Winter opens up a world of fresh options for outdoor activities. But without the right gear, the elements might get the better of you, or worse, prevent you from nailing a black diamond run or triple-toe loop (snaps if you’re capable of either!).
Staying active with regular workouts can be a challenge in the cold. (Where art thou motivation, amiright?!) Even low-key ventures like a winter trail walk or snowy city stroll can be miz without the right pieces. Oh, and let’s not forget design value for those who prioritize style! Function = the first priority, always. But it doesn’t hurt if your gear looks good, too.
Whether you’re gearing up for an outdoor run, wintry hike, or a weekend on the slopes, you’ll want to consider updating your cold-weather wardrobe with the gear ahead. From cold-proof fabrics—like Columbia’s Omni-Heat tech—to essential layering pieces and built-for-blustery features (think ice-proof traction and clever side zips to help with ventilation and, um, personal business), you’ll be super-prepared for any outdoor winter adventure, no matter your skillset.
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Heavyweight II Baselayer Tight
When it comes to cold-weather activities, base layers are the best place to start. It’s worth stocking up on a handful of basics from tops to leggings, like this compression tight with a thermal-reflective omni-heat lining. You can’t go wrong with a neutral assortment, though we love a fun color pop with a ski jacket or sweater.
Sweater Neck Gaiter
Gear that’s super gear-y might not be your jam if you’re a rookie adventurer, all about the fashions, or both! Enter: this knitted gaiter, made from a cashmere-wool blend. With a two-way zipper, you can style it multiple ways, whether for a snowy city stroll, low-key trail walk, or as the finishing touch to your ski lodge lewk.
Women’s Autumn Park
There’s no getting through winter without a good parka, and Columbia’s Autumn Park Down Hooded Jacket is gold standard in warmth and style. What’s involved? Super warm 650-fill-power down with that reflective Omni-Heat lining, high-pile mink-fleece lining around the head, neck, and ears (to up the cozy factor!), and binding at cuffs to keep the cold out. Angled quilting and zippered hand pockets create a sleek silhouette, too! This jacket is packed with technical details you’ll appreciate out in the elements or après ski.
Margaret Pom Beanie
The topper to every cute winter outfit? A beanie! But not any old kind. One with fleece lining at the headband will ensure maximum warmth while staying put when you’re on the move. For extra style points, go for one with a fun pom-pom, like this retro-inspired jacquard knit design.
Frozen fingers are debilitating in the cold—don’t count on lasting for more than an hour in the snow without a pair of insulated gloves. Key features to look for: waterproof fabric, thermal-reflective lining, and a mitten design so you can more easily grip ski poles and scrunch your fingers around hand warmers in the chilliest of weather.
Hand, Toe and Super Warmer Variety Pack
If you’re out in the elements all day bring a little extra heat source. Struggle with frozen toesies? The stick-on shoe liners are legit on frigid days. Ever find yourself craving a warm patch along your back or midsection? The body-warmers are like an uber-cozy bear hug. Reach for a variety pack for all-over body warmth.
Traverse Traction Device
Any shoe can be all-purpose with this traction device—a go-to accessory for die-hard adventurers that thrive in icy conditions or live for an off-piste event. With a lightweight, yet durable design, these low-profile spikes work on any terrain, from snow-filled sidewalks to wilderness trails.
fēnix® 5S Plus
Peak masters and top tier adventurers can ditch all their other gadgets for this super smart watch. Packed with pro features like full color topo maps, storm alerts, and Breadcrumb tracking (perfect for retracing your steps in sudden whiteouts), this cute little watch does a lot more than tell time.
With the look and feel of walking on a cloud, these winter boots stand up to all the elements. They’re perfect pre- and post-snow, and for everything else on your winter agenda from the city to the backcountry. The puffy design packs a warm punch, with serious insulation and a thermal-reflective lining. Puddles and slush? NBD thanks to the waterproof upper and traction soles. Plus, the zippered-design makes the on-and-off process a cinch. Oh, and did we mention the über-comfy molded footbed and cushioned midsole (!!!)?
Knee High Socks
Like base layers and gloves, a pair of wool socks are critical in the cold. Whether with ski boots or a faux-fur-lined pair for a nippy city day, a knee-high style made from no-stink Merino will be ultra-warm. Even better, this pair features light cushioning for impact absorption and a supportive arch brace for lasting comfort.
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