It may seem like fall has only just arrived, but the winter season is not as far off as you think. It won’t be long before the snow begins to fly and the colder temperatures of the season descend upon us. If you embrace the outdoor experiences that winter has to offer, chances are you’re looking forward to the change. But if you’re one of those people who goes inside during the colder months, it is probably not something you’re looking forward to. But as I always say, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. If you have the right clothing and equipment, winter can be a great time to be outdoors. And to that end, Outside magazine has released their 2016 Winter Buyer’s Guide, giving us the scoop on the best products available to help us enjoy the season ahead.
The buyer’s guide is broken down into a variety of categories, including Skiing & Snowboarding, Jackets, Accessories, Training, Style, and Tech. In the more traditional of those categories, you’ll find suggestions for the best skis, snowboards, boots, and bindings for a wide variety of conditions. You’ll also get some tips on which jackets and shells are best for keeping you warm on the slopes and around the lodge. But the other categories also help to fill in the gaps as well, offering up the best gloves, helmets, and goggles for instance, as well as top winter running shoes, hiking boots, and even fat bikes. Outside even goes so far as to suggest the best watches and tailgating essentials, while also weighing in on the top cameras and fitness trackers as well.
All told, there are more than 250 products listed in the Winter Buyer’s Guide, covering a wide array of needs. In fact, this is about as broad of a gear selection as I’ve seen in awhile, particularly for the winter season. If you’re in need of some gear to help get you through the season ahead, chance are you’ll find what you’re looking for somewhere on this list. Outside even shares their choices for the best winter camping gear, with some excellent options that will allow you to stay warm and dry, even while spending the night outdoors.
Personally, I’m going to enjoy the autumn while it lasts, as it can be all too fleeting. But that said, I certainly look forward to winter as well, and the new opportunities for outdoor adventure it can provide. Stay warm and comfortable, and you’ll enjoy that season too.
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