We’re getting close to turning the corner into spring. The beginning of February is when we start getting restless to get outside, and this year is no exception. Cold-weather camping isn’t always for the faint of heart, but we’re here to prepare you. Below you’ll find some of the newest wintry camping gear, sorted by price for your convenience. If you’re well equipped, camping can be a delightful adventure any time of year!
$ - $10 - $50
$$ - $50 - $125
$$$ - $125 - $200
$$$$ - $200+
GSI Outdoors Microlite 500
Looking to keep your drinks really hot for a long period of time? This vacuum bottle kept 500ml of boiling water 100 degrees after 9 hours in a -5 degree freezer. You can hike all day, and still have actual hot chocolate as you wind down at night.
Primus Winter Gas
Most canister stoves can’t be used in freezing temperatures. This Primus Winter Gas canister has a VaporMesh lining in the can that absorbs the liquid gas inside and spreads it out. Basically, it’s a canister that can be used in cold temps.
DryGuy Warm N’ Charge
This rechargeable hand warmer provides up to 5 hours of warmth per use. It will also charge your phone twice. These are a necessity for a cold overnight trip.
Exped Down Booty WB
So, these are a little more expensive than your average boot insulator, but they work wonders. The problem with down booties is that they usually wet out and are unusable. In a test, the Exped Down Booty didn’t wet out while in the snow for 45 minutes.
Julbo Vermont Classic Glasses
These retro mountaineer glasses will remind you of Edmund Hillary climbing Everest in 1953. Although they’ve adorned the faces of climbers for 125 years, they can transition into today’s urban world as well.
SOG Reactor Multi-tool
This knife and multi-tool has ten different components, including a stainless-steel blade (of course), bottle opener (always needed) and screwdrivers. The versatility of this tool will come in handy all year.
Big Agnes Q-Core SLX
This inflatable mat has synthetic insulation plus heat-reflective material, which keeps you warm down to 15 degrees F. The mat has separate holes for inflation and deflation.
Summit Alpine 50L Backpack
This lightweight (2 lbs., 9 oz. empty) pack uses FuseForm construction, where the fabric is folded and fused rather than stitched. The pack is rated to carry 50 lbs.
Patagonia Men’s Grade VII Down Parka
OK, so this isn’t cheap. At $899, it’s not for the novice cold-weather camper. As North Face says, it’s for “thriving, not surviving,” cold temperatures. If you’re going to be outside in the frost, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a safer, warmer parka.
LED Lenser XEO 19R Headlamp
2,000 lumens is a lot. With two LED cannons, this headlamp will help you navigate the dark on the blackest winter night. Both lights can be adjusted and focused separately, and they also adjust automatically to the surrounding brightness. It’s not cheap at $330, but you won’t find a better device for lighting up a campground.
As technology advances, cold-weather camping becomes easier and more fun. While not many of us can afford some of these extravagant devices, you’ll find that you don’t need to spend the entire winter indoors. As always, we’d love to see your cold-weather camping experiences in the comments!