Cold Weather Gear for Any Expedition
Cold Weather Gear for Any Expedition
Prepare for success on your next cold weather journey with these 6 essentials.
It’s no secret that cold weather destinations like Antarctica, Patagonia, Alaska, and the Arctic require a little more packing savvy than their warmer counterparts. Having the right essentials in your duffel can make the difference between a ruined trip and one for the memory books. We compiled a list of some of our go-to items for these extreme environments so that you can enjoy yourself, no matter what the elements throw your way.
THE PERFECT BLEND OF FORM AND FUNCTION
Patagonia Triolet Jacket
Dubbed the “jack-of-all-things-alpine,” the Triolet Jacket from Patagonia is our number one pick when it comes to keeping the elements at bay on your next expedition. You’ll appreciate its waterproof yet breathable 3-layer GORE-TEX fabric as you’re scrambling onto a zodiac in Antarctica and peeping for pumas in wind-blown Patagonia at dawn. Pit zips provide even more breathability, while a handy elastic strap at your low back connects to snow pants to prevent any chills from creeping in. Plus, with a helmet-compatible hood you’ll have enough room for whatever you’re wearing on your noggin.
KEEP YOUR CORE WARM AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW
Patagonia Down Sweater Vest
The vest is the unsung hero of the cold weather traveler’s kit. Keeping your torso warm without the risk of overheating (and sweating!), this down sweater vest from Patagonia offers a recycled windproof ripstop shell with 800-fill traceable down, so that your conscious is as comfortable as your core. A contoured fit with longer-length hem and multiple pockets allow for both a stylish look that doesn’t skimp on performance. Check out the men’s version, here.
THESE HARDCORE SKI PANTS ARE EXPEDITION READY
North Face Freedom Insulated Pant
The one thing travelers often forget are a pair of bomb-proof pants that are tough enough to stand up to the elements abroad. Ever the Freedom Pant from the North Face. Aptly named, these good looking pants are designed with all-mountain sports in mind and are tough enough to handle whatever you might throw their way. Inner-thigh vents prevent you from overheating, while reinforced kick patches prevent wear and tear. The best part? You’re going to look great in them. (See the men’s, here.)
PRO TIP: KEEP YOUR NOGGIN WARM
Buff Kitted Polar Fleece Hat
You could don any number of hats on your next cold weather excursion, but we’re big fans of Buff’s Janna Cloud hat. Ideal for bitter conditions, a fleece Primaloft band offers extra warmth for the ears while the design brightens up even the gloomiest of days. Buff offers about a billion options for different neck warmers and hats, so check out their selection to find the perfect fit for you.
YOU'LL WANT MORE THAN ONE PAIR OF GLOVES
Montana GORE-TEX SG Gloves
Our Antarctica expert, Laura Gerwin, has some clever insight when it comes to packing for cold weather. Gloves are among the most important item in her kit, and when we asked her to elaborate, she shared: “I like to use two pairs of gloves; a lighter layer that makes it easy to move my fingers, and a heavier layer that I can use when it is ultra cold. And I always have a spare pair of gloves in my daypack.” These heavy-duty gloves from North Face are her top pick for the most extreme of days.
DON'T SKIMP WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FEET
Smartwool Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks
Don’t forget the original layer—a solid pair of wool socks. Our favorites are these extra heavy crews from Smartwool. As Laura explains, “Socks are key! Do yourself a favor and splurge on really good socks, you and your feet will thank you. One pair of warm expedition socks is all you need—don’t layer two pairs of socks at once. If your socks are too tight this will reduce circulation and make your feet colder.” Find the right fit and style for you so you’re prepared from the base up on your next cold weather journey.
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