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10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

Our guide to the best winter gloves will have your digits delighting in warmth so settle in for the season with one of our trail-tested top pairs.
10 Best Winter Coats of 2024

10 Best Winter Coats of 2024

Whether you’re skiing, sledding, or sipping tea, conquer the cold with the best winter coats around. We trail-tested the top brands for warmth, comfort, versatility, and durability.
10 Best Winter Coats & Jackets for Women of 2024

10 Best Winter Coats & Jackets for Women of 2024

Take on winter, and look good doing it! Our cold-weather-tested winter coat picks are approved for frolicking in the snow
10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2024
A female backpacker wearing the Eddie Bauer Super Sevens Fleece Pullover in front of jagged mountain peaks in Glacier National Park

10 Best Fleece Jackets of 2024

We took to the mountains to find the best fleece jackets for taking off the chill. Explore our top picks for staying comfortable and toasty when temps start to dip.
Best Women’s Winter Boots of 2024

Best Women’s Winter Boots of 2024

We’ve braved the winter chill to find top-notch boots that blend function with fashion. These winter wonders will keep you stomping away with confidence.
Best Winter Boots of 2024
A hiker standing on a snowbank in the Salomon X Ultra Mid Winter boots with blue mountains on the horizon

Best Winter Boots of 2024

Get the traction you need and keep the chill off your toes with a pair of our favorite winter hiking boots. These kicks are cozier than a snow day with a side of hot cocoa.

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10 Best Winter Traction Devices & Crampons for Hiking 2024
A hiker wearing the Hillsound Flexsteps with trail running shoes

10 Best Winter Traction Devices & Crampons for Hiking 2024

Don’t let winter’s grip get you down on the ice. Our team of experts has trail-tested the ultimate traction devices to find the most secure and dependable options so you…
NEMO Kunai Tent Review

NEMO Kunai Tent Review

The NEMO Kunai is one of the most versatile 4-season tents on the market with the ability to cover all your needs from backpacking to mountaineering.
Best Snowshoes for Mountaineering of 2024
A snowshoer hiking along a winter creek in the Tubbs Flex VRT snowshoes

Best Snowshoes for Mountaineering of 2024

Make winter snowproblem with our top pick for the best snowshoes around. Our expert testers trudged on trails and braved blustery blizzards to bring you this review of the very best.
10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

10 Best Winter Gloves of 2024

Our guide to the best winter gloves will have your digits delighting in warmth so settle in for the season with one of our trail-tested top pairs.
10 Best Winter Coats & Jackets for Women of 2024

10 Best Winter Coats & Jackets for Women of 2024

Take on winter, and look good doing it! Our cold-weather-tested winter coat picks are approved for frolicking in the snow
10 Best Winter Coats of 2024

10 Best Winter Coats of 2024

Whether you’re skiing, sledding, or sipping tea, conquer the cold with the best winter coats around. We trail-tested the top brands for warmth, comfort, versatility, and durability.
Best 4-Season Tents of 2024
The NEMO Kunai 3P four-season tent in a snowy winter camping scene in the woods

Best 4-Season Tents of 2024

The fun doesn’t stop when snow starts to fall. All of our top-rated winter tent picks are trail-tested in the mountains so you can find a trustworthy shelter for 4-season adventuring.
Slingfin Crossbow 2 Four-Season Tent Review

Slingfin Crossbow 2 Four-Season Tent Review

The Slingfin Crossbow is one of the most spacious and versatile 4-season tents we’ve tested. Multiple setup configurations make it an excellent value that can be used in almost any conditions. The Crossbow is a true 4-season tent, but it’s easier to set up, more compact, and more livable than most others.
Winter Camping Checklist

Winter Camping Checklist

When you go into the backcountry during the harshest season of the year, it pays to have the right equipment to keep…
15 Winter Camping Tips

15 Winter Camping Tips

Winter camping is a unique experience that creates life-long memories. We love snowshoeing, building camps, and…
10 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog in Winter

10 Tips for Hiking with Your Dog in Winter

Taking your dog for a rainy hike or a jaunt in the snow is incredibly fun and a great way to keep them active during the winter. But…
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Tent Review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Tent Review

So many ultralight tents save weight by cutting out living space, but that’s not Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s style. The Ultamid 2 Pyramid Tent and Full Mesh Insert come together to make an absolutely ginormous ultralight castle that comfortably shelters two people and their gear.
Best Winter Boots of 2024
A hiker standing on a snowbank in the Salomon X Ultra Mid Winter boots with blue mountains on the horizon

Best Winter Boots of 2024

Get the traction you need and keep the chill off your toes with a pair of our favorite winter hiking boots. These kicks are cozier than a snow day with a side of hot cocoa.
10 Best Down Jackets of 2024
A backpacker standing by a mountain lake in a teal down jacket

10 Best Down Jackets of 2024

Down for an adventure? Our trail-tested recommendations for the best down jackets will keep you warm and comfortable on trail and in town.
Best Women’s Winter Boots of 2024

Best Women’s Winter Boots of 2024

We’ve braved the winter chill to find top-notch boots that blend function with fashion. These winter wonders will keep you stomping away with confidence.
ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck

ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck

This past Saturday, CleverHiker was thrilled to attend the first ever ALDHA West Cascade Winter Ruck in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The purpose of the event was to bring together a mix of veteran thru-hikers and aspiring long distance backpackers to swap stories and build community. It was a learning and networking opportunity for backpackers of all levels and CleverHiker was on hand to soak up the weekend’s events and share some tips and techniques. The program included a variety of long-distance backpacking presentations, equipment evaluations, a gear raffle of UL goodies, great food, and cheap handcrafted beers. By all accounts the event was a massive success.