As the cold weather approaches, that doesn't necessarily mean it's time to stay indoors and shut down for the winter. Instead, with the proper gear, you can get outside and enjoy the crisp air and beautiful snowy landscapes. Below we break down all of the key gear items you'll need to stay cozy this winter, from puffy jackets and long underwear to insulated boots and mittens. And for those who plan on hitting the slopes, see our detailed ski gear reviews

Best Winter Jackets of 2018-2019

When the heart of the coldest winter months arrives, it’s time for a serious jacket. Our picks for the best winter jackets and parkas below are among the warmest on the market—they are packed with...

Best Winter Boots of 2018-2019

Winter boots are a timeless and charming piece of gear. They bring back memories of being a kid, when snow falling always meant the anticipation of stomping around for hours at a time...

Best Winter Gloves of 2018-2019

Gloves may not get quite as much attention as your other winter clothing, but they offer invaluable warmth and protection when the temperature drops. Our picks for the best winter gloves of...

Best Down Jackets of 2018-2019

Nothing beats a great down jacket, whether it’s for causal use or tearing around the backcountry. Below we break down the best down jackets of 2018-2019, including the top down sweaters, ultralights...

Best Synthetic Insulated Jackets of 2018-2019

If you’re looking for a jacket that offers solid warmth at a good value, synthetic insulation is the way to go. You don’t get quite as high of a warmth-to-weight ratio as down, but synthetic jackets resist moisture...

Best Fleece Jackets of 2018

There are a wide variety of insulating jackets available, but the most comfortable and affordable choice is the classic fleece. These polyester jackets have been providing cozy warmth...

Best Baselayers of 2018

As your next-to-skin article of clothing, a baselayer plays a fundamental role in pulling moisture away from the body and regulating core temperature. It’s far easier to justify purchasing a nice down jacket or waterproof shell, but a baselayer can be...

Best Hardshell Jackets of 2018-2019

Hardshell jackets are designed for the alpine: they’re highly windproof, waterproof, breathable, and durable. This is the outer layer you turn to for ultimate protection while backcountry and resort...

Best Snowshoes of 2018-2019

With a wide and stable footprint and solid underfoot traction, snowshoes open up your favorite summer running and hiking trails for winter fun. Below we break down the best models for the 2018-2019 season including recreational snowshoes...

Best 4-Season Tents of 2018

From backcountry ski tours to mountaineering in some of the most inhospitable weather on Earth, a 4-season tent is the last line of defense between you and the elements. Accordingly, these tents are much stronger...

Best Mountaineering Boots of 2018

No piece of gear is more critical to summiting high peaks than footwear. A great mountaineering boot fills countless roles: it must offer support while carrying heavy loads...

Winter Camping Checklist for 2018-2019

Whether you are planning a week-long expedition or camping for a single night, having the right equipment for winter is crucial. Snow-covered landscapes can be magically enticing, but trips...

Backcountry Skiing Checklist for 2018-2019

Nothing is more satisfying or adrenaline-inducing than slaying fresh powder in the heart of the backcountry, but you’ll need the right gear to accomplish your ski objectives...

Review: Rab Neutrino Endurance

Winters are harsh in the U.K., and British alpinists are known for getting out in all types of conditions. So if there’s anyone we can trust to make innovative gear for the cold and wet, it’s Rab. This England-based...

Review: Feathered Friends Eos

Feathered Friends is a boutique down specialist birthed out of Seattle’s climbing scene in the 1970s, and they still lead the pack in down outerwear construction and design. The company is known...

Review: Arc'teryx Beta AR

From Arc’teryx’s formidable hardshell lineup, the Beta AR slots in as the all-around workhorse. The jacket has been a flagship piece since its release back in 2000, and it remains a favorite thanks to a premium...

Review: Patagonia Down Sweater

Climbers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers of all types have enjoyed Patagonia’s Down Sweater for years. It’s a go-to piece that has defined a jacket category, as any new down sweater is compared to this legendary...

Review: MSR Access 3

Tent manufacturers constantly are pushing the limits of weight and weather protection, and 4-season tents designed to withstand harsh conditions tend to fall on the heavy side of the spectrum. Yet MSR essentially created a new category with their...

Review: Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody

Synthetic jackets are hot ticket items these days, and the buzz has been particularly strong around Patagonia’s new Micro Puff. Taking the polyester fill game in a different direction than their Nano-Air...

Review: Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded

Down jackets have a reputation for being bulky, restrictive, and fragile, and therefore often stay on the ground or stuffed away in a pack during a day of skiing or climbing. Mountain Hardwear’s StretchDown...

Review: Arc'teryx Cerium LT Hoody

AAlways designed with a specific purpose in mind, we consider Arc’teryx as the outdoor industry’s equivalent to Tesla Motors. Both create super high-end products where every...

Review: Hilleberg Allak

Hilleberg has set the bar high, creating some of the most finely tuned and well built tents on the market. Therefore we were extremely excited to test the Allak, a 2-person freestanding tent that falls into Hilleberg’s “Red Label” category...

Review: Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Patagonia’s Nano-Air took the active insulation market by storm, designed to be a synthetic jacket that truly can be worn all day through a variety of conditions. For casual use, light exercise in cool...

Review: The North Face Ventrix Hoodie

The release of The North Face Ventrix has been well hyped and for good reason. This new synthetic jacket rivals the uber-popular Patagonia Nano-Air in both comfort and performance, yet comes in considerably...

Review: Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

The Atom LT from Arc’teryx is a legend. It’s been one of the popular synthetic jackets on the market for years, so much so that it has received few updates even as the competition continues to increase. It’s true...

Review: MSR Remote 2

The ideal 4-season tent is a delicate balance of roominess and comfort, ventilation, and extremely durable stormproof construction, all in a package that doesn’t weigh you down too much. With a short weekend on...

Review: Arc'teryx Alpha SV

Arc’teryx is no stranger to hardshell jackets, and long has been a go-to option for protection from harsh weather. For the 2016-2017 season, they’ve updated their bomber Alpha SV with sturdier Gore-Tex, an innovative new zipper design, and...