COOL GEAR FOR COLD TIMES
WHAT YOU BRING CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR TRIP.
A bad sleeping bag can ruin a winter camping trip. If you’re a cold sleeper, consider getting a sleeping bag that’s rated 10 to 15 degrees colder than the forecast low. The Inferno’s goose down saves precious pack space and weight without sacrificing warmth. [from $569; thenorthface.com]
The North Face Inferno -20F
Consisting of natural, mostly raw ingredients, Pro Bars stay soft in cold temps while other bars turn into molar-cracking pieces of slate. The mix of carbs, fats, and proteins helps fight heat loss and maintain energy during long, calorie-intensive days.
[$4; theprobar.com] Reliable in the cold and at elevation, the Sumo is ideal for small-group winter camping. Weighing in at just a pound, the 1.8-liter system takes the guesswork out of cooking and snowmelt needs.
Pro Bar Wholeberry Blast
SmartWool PhD Backcountry
Socks are critical. Cold feet can ruin any day in the backcountry. The PhD Backcountry is designed to better wick the extra sweat caused by touring, and extra elastic keeps them from sliding around on your foot. Keep your feet dry, comfortable, and happy. [$30; smartwool.com]