Welcome to the Outdoor 100, your complete guide to this season’s latest and greatest bits of kit.
When it comes to winter, you want gear that can keep you outdoors when the weather seems to be trying its best to trap you inside; you need kit that can go that extra mile and keep you warm, dry, or stable over challenging terrain.
But finding the stuff that really works can be a difficult task, particularly when there are so many brands and new product releases out there to choose from.
And that’s why we created the Outdoor 100.
Our team of gear experts, led by Will Renwick, have spent the past year searching for the latest innovations in technology, fabrics and design and have been putting countless products to the test to find the 100 items that’ll help you grab winter by the horns.
Finalising the list wasn’t easy. In fact, there were plenty of great items that didn’t make the cut. So, with that in mind, we can guarantee you that the gear we’ve featured, all shot beautifully in the Brecon Beacons and þórsmörk in Iceland by Chris Johnson and John Fisher, really are the season’s finest.
Designed for mountaineers who favour a fast and light approach, the Ascent Superlight really is a brilliant backpack
With the Ibex 50+10 backpack, UK-based company Alpkit have delivered another outstanding bit of kit.
Designed specifically for female adventurers, and capable of carrying all you need for a multi-day trip, the Osprey Sirrus 50 may be your new favourite...
If you're after a backpack for short winter adventures, look no further than the lightweight Vaude Zerum 48
Wherever adventure takes you, the Osprey Transporter won't let you down
A lightweight, cheap backpack to keep your kit dry in any conditions
Sturdy, comfortable, and adaptable; the Paragon 58 is a proper all-weather backpack
Designed for freeride skiing and snowboarding, the Descent by Lowe Alpine is made by people who really understand the mountains
The 1000 Mile Fusion walking sock can go the distance and keep you comfy...
Featuring effective Merinoloft panels, the Icebreaker Ellipse is a superb midlayer for winter adventures
A serious bit of kit from Montane designed for hard days on the trails this winter
Fjällräven's Bergtagen range is purpose-built for mountaineering...
Falke TK1 Wool trekking socks are designed with long, cold days in the mountains in mind
In a world filled with touch-screens, the Extremities Falcon is basically the perfect glove for 21st century adventures
Durable, comfortable, and warm; the Sasta Antons are ideal walking trousers for midwinter adventures
The Arc'teryx Shashka is one of the best options on the market when it comes to pants for ski touring
Craghoppers have optimised one of their most popular walking trousers specifically for winter conditions
Bridgedale take the best from a range of materials to produce this high-tech sock
This Patagonia mid-layer is environmentally sound, comfortable, and can keep up with the worst conditions. No wonder they call it the Better Sweater
When the backcountry gets really hostile, you'll be glad to have these excellent trousers from The North Face
When the temperature starts to drop, the first item you'll be reaching for is this Fjällräven Polar Fleece
Named after one of the highest inhabited places on the globe, the Sherpa Lithang Bib Pants are something special
Lightweight, warm, and sustainably made, the Salewa Pedroc Alpha Women's Hybrid Jacket is a very useful mid layer
This is a mid-layer reinvented for tomorrow
A fleece from Paramo and Nikwax that feels as soft as it looks
A proper mountain glove, the Super Couloir will make an excellent addition to your winter wardrobe
Want a boot that looks smart enough for the town, but stands up to the rigours of the mountains? Introducing the Hanwag Anvik GTX
If you enjoy hiking on challenging scree and scrambling across rocky terrain, you'll love the Baltoro GTX
The Salomon OutPath Pro GTX is a boot that turns a lot of heads, and has the technology on board to back up those space-age...
As sturdy as it is reliable, the classic Bhutan MFS is one of the best long distance walking boots around
Whether you're walking, hiking, or running, the Aerox GTX is going to perform
The latest walking boot in Keens Targhee range is leaner and meaner than the original
Merrell's Chameleon 7 Walking Boots are made for really mastering the mountains
When both performance and comfort are important, Danner have more than got you covered
The Inov-8 Trailroc is one of the best looking high-tech trail running shoes on market
If you're looking for an extremely tough trekking boot, you'll love the level of protection offered by the Haglöfs Grym Keprotec
Coming 120 years after Dolomite was founded, the Tofana GTX is a real Italian masterpiece
The Montrail Rogue from Columbia is a trail running shoe built for long, technical runs
An all-rounder hiking shoe as at home in urban spaces as it is in the mountains
Leather boots from Asolo that are surprisingly breathable and lightweight
Lightweight, technical, and stylish; mountain enthusiasts will love the Aku Tengu GTX
It's easy to see why the Lightning Ascent Snowshoes from MSR are one of most popular on the market
Built for female riders, this board by Bataleon is a powder lovers dream come true, but it can also rip on the piste
The Venom is an all purpose ice axe, suited to whatever you get up to on the mountain
Coleman's FyreStorm stove set is a compact and convenient cooking option
The Dragon X2 goggles have heaps of style, but are also packed full of tech that'll keep you on the hill in virtually any conditions
When Candide Thovex lends his name to a pair of skis, you know they're going to be something special
A unique design from Vaude has produced an easily-pitched tent you can rely on
A camping mat from Exped which is easy to inflate and will keep you comfy at night
A powerful, ultra high-tech transceiver from Mammut which is incredibly easy to use
Featuring a whole new take on wrist straps, we reckon you'll love the Leki Albula Lite V
Komperdell pack a lot of tech into their lightweight Carbon Trailstick Vario Trekking Poles
Looking for a ski that rips in the backcountry, bosses the piste, and looks good while doing either? Introducing the K2 Catamaran
This highly portable cleaning gadget from Kärcher is a real game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts
A unique tent from Wild Country which is as strong on space as it is on weight...
Hybrid Layer Air Sprung Cell technology in this camping mat means you'll be well rested ahead of another day of adventure
Sick of washing your sleeping bag after camping trips? You'll love the Rab Neutrino 600's secret weapon
A high-quality crampon from Petzl that barely adds any extra weight to your expedition
Technology from the automotive world will ensure your days of misting up on the mountain are over with these smart Oakley goggles
A two-man tent boasting enormous space and a light pack load from Nigor
Ingenious without being complicated, the efficient MSR Reactor Stove is perfect for your winter adventures
Warm, lightweight, and as hard as nails, the Helium 600 sleeping bag is a real head-turner
Need a handy little stove for your weekend camping trips? The Jetboil MightyMo is well worth a look
Granger's maintenance products make your gear last longer... and they're eco-friendly to boot
Paired with the ViewRanger app, the latest Casio ProTrek watch is fast becoming a firm favourite
The CSX+ 300 is an affordable, highly-convenient headtorch from Coleman
A lightweight smart watch from Garmin with a commendable battery life
Keeping hot food hotter for longer, there'll be no more lukewarm leftovers with the Hydro Flask Food Flask
The Leatherman Signal packs the power of an entire toolbox into something that fits in the palm of your hand
Nikwax's wash-in that's designed to help you keep your down jacket or sleeping bag in the right condition
A powerful, lightweight and cost-effective headtorch for the trails from Lifesystems
We tested the Morakniv Eldris inside the Artic Circle, and discovered it's ideal for outdoor adventures
A GPS from Satmap that's easy to use and has come on leaps and bounds in reliability
Wearable tech has never looked so good
A great headtorch for hikers, mountaineers or trail runners from the people at Petzl
The Trailshot microfilter from MSR can be a genuine life saver