The gear our editors cherished in January

We made it into the new year, but life still feels difficult. To cope with this, external workers have switched between physical activities in the cold and leisurely activities at home. Here’s the gear we’ve used to achieve both.

Toyo Open Country WLT1 tires ($ 120+)

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I finally removed the outdated set of winter compound all-terrain tires from my Ford Ranger and replaced them with these more snow and ice-specific Toyos. I’m glad i did. We have bizarrely mild weather here in Montana. While there is practically no snow anywhere, there is ice everywhere. The WLT1 not only have a tread pattern that was specially developed for snow and ice, but also a rubber compound that remains pliable at low temperatures and drains off melt water that is created by the weight of a truck when it comes into contact with ice – something that is not Off-road tires can be from. Equipped with a load-bearing capacity that is suitable for a fully loaded pickup and a reinforced carcass that is highly resistant to breakdowns, the WLT1 can continue to use my truck as usual, both on the road and off-road. – We’re Siler, contributing editor

Mons Royale Olympus 3.0 Half-Zip Top ($ 150) and Legging ($ 120)

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I’ve just spent six days in a row in the Mons Royale Olympus 3.0 half-zip top and legging, and I’ve worn those base layers probably 30 times this season. The buttery 250 merino wool set has become my go-to place for touring and skiing thanks to a weight that is just right: light enough for long boots packing and uphill slogs, but warm enough to keep me cold beforehand. and after-work skins or slow chairlifts. Elastane helps them keep their shape for several days (many other wool options stretch and sag after a day). The wool is also odorless – I have to wash my synthetic interlayer more often than the one that sits next to my skin. Plus, with flattering color blocking and saturated but somehow still neutral hues, they’re cute and look great with just about anything. – Abbbie Barronian, Associate Editor

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Outdoor Voices all day sweatpants ($ 88)

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Usually I’m not sweatpants, but almost a year after the pandemic started, I’ve finally given in. This pair of Outdoor Voices is made from an incredibly soft polyester-spandex blend that makes me comfortable while lounging around at home, and the fitted silhouette helps me feel together on the rare occasions I actually leave the house. The large back pockets are a nice bonus too. —Sophie Murguia, editorial assistant

Mountain Hardwear Southpass Fleece Hoody ($ 170)

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I wrote about the Southpass in our Winter Buyer’s Guide 2021, but I’ll take every opportunity to praise it here because it remains the coziest, warmest and most comfortable fleece I’ve ever owned. It’s made from a thick, high-loft polyester with a boxy cut and high collar, which means it feels more like a portable blanket than a piece of clothing. I affectionately call it my teddy bear suit. It’s the first thing I reach for when I get home from climbing or skiing – it’s even warm enough to quickly go to the mailbox or a local restaurant to pick up dinner. In summer I’ll take it with me on camping trips to keep warm while making coffee in the early morning and hanging out by the fire. – Ariella Gintzler, co-editor

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Sweater ($ 229)

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I bribed myself to go up a ski slope or to a campsite in the backcountry, with the promise of gums or dried mango at the end. Now I’m looking forward to putting on this down hoodie (and let’s be honest, sometimes I reward myself with these elastic bands). Filled with responsible 650 fillings, it’s super cozy and offers instant warmth when it’s five degrees on the slope of a mountain. And while Outdoor Research also makes this jacket with a full-length zip, I prefer the pullover version: The side zip makes it easy to put on a helmet, and a fleece-lined kangaroo pocket warms cool fingers. While other jackets with this amount of poof make me the Michelin man’s younger sister, the cropped cut makes this jacket both flattering and cute. – Kelsey Lindsey, Associate Editor

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA ++ ($ 65)

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Part of me still shies away from the price tag of this moisturizer, but I applied it from a single tube every day For over six months, the clarity and moisture of my acne-prone skin has noticeably improved. The latter is especially important if I live in a dry climate like Santa Fe, as most moisturizers either don’t moisturize enough or make my face oily after hours of wear. The Essential-C provides a perfect balance and also contains the important desert ingredient: SPF 30. I have found that it offers enough daily protection from sun damage, but when I do longer outdoor activities I put it down with Supergoops Superscreen SPF 40 . —KL

The North Face Women’s Flight Futurelight Jacket ($ 280)

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I’ve never been a great runner, but a pandemic winter and lackluster early snow season drove me onto the trails for much-needed cardio. The Flight Futurelight jacket has been my partner on every run lately. The soft, stretchy, wind- and waterproof material keeps cold and storms at bay, and even on freezing mornings I was warm enough with just one base layer underneath (good too, as its slim fit can’t hold much more). On a warmer afternoon jog, it was extremely breathable and comfortable over a tank. When I get too hot, the jacket folds into the roomy zipped pocket on the back, which has a shock cord handle so you can comfortably carry it in the palm of your hand. – Karen Larsen, editorial assistant

MCT 12 Vario Poles Drugs ($ 250)

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During this warm, dry winter, the MCT 12 Vario poles were my go-to for long, steep trail runs under variable conditions. Here in Santa Fe, my favorite running routes often have frozen northern aspects and completely dry southern aspects. Micro spikes are great when the bulk of the run is going to be icy, but they’re overdone when I’m just crossing the occasional slick patch. These poles give me peace in these areas thanks to the other two points of contact that keep me from falling. They are extremely light (200 grams), easy to adjust and have Leki’s first-class quick release system for times when you have to take them off to get something out of your hydration vest. I’m training rim to rim (pending COVID) for a Grand Canyon this year, and these bars will be my support on this journey. – Will Taylor, Gear Director

POC Essential Road Softshell Glove ($ 60)

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These are the gloves I grab the most when I walk out the door to exercise. They are designed for cycling and I use them for hill or gravel riding when temperatures drop to around 45 degrees (they are not insulated so I wear something warmer when it gets colder). They’re also great for running at 20 degrees because I create more body heat. The softshell back blocks chilly winds, silicone grips improve control of my handlebars, and they work well with touchscreens. They’re also long-lasting – I’ve wringer them since last spring, and after a lot of sweat and abuse, they still look as good as new when they come out of the wash. – WT

Yeti Rambler 10-ounce lowball mug ($ 15)

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I’ve had my Rambler Lowball for at least three years. Most of the time it was traveling around the back of my truck with my camping kitchen utensils, but since the pandemic and I’ve driven a lot less it has found its way inside. The Lowball is now my preferred container for morning coffee. In true Yeti fashion, the double-walled vacuum insulation keeps my drinks warmer than any cup I own. And the small size fits perfectly in my hand and helps me justify a third cup of coffee without feeling guilty. -Abigail Wise, managing director for digital media

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