Winter Hiking

Wolverine ShiftPlus Polar Range Boots Review

Wolverine ShiftPlus Polar Range Boots Review

Wolverine ShiftPlus Polar Range Boots are winter boots rated down to -40F with 400-gram Primaloft Aerogel insulation.  They’re not specifically designed for winter hiking and lack some of the features found on good winter hiking boots like a curved rockered sole designed …

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Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra Review

The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra is a winter traction aid compatible with all types of shoes: trail runners, hiking boots, insulated boots, and mountaineering boots.

The Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra is a winter traction device that has 18 half-inch stainless spikes connected to an elastomer harness compatible with all hiking boots, shoes, and trail runners. They’re essentially tire chains for your feet, designed to give you better traction for …

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What is an Inverted Canister Stove?

An inverted canister stove is a canister stove that can burn canister gas (an isobutane/propane mix) in lower temperatures than a regular canister stove. It’s good for winter camping when the nighttime temperature drops below 15 degrees (F). That’s the temperature at …

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REI Activator 3.0 Softshell Pants Review

REI Activator 3.0 Softshell Pants Review

REI’s Activator 3.0 Soft-Shell Pants, available for both men and women, are softshell pants for winter hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. They’re water-resistant and highly breathable to prevent sweat build-up, with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for freedom of movement. They’re rated …

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Winter Bivy Sack Guide 2021-2022

Winter Bivy Sack Guide 2021-2022

Winter bivy sacks were first developed as solo shelters for mountaineering and climbing where participants were interested in lightweight and highly compressible camping gear. Bivy Sacks are also an attractive option for backpacking hunters, backcountry skiers, and winter backpackers who want the …

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Winter Hiking Hard Shell Jacket Guide

Winter Hiking Hardshell Jacket Guide

Hard shell jackets are a burly type of rain jacket used for winter hiking as a windproof and waterproof clothing layer. They have a richer set of temperature regulation and storage features from warm weather rain jackets to help you avoid perspiration …

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Hillsounds or Microspikes? How to Choose

Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra vs Kahtoola Microspikes

Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultras and Kahtoola Microspikes are the most popular winter traction aids for hiking on packed snow, ice, and mixed ice and rock. They’re like tire chains for your feet, with tiny metal spikes and chains that are attached to …

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Kahtoola Microspikes Review

Kahtoola Microspikes provide excellent traction on packed snow and light ice on fairly level hiking trails

Kahtoohla Microspikes are ideal for mixed rock, ice, and snow outings for a number of reasons. Unlike crampons, anyone can use them without any special training. Put them on and go. You don’t need to learn how to drive if you put …

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