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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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Montane Tigertooth Pro Climbing Gloves

Montane Tigertooth Pro Glove Review

Montane’s Tigertooth Pro Glove is a technical softshell alpine glove that provides enough dexterity, warmth and water resistance, to hold a mountaineering ice axe in the ready position in cold winter weather. The problem with most high dexterity gloves is that they don’t provide enough insulation when gripping an ice axe is cold winter weather. The pick and […]

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Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacet - Primaloft Insulated Chest and Front

Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket Review

The Outdoor Research Acetylene Jacket is a hybrid midlayer jacket suitable for use as an external jacket for highly aerobic activity in very cold weather. The front and shoulders of the jacket are filled with Primaloft Eco insulation for warmth while the back and arms are a grid-backed radiant fleece for enhanced breathability and moisture […]

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Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket

Big Agnes Third Pitch Hooded Down Jacket Review

Big Agnes has emerged as a leading manufacturer of down jackets over the past two years, bringing their know-how with down insulation, hood design, and lightweight fabrics to the challenge of designing high performance insulated apparel for front-country and backcountry use. Big Agnes’ newest down jacket, the Third Pitch Hooded DownTek Jacket, is an ultralight marvel that is […]

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