Mountaineering & Expeditions

Best Gear for Mountaineering | The Ultimate Winter Kit Bag

Halfway up a mountain in the depths of winter, is the last place you’d ever want your gear to fail. It doesn’t matter whether you’re scaling Mount Snowdon on a day mission, or venturing out from Camp IV high up in the Himalayas, you need kit you can trust. Your life may quite literally depend on it.

Mpora’s team of gear experts considered a lot of winter mountaineering kit for inclusion in the Outdoor 100. We looked at the merits of many different jackets, boots, pairs of crampons, ice axes and other gear before whittling down our shortlist. With only 100 spaces in the guide, we were forced to exclude many great products, choosing only the best in each category.

“Halfway up a mountain in the depths of winter, you need kit you can trust. Your life may depend on it.”

As well as our in-depth individual reviews, we’ve gathered together all the mountaineering gear that made the Outdoor 100 to create this – a selection that we believe is the ultimate winter kit bag for mountaineering. This gear is the best of the best, kit that you can rely on when you need it most. If you’re heading up into the hills this winter, this is the gear you’ll want to take with you.

Páramo Velez Jacket


A high-performance jacket that can handle the harshest of mountain conditions, this is packed with features that make serious climbing easier. It’s also one of the most environmentally-friendly jackets on the market thanks to Páramo’s patented PFC-free fabrics.

Read the full review of the Páramo Velez Jacket and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Marmot Quark Sleeping Bag


With its clever blend of synthetic insulation and a very high quality (850 fill power) down, this is one of the best winter sleeping bags on the market.

Read the full review of the Marmot Quark Sleeping Bag and watch the video of it being put through its paces.

Fjallraven Keb Trekking Trousers


Strong, stretchy and waterproof, these have everything that you need from a high performance pair of trekking trousers. Another great product from Swedish brand Fjallraven.

Read the full review of the Fjallraven Keb Trekking Trousers and watch the video of them being out through their paces.

Arc’Teryx Bora2 Mid GTX Boots


These boots from Canadian brand Arc’Teryx are genuine game-changers, with their separate removable liners. One of the cleverest products we’ve seen this season.

Read the full review of the Bora2 Mid GTX boots.

Oakley Prizm Goggles


Oakley’s Prizm lenses enhance the contrast of the snow dramatically, offering incredible vision regardless of the conditions.

Read the full review of the Oakley Prizm Inferno Goggles.

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler Backpack


The latest and greatest version of Mountain Hardwear’s popular Scrambler pack uses their amazing OutDry fabric. It’s super lightweight, but also incredibly waterproof.

Read the full review of the Mountain Hardwear Scrambler OutDry Backpack.

Rab Zero G Down Jacket


With its astonishing 1000 fill-power down, this is one of the warmest down jackets out there, but still packs very small – perfect for cold nights in camp.

Read the full review of the Rab Zero G Down Jacket.

Edelrid Huascaran Climbing Harness


Engineered with German precision and also made to exacting environmental standards, this is an excellent harness you can rely on.

Read the full review of the Edelrid Huascaran Climbing Harness.

Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampons


Whether you’re walking in the Lake District or scaling sketchy ridgelines in the Alps, these strong, lightweight and versatile crampons are pretty much the only ones you’ll ever need.

Read the full review of the Black Diamond Snaggletooth Crampons

Dhu Cashmere Contrast Baselayer


A comfortable and warm winter baselayer made from one of nature’s finest materials.

Read the full review of the Dhu Cashmere Contrast Baselayer

Edelrid Parrot 9.8mm Climbing Rope


Made from upcycled sheath yarns, this rope from environmentally-friendly manufacturers Edelrid is one you can safely trust your life to.

Read the full review of the Edelrid Parrot 9.8mm Climbing Rope

Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe


A hybrid ice axe that will handle a wide variety of situations, this is made to the high quality standards you’d expect from Black Diamond.

Read the full review of the Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe

Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag


A great alternative to a tent on lower slopes, and an emergency backup option in case something goes wrong in high alpine terrain. It’s always worth having a bivvy bag in your pack, and the Hunka is one of the best.

Read the full review of the Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag

Petzl NAO Headtorch


One of the most sophisticated head torches on the market, this is our pick for any expeditions which involve hiking or climbing at night.

Read the full review of the Petzl NAO Headtorch

Primus Lite+ Stove


One of the most efficient stoves available, this is also super lightweight and our team found it a pleasure to cook on.

Read the full review of the Primus Lite+ Stove

ExPed Synmat Hyperlite Sleeping Mat 7 M


A seriously high tech sleeping mat that’s rated down to minus 6 degrees C, this is nonetheless lightweight and packs very small.

Read the full review of the ExPed Synmat 7 Sleeping Mat

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