We’re still officially six weeks away from the start of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, but as temperatures drop, snow begins to fly, and the days get shorter, the arrival of that season is definitely on a lot of people’s minds. But, just because winter arrives that doesn’t mean yo have to hang up your boots, backpack, and sleeping bag until spring. Quite the contrary in fact, as winter outings can be incredibly fun and rewarding, that is provided you have the right gear. Thankfully, Backpacker magazine is here to help in that regard, offering up its picks for the best winter camping gear for sleeping in the snow.
The list is broken down into two categories that include the best four-season tents for use in the winter months and the best sleeping bags and sleeping pads as well. Those options are accompanied by an image, a paragraph of text explaining why the product made the cut, and links for reading a full review, as well as where to buy it for yourself. For instance, the Mountain Hardwear Trango 2 is amongst Backpacker‘s favorite tents because it survived in Banff National Park in Canada despite sustained winds of more than 40 mph (64 km/h) and gusts of up to 70 mph (112 km/h).
Of course, having the right tent is just half the battle and a warm sleeping bag and a good sleeping pad come in handy too. Backpacker recommends three bags and two pads, with varying temperature ratings based on needs. Want to stay out in extreme cold? Pack the Sea to Summit Alpine -40ºF bag. In more moderate winter conditions, the Therm-a-Rest Oberon 0ºF will do. Throw in a Nemo Cosmo 3D Insulated pad, and you’ll be cozy even in the harshest of weather.
If you’re still looking for more winter gear advice, Backpacker isn’t quite done yet. The gear-testing team at the magazine has also put together a list of the best hiking boots for use in the winter too. This round-up has six of the top cold-weather options available at the moment, with the Salewa Wildfire Edge Mid GTX and the Vasque Coldspark UltraDry standing out as offering good performance and an athletic design. Each of the boots on the list will help keep your feet warm in cold temperatures, while also providing good traction and stability in a variety of conditions.
Happy winter adventures!
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