For any outdoor lover, the snow and ice are no barrier to connecting with nature. In fact, skiers and snowboarders find it’s the perfect opportunity to lace up and take on the slopes. And avid hikers, photographers, and late-season hunters will agree: there’s no better time to leave the stress of daily life far behind.
As Winter fast approaches — coinciding with the season of gifts and new beginnings — there’s also no better time to buy some new gear that’ll make you extra-excited for your next snowy adventure.
Here are the top 10 winter needs for every outdoorsman:
This tough, lightweight headlamp from Pelican offers a convenient hands-free design and comes loaded with features. It has six powerful modes: high, medium, low, flashing, downcast, and night vision red LED. The battery charges quickly and comes with a full-time battery level indicator — and the casing is built to resist the elements. With that much versatility, it’s equally useful for quick hikes and deep explorations, at any time of the day.
Like all Pelican products, the 2760 Headlamp is built to last; with Pelican’s lifetime Guarantee of Excellence, you know you can use it for any expedition you have in mind. It’s great for hunters, rock climbers, adventurers, and anyone who needs the extra assurance of a reliable headlamp in their bag.
Merrell makes solid boots at an affordable price, and this pair doesn’t disappoint. It’s comfortable — encasing your feet in warm and arch-supporting material — and it’s perfect for trekking through the snow. These shoes are also breathable, so your feet won’t be soaked with sweat by the day’s end.
The product that’s linked is for women, but they offer the same boot for men on the REI site. You may want to order a size up from your normal, so you can squeeze on that extra pair of socks and give your toes some wiggle room.
This propane heater boasts a nearly-five-star rating on 500 reviews. It’s reliable, safe, and hot. The three settings let you adjust the heat to a comfortable level, and it will heat up to 400 sq. ft. of space. It also comes with:
- Power to run for 220 hours on the low setting
- A low-oxygen shutoff system
- Thermal protection probe
The heater runs a bit heavy at 17 pounds, but the handle makes for safe and easy transport. One review reads: “It’s great for a duck blind; soccer games, softball games — any outdoor space where you need a place to warm up.”
Fourth on our list of top 10 Winter needs are these gloves — a must-have for any outdoorsman. This pair is made of PU leather and fleece that keeps your hands warm and lets you use your phone with ease (and let’s be honest — in this day and age, that’s a must-have as well). The cuffs wrap around your wrist to keep wind and water out, and the material is flexible enough so you won’t feel constricted when wearing it. For the price, you can’t get much better!
This personal utility case from Pelican is built to keep things like your phone, wallet, knife, and tools safe from nearly anything. It’s waterproof, crushproof, dustproof, and adventure-proof. It even floats. Basically, wherever you’re headed, don’t leave without taking one of these with you.
The interior is big enough to store your essentials, yet small enough to comfortably carry around. Rigid divider trays keep everything organized, and it comes with Pelican’s lifetime guarantee of excellence. If your service member spends a lot of time outdoors, the Pelican Ruck Case is a must-have this season.
Built for temps as low as 10 degrees, this sleeping bag is the real deal for a fantastic price. It repels moisture and keeps warmth sealed with thermolock zipper technology. At a light five pounds, it’s easy to compress and pack just about anywhere in your Winter travels, and fits someone up to 6’5”. Even better — it’s machine washable.
Snow goggles are essential for anyone who’s spending time in the mountains this Winter. In fact, protecting your eyes from the light reflected off snow is just as important as protecting them from sun in the Summer (if not more important).
These Oakley snow goggles are top-of-the-line goggles that offer a cylindrical design and peripheral vision. It will fit most face shapes and sizes and pairs well with almost any helmet. And the Prizm snow lens perfectly controls light transmission from the outside to your eyes — keeping you protected without compromising your line of sight.
The coolest feature of this ultra-warm Winter coat is the fact that it’s a 3-in-1: it comes with a waterproof outer shell, an insulated inner liner, and the ability to wear the two separately or together. The hood, hem, and cuffs are all adjustable, and there’s underarm vents that help you regulate the temperature inside the coat. If you’re looking for a high-quality Winter coat at a decent price, you won’t get one much better than this.
These pants from The North Face are warm and durable. They’re made with a dry, yet breathable material with an adjustable waist, zippered pockets, and lots of legroom. These pants are perfect for a day on the slopes or a hike through thick snow. You’ll be comfortable, and most importantly, you’ll be dry.
The final item rounding out our top 10 Winter needs is Pelican’s 50QT Elite Cooler, which makes for an incredibly versatile gift. It’s great for outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, your kid’s Friday soccer games, road trips, a Sunday tailgate party, and more.
At over 20” deep, 30” wide, and built with a freezer-grade seal, this surprisingly rugged cooler will keep ice frozen and contents cold for quite a long time. Convenient press-and-pull latches, sturdy, ergonomic handles, built-in cup holders, a built-in bottle opener, and non-skid feet all add to this cooler’s great versatility. After all, it’s called an “Elite Cooler” for good reason. Pelican products are made right here in the USA and come with a lifetime guarantee, so you won’t regret your purchase.
Hopefully this list of top 10 Winter needs gives you inspiration for your next adventure — and if you have some ideas to add, let us know in the comments below.
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