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Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Review

The Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody is a highly breathable softshell jacket that excels as a wind shirt and protective garment against light precipitation. Ideally suited for cold weather pursuits, it provides excellent breathability without the weight of a heavier technical shell. Made entirely with Schoeller stretch fabric, the Alpine Start Hoody is most breathable jacket that […]

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A smiling Section Hiker melting snow in camp wearing the Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka

Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka Review

The Sierra Designs DriDown Baffled Parka is the quintessential puffy down jacket that’s equally appropriate for winter camping in subzero temperatures or standing on a windy subway platform. This is a seriously warm down jacket made to keep you toasty in the coldest conditions imaginable, above treeline on a frigid crag, or at your kid’s lakeside hockey game. Filled with […]

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Super.Natural Men's Base Layer LS Top 175

Super.Natural LS Top 175 Baselayer Jersey

I hate writing product reviews about my underwear, but I’ve had such a good experience using Super.Natural’s LS Top 175 this winter, that I wanted to tell you about this new brand. Half wool, half synthetic, the Super.Natural’s LS 175 Top has become my go-to cold weather baselayer for winter hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking and cross-country skiing. Made […]

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Wearing a Polar Buff Reversible on a really cold winter day when it was 3 degrees at the trailhead. Note frozen moisture in mustache.

Reversible Polar Buff: A Versatile Winter Layer

I’m always experimenting with my winter layering system, and one new item that I’ve started carrying on really cold winter days when I go hiking or snowshoeing is a Reversible Polar Buff. While the Reversible Polar Buff can be configured in several different ways, as Henry demonstrates above, I mainly use mine as a neck gaiter in winter, […]

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While the hood is not adjustable, the neck area is cut narrow than many other jackets and is very effective at preventing cold air from blowing down your neck and onto your chest. The hood is also helmet compatible.

L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Jacket Review

L.L. Bean’s Ultralight 850 Down Hooded Jacket ($219) is a very warm midweight hooded down jacket that strikes a good balance between a technical winter hiking jacket and one for street use. If you can only afford to buy one down jacket, I’d recommend giving it a good look. I’ve been wearing the Ultralight 850 for cold weather hiking and […]

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Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters – Long Term Review

When you’re hiking through snow, gaiters are an essential piece of gear because they help keep your socks dry. Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters are so-called because they’re built tough like the skin of the animal. Toughness is important, especially around the ankles when wearing crampons, which can slice up your gaiters and even wound your legs. Crocodile gaiters […]

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