Winter Gear

When you’re out in the winter cold, one of the fastest ways to lose body heat is to come into contact with a cold surface. Physics being physics, heat will begin flowing from the warmer object (you) to the colder object, a process known as conduction. And more often than not, your rear end is the chilly recipient of…

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Part of an ongoing series on Northeast-based gear companies. New England’s winter cold ripples across the landscape, its icy breath seeking entry into your bones. This chilly season, lounge and defeat it instead by basking in the luxurious plush of flannel, hand-cut and stitched in the USA. The products of the Vermont Flannel Company aren’t for serious outdoor…

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With proper care, quality outdoor gear is built to last through years, even decades, of hard use and abuse. And yet all it takes is one neglectful or absent-minded moment to cause substantial damage to your equipment. Here are some of the most common fails and their accompanying fixes. MOLD AND MILDEW In the rush…

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If you’re a regular REI shopper, you’re almost certainly familiar with the company’s regular “garage sales.” At these one-day events, individual stores clear out—for cheap—all of the returned gear that has accumulated since the previous garage sale. They’re hugely popular, with dozens of people typically lining up before the doors open. So it’s no surprise that REI has now…

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When it comes to the future of down-filled winter apparel, it seems that the revolution will not be puffed. An innovative new material has successfully converted down into thin, stable sheets of fabric that can be layered inside apparel. This eliminates the iconic ‘Michelin Man’ puff effect created by the long-standard method of creating a…

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On the last day of September, the summit observatory atop 6,288-foot Mount Washington recorded sub-freezing temperatures (27 degrees Fahrenheit) and 0.3 inches of snow. It wasn’t the season’s first snow atop the Northeast’s highest point—that actually occurred a month earlier, on September 1—but it was a telling reminder that the creeping fingers of Old Man Winter have…

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Be visible. Always.I bike commute thousands of miles every year and do everything I can to avoid getting hit by a vehicle. This includes always wearing a high-visibility shirt or bike jacket, using front and rear bike lights, and always keeping an eye out for other good visibility options, especially for nighttime riding. As fall…

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You can strap a lot of different gear to your feet for winter adventure. But do you really need to? There are obvious benefits to avoiding the hassle and weight of equipment like snowshoes, gaiters, and crampons—so here’s my advice for evaluating whether you need them in the first place. For this exercise, I’m going to…

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Deep snow, cold temperatures, and slick conditions are upon us throughout much of the Northeast. If you’re headed outside for winter adventure, that means it’s time to strap some extra gear to your feet. I’ve written extensively over the past few winters about the myriad options available for winter traction, from the latest no-slip winter boots to…

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A sufficiently warm sleeping bag is one of the most important items you can buy for a winter camping adventure. But this crucial piece of gear doesn’t come cheap, with many high-end models running well north of $500. If you are thinking about expanding your outdoor overnight adventures to include the winter season—or are just interested…

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