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 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."

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."

Mountain Hardwear Pyxis Glove - Women's


Madison Sankovitz - says "Blocks the wind and cold while being insanely comfortable. I wear these gloves all over the place in the winter!"

Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket - Women's


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

Ibex Convertible Rag Mitten


Emily Kent says - "Love the mitten to fingerless feature for winter photography when I need to press tiny camera buttons in the cold! Leather palm makes these durable."

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. "

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."

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."

Fits Socks - Mountaineer


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

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."

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. "

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."

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."

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"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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."

Hot Chilly Men's Peachskin Crewneck


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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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)."

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."

Mountain Hardwear Compressor Pant - Men's


Michael Gabbert says - "Ideal for cold nights camping, these pants are super light and easily packable. Down pants might seem a bit frivolous on the trails, but trust me, they'll become your new best friend"

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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!"

Forsake Hiker Boot - Men's


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

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"

Patagonia Nano Puff Vest - Men's


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