Gear Geek: Gear for the Next Polar Vortex

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Gear Geek: Gear for the Next Polar Vortex

If August has its dog days, then winter has its dark ones. And while we may not have to endure another polar vortex this season, that doesn’t mean that winter won’t deliver a few days of crippling cold. This gear will assure that you’ll not just survive, but actually thrive in such an environment.

1. Icebreaker Zone One Sheep Suit, $200; 2. Brunton Heatsync Vital 2.0, $100; 3. Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Suit, $1,250; 4. Columbia Heatzone 1000, $450; 5. Bogs Snowpocolypse, $300; 6. Kahtoola Microspikes, $70; 7. Electric Mashman Helmet and Bubble Shield, $150 + $50.

Photo: Tom Gill, CC-BY

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).