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Upgrade your winter kit with our top picks.
Do you feel that? Is it... could it be... a slight glimmer of spring in the air? Depending on where you are in the country, it could be a balmy 75 degrees or a frigid 35, and that's the beauty of February; a combination of winter fatigue and spring hopefulness, all rolled into one turbulent month.
Whether you're sliding sideways, applying sunscreen or hitting the town, you'll need gear that performs in the cold, protects against the elements and looks good doing it. So with no further ado, here's the best outdoor gear of February 2022.
Perhaps inevitable when the tech cycling geniuses at MAAP join forces with the outerwear wizards at The Arrivals, this gorgeous, gravel-ready collaboration boasts such functional forms as a packable puffy, a buttery bib and an ultralight performance cap. There’s also a moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee and breathable socks. Available in black, sand and rose quartz colorways, the collection boasts just about all you need to ride off the beaten path and never look back.
Gorpcore enthusiasts will love Goldwin's new pullover for its minimal aesthetic, calming colorways and performance capabilities. The loose, pullover style cuts weight and ups comfort, while the waterproof, recycled material protects against the elements. The offset zipper on the collar minimizes friction against the face, and the long zippers on both sides of the garment can be opened for ventilation, or to access a hidden inner pocket.
Dispelling the myth that to be warm, down needs to be bulky, these gloves prove less is more. For Fall 2022, Gordini has partnered with ThinDown by NIPI, (Natural Insulation Products Inc.,) to bring its patented down fabric insulation to eight new glove styles. By compressing the down and turning it into fabric, rather than fill, material is saved and performance is enhanced.
If you're style-minded but still want to stay warm this winter, reach for this overshirt. Roots tapped Polartec to infuse their street-ready styles with soft and cozy fleece, with durability to boot. We're digging the Overshirt for its tonal overlays on the back and elbows, as well as its use of recycled materials. The classic fit will fit in anywhere — pair it with jeans or hiking pants, and you're set.
Good things come in small packages. We're guessing that's the ethos behind Matador's new 2.5-liter stuff sack, which fits into a teeny tiny silicone case that can be attached to a keychain or backpack. Sealed seams and water-resistant 20D nylon ripstop with a PU
coating keep wet items like bathing suits or rain jackets separate from dry, or protects items from moisture in a pinch. When you're not using the stuff sack, pack it into its little silicone case, and snap it onto your bag.
Osprey's new carry-on is made largely from recycled road barriers — a novel approach to making use of materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. The rugged polycarbonate shell exterior constructed, of 80-percent recycled post-consumer materials, is a hybrid design that features a combination hardshell (to protect items on long travel days) and TPU coated fabric, which expands to provide 5 additional liters on top of the thirty-six standard liters. At just under 7 pounds, the Transporter is lightweight and ready to travel.
Snow Peak and Rumpl are back at it again: the two brands have teamed up once again, this time to release a limited-edition, fireproof blanket that combines Rumpl's post-consumer recycled Nanoloft insulation with Snow Peak's own recycled ripstop with fire-resistant aramid material. New for 2022, the cozy fireside blanket is wrapped in an eco-conscious face fabric that's made using natural fire-resistant fibers, mixed with cotton and polyester. On top of that, there's no chemical coating on Nanoloft Takibi, so you can feel safe wrapping yourself and your loved ones in it for a little extra campsite warmth.
Ultralight, ultra-strong. Maap and 100% have teamed up again to release all-new eyewear; this limited edition pair combines the forward-thinking design aesthetic of Maap with 100%'s UltraCarbon performance tech, resulting in a pair of shades that's a minuscule 23 grams and incredibly strong. Full-spectrum UV protection including UVA, UVB and UV400 keeps your peepers protected, while the proprietary Hiper Lens boosts contrast and colors and enhances detail, so you can cycle safely. The Hypercraft Sunglasses are available in two colorways, Copper and Silver.
This one sold out fast, but man, it was good while it lasted. The much-hyped Natural Habitat Collection flew off the proverbial shelves, thanks to its campy colorway and Bodega prints, combined with Helinox's premium construction. The collection featured a camp chair, camp cot and table, and was inspired in part by the connection between our urban and rural spaces. Fingers crossed this one will get restocked soon.