and they personally source all materials. The Army Leather Couloir is a classic sport glove that combines leather and a high tech polyester lining to…
These gloves were included in our 2018 Winter Buyer’s Guide. “Stylish warmth on a budget is the sell on these gloves, which are made of leather stuffed with 60-gram PrimaLoft insulation,” wrote editor Axie Navas.
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