Winter Buyers Guide for Clothing 2017

Stay warm, dry, and comfortable with our Explorers' favorite winter clothing.

Curated by The Outbound Collective

We asked our Explorers for their go-to winter clothing options, and they shared their favorites. 

The North Face

The North Face ThermoBall Full-Zip Insulated Jacket - Men's

Michael Martineau says - "Super lightweight and packable. It is a great mid layer that will really keep your core toasty when the temperature drops."

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Arc'Teryx

Arc'teryx Gamma LT Softshell Pant - Men's

Jake Young says - "Water resistant softshell pants that are perfect for cold weather hiking, skiing or climbing, or any high output winter activity."

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Patagonia

Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Women's

Sarah Sheehy - "The old trustworthy Patagonia down. Nine years in and it's still puffy and warm."

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Foray Jacket - Men's

John Chau says - "I can toss this on when the weather starts getting wet and stay dry both inside and out! Plus, I love the functions it has, such as the pit zips, stowable hood, and double front zippers. "

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Transcendent Hooded Down Jacket - Men's

Michael Gabbert says - "Light, packable, and hella warm. Perfect for everyday use, but great for winter camping or hiking. If I can bring one jacket with me on the trails, this is it."

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Patagonia

Patagonia Nano-Air Insulated Jacket - Men's

John Chau says - "The range of movement and incredible breathability make the Nano Air jacket one of favorite my winter layers. Plus, it's synthetic and dries fairly quickly, even after a full day of snowshoeing in the wet Cascades."

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Fits Socks - Mountaineer

Josiah Roe says - "Light, breathable, but warm, damn warm."

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SmartWool

SmartWool NTS Midweight Bottom - Men's

Josiah Roe says - "These just saved my butt camping at 11,000' in the San Juans with only a 20 degree sleeping bag."

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Cirque Softshell Pant - Men's

John Chau - "The best all-around pants I've worn for mountaineering and backcountry excursions. They're extremely durable and their water-resistant, wind-resistant, warmth, and stretchy breathability make them great for winter hiking. "

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MEC Airblock XC Gloves - Unisex

James Hueser says - "Windproof and warm enough once I start heading up the mountain. Gives me great dexterity when scrambling up a rock face."

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People Socks

Christian Murillo says - "Really soft and tremendously warm. A premium Merino wool blend that is an absolute bargain at under $35 for 4 pairs."

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Mountain Standard Merino Camp Socks

Jake Young says - "Very high quality midweight merino socks that also happen to be very cheap at ~$7.50 per pair"

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Ibex Woolies 1 Crew

Jake Young says - "Extremely versatile merino wool base layers. Breaths well, keeps you warm, and most importantly is smell resistant. Comes in three different weights."

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Eastern Mountain Sports Women's Feather Pack Jacket

Elyse Clark says - "Light (5 oz), warm jacket. Easily compressible to fit into backpacks. Durable material with good water resistance."

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Outdoor Research Men's Lodestar Jacket

Matt Ford says - "A hybrid jacket that combines the best of breathability, waterproofing and insulation into one package. Slim fitting, can be worn on long approaches and won't let you overheat. The only jacket I need for ice and alpine climbing."

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Salomon Alp Mtn Gtx Boots

Emily Haggar says - "These boots are the perfect mix between a hiker and a mountaineering boot. Waterproof and warm for winter but also great for 4 season use."

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Jottnar Fjorm Down Jacket - Women's

Emily Haggar says - "Love this company and their gear is exceptionally designed and beautifully constructed. This puffy has a cut like no other on the market, and technical features you'd expect to find on other mountaineering gear."

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Women's Notion Beanie

Madison Sankovitz says - "Soft and warm around my head in the cold. It has an easy, comfortable fit that is perfect for any winter day!"

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Bloom Outerwear Bib Pant

Grant Whitty says - "The bib pants are a versatile bib-style ski and snowboard pant. They are ideal for days touring in the backcountry, as they are lightweight and breathable, yet waterproof. The bibs can be removed to make a traditional style snow pant, as well as connect to Bloom's jackets' built-in powder skirt."

