It has been a pretty warm fall so far, but if the past few winters have taught us anything, it’s that we can’t trust Mother Nature to show mercy. So we’ve put together some stylish, some playful and even some tech-ified garments for the function-minded modern man to weather those hardcore degree drops. When you start seeing your breath, you’ll thank us.
If the Brunton Heatsync Vital 2.0 sounds heavy-duty, that’s because it is. It’s made of stretchy neoprene so it’s quite a few steps below chainmail or your other garden-variety battle armors, but don’t let that fool you—it has infrared carbon fiber heating elements that warm your vital organs with one of three heat settings. And it even charges via USB. Go forth into that chill with nary a worry.
Longjohns aren’t just something your grandpappy held dear—they’re making a comeback for good reason. Tommy John’s tops and bottoms use SleekHeat™ technology with a patented bulk-free, stay-tucked design for a streamlined fit that works even under professional attire. The warmth of these bad boys is achieved by absorbing body moisture and converting it into heat when you need it most. They’re available in black and white. Sign us up.
What’s better than a nice warm pair of slippers? A nice warm pair of AlphaHeat battery-heated slippers, of course. These puppies are lightweight yet feature built-in panels that can hit 120 degrees on a six-pack of AAs. Using non-Lithium Ion batteries may not be in style anymore, but in this case it’s totally worth it.
Keep your digits intact with Nike’s Printed Element Thermal 2.0 Gloves. They’re slim and have a conductive thumb and forefinger so you won’t be fumbling around with your phone or breaking your screen trying to open an app. Most importantly, they use Therma-FIT® fabric (a double-brushed microfiber fleece that retains energy, minimizes heat loss and insulates from cold, wind and moisture) so they’re nice and warm. Toughing it out is for chumps, anyway.
The advanced Anorak No. 8 was made to withstand tough outdoor conditions without sacrificing comfort or style. It’s got an adjustable hood with an optional fold-back visor, a high collar to keep your neck warm, ventilation zippers, a front ‘kangaroo’ pouch, waist and hem draw cords, an infusion of wind- and water-resistant Greenland Wax and sweet leather details. Who says you can’t be warm and look good at the same time?
Surviving the winter is all about knowing how to layer. And the Ibex Woolies 2 Crew is all about that layering. You see, the Woolies 2 is a heavy, interlocking wool knit that’s a step up from your average wool weight, keeping you warm whether you’re walking through city streets or careening down a ski slope.
Wool is great, but we all know it’s really the holiday spirit that warms us from the inside out. Tipsy Elves’ holiday jumpsuits (more specifically, an amazing menorah-adorned Hanukkah onesie and a kick-ass reindeer-covered Christmas varietal) have warm fleece interiors, zipper pockets and, most importantly, a lot more charm than any jumpsuits deserve to have.
This crew shirt is made from a base layer of merino wool (procured in the sweeping grasslands of Patagonia) blended with a multifunctional, wear-and-tear-resistant recycled Capilene base layer. We’re not totally sure what that is but it wicks moisture, breathes well and dries fast. A lofted yarn manufacturing technique gives it extra warmth and stretch.
Deftly walking the line between fashion and function is this authentic Harris Tweed cap that dreams of the Scottish Isles from whence its wool comes but roots itself in American craftsmanship and ingenuity. Perhaps best of all, you can pull down the material wrapped around it to make ear flaps for extra protection from the cold.
Warm socks are one thing, but sometimes the bitter cold days of winter call for something a little more advanced. The ACEL Winter Compression Sock doesn’t just provide more leg coverage, it also gently hugs the foot and leg, promoting circulation to increase warmth and mobility. It’s also good for moisture wicking, which can reduce odors, blisters and irritation. Bonus!
It converts. into. a camp pillow. Need more motivation to try on this ingeniously designed parka? Well, it boasts warm, cocoon-like down, an adjustment-free hood that fits perfectly, baffled panels for heat retention; a weather-resistant shell coating and insulated pockets to keep your digits warm. Did we mention it all stuffs into its own sack, which converts into a camp pillow with a fleece lining? Come on now.
Here’s some high-end thermal wear, thin as a second skin and soft as can be. You’re investing in serious insulation by ensconcing yourself in an innovative nylon fiber called Nilit made from recycled coffee bean shells. This caffeine-free fabric captures and conserves body heat to keep you toasty from the inside out. But fear not, sweaty friends; it also has a Superfine weave that wicks away moisture.
This shaker-stitch double-breasted Francois sweater may make you think of a yesteryear yuppie trip to the golf course or horse ranch, but despite its clear sophistication it’s surprisingly versatile. Don this comfy wool garment indoors with jeans and nice footwear and you’ll see what we mean.
This striking six-inch tan boot features maple leather heel insoles and the proud status of being handcrafted right here in the US of A. It’s made for the outdoors but works for lots of situations, like when paired with fine tweed trousers at work or jeans at a family dinner.
Channel your inner Midwesterner with this water-resistant and windproof-yet-breathable Gazoo Fargo hat that’ll keep you so warm and dry in inclement weather, you’ll forget you’re outside. Quilted taffeta nylon encases premium Canadian white duck down, and the earflaps can be worn up or down depending how numbingly cold it is, donchaknow?