Hardcore adventurers don’t stop exploring when the clocks are set back in the beginning of November, or even when winter officially starts in December—despite the harsh weather and shorter days, they keep going. Whatever your outdoor passion, it’s important to keep enjoying it through the colder months and the right gear can make a world of difference. Before you head out on your cold weather adventure, check out these six things that will help any outdoor adventurer make the most of winter.
Chips by Outdoor Tech
These little chips were once a lifesaver reserved exclusively for skiers and riders who wanted to enjoy their favorite playlist on the slopes, but with the introduction of an accessory line (and the addition of budget-friendly wired chips) they are now a key piece of gear for all outdoor enthusiasts. With incredible sound and a comfort-conscious design, the Chips are the obvious choice for long days in the great outdoors—and with a large button design, you won’t even have to take off your gloves to change the song.
outdoortechnology.com; $40 for wired, $130 for wireless
The 24 oz. Standard Mouth Bottle and Food Flask by Hydro Flask
When it comes to outdoor adventure, staying hydrated is essential regardless of the season. But a water bottle full of frozen water won’t help anybody in the middle of January—that’s where Hydro Flask really shines. Thanks to one-of-a-kind double wall insulation technology, your cool drink of choice will hold its temperature for up to 24 hours (hot drinks will stay piping hot for up to six hours), and you won’t feel the temperature on the outside of the bottle. Built to withstand rugged outdoor use, these water bottles and new food flasks are a crucial addition to any outdoor adventure.
hydroflask.com; $30 for 24 oz. bottle, food flask starting at $30
The Re-Fuel Go Charger by Digipower
With electronic devices so crucial to both work and play, portable power has become a must-have. After all, who hasn’t had a phone or action camera battery die at the most inopportune time? Prevent power failure with the Go Charger—it works with USB-charged devices and even has room to charge two Go Pro batteries. Don’t worry about missing that killer shot (or that important call) ever again.
Kode 32 by Osprey
Built for the backcountry, the Kode 32 is the midsize option in a line of brilliantly-designed packs. Osprey is known for top quality gear and the Kode pack is no exception. Built-in ski and snowboard carry options, a helmet carry sleeve and a hydration reservoir are just a few of the great features you’ll find in the Kode 32.
ProFLEX Heated Insoles by ThermaCELL
What do all winter athletes and outdoor adventurers have in common? Cold feet. It’s a classic problem when the cold weather rolls in, but there hasn’t be a great way to deal with it until now. If you’re sick of buying disposable heat packs, you should invest in heated insoles. ProFLEX insoles were specially designed to move with outdoor adventurers, with a run time of up to five hours (on medium heat), rechargeable batteries and a remote control for midday adjustments. Don’t call it a day due to cold toes, just turn up the heat.
Lightwave Camp Rocker by Brunton
It’s no secret that the sun sets a whole lot earlier in the winter, but don’t let darkness get the best of your trip. Whether you’re planning on spending the night in the great outdoors or your daytime adventures run a little later than planned, it’s always a good idea to have a reliable light source. The Lightwave Camp Rocker is a powerful light with a built-in Bluetooth speaker and powerbank. Built to withstand water and able to give off light and music for up to 10 hours (on the low setting).
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