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Outdoor 100 Winter 2017

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The 100 Best Outdoor Products for Winter 2017

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.

Dive In

Jackets

Backpacks

Backpacks

Lowe Alpine Ascent Superlight Backpack | Review

Designed for mountaineers who favour a fast and light approach, the Ascent Superlight really is a brilliant backpack

Lowe Alpine Ascent Superlight Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Alpkit Ibex 50+10 Backpack | Review

With the Ibex 50+10 backpack, UK-based company Alpkit have delivered another outstanding bit of kit.

Alpkit Ibex 50+10 Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Osprey Sirrus 50 Backpack | Review

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...

Osprey Sirrus 50 Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Vaude Zerum 48 Backpack | Review

If you're after a backpack for short winter adventures, look no further than the lightweight Vaude Zerum 48

Vaude Zerum 48 Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Osprey Transporter Duffel | Review

Wherever adventure takes you, the Osprey Transporter won't let you down

Osprey Transporter Duffel | Review
Backpacks

Trekmates Drypack 30 Litre Backpack | Review

A lightweight, cheap backpack to keep your kit dry in any conditions

Trekmates Drypack 30 Litre Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Gregory Paragon 58 Backpack | Review

Sturdy, comfortable, and adaptable; the Paragon 58 is a proper all-weather backpack

Gregory Paragon 58 Backpack | Review
Backpacks

Lowe Alpine Descent 35 Backpack | Review

Designed for freeride skiing and snowboarding, the Descent by Lowe Alpine is made by people who really understand the mountains

Lowe Alpine Descent 35 Backpack | Review

Clothing

Walking Equipment and Accessories

Bridgedale MerinoFusion Summit Sock | Review

Bridgedale take the best from a range of materials to produce this high-tech sock

Bridgedale MerinoFusion Summit Sock | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Icebreaker Merinoloft Ellipse Midlayer | Review

Featuring effective Merinoloft panels, the Icebreaker Ellipse is a superb midlayer for winter adventures

Icebreaker Merinoloft Ellipse Midlayer | Review
Walking Trousers

Montane Terra Guide Pants | Review

A serious bit of kit from Montane designed for hard days on the trails this winter

Montane Terra Guide Pants | Review
Walking Trousers

Fjällräven Bergtagen Trousers | Review

Fjällräven's Bergtagen range is purpose-built for mountaineering...

Fjällräven Bergtagen Trousers | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Falke TK1 Wool Men Trekking Socks | Review

Falke TK1 Wool trekking socks are designed with long, cold days in the mountains in mind

Falke TK1 Wool Men Trekking Socks | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Extremities Falcon Gloves | Review

In a world filled with touch-screens, the Extremities Falcon is basically the perfect glove for 21st century adventures

Extremities Falcon Gloves | Review
Walking Trousers

Sasta Anton Walking Trousers | Review

Durable, comfortable, and warm; the Sasta Antons are ideal walking trousers for midwinter adventures

Sasta Anton Walking Trousers | Review
Walking Trousers

Arc’teryx Shashka Bib Pants | Review

The Arc'teryx Shashka is one of the best options on the market when it comes to pants for ski touring

Arc’teryx Shashka Bib Pants | Review
Walking Trousers

Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Winter-Lined Trousers | Review

Craghoppers have optimised one of their most popular walking trousers specifically for winter conditions

Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Winter-Lined Trousers | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

1000 Mile Fusion Walking Sock | Review

The 1000 Mile Fusion walking sock can go the distance and keep you comfy...

1000 Mile Fusion Walking Sock | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Patagonia Better Sweater | Review

This Patagonia mid-layer is environmentally sound, comfortable, and can keep up with the worst conditions. No wonder they call it the Better Sweater

Patagonia Better Sweater | Review
Walking Trousers

The North Face Fuse Brigandine Bib Pants | Review

When the backcountry gets really hostile, you'll be glad to have these excellent trousers from The North Face

The North Face Fuse Brigandine Bib Pants | Review
Down and Insulated Jackets

Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket | Review

When the temperature starts to drop, the first item you'll be reaching for is this Fjällräven Polar Fleece

Fjällräven Polar Fleece Jacket | Review
Walking Trousers

Sherpa Lithang Bib Pants | Review

Named after one of the highest inhabited places on the globe, the Sherpa Lithang Bib Pants are something special

Sherpa Lithang Bib Pants | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Salewa Pedroc Alpha Women's Hybrid Jacket | Review

Lightweight, warm, and sustainably made, the Salewa Pedroc Alpha Women's Hybrid Jacket is a very useful mid layer

Salewa Pedroc Alpha Women's Hybrid Jacket | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Rab Alpha Flash Jacket | Review

