It might seem like a silly time to be thinking about winter gear, but now is actually the very best time to start mulling over your cold-weather options. If you’re in the market for a new jacket, base layer, thermal or anything along those lines, summer is the best time to stock up on staples at a deep discount. Whether your gear rode its last lift last winter or you’re itching for an upgrade, now’s a good time to dive in head-first to new gear. With Labor Day right around the corner, you’re sure to see even more sales. Here’s just a smattering to get you started.
Patagonia Capilene Midnight Crew
While it’s not quite the Capilene Air, which is the best thing we’ve tested in a while, the Capilene base layer is suitable for all winter activities. If you can get past the orange color, this one is a stellar pick.
Patagonia Houdini Jacket
While it’s not available in many colors or sizes, the Houdini jacket is 100 percent nylon ripstop with a DWR that stuffs into its own stuff sack, hence the Houdini effect. It’s featherweight with an adjustable hood and fits pretty slim, so perhaps best to size up.
Penfield Foley Vest
If you’re a medium, you’re in luck. This Penfield vest is down by $100. The water-resistant and windproofing make this a great layer for hiking, fishing and relaxing by the campfire. The synthetic fill with poly insulation is sure to keep your core warm, especially as the weather changes.
Eddie Bauer Evertherm Down Hooded Jacket
The EverTherm won our most innovative jacket award in our roundup of the best down jackets this year, and for good reason. There are zero baffles, so no extra stitching — meaning wind can’t sneak in. It’ll keep you warm even when temperatures are just above freezing.
Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Hooded Jacket
We awarded this one our best down jacket for freedom of movement thanks to its lack of traditional baffles and zero stitching. The channels hold 800-fill down insulation and you’re able to move however you’d like — we recommend trying yoga in the snow in this one. Plus since you’re buying it early, you have plenty of time to work on your flexibility in the meantime.
Under Armour Men’s Base 4.0 Crew
Depending on what size you need of this polyester/elastane blended base layer, you can save up to $35 on it. The Microthread technology dries quickly, keeping your body both cool and warm while you work up a sweat in the great outdoors.
The North Face Expedition Tight
Another one of our best base layers of 2018, the North Face uses synthetic materials to keep you warm, yet allow the fabric (and your skin) to breathe. The next-to-skin fit is great for climbing, skiing, boarding and more. Plus, it’s made from recycled polyester and Flashdry fibers that are also anti-odor, so even if you work up a sweat, people won’t smell you as soon as you walk into the lodge.