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Buyer’s Guide 2016: The Best Outdoor Winter Gear

Every year, we travel abroad to spend some time at events like The Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah – or the Denver’s Sia Snow Show in Colorado. Our goal is to discover everything about new brands, products and technologies – and come back to Altitude Sports with the best options for you guys.

After testing the gear and apparel, the Buyer’s Guide – one of the most respected outdoors magazines – came up with a best of list of the 2015-2016 winter products. We have more than 20 of them in our catalog. Oh yeah.

Here they are.


It’s without any big surprises that the Hoka One One’s Speedgoat shoe stands at the top of the list. Known for its versatility, comfort and incredible traction, it’s one of the best running shoe out there. In the same direction, Mizuno also stands out with the Wave Enigma 5, that offers a great flexibility and stability. On the urban side, the Cheyanne boot from Quebec’s company Sorel has also been selected by the Buyer’s Guide.


Let’s say that 2015 was a good year for The North Face, with the re-launch of the Summit Series. Of course, a jacket from the collection has been selected: the Summit L3. Arc’teryx’s expertise and amazing craftsmanship paid off – the Rethel jacket, blending the Coreloft and WINDSTOPPER technologies, is also part of the list.

The Black Diamond’s Mission jacket is also one of the greatest options regarding skiing, with its waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX membrane. On the fashion side, Fjällräven got noticed with the Ovik 3 in 1 coat, made from the famous G-1000 heavy-duty fabric.

Shirts and Mid-layers

One of the most practical new items of this year: the Helly Hansen’s Pace Norviz kit. In terms of night running, you can’t be safer, since it literally light up in the dark. On the layering side, Smartwool wins with the Corbet 120, hybrid between a mid-layer and an insulated jacket.

Tech Gear

Now, the gadgets. The Suunto Ambit3 Run got noticed for its versatility and integrated tools. Another sport watch stood out: the M400 by Polar, which is basically a training computer that you can carry on your wrist.

For those who like to capture every moments of their adventures, an action camera can be an amazing option to bring with you on a trip. This year, the Buyer’s Guide selected the GoPro Hero 4 and the Garmin X Action to be on their list.

Other Accessories

To finish, a couple of pair of googles and sunglasses: the Oakley’s Flight Deck and Zeal Optics Forecast for skiing – and the Smith Optics Tioga for the everyday life.

The Auric helmet by POC, the Sea to Summit’s Comfort Plus sleeping pad, as well as the Stanley’s Classic Vacuum Growler all stood out because of their versatility, great craftsmanship and original styles.

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