This is a mid-layer reinvented for tomorrow

Rab Alpha Flash Jacket | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Páramo Ostro Plus Fleece | Review

A fleece from Paramo and Nikwax that feels as soft as it looks

Páramo Ostro Plus Fleece | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Mountain Equipment Super Couloir Glove | Review

A proper mountain glove, the Super Couloir will make an excellent addition to your winter wardrobe

Mountain Equipment Super Couloir Glove | Review

Footwear

Walking Boots

Hanwag Anvik GTX Boots | Review

Want a boot that looks smart enough for the town, but stands up to the rigours of the mountains? Introducing the Hanwag Anvik GTX

Hanwag Anvik GTX Boots | Review
Walking Boots

Zamberlan 1000 Baltoro GTX Walking Boots | Review

If you enjoy hiking on challenging scree and scrambling across rocky terrain, you'll love the Baltoro GTX

Zamberlan 1000 Baltoro GTX Walking Boots | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Salomon OutPath Pro GTX | Review

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...

Salomon OutPath Pro GTX | Review
Walking Boots

Meindl Bhutan MFS Walking Boot | Review

As sturdy as it is reliable, the classic Bhutan MFS is one of the best long distance walking boots around

Meindl Bhutan MFS Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Lowa Aerox GTX Walking Boot | Review

Whether you're walking, hiking, or running, the Aerox GTX is going to perform

Lowa Aerox GTX Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Keen Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof Walking Boot | Review

The latest walking boot in Keens Targhee range is leaner and meaner than the original

Keen Targhee EXP Mid Waterproof Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Merrell Chameleon 7 Walking Boot | Review

Merrell's Chameleon 7 Walking Boots are made for really mastering the mountains

Merrell Chameleon 7 Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Danner Explorer 650 Walking Boot | Review

When both performance and comfort are important, Danner have more than got you covered

Danner Explorer 650 Walking Boot | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Inov-8 Trailroc 285 Trail Running Shoe | Review

The Inov-8 Trailroc is one of the best looking high-tech trail running shoes on market

Inov-8 Trailroc 285 Trail Running Shoe | Review
Walking Boots

Haglöfs Grym Keprotec Walking Boot | Review

If you're looking for an extremely tough trekking boot, you'll love the level of protection offered by the Haglöfs Grym Keprotec

Haglöfs Grym Keprotec Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Dolomite Tofana GTX Walking Boot | Review

Coming 120 years after Dolomite was founded, the Tofana GTX is a real Italian masterpiece

Dolomite Tofana GTX Walking Boot | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Columbia Montrail Rogue FKT II Trail Shoe | Review

The Montrail Rogue from Columbia is a trail running shoe built for long, technical runs

Columbia Montrail Rogue FKT II Trail Shoe | Review
Walking Boots

Keen Terradora Walking Boot | Review

An all-rounder hiking shoe as at home in urban spaces as it is in the mountains

Keen Terradora Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Asolo Thyrus GV Walking Boot | Review

Leather boots from Asolo that are surprisingly breathable and lightweight

Asolo Thyrus GV Walking Boot | Review
Walking Boots

Aku Tengu GTX Walking Boot | Review

Lightweight, technical, and stylish; mountain enthusiasts will love the Aku Tengu GTX

Aku Tengu GTX Walking Boot | Review

Equipment

Walking Equipment and Accessories

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes | Review

It's easy to see why the Lightning Ascent Snowshoes from MSR are one of most popular on the market

MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Bataleon Love Powder Snowboard | Review

Built for female riders, this board by Bataleon is a powder lovers dream come true, but it can also rip on the piste

Bataleon Love Powder Snowboard | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe | Review

The Venom is an all purpose ice axe, suited to whatever you get up to on the mountain

Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Coleman FyreStorm PCS Stove Set | Review

Coleman's FyreStorm stove set is a compact and convenient cooking option

Coleman FyreStorm PCS Stove Set | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Dragon X2 Goggles | Review

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

Dragon X2 Goggles | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Faction Candide 4.0 Skis | Review

When Candide Thovex lends his name to a pair of skis, you know they're going to be something special

Faction Candide 4.0 Skis | Review
Tents

Vaude Terraquattro 3P Tent | Review

A unique design from Vaude has produced an easily-pitched tent you can rely on

Vaude Terraquattro 3P Tent | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Exped Synmat UL 7 Camping Mat | Review

A camping mat from Exped which is easy to inflate and will keep you comfy at night

Exped Synmat UL 7 Camping Mat | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Mammut Barryvox S Avalanche Transceiver | Review

A powerful, ultra high-tech transceiver from Mammut which is incredibly easy to use

Mammut Barryvox S Avalanche Transceiver | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Leki Albula Lite V Walking Poles | Review

