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Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2009 Table of Contents

Ear to the Gear
Sleeping bag ratings are notoriously inconsistent, but your cold nights will end soon. Learn why, then get a sneak peek at an exotic new jacket insulation, an update on BPA-free bottles, a super cathole trowel, and monitoring green claims. Plus, gear design advice from Peter Whittaker.

Cold Comfort
You’re not a bear, so don’t hibernate this winter. Enjoy the fourth season’s stunning scenery with our 108-tip guide to choosing the right gear, building a snow cave, navigating in a blizzard, and much more. By Kelly Bastone

Gear Lab
Ever wonder what would happen if you chucked a hiking boot in a churning cement mixer? Wonder no more. We concocted extreme durability tests that revealed the sport’s toughest packs, tents, bags, and boots. By Ted Alvarez

APPAREL

Hardshells
Stay dry all year with our 9 trail-tested picks.

Softshells
Expand your comfort zone in 5 versatile tops.

Insulation
Boost warmth in an ultralight or ultra-fat puffy.

Baselayers
See the latest hoodie, bargain crew, & more.

Pants
Tough, warm, waterproof: we tested all types.

Hats & Gloves/Mittens
Need heat? Start with your head and hands.

Socks, Gaiters, & Booties
Keep your feet dry and blister-free anywhere.

HARDWEAR

Packs
Load up for a day, a month, or avalanche terrain.

Tents
We tested dozens–and review 7 worth buying.

Boots
Go light and stay warm with our comfort picks.

Sleeping Bags
Stop the shivers, whether it’s 20°F or -40°F.

Ski Gear
Find your perfect tele, AT, or Nordic setup.

Snowshoes
Serious design upgrades mark our 9 favorites.

Mountaineering
Stay safe with a versatile axe, helmet, & more.

ACCESSORIES

Optics
Cut the glare with shades, goggles, & binocs.

Navigation
Our map editors rate iPhone apps and GPS’s.

Cameras
Tested: a HD videocam, DSLR, & helmet cam.

Kitchen
Upgrade your stove, pot, lighter, mug, & flask.

Winter Essentials
Found! A five-ounce sled that fits in your pack.

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