Winter Backpacking: Packs, Tents, and Clothes
When you’re winter backpacking, you want strong gear that will withstand the elements. Adventures become disasters when your backpack gives out halfway down the frozen trail or your tent breaks under the weight of snow at 3 am. To make happy adventures, choose only the best gear that is designed for cold winter weather.
Use Tough Backpacks
Because you need heavier gear for winter backpacking, it makes sense that you also need tougher backpacks to carry your equipment. Two of our favorites are Osprey and Deuter.
Osprey’s Aether 60 has been tested in local wildernesses and on Mount Everest. Today, this fourth edition of Aether maintains its reputation with a new clean design, lightweight comfort, and custom fit. Thanks to its IsoForm CM hipbelt, the pack has more padding and stiffness, which helps you carry heavy loads.
Deuter’s Aircontact uses its Vari Flex system to make carrying your heavy equipment more comfortable, and the mobile hip fins help maintain your balance in tricky footing. Because of how the fins evenly distribute the weight of the pack, they help to give you more range of motion and less weariness. This pack has efficiency, stability, flexibility, and control – all important to winter backpacking.
Use Heavy-Duty Tents
Winter tents need to have different features than summer tents; they need to be a structure to withstand high winds, snowfall, and other weather factors. Winter tents require an intricate balance of strength and weight to protect backpackers.
One of the best tents for winter backpacking is the Hilleberg Akto Footprint, complete with toggles, an inner tent, and a vestibule. Its Hilleberg Akto Footprint Tough floor protects it from dirt, rips, and moisture from the ground. The vestibule is the exterior of the tent, which insulates the tent from the elements.
Wear Warm Gear
When you’re backpacking in the cold, you need to wear a variety of layers to stay warm. Using a multi-layer system also allows you to remove or add clothing, depending on your activity level. Your baselayer should be close to your skin, wicking moisture and keeping heat close to your body. Following layers need to further insulate you from the elements and protect you from the wind, rain, and snow. Some of our favorite pieces are from Smartwool, Patagonia, Columbia, Black Diamond, and more.
Winter Backpacking With Appalachian Outfitters
Be sure that you have all of the gear you need before you set off on your next winter backpacking adventure. Visit us to make sure you’re prepared for the cold outdoors!