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1REI CIRQUE ASL 2 TENT $359, REI.COM


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Built for year-round use, this hybrid tent offers a stout winterproof design and a manageable pack weight of 5.6 pounds. Zippered panels seal its mesh doors tight from blowing snow. Its fly (not pictured) has channels that vent wind “to increase the tent’s strength,” REI cites. Finally, adjustable ceiling vents allow airflow at night to help keep condensation at bay.


HOODY $195, OUTDOORRESEARCH.COM Thick baffles of goose down give this jacket its loft and enough warmth to fight below-zero air. Outdoor Research employs rip-stop polyester for the body and a light, 650-fill down insulation inside to give this “puffy” jacket its puff. Despite the warmth, the Transcendent packs small and weighs slightly less than 1 pound when stuffed away.


3KELTY MISTRAL MINUS-20 $90, KELTY.COM


At 6.6 pounds, the Mistral is a bit of a lug. But its reasonable price and a minus-20-degree rating combine to make it a good buy. A mummy-style design with a thick hood lets you cinch the Mistral tight. Its rip-stop polyester shell is stuffed with gobs of synthetic insulation for warmth throughout the winter night.


4MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SPEARHEAD


MITTS $100, MOUNTAINHARDWEAR.COM Kevlar stitching and a durable pigskin palm set the Spearhead Mitts apart. A waterproof/breathable treatment keeps snowmelt from seeping through. Inside, removable polyester-fleece liner gloves provide extra dexterity when fumbling with your stove in camp.


5 THERM-A-REST Z LITE SOL $35, CASCADEDESIGNS.COM


An aluminized surface treatment on this foam sleeping pad reflects body heat, upping its warmth for winter nights. In bitterly cold temps, opt for the foam pad versus the air pad, which puts a layer of cold air between you and the ground. Plus, the Z Lite Sol folds into a rectangle-shape package that you can easily cinch onto a backpack, weighing in at just 14 ounces.


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WATER BOTTLE HOLDER $14, REI.COM Keep your water in its drinkable liquid state with this foam case. It fits a standard 1-liter water bottle and zips shut, sealing out the chill and keeping your drink from freezing. A webbing loop attaches the case to a backpack hip belt for easy-access hydration at all times on the trail.


7 KAMIK KEYSTONE G BOOTS $240, KAMIK.COM


Lace up for a winter hike or a snowshoe trip with these insulated leather boots. A Gore-Tex membrane offers a waterproof shield for wet snow or slush on the trail. Bonus: A pattern of tiny glass filaments embedded in the sole provide additional grip on ice and hard snow.


8 MSR EVO SNOWSHOE $100, CASCADEDESIGNS.COM


A rigid plastic deck and steel “traction rails” on the bottom for grip make the Evo snowshoes distinctive. Big rubber straps pull tight over the boots, giving a quick and secure fit. Their small size—8 inches wide, 22 inches long— accommodates up to 180 pounds for added float on the snow. For those needing extra flotation, add a snap-on pair of tails to the snowshoes for $40.


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