How to Choose the Best Winter Gear

November 29, 2012

As winter steadily descends upon us, it’s time to get equipped for a season of cold-weather fun. To help you choose the right winter gear for your needs, I’ve compiled this round-up of my past articles and posts that cover everything from snowshoes to gloves, cross-country skis to long underwear. I hope you find it a useful resource.

Winter Hiking Gear

Winter Backpacks
Cold Shoulders: Choose the Right Winter Backpack

Winter Walkers: How to Choose the Right Snowshoes
The Best Snowshoes? Here are My Favorites

Traction Systems
Winter Traction Systems
Aluminum Crampons
Kahtoola Microspikes and KTS Crampons

Winter Camping Gear

Four-Season Tents
Out Cold: Find Dreamtime in a Quality Four-Season Tent

Winter Sleeping Bags and Pads
A Warm Winter’s Nap: Snug Up with the Right Sleep System
Ultralight Winter Sleeping Bags
Best Deal on a Winter Sleeping Bag? Check Out These Four Options

Bivy Sacks
The Different Types of Bivy Sacks 

Clothing and Accessories

Long Underwear
The Bare Essentials: Get Cozy with the Right Base Layer

Hot Hands: Toast Your Fingers with the Right Gloves
Touchscreen Gloves
Best Liner Gloves Ever
Lobster Claw Gloves

Head, Face, and Neck Protection
Warm Thoughts: Protect Your Head and Neck from the Cold
Above Treeline in the Winter: Face Protection

Winter Boots
Give Winter the Boot: Keep Your Feet Toasty All Winter Long
Rechargeable Heated Insoles—with Remote Control   

On Guard: Protect Your Feet with the Right Gaiters

Insulating Layers
Crank It Up: Turn on the Heat with Battery-Powered Clothing
Waterproof Goose Down?
Synthetic Insulation: The Long and Short of It
Down Time: The story of a miracle material
The Incredible Structure of Goose Down

Cross-Country Skiing

Understanding the Many Types of Skis
Cross-Country Freedom: Choose the Right Skis to Glide through Winter
Glide through the Glades: A Primer on Ski Wax

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.