Best Gear for Hiking & Camping | The Ultimate Winter Kit Bag
Our pick of the best hiking and camping kit for winter 2016/17, as selected for this year's Outdoor 100 Gear Guide
Hiking and camping in winter is a totally different ballgame. It can be incredible of course - there are few things more rewarding than crunching your way across fresh snow. But because it’s that much colder, wetter and darker than the summer, it’s all the more important that you have the right kit. Your gear will have to work harder to keep you warm, dry and on the right path.
As with all the gear in the Outdoor 100, the hiking and camping kit that has made the cut here is the very best. These jackets, trekking trousers, boots and backpacks will survive whatever winter has to throw at them, and come back asking for more.
"Your gear will have to work harder to keep you warm, dry and on the right path."
Much of the equipment in this guide is multi-functional (many of the items were in fact chosen for the versatility) but if it’s specific winter hiking or camping gear you’re after, then this collection we’ve put together - the ultimate winter kit bag for hiking and camping - is a good place to start your search.
Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket
The first hardshell Fjallraven have made in a wee while and they’ve knocked it out of the park. This is hard-wearing, versatile and stylish.
Berghaus Extrem Ramche 2.0 Jacket
An extremely warm and well-made down jacket, featuring various impressive technical innovations that are all Berghaus’ own.
Fjallraven Keb Endurance Three-Man Tent
A tent designed to take whatever the winter can throw at it, this is also impressively easy to put up quickly - a huge advantage when it’s cold.
Marmot Quark Sleeping Bag
Warm, with high fill down and some impressive technical features, this is an excellent winter sleeping bag.
Fjallraven Keb Trekking Trousers
Versatile, hard-wearing, stretchy and stylish to boot. As our testers said: “We can’t really imagine why you’d need anything else."
Osprey Atmos AG Backpack
Osprey have made a brilliant backpack here, with a waist strap that feels like you’re being hugged when it’s on and space for everything you might need.
Mountain Equipment Spectre Trekking Trousers
British brand Mountain Equipment have made an excellent pair of women’s trousers here - windproof, breathable and suitable for any trek.
Keen Feldberg Hiking Boots
Warm, stylish, but above all, comfortable - Keen’s Feldberg boots are the perfect thing for winter hikes.
Hanwag Tatra Hiking Boots
The latest pair of hiking boots from a brand with a long history of making excellent footwear.
Leki Tour Stick Walking Poles
“The jury is no longer out on walking poles," said our gear experts. “They are here to stay." This lightweight, durable pair from Leki are the ones to have.
Berghaus Trailhead 65 Backpack
This capacious 65 litre backpack from British brand Berghaus will swallow up all your camping gear with room to spare.
Marmot XT Gloves
Gloves are an essential part of winter walking kit. These are some of the best on the market.
Petzl NAO Headtorch
This headtorch from Petzl is incredibly high tech, with all sorts of useful features. In fact, our testers said, “it’s one step away from having its own Instagram account".
Satmap Active 12 GPS
This GPS unit is packed with enough techy details to excite the biggest mapping nerds. At the same time it’s simple enough that if you just want the basics, it’s easy to use.
Outdoor Tech Kodiak Plus Power Pack
How do you stop your batteries dying in the cold? Don’t take any. Take a Kodiak Plus Power Pack from Outdoor Tech instead.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet
Lightweight, as portable as a tablet but as powerful as a proper computer, this is the perfect laptop for backing up footage at basecamp.
ExPed Synmat Hyperlite Sleeping Mat
ExPed make some of the best sleeping mats in the world. This is our pick of the bunch for this winter.
Primus Lite+ Stove
One of the lightest and most energy efficient camping stoves around, this is the perfect thing for cooking on the go.
Alpkit Titanium Cookware
Super lightweight and really well thought out this includes a titanium kettle, mug and even chopsticks!
Morakniv Garberg Knife
Morakniv have been making knives for years, but the Garberg is their first full tang model. It’s been worth the wait.
Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee Maker
Yes a proper coffee maker is a luxury, but it’s one you’ll cherish every morning as you step out of the tent. And this weighs so little, why not take it with?
Shot on location in Chamonix
- Thanks to our accommodation partner Adventure Base