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Let Backcountry Guide You to Great Winter Adventure Gear

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We’re deep into winter, and Backcountry has the gear you need for a variety of pursuits. Whether you’re knee-deep in snow or playing in milder conditions, now’s the time to get after it.

Let the Backcountry Winter Adventure Guide help you prepare for your next outing. We picked out some examples from the guide highlighting apparel and gear for camping, snowshoeing, climbing, and more.

Winter is a great time to try out a new activity or upgrade your current kit. These top picks will get you started.

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Winter Running & Hiking

BioLite 330 Headlamp: $60

BioLite 330 Headlamp

This run-friendly headlamp balances the weight in front and back. It casts up to 330 lumens and has a button-locking mode as well as a wicking strap to shed some sweat.

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The North Face Flight Training 12 10L Pack: $159

TNF Face Flight Traininng 12 10L Pack

Hydration is important all year round. The North Face Flight Training 12 Pack has two water bottles that retract into chest pockets. A large back pocket can stash jackets or other layers while smaller pockets inside (and a zippered security pocket) help with organization.

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Winter Camping

Marmot Never Summer Sleeping Bag — 0°F Down: $301

Marmot Never Summer Sleeping Bag 0F Down

If you use a 32-degree bag in the summer, it makes sense to use a different bag for winter. Marmot’s Never Summer zero-degree down sleeping bag is stuffed with water-resistant Down Defender 650-fill down. The anatomical footbox has an internal heater pocket for a mix of warmth and storage.

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Ignik 2-in-1 Heater/Stove: $150

Ignik Outdoors 2 in 1 Heater Stove

Yes, it’s a heater and a stove. You get heat radiating from the side and a cast iron burner on top for your favorite skillet meals. It uses piezo ignition for a start and has a kill switch if it’s tipped over or the pilot goes out.

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Winter Biking

Castelli Perfetto Ros Limited Edition Convertible Jacket — Men’s: $260

Castelli Perfetto Ros Limited Edition Convertible Jacket Mens

A limited-edition take on Castelli’s Perfetto Convertible, this cycling jacket is built for harsher conditions. The fabrics are GORE INFINIUM. In front, there’s INFINIUM 205 Warm to protect against rain and wind, and the jacket has a brushed interior for holding warmth.

The rear-facing fabrics use GORE’s INFINIUM 203 Stretch for lighter coverage but also greater flexibility and breathability. Business up front, party in the back.

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Backcountry Hero Dirt Hoodie: $75 (25% Off)

Backcountry Hero Dirt Hoodie

On warmer days, this synthetic pullover hoodie acts as a wicking layer that retains some body heat. Its mountain biking features include a dual-layered knit body, zippered shoulder vents, jersey pockets, and an adjustable hood that’s big enough to house a helmet.

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Outdoor Research Cirque II Softshell Pant — Men’s: $150

outdoor research Cirque II Softshell Pant

Stay comfortable in alpine elements with stretchy, water-resistant pants. The tough fabric has some give and is designed with articulated knees and a gusseted crotch for a greater range of motion. Ski-friendly extras include an avalanche beacon pocket, scuff guards, and gusseted ankle zippers to fit different types of boots.

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Tubbs Frontier & Wilderness Snowshoes —  Men’s & Women’s: From $170

Tubbs Frontier and Wilderness Snowshoe

These beginner-friendly Tubbs snowshoes have plenty of features that experienced snowshoers can appreciate. They have an aluminum frame that flexes, padded bindings, and heel lift risers to ease the strain on your Achilles while heading up steep inclines.

On icy trails or descents, the toe crampon and side rails add bite to your step. A rotating toe-cord lets the tail drop and shed snow while walking.

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Cross-Country Skiing

Swix Insulated Drink Belt: $36

Swix Insulated Drink Belt

Here’s an insulated 1L drink belt that clips onto your waist. You get the concept, but Swix adds some wintry touches with a zippered compartment on top and a small LED light.

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Smith Flywheel ChromaPop Sunglasses: From $119

Smith Flywheel ChromaPop Sunglasses

These Flywheel sunglasses come with some splashy frames options, but it’s the tinted ChromaPop lenses that matter most. The lenses filter two distinct wavelengths for greater contrast on natural landscapes.

The result is similar to an Instagram filter, with saturated colors. For comfort, the frames are flexible and the nose pads are adjustable.

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Ice Climbing

Petzl Laser Speed Light Ice Screw: $85

PETZL ice screw

This mountaineering-grade ice screw has an aluminum body with steel in the tri-toothed drill for more strength in its bite. The flexible crank is color-coded to more easily pick out from your harness.

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Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool: $260

Black Diamond Viper Ice Tool

Black Diamond intends the Viper Ice Tool for all-around use. The updated design extends the shaft through the grip for a responsive feel and beefs up the Titan Pick. However, you can change that thanks to its modular head, which allows you to swap out the pick for any other of the brand’s picks, axes, and hammers.

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Don’t Let Winter Keep You Inside

We only picked two examples for each winter pursuit, but there’s a plethora of gear to choose from out there. The Backcountry Winter Adventure Guide goes more in-depth.

Check out this season’s latest gear and apparel and get outside.

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This article is sponsored by Backcountry. Explore its Winter Adventure Guide online.

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