Moderate Temperatures (>30°F)
Day trip: It’ll spend most of the day in your pack, so go with an ultralight puffy like L.L. Bean’s Ascent Packaway Pullover.
Multiday: A vest/jacket combo offers versatility. Opt for a synthetic, like REI’s Spruce Peak in case of damp snow.
Day trip: For alpine-style days you need low weight and volume, with a slim profile. Try Black Diamond’s 18-liter Agent.
Multiday: A mid-size overnighter like Sierra Designs Sorcery 55 has essential-toting capacity and ski- safe stability.
Day trip: Blend lightweight breathability with protection. Rab’s Fusion (1 lb. 1 oz.) uses Polartec’s NeoShell where rain hits, and a no-membrane poly where you sweat.
Multiday: You may never need to wear it, so prioritize packability. Patagonia’s Super Pluma is low-bulk, lightweight, and has pack-friendly pit-zips and pockets.
Cold Temperatures (<30°F)
Day trip and multiday: Try a midweight layer with enhanced insulation, like Columbia’s Omni-Heat Half-Zip. It will provide sufficient warmth with just a shell, but you can layer it without bulk.
Day trip: Pieps’s Plecotus has an exterior avy-gear pocket and 36-liters of interior space— perfect for cold- weather gear.
Multiday: Large capacity, adjustable fit, and lightweight, rigid support are keys to hauling big winter loads. Try GoLite’s Terrono 90.
Day trip and multiday: Pack a heavy-duty weatherproof outerlayer like Mammut’s Eiger Extreme Nordwand. Pair it with just your baselayer, or your insulating puffy for versatility at camp and on the slope.