Whether you’re taking the family skiing or heading out for a backcountry trek in a national park, packing for winter travel can seem overwhelming what with all the layers, jackets and general gear. To not overpack, think in outfits, and make sure to pack some essentials that can do double duty — like a jacket that can go from the mountain to fancy dining. This will also leave more room for packing necessary gear. Here are some of the must-have clothes and gear we’re taking on adventures this season.
1. Fisher + Baker Passage Jacket ($328)
From a backcountry hike to a classy restaurant, we love the versatility of the . This men’s coat is also super lightweight, which makes packing it really easy! It is made with DownTek 750 down and a waterproof finish, so it’s very warm and can be worn alone or under a shell while playing outdoors, but it is also stylish, so you can keep it on for dinner afterwards.
2. Mountain Standard Women’s Hooded Down Jacket ($228)
For women, we like the Mountain Standard for travel. Like our pick for men, it works equally well on playing on the mountain or in the town: it’s cute and seriously warm. And when we say warm, we mean 700-fill goose down warm. The jacket comes in four colors and we recommend sizing up for a relaxed fit.by
3. Yaktrax Winter Traction Devices
If your winter adventure includes backcountry hiking or running on packed snow and ice, then you’ll want a winter traction device for your shoe or boot. We like Yaktrax for their compact but functional (and even quite stylish) products. The uses a combination of removable spikes and steel coils to provide amazing traction when running on packed snow and ice. It can be worn in temperatures as low as -41 degrees F, although we’re not sure who wants to run in that cold! For heavy-duty traction, say hiking up a snow and ice covered mountain, you’ll want the , which has 3/8 inch triangular carbon steel spikes for real grip on steep slopes.
4. Kamik Sienna Boot
Finding a boot that can work well for hiking and going out will help eliminate how many heavy shoes you add to your luggage. For women, we love the . It can be dressed up or down and keeps your feet warm and dry with 3M™ Thinsulate™ insulation and lightweight RubberHe bottoms.
5. Outlier Merino Hoodie & Strongwool Snap Bandana
For men, we are loving these products by Outlier this season. First, the , which is wonderfully soft and warm. The three-piece hood fits closely around the neck and head without any annoying pull tabs or cords, meaning you can nap in it on say the airplane, without being poked by a tab. The high neck zip also helps to keep the cold out. It also has a tailored fit with an extended back and long raglan sleeves. Another favorite accessory from this company is the , which keeps the neck looking stylish but also ridiculously warm thanks to the doublefaced fleece that is tough on the outside to protect against the elements and super soft and brushed against the skin. It uses a magno-mechanical Fidlock closure that makes it easy to adjust and take on and off.