Gear Geek: Seven Great Winter Sweaters

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Gear Geek: Seven Great Winter Sweaters

Nothing combats the coldest days of winter quite as well as a high-quality sweater. Buy the right one—one made from high-quality merino wool, which insulates you even when it’s wet and wicks sweat away when things get clammy—and you enter into a years-long relationship that delivers equal measures of performance and style. These seven sweaters aren’t cheap, so think them as an investment, one that will pay off kindly, whether you’re skiing, hiking, drinking hot toddies by the fire, or wandering the streets of some foreign, snow-blown city.

1. Dale of Norway Lillehammer, $229; 2. Obermeyer Hemsadal, $199; 3. Vintage Velos Vittoria Wool Trainer, $229; 4. Icebreaker Aura, $250; 5. Fjallraven Ovik, $160; 6. Smartwool Isto, $160; 7. Kuhl Downhill Racer, $135.

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).