Fall/Winter Gear Guide 2011 Table of Contents

295 Reviews & Comfort Tips
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Most Versatile: Sea to Summit Alpine ApII

Big-guy Bargain: Mountainsmith El Diente 5 Degree

Ultralight: Brooks-Range Alpini 15

Waterproof: Mammut Ajungilak Alpine Winter

Bargain: Eureka! Kaycee 0F

Roomy Warmth: Big Agnes Hahns Peak SL


Bargain: Kelty Recluse 2.5i

Warmest: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season


Light and Nimble: Teva Forge Pro Winter Mid WP

Extra Insulated: Garmont Momentum Icelock

Warm and Light: Adidas Terrex Conrax CP

On-demand Traction: Crispi Super Granite

Winter Mountaineering: Koflach Degre

Multitasker: Korkers Snowjack

Cold-weather Hike: Keen Revel

Heated: Columbia Bugaboot Max Electric

Winter Trail Runner: Salomon Spikecross 3cs


Solo: Nemo Obi 1p Elite

Single-wall: The North Face Assault 2

Big-and-Tall Alpinist: Black Diamond Eldorado

Bargain: Mountain Equipment Co-op TGV2

Classic: Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 15898

Mountain Laurel Designs Circus Tent

Basecamp: MSR Storm King

Fully Loaded: Nemo Anti Storm 3p


Weekender: Sierra Designs Sorcery 55

Ski Mountaineering: Pieps Plecotus

Ice Climbing: Osprey Mutant 38

Minimalist: Black Diamond Agent

Photo Pack: Clik Elite Obscura

Avy Ready: K2 Pilchuck Kit

All-purpose: The North Face Patrol 34

Light and Large: Golite Terrono 90



Max Warmth: Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator

Down Midlayer: Stoic Luft Down Sweater

Fleece: Sherpa Ananta/Priya Pullover

Best Warmth to Weight: MontBell Frost Smoke

Killer Ski Jacket: Patagonia Winter Sun Hoody

Convertible: REI Spruce Peak/Nevis

Bargain: L.L. Bean Packaway Pullover

Wool Midlayer: Icebreaker Sierra/Cascade Full-Zip

Warm & Breathable: The North Face Jakson


Warm & Durable: Ibex Tuck

Best for Skiing: Mountain Hardware Snowtastic

Best Ventialator: Sierra Designs Savage

Bargain: Sherpa Adventure Gear Lobutse

Best Hood: Arc'teryx Venta MX Hoody

Waterproof: Marmot Zion

Sweet Deal: REI Centre Peak

Versatile: Rab Fusion


Bargain: L.L. Bean Trail Model Rain Jacket

Breathable Bargain: Stoic Vaporshell

Ultradurable: Outdoor Research Paladin

All-season Breathability: Rab Stretch Neo

Full-featured Ultralight: Arc'teryx Beta FL

Lightest: Mammut Felsturm Half-Zip

Best Value: Mountain Hardware Ampato

Storm Protection: Patagonia Super Pluma

Versatile Value: Adidas Terrex Swift 3in1

Mountaineers' Favorite: Mammut Eiger Extreme Nordwand


Underwear: Icebreaker Spring Boxer Brief and Pace Hipster

Top Fit: Mammut Moench Zip Tee

Head and Neck Protection: Patagonia Merino 3 Midweight Hoody

Best Bottoms: Helly Hansen Dry Revolution Pant

Women's Favorite: SmartWool Lightweight Asymmetrical Zip

Best Warmth-to-Weight Ratio: Columbia Omni Heat Half-Zip Baselayer

Moisture Mover: Craft Concept Piece

Most Versatile: Dakine Chester/Cheyenne Shirt


Softshell: Mammut Eisfeld/Eismeer

Custom Fit: Beyond RoughRider/Ridgeline

Bib: Patagonia Super Alpine

Hiking: REI Mistral

Hardshell: Mountain Hardwear Bokta

Warmest: MontBell U.L. Down Inner


