This is the best damn season—and not just because my skiing-obsessed self can already smell the first snowfall on the horizon. Autumn is really where smart gear shines, and where bad gear can really fail you (especially if you end up soaking wet on top of some mountain). These picks are some of the coolest stuff that’s come across my radar for the variable conditions that define this season, with the hope that may will offer an easy transition into winter.
Photo: Chaval Brasil, CC BY-NC-ND
1. Thursday Captain Boot, $199; 2. Cotopaxi Libre Sweater, $99; 3. Ibex Wool Denim, $300; 4. Darn Tough Haselton Hiker Micro Crew, $20; 5. Kitsbow Woman’s SS Jacket, $269; 6. Mountain Hardwear 32 Degree Insulated Hooded Jacket, $130; 7. Kuhl Alessadra Tunic Sweater, $99.
Nathan Borchelt is a gear-obsessed travel writer and adventurer whose collection of shoes, backpacks, jackets, bags, and other “essential” detritus has long-outgrown his one-bedroom apartment (and his wife’s patience).