For many, that inevitable autumn day when the first snowflakes fall from the sky acts as a notification that it’s time to bin up the hiking boots and the tent and banish them to the closet until spring. Outdoor gear makers know this doesn’t have to be the case, though, and they’re creating enough warm and waterproof things to make hiking and camping in winter as comfy as hanging by the woodstove inside. Next winter, it all just gets better, too.
Mammut Trion Nordwand 15 Pack
Release Date: Fall 2020
Most outdoor brands have learned that to make a good running vest, they have to build it like a garment, not a backpack. Only a few have learned to make lightweight backpacks by building them like running vests. That’s how Mammut thought in designing the Trion Nordwand 15. The pack is for fast-and-light alpine climbing and features quick access to contents and a close fit. Many of its features came from Mammut’s pro athletes, including Nico Hojac and Stephan Siegrist.
Yeti Trailhead Camp Chair
Release Date: Spring 2020
Where Yeti’s first chair was an indestructible heavyweight, its second, the Trailhead, is efficiently portable. That’s not to say that it isn’t as extremely sturdy though; its arms and back tensioners lock into place, and its feet are extra wide so they won’t poke into the ground. It also uses the same comfy yet robust (it can hold up to 500 pounds) fabric. All of this adds up to the burliest chair at the beach/campsite/Fourth of July party/etc.
Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX
Release Date: August 2020
There are pieces in Salomon’s footwear collection that have earned cult followings. Hikers love its X Ultra Mid 3 GTX; trail runners love the Speedcross. (Apparently, even fashionistas love one of Salomon’s trail runners, the S/Lab ST-6). We expect the company’s newest hiking boot, the Cross Hike Mid GTX, to get similar attention. It pulls the aesthetic and grippy lugs from the Speedcross into a Gore-Tex-equipped hiking boot that can go anywhere.
Vasque Breeze Winter Terrain GTX
Release Date: Fall 2020
We’ve been big fans of Vasque’s lightweight Breeze hiking boot, which is why we’re particularly excited that soon there will be a winterized version in the Breeze Winter Terrain GTX. The new boot packs plenty of insulation for warmth, as well as a waterproof Gore-Tex liner, but keeps its trim form.
Bivy Stick 2.0
Release Date: April 2020
When Gear Patrol reviewed Bivy Stick’s first off-grid messenger, both its ease of use and affordability impressed. One of our few complaints was that it didn’t have a dedicated SOS button on the device — in Bivy Stick 2.0, that issue is amended. The updated 95-gram messenger also has a button for sending pre-written check-in messages and location info, making communication from the backcountry a cinch.
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