//The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow

The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow

MSR Lightning Ascent blue snowshoes with red accents
Photograph: PETER BELANGER

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Aluminum frames make these snowshoes light—around 35 ounces each—and steel crampons underfoot make them tough enough to stomp over gravel and boulders without losing their edge. The mesh bindings wrap around nearly any size of boot to grip snugly and uniformly without any blister-causing pressure points.

$320

green jacket with black sleeves from The North Face
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The North Face Purist Futurelight Jacket

The Purist is a packable but protective shell for when winds, snow, and rain are heaviest. The three-layer jacket is spun from a waterproof but breathable membrane that’s lighter and softer-feeling than other hydrophobic fabrics. The coat also has an overabundance of pockets for things like headphones or bags of trail mix.

$649

Phoozy silver thermal phone pouch
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Phoozy XP3 Thermal Capsule

Carrying a naked phone into the frozen outdoors can permanently hurt its ability to hold a charge. Clothe it in Phoozy’s thermal pouch, which insulates and protects the device while extending its battery life. It won’t block cell, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth signals either.

$50

white Suunto watch with black accents
Photograph: Peter Belanger

Suunto 5

Pick a mapped backcountry route to conquer, or navigate on the fly using the color touchscreen of this GPS-equipped smartwatch. Heart rate and movement are monitored on the trail; stress levels and sleep quality are tracked 24/7. Select one of its 80 modes to collect data on almost any sport activity, snowshoeing included.

$329

black Vasque waterproof shoe
Photograph: Peter Belanger

Vasque Coldspark Ultradry

Your feet might be your most essential outdoor tools, so coddle them. The waterproofed leather on Vasque’s rugged kicks keeps droplets from soaking through to your socks as you march through snow. Thinsulate, a synthetic alternative to goose down, adds warmth. A nub on the heel helps grip a snowshoe strap.

$140

Stylist: Heather Rosner


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