Featuring a whole new take on wrist straps, we reckon you'll love the Leki Albula Lite V

Leki Albula Lite V Walking Poles | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Komperdell Carbon Trailstick Vario Trekking Pole | Review

Komperdell pack a lot of tech into their lightweight Carbon Trailstick Vario Trekking Poles

Komperdell Carbon Trailstick Vario Trekking Pole | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

K2 Catamaran Skis | Review

Looking for a ski that rips in the backcountry, bosses the piste, and looks good while doing either? Introducing the K2 Catamaran

K2 Catamaran Skis | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Kärcher OC3 Portable Cleaner | Review

This highly portable cleaning gadget from Kärcher is a real game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts

Kärcher OC3 Portable Cleaner | Review
Tents

Wild Country Helm 1 Tent | Review

A unique tent from Wild Country which is as strong on space as it is on weight...

Wild Country Helm 1 Tent | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Mat | Review

Hybrid Layer Air Sprung Cell technology in this camping mat means you'll be well rested ahead of another day of adventure

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated Sleeping Mat | Review
Sleeping Bags

Rab Neutrino 600 Sleeping Bag | Review

Sick of washing your sleeping bag after camping trips? You'll love the Rab Neutrino 600's secret weapon

Rab Neutrino 600 Sleeping Bag | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Petzl Leopard FL Crampon | Review

A high-quality crampon from Petzl that barely adds any extra weight to your expedition

Petzl Leopard FL Crampon | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Oakley Prizm Line Miner Goggles | Review

Technology from the automotive world will ensure your days of misting up on the mountain are over with these smart Oakley goggles

Oakley Prizm Line Miner Goggles | Review
Tents

Nigor Didis 2 Tent | Review

A two-man tent boasting enormous space and a light pack load from Nigor

Nigor Didis 2 Tent | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

MSR Reactor Stove | Review

Ingenious without being complicated, the efficient MSR Reactor Stove is perfect for your winter adventures

MSR Reactor Stove | Review
Sleeping Bags

Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Sleeping Bag | Review

Warm, lightweight, and as hard as nails, the Helium 600 sleeping bag is a real head-turner

Mountain Equipment Helium 600 Sleeping Bag | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Jetboil MightyMo Cooking Stove | Review

Need a handy little stove for your weekend camping trips? The Jetboil MightyMo is well worth a look

Jetboil MightyMo Cooking Stove | Review

Accessories

Walking Equipment and Accessories

Granger’s Active Wash + Other Maintenance and Protection Products | Review

Granger's maintenance products make your gear last longer... and they're eco-friendly to boot

Granger’s Active Wash + Other Maintenance and Protection Products | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Casio ProTrek Watch with Viewranger | Review

Paired with the ViewRanger app, the latest Casio ProTrek watch is fast becoming a firm favourite

Casio ProTrek Watch with Viewranger | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Coleman CXS+ 300 R Headtorch | Review

The CSX+ 300 is an affordable, highly-convenient headtorch from Coleman

Coleman CXS+ 300 R Headtorch | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Garmin Fenix 5s | Review

A lightweight smart watch from Garmin with a commendable battery life

Garmin Fenix 5s | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Hydro Flask Food Flask | Review

Keeping hot food hotter for longer, there'll be no more lukewarm leftovers with the Hydro Flask Food Flask

Hydro Flask Food Flask | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Leatherman Signal Multitool | Review

The Leatherman Signal packs the power of an entire toolbox into something that fits in the palm of your hand

Leatherman Signal Multitool | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Nikwax Down Wash Direct | Review

Nikwax's wash-in that's designed to help you keep your down jacket or sleeping bag in the right condition

Nikwax Down Wash Direct | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Lifesystems Intensity 105 Headtorch | Review

A powerful, lightweight and cost-effective headtorch for the trails from Lifesystems

Lifesystems Intensity 105 Headtorch | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Morakniv Eldris Neck Knife Kit | Review

We tested the Morakniv Eldris inside the Artic Circle, and discovered it's ideal for outdoor adventures

Morakniv Eldris Neck Knife Kit | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Satmap Active 20 GPS | Review

A GPS from Satmap that's easy to use and has come on leaps and bounds in reliability

Satmap Active 20 GPS | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Suunto Spartan Ultra Smartwatch | Review

Wearable tech has never looked so good

Suunto Spartan Ultra Smartwatch | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Petzl Actik Core Headtorch | Review

A great headtorch for hikers, mountaineers or trail runners from the people at Petzl

Petzl Actik Core Headtorch | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

MSR Trailshot Microfilter | Review

The Trailshot microfilter from MSR can be a genuine life saver

MSR Trailshot Microfilter | Review
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