Hiking Winter Equipment

The winter equipment category includes reviews of the best five products within each category of equipment for snowy and/or icy trails (such as crampons, snowshoes, ice axes etc.). Proper winter hiking equipment will help you to stay safe and perform better on slippery trails. If you are looking for winter clothing, check out the clothing category instead.

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Reviews of Hiking Winter Equipment


The Best Snowshoes for Hiking in 2018   Recently updated !

When trails and mountains are covered with snow, hiking becomes challenging and requires additional gear and skills. Trudging through soft deep snow is very exhausting, but you can make it less exhausting by wearing snowshoes. Snowshoes allow you to hike on snowy terrain without sinking in too deep. A snowshoe consists of a rigid frame… Read More »

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

The Best Ice Axes for Hiking and General Mountaineering in 2018

Hiking becomes difficult in winter when the trails are covered with snow and ice. To hike on icy and snowy trails safely, you will need winter hiking gear – of which the two most important items are crampons and an ice axe. While crampons provide you with traction, an ice axe helps you to arrest your fall… Read More »

Petzl Summit Evo Ice Axe

The Best Gaiters for Hiking in 2018

Although hiking in snowy conditions is not easy, it can be an unforgettable experience to wander around an amazing snow-covered landscape. To be comfortable and safe on snowy trails you will need some additional gear, like for example insulated clothing, winter hiking boots and gaiters. Gaiters are very useful for hiking on snowy trails because they… Read More »

Outdoor Research Crocodile

The Best Crampons (C1) of 2018

Hiking becomes much more difficult in winter when the trails are covered with the snow – but not necessarily less enjoyable! 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 covered with (slippery) frozen snow… Read More »

Petzl Irvis