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Bloom Outerwear Onward Jacket

Grant Whitty says - "The Onward Jacket is a high-quality, ripstop, shell jacket from Denver-based Bloom Outerwear. This jacket is waterproof, yet breathable with many rad features like built-in wrist gaiters, a plethora of pockets, bib-pant integration, and a taller fit to keep the snow out."

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Hot Chilly Men's Peachskin Crewneck

Josh Currie says - "A little lesser known but very warm and affordable base layers for the cold!"

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Fjällräven

Fjällräven Ovik Winter Trousers

Josh Currie says - "I'll never wear a different pant outdoors again and you'll have them for life. Very sturdy but breathable for grueling hikes."

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Buff

Buff Merino Wool Thermal Neckwarmer

Jason Hatfield says - "I use this buff for pretty much everything, a bandana when generating heat skinning up, a hat when conditions get a little chillier, and a face mask for blocking bitter winter winds. Since it's wool it does a stellar job of retaining heat when wet and breathing enough for my hot head."

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Western Mountaineering

Western Mountaineering Flight Down Pant - Men's

Jason Hatfield says - "You know that deep cold you can't seem to shake when waiting for a sunrise shot? That's all your body heat escaping through your thin pants. These puffy pants that feel like warm, fluffy, leg-clouds (and might elicit comments of "Michelin man") have changed my life. Hike or ski in thinner breathable pants and throw these bad-boys once you're at destination for warmth in temps below zero."

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Icebreaker

Icebreaker Everyday Crew Top - Women's

Christin Healey says - "Base layer that's super soft, warm when it needs to be, cools off and wicks when you're working. Plus, you can wear this layer for days (ok, weeks!) without needing a wash if you are in the backcountry. Great colors too."

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Ahnu

Ahnu Sugarpine Hiking Boot - Women's

Hillary Federico says - "Super comfortable, waterproof hiking boot. Durable, affordable and comes in really fun colors (great for photos)."

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Airblaster

Airblaster Hoodless Ninja Suit - Men's

Michael Gabbert says - "A base-layer onesie. Packs small, looks awesome, and provides great warmth for winter camping, skiing, or just chillin."

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Black Diamond

Black Diamond Sharp End Shell Jacket - Women's

Emily Haggar says - "A tough but lightweight GortexPro shell - love that it's built for whatever adventures you can throw at it. Minimal design + awesome performance."

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Patagonia

Patagonia Dual Point Alpine Pant - Men's

Kenton Steryous says - "Love how the stretchy, breathable material moves with you. And the fit is slim enough to not get tangled up when climbing, but not too slim."

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Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear Stretchdown Hooded Down Jacket - Women's

Madison Sankovitz says - "I can hike to the highest peaks and still stay warm! It is insanely comfortable in blistery conditions."

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Outdoor Research

Outdoor Research Aria Down Hooded Jacket - Women's

Madison Sankovitz says - "I can hike to the highest peaks and still stay warm! It is insanely comfortable in blistery conditions."

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Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear Finder Printed Jacket - Women's

Madison Sankovitz says - "This rain jacket keeps me dry in every situation! It has a good-sized hood that covers my head and hat."

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Mountain Hardwear

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman 200 Fleece Jacket - Women's

Madison Sankovitz says - "Extremely comfortable and warm on any day in Colorado. It is easy to add as a layer and it's lightweight!"

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Forsake

Forsake Hiker Boot - Men's

Nick Tortajada says - "These guys seemlessly combine style and technology in footwear. Endless comfort means miles of happy hiking. "

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Hestra

Hestra Fall Line Glove

Kyle Frost - "I've used these gloves skiing at the resort, backcountry, or mountaineering. Hestra makes the best winter gloves and these are no exception"

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Patagonia

Patagonia Nano Puff Vest - Men's

Josh Currie says - "Super lightweight and keeps the core very warm."

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