Winter Equipment

Reviews of hiking, trekking and mountaineering equipment for winter


Best Down Jackets for Women

Hiking at high altitudes or in the height of winter can be an absolute pleasure but only if you are dressed appropriately for the low temperatures. A down jacket is the perfect option for hiking in icy cold weather as it provides the most warmth in relation to its weight compared with other insulation materials… Read More »

Patagonia Down Sweater

The Best Snowshoes for Hiking in 2016

When trails and mountains are covered with snow, hiking becomes much more challenging and requires additional equipment and skills. Traversing areas with deep soft snow will slow you down significantly and cause exhaustion and muscle fatigue, but this can be mitigated by using snowshoes. Snowshoes allow you to hike on a snowy terrain without sinking… Read More »

MSR Lightning Ascent

The Best Gloves for Hiking and Mountaineering

Hikers, mountaineers and trekkers regularly face harsh conditions such as low temperatures, heavy rain, snow and wind. In order to perform to the best of your abilities in these conditions you will need some additional equipment that will provide decent insulation and weather protection – not least for your hands as fingers are one of… Read More »

Outdoor Research Alti

The Best Hiking Hats

Hiking in cold weather is no fun unless you have appropriate equipment such as warm boots, pants, jacket, gloves and hat. A hat is one of the most important pieces of hiking gear as it significantly reduces the overall heat loss. Once US Army studies claimed that 40 to 45 % of body heat is… Read More »

SmartWool Cuffed Beanie

The Best Down Vests for Hiking

Hikers, trekkers and mountaineers are often exposed to challenging weather conditions.  In order to be comfortable on trails they have to choose their clothing with great caution. Hiking vests are becoming increasingly popular as they keep your torso warm while offering great freedom of movement, which is of great value for any active outdoorsman. Insulated… Read More »

Arcteryx Cerium LT Vest

The Best Ice Axes for Hiking and General Mountaineering

Hiking becomes much more difficult when trails are snowy or frozen. In order to execute hiking trips on icy and snowy trails safely, you will need some additional equipment – of which the two most important pieces are crampons and an ice axe. While crampons provide you with the necessary traction, an ice axe helps… Read More »

C.A.M.P. Neve

The Best Gaiters for Hiking

Although hiking through snow is not the easiest thing to do, it can be an unforgettable experience to wander around an amazing snow-covered landscape. In order to be comfortable and safe on snowy trails you will need some additional equipment such as insulated clothing, winter hiking boots and gaiters. Gaiters are very useful as they prevent snow… Read More »

Outdoor Research Crocodile

The Best Down Jackets of 2016

Hikers and mountaineers are often exposed to extreme cold, harsh winds and other challenging conditions – especially in mountainous regions. Hiking under these conditions is no fun unless you have the right equipment to keep you warm and protected against natural phenomena. In winter, when the temperatures drop, you will have to put on extra… Read More »

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer

The Best Winter Hiking Socks

Socks are among the most underrated pieces of hiking clothing – hikers often spend a lot of money on sophisticated outer layers, mid-layers etc. but when it comes to socks they somehow become penny pinching. We, however, think that socks are very important as they are worn directly against the skin on your feet (which… Read More »

Smartwool PhD Outdoor Medium Crew Hiking Socks

The Best Five Crampons (C1)

Hiking becomes much more difficult in winter when the trails are covered with the snow – but not necessarily less enjoyable! In order to safely and comfortably execute hiking trips in winter, you might need additional equipment such as crampons, snowshoes, gaiters and an ice axe. If you are hiking on trails that are covered… Read More »

Petzl Irvis