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This holiday season, give a gift to your loved ones and your local economy at the same time. Dozens of outdoor gear companies, large and small, call the Northeast home. Many of them manufacture at least some of their products in the region, while others produce their entire collections locally. If you’ve got an outdoor…

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Don’t let the heat coursing through your neck and head escape into the cold clutches of winter. Keep it close instead with the help of an ultralight, ultra-compact, and inexpensive clothing accessory that should be in every cold-weather adventurer’s wardrobe: A liner balaclava. Your carotid arteries and jugular veins lie close to the surface on…

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Winter likes to throw two things in your face: intense glare from the snow and bitter, frostbite-hastening winds. Factor in open terrain above treeline, and the effect is especially punishing. To defend yourself from winter’s onslaught, ski goggles or sunglasses are a must. Here are several variables to consider when selecting winter eye protection. LET…

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Most people have no idea how to properly size and fit gloves, but finding the perfect pair can have a huge effect on how warm and toasty your fingers are (or aren’t) in winter’s chill. Here’s what to look for. Glove fit basics First and most importantly, your fingers should almost, but not quite, touch…

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Tackling the high mountains of the Northeast in winter is serious business. Deep snow, steep terrain, icy conditions… you need to prepare for it all. Given that a good pair of snowshoes is usually an integral part of such adventures, I wanted to highlight several new designs that have caught my attention this season. First,…

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Cold fingers are no fun. So I avoid them by wearing the right pair of winter gloves for the conditions at hand (ha). Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite an array of winter hand wear, which I detail below. But before we get there, it’s important to keep in mind that proper fit is one…

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There are few items of gear as simple, inexpensive, and effective at increasing your warmth and comfort in the cold. What’s more, it weighs only a few ounces and fits easily in most jacket pockets. What is this magic piece of cold-weather gear? A neck gaiter. A neck gaiter is essentially just a short tube…

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The price of goose down has soared over the past few years, a trend clearly evident in the world of sleeping bags and puffy jackets. And, while exact numbers are hard to come by, I’ve noticed that many gear manufacturers have begun to use duck down instead of goose down in some of their sleeping…

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There’s only one meaningful difference between a trekking pole and a snowshoe pole—and it costs as little as $7 to upgrade your summer poles for snow-tromping fun. The key item you need? A snow basket that prevents your poles from piercing deeply (and uselessly) into the snowpack. Most trekking poles come with a small basket…

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Your face is at risk for frostbite in bitter cold and freezing wind, especially in above-treeline winter conditions. To fully protect it, you need two things: a facemask and goggles. A good mask fits snug against your face and nose with no gaps whatsoever; the smallest exposed sliver will rapidly frostbite in severe winter conditions….

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