Too Cold for Adventure? Not With This Wintry Equipment.

Six items that'll make you put down your toddy and get out

By Aaron Teasdale

November 3, 2018


For many outdoors lovers, winter is a time to pack away the camping gear and spend nights inside by the fireplace with a hot toddy. Even grizzly bears hibernate. And camping in the cold—carrying the requisite heavy gear and feeling like you can never quite get warm—is not most people's idea of fun. Now, new equipment is making camping in the icy months easier. 

It's usually verboten to start a crackling fire inside your tent. The floorless, tepee-style SEEK OUTSIDE Redcliff tent and stove, however, takes camping to new heights of warmth by integrating a lightweight titanium wood-burning stove that not only keeps you toasty but can also make toast. Tent and stove combined weigh only eight pounds, and the tent—which boasts an adjustable height for increased ventilation—can be used on its own as a light shelter for up to six.  $1,275,

Alpine Thermo Bottle

Nothing warms the spirit like a steaming beverage on a cold day, and MONTBELL may have perfected the art of carrying it. Its Alpine Thermo Bottle, available in four sizes, is made from vacuum-sealed stainless steel with interior copper plating to reflect heat and has a lid with grippy silicone that doubles as a cup. Made for mountaineers, it's svelte and lighter than other thermoses but still keeps your precious elixirs hot all day. $35 to $49,

If you need to haul camping gear into a snowy landscape, the best technique is to ditch the backpack. Instead, use a pulk, or gear-hauling sled, from Minnesota-based SKIPULK. The durable sled spares your back and puts the weight where it belongs—gliding across the snow. An integrated nylon cover protects gear, while retractable fins provide helpful friction on hills. The Snowclipper is perfect for most uses, while the Expedition is your ticket for, well, expeditions and family forays. $265 for Snowclipper, $699 for Expedition;

down socks

Once you make camp, kick off those heavy boots and ensconce your feet in cozy comfort with down socks from GOOSEFEET GEAR. Weighing an ethereal 2.2 ounces, they pair with the company's Waterproof Over-Booties to make an ideal around-camp or hut shoe for cold climes. Wear them in your sleeping bag any time of year. $65 for socks, $45 for over-booties;


Utah backcountry ski and snowboard maker VOILÉ has combined the fish-scale bases of Nordic skis with the width and stability of downhill skis for what may well be the ultimate tools for over-snow travel and camping. UltraVector BCs, wide and sturdy but only six pounds per pair, are perfect for skiing wild mountains with alpine-touring or telemark gear, while the skinnier Objective BCs are a feathery five pounds and can be used with beefy Nordic bindings and boots. Both $695,


THERM-A-REST'S 0-degree Oberon sleeping bag overcomes down's biggest limitation—down doesn't insulate when wet—by utilizing Nikwax Hydrophobic Down, which uses a water-based, fluorocarbon-free coating to achieve ecofriendly water resistance. Other smart touches include a lining to reflect heat, additional insulation on top where it's most effective, and bottom straps to hold a sleeping pad in place. Pair it with the NeoAir XTherm ($200), the lightest, most comfortable winter air mattress on the market. $499,


This article appeared in the November/December 2018 edition with the headline "Cold Comforts."