Editors' Choice

Backpacker Editors' Choice Snow 2016

From skis to jackets to boots, these 12 products are the cream of the crop.

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It’s not easy to make the cut for Backpacker’s Editors’ Choice. The proof: these 12 products survived the Spearhead Traverse, a multi-day backcountry excursion in Whistler, British Columbia. From coats to ski boots to a nifty wedding ring, you can be sure of one thing: this gear won’t quit on you.

Black Diamond Helio Fixed Length Carbon Poles

Black Diamond First Light Hoody

Tecnica Zero G Guide Pro Ski Boots

Arc’teryx Procline Carbon Ski Boot

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Qalo Silicone Rings

Petzl Leopard FL Crampons

Outdoor Research Skyward Jacket and Bib

Mountain Hardwear StretchDown Jacket

G3 Ion LT 12 Ski Bindings

Columbia OutDry EX Gloves

Editors’ Choice Gold

These two modern classics have earned a permanent place in our packs.

Starbucks Via Instant Coffee

Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sol Sleeping Pad