Winter is here, and she appears to be in a bit of a foul mood.
Fortunately, there’s clothing that will make waiting for your car to heat up or walking through the windy streets of any city—except maybe Buffalo—just a bit more tolerable.
While we can’t all be Roald Amundsen (above), we can at least stay warm… and look good doing it.
Fjällräven G-1000 Heater: Fjällräven’s original G-1000 fabric is quick-drying, hard-wearing and tightly woven. With this hat ($60), it’s joined on the inside by warm pile fleece and on the outside by a comfy blend of polyester and cotton. It’s even got some earflaps with little holes so you can hear everything from oncoming traffic to the crackle of a fire at the foot of a mountain after a hard day’s hike.
Craghoppers Cleveland Jacket: The Cleveland ($180) is for the stylish yet rugged type who wants to maintain a studied outer appearance with Oxford shoulder and elbow patches that say, “Hey, I might be a professor, too.” Weatherproof with a ribbed inner collar, zipoff hood, adjustable hem and stormflap with inner zip guard, plus a bevy of pockets (including a map pocket, you adventurer, you!), this jacket doesn’t mess around with the cold or your comfort.
Adidas Terrex Swift Hooded Primaloft Jacket: Forged from breathable PrimaLoft Sport—a proprietary water-repellent, wind-resistant insulation material—this jacket ($70) is a little leaner and meaner than, say, the Cleveland. It’ll keep you cozy during exercise on those winter days that are cool without being extremity-numbing cold.
Dakine Sentinel Glove: Proprietary D3O padding in these mitts ($45) coats the back of the hand and palms for flexible shock absorption, while synthetic suede, microfleece thumb panels and silicone gripper fingertips round out a round-up of clever materials for ultimate hand comfort and functionality in cold and/or wet weather. So go ahead, glove up and feel free to do anything from gripping the bars on a running Harley to delicately composing a 3 a.m. text to your ex.
Helly Hansen HH Dry Elite Pant: Finally, leggings for men that won’t get you laughed out of the locker room. Helly’s technical bottoms ($60) are designed for maximum movement, full function and ultimate comfort during strenuous activities like skiing, jogging or hiking. Quick-drying, lightweight, super-stretching, non-itch, allergy-neutral and breathable, they’re great for a workout or under your pants on days so cold you feel your ability to procreate may be at risk.
Icebreaker Men’s Over-the-Calf Ski Socks: A blend of merino wool and nylon with a pinch of Lycra make these bad boys ($23) durable, warm and breathable. They’re even strategically cushioned. (No seriously, they have something called a “function junction” that reduces bulk by minimizing stitching.) Who says you need to be a skier to enjoy the benefits of saving your limbs from the icy grip of frostbite?
Sorel Conquest Men’s Winter Boots: Kill the cold, circumvent the snow and dominate the day with these sub-zero-ready, super-comfy bad boys ($145). They feature waterproof leather, built-in gaiters and drawstring collars with barrel-lock closures to minimize leakage, cushy molded midsoles, Achilles adjustment straps with steel shanks to enhance rigidity and multidirectional lugs for traction enhancement. In other words, you’ve really gotta be clumsy to faceplant in these foot-boats.