Minimalists: Injinji Performance Series Orginal Weight Mini-Crew

Never-fail Classic: Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiter

Multisport: Fox River Cirrus/Sierra

Ski/Snowboard Lightweight: Fox River Mammoth

No-blister Guarantee: Darn Tough True Seamless Mesh

All-day Comfort: FITS Hiker Crew Medium


Best Ski Helmet: SCOTT Roam

Cold-weather Aerobics: Shredalert Smith Rock Micro Beanie

Versatility Champ: Fjallraven Skare Softshell

Ear & Sun Protection: Black Diamond Roj Headband

Cushy Camp Hat: Chaos Spruce

Favorite Face Mask: Helly Hansen HH Dry Balaclava

Best Lightweight: SmartWool Reversible Training Beanie


Tech Ready: Outdoor Research Touchtec Sensor

Waterproof: Black Diamond Enforcer

Warmest: Outdoor Research Mt. Baker Modular Mitt

Lightweight: Arc'teryx Venta LT

All-purpose: Stoic Forge



Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Desserts

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Lunches/Snacks

Fall/Winter Gear Guide: Breakfasts


Utensil Set: MSR Alpine Deluxe Kitchen Set

No-prime Innovator: SOTO Muka Liquid Fuel Stove

Liquid Fuel Stove: Primus ExpressLander

Do-it-All Container: GSI Outdoors Collapsible Fairshare Mug

Cookset: REI Campware Nonstick Cookset (Large)


Simple Bargain: Bushnell BackTrack D-TOUR

Deluxe: Garmin Montana 650T

Workhorse: Garmin eTrex 30

Multitasker: Magellan eXplorist 710


Most Versatile: Revo Guide

Bargain: Julbo Around Excel

Best All-around Goggle: Zeal Eclipse SPPX

Mountaineering: Adidas Terrex Pro

Lightest: Native Vim


GPS-enabled Favorite: Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Action Video: GoPro HD Helmet HERO

Pro-level DSLR: Canon Rebel T3i

Bomber Point-and-Shoot: Pentax Optio WG-1

Trail-tough Bargain: Olympus TG-310



Techncial Tool: Cassin X-All Mountain

Tough Rope: Beal Tiger 10mm

Bargain Screw: Austri Alpin SI-KO FX

Best for Women: Grivel Quantum Tech

All-purpose Crampons: Black Diamond Sabretooth


Ultralight All-arounder: Mammut Togir/Togira Light

Best Boot: Scarpa Mt. Blanc GTX

Glacier Safety: Petzl Crevasse Rescue Kit

Crampons: CAMP XLC

Helmet: Black Diamond Half Dome

Quickdraw: Metolius FS Mini Long Draw

Belay Device: Mammut Smart Alpine

Ice Axe: Grivel G1



Kids' Choice: Atlas Sprout/Mini

Bargain: Tubbs Flex ESC

Runners' Favorite: Kahtoola RNR 22

Beginner's Choice: Easton Artica Hike

Load Haulers: L.L. Bean Summit Trekker

Best Binding: Crescent Moon Gold 10/Gold 13

Top Traction: Atlas Aspect


Powder Specialist: Volkl Nunataq

Women's Favorite: Liberty Envy Powder

Most Versatile: Rossignol S3

Mountaineer's Choice: Dynafit StokeBest Resort/Sidecountry Crossover: Black Diamond AMPerage/Element

Backcountry Snowboarding

Bindings: Karakoram Split30

Splitboard: Jones Solution


Ski: La Sportiva GT/GTS

Binding: La Sportiva RT

Boot: Dynafit TLT5 Mountain

Best Step-in Binding: Fritschi Diamir Eagle 12

Ultralight Binding: Dynafit Radical ST 10

Top Big-mountain Boot: Black Diamond Quadrant


Best All-around: Garmont Voodoo

Overall Favorite: Black Diamond 01


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