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Editors' Picks with Executive Editor Dennis Lewon

This no-nonsense editor needs gear that can go the distance.


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Outdoor Research Centrifuge (Courtesy Photo)

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SOG Flash II (Courtesy Photo)

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Arc’Teryx Silo 30 (Courtesy Photo)

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Core Concept Whiskey River Hybrid (Courtesy Photo)

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Exped Dreamwalker 650 (Courtesy Photo)

[versatile bag]

Exped Dreamwalker 650

I don’t like getting chilled while sitting around camp in subfreezing temps, but I also don’t like packing a bulky puffy. This wearable 750-fill down, 20°F sleeping bag—with a drawcord opening at the feet, zippered arm holes, and hand warmer pockets—is the perfect multitasking solution. Bonus: Coffee in bed has never been easier. $360; 2 lbs. 6 oz.; exped.com

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[daypack]

Arc’teryx Silo 30

This load hauler is no featherweight, but it’s made with hard-duty materials that can handle abuse from ski gear and tools. The suspension manages dawn-to-dusk loads with superior stability. $169; 3 lbs. 5 oz.; arcteryx.com

[shirt]

Core Concepts Whiskey River Hybrid Snap

it up and hit the slopes, trail, or pub in this retro-styled performance layer. I’ve used it as a travel/ski/hike shirt from Norway to Colorado; the DWR finish on the nylon face and the warm, wicking poly lining make it protective enough for cool, variable spring conditions. $90; 14 oz.; corelayers.com

[versatile layer]

Outdoor Research Centrifuge

This is my go-to jacket for working hard in deep cold. The wind-resistant front and snug hood enhance warmth, and the breathable back and sides don’t get steamy under a pack. Nice: The offset zipper doesn’t irritate my chin. $125; 14 oz.; outdoorresearch.com

[knife]

SOG Flash II

With a 3.5-inch blade and secure locking mechanism that’s easy to operate with gloves—the knife practically opens itself, thanks to internal springs—the Flash is ideal for cold-weather trips. And because the nylon handle is so light, it’s suitable year-round as well. $75; 3 oz.; sogknives.com

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