Winter always requires warm, soft clothing. But this season, when we prepare to spend the cold months working from home and having happy hour outdoors, that’s hygge Some of our wardrobes seem more important than ever. At Outside we see ourselves as connoisseurs of sheep and fuzzy. Here are the pieces our editors use the most.
Patagonia Woolyester Fleece Sweater ($ 140)
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I’m an equipment editor with a certain affinity for warm things, which means I have loads of stylish fleeces, flannels, and sweatshirts in my closet. Yet the Woolyester is always the one I pull on when my hands go numb at my desk. It’s made from a blend of nylon, polyester, and recycled wool with a quarter zip opening and a stretchy rib hem and cuffs. Somehow, the slightly raised material feels cozier, lighter and more breathable than any other lifestyle tech sweater I’ve tried. It has the warm, comforting feel of a crocheted blanket – perfect when it gets cold, but not downright cold. It also has the homely looks appropriate. Nowadays I find that comforting too. – Ariella Gintzler, co-editor
Mountain Hardwear Monkey Woman 2 Pants ($ 150)
(Photo: Courtesy Mountain Hardwear)
As a person who runs cold all the time, I agree with the notion that there isn’t a layer that is too toasted. It is known that on 40 degree summer nights I sleep comfortably in a zero degree bag. Fifty degrees in the shade on the rock? Better pack a puffy. Monkey Woman (and Monkey Man) pants were made for people like me. They are so gorgeous, ridiculous, overly blurry that just looking at them makes me warmer. They’re exactly what I want so my legs won’t go numb while cooking dinner on camping trips in late fall. They even have deep zipped pockets and reinforced nylon knee pads so you can easily kneel on the floor to start a fire. It just seems extra until you put them on. – AG
Men’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest by Patagonia ($ 199)
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It’s no secret that I’m a vest guy. In my opinion, there is nothing more practical than keeping your core warm while your arms are free to do business. This is certainly true of outdoor activities, but I’ve also found it to be true when driving in my desk chair. My favorite this season was the Reversible Bivy. I wear it with the partially recycled fleece pile lining on the inside and the durable recycled nylon on the outside for both looks and comfort. It’s insulated with a recycled 600-fill goose down fill that will raise your chest temperature significantly and was just as welcome while sitting in front of my computer in our old house as it was by the campfire. – Will Taylor, Gear Director
ReLctive Boxer Briefs for Men by GoLite ($ 28)
(Photo: Courtesy GoLite)
I am very picky about my underwear. As I’m sure you’ll be amazed, I haven’t worn any for many years because I found most of the options excruciatingly uncomfortable. That has changed in the last few years as countless companies make very comfortable performance underwear. Because of this golden age, I have a lot of great underwear to try, but when I need a little more comfort, I reach for the ReActive. Thanks to a partially recycled polyester-spandex blend, these are the softest briefs I’ve ever worn. This material won’t sag or fade after countless washes, while the Polygiene treatment wards off odors on a long weekend of hiking or after a day of marathon at work. They are so good that I only donned them to write this review. – WT
Deckers x Lab Women’s Ko-Z Snpr Mid Wedge Slippers ($ 150)
(Photo: Courtesy Deckers x Lab)
This sneaker-slipper hybrid has become my favorite shoe. I slide into it first thing every morning. With their mix of EcoTan sheepskin and a recycled wool-polyester mix in the lining, they offer Warmth without the sweat that so often follows. The padded, ribbed midsole and the insole made of memory foam protect feet and calves after a long day of adventure – and they are downright luxurious for everyday life. Plus, thanks to a grippy, sneaker-like outsole, they’re ready to go should you ever leave the house. For a bit of bonus fun, I went all-in with the red flower patchwork Color, but there are low-key black and white versions for those who want a more subtle look. – Karen Larsen, editorial assistant
Outdoor Research Men’s Trail Mix Snap Sweater ($ 89)
(Photo: Courtesy of Outdoor Research)
Grid style sweaters aren’t new, but the trail mix is so soft it made me wonder how classy a fleece sweater could be. It doesn’t look blurry on the outside, but as soon as the collar is popped and snuggled completely around my neck, I’m in a cocoon of warm, cozy polyester coziness. This is the first sweater I reach for when hanging around the house, but I also put it under a thicker jacket on the rock on low 40-degree days. At just 11.3 ounces, it’s also surprisingly lightweight for the amount of warmth it offers, making it an easy choice when I’m packing for a trip and want to save space in my bag. The kangaroo pocket and thumb loops are welcome features when I need extra convenience. – Jeremy Rellosa, editor of the reviews
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