If you, like us, have been spoiled by an unusually balmy autumn, then the recent jolt of cold might’ve felt like a wake-up call you didn’t schedule. Perhaps it also sent you, as it did us, scrambling into the back of your closet or the bins beneath your bed for a down jacket, a pair of fleece-lined jeans or simply some thicker socks. If, after that, you still find yourself unprepared for the months ahead (let alone this week), you’re in luck: Backcountry is holding a massive sale on winter gear from brands you’ll recognize like Arc’teryx and Patagonia. Some of our favorite pieces are included, and everything is at least 30 percent off. Here are some of our favorites.
Patagonia Micro Puff Insulated Jacket
Our choice for the best synthetic insulation jacket, Patagonia’s Micro Puff, is remarkably warm for how lightweight and thin it is.
Arc’teryx Macai Jacket
If you’re searching for a jacket that insulates and wards off blizzards (or sleet or rain), look to Arc’teryx’s Macai. It has a three-layer Gore-Tex construction that’ll keep you toasty in town as well as at the ski mountain.
Mammut Scalottas Mitten
The Scalottas includes a removable liner that is itself windproof. That means you can wear it confidently on warmer days, knowing that when the next bomb cyclone (or whatever the Weather Channel hypes up blizzards to be now) hits, you can double down on protecting your fingers with an insulated Gore-Tex shell.
Smartwool Merino 150 Baselayer
Baselayers are the foundation of any winter layering system. Smartwool’s 150-weight merino long sleeve is perfect for activities like snowboarding but comes in handy during cold commutes to work too. (The 150 bottoms are also on sale.)
Smartwool Hike Medium Sock
This ultra-cozy sock has “hike” in its name, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them around the house.
Arc’teryx Granville 25L Backpack
Protect your laptop, notebooks and other daily essentials with this fully waterproof backpack from Arc’teryx.
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