All The Gear You Need to Stay Active Outdoors all Winter Long

Repeat after us: “There is no bad weather. Only bad clothes.”

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Image Credits: Photos by Saty + Pratha, Wardrobe by Jaclyn Bonavota, Hair & Makeup by Ronnie Tremblay, Props by Kristen Lim Tung

Stay active this winter

Being active outdoors is a big part of keeping our mental health in check. Here’s what you need to get outside, and stay there — no matter the conditions.

(Related: The Ultimate Guide to Staying Active Outdoors This Winter)

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Courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm Crew Neck T-Shirt

Uniqlo’s Heattech base layers, like this crew-neck shirt, are loved for their insulating, moisture-wicking qualities (the garments actually use droplets from your body to generate heat) and affordable prices. Those in colder climates should go for pieces from the Ultra Warm line, which are 2.25 times warmer than regular Heattech.


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Courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo Heattech Ultra Warm Leggings

They also make leggings!


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Courtesy of Arcteryx

Arcteryx Atom AR Hoody

This lightweight, breathable (thank you, underarm vents), wind-resistant and water-repellant jacket is up for any activity. It’s designed to hold warmth even if it gets damp, whether you’re doing a sweaty cross-country ski in the Laurentians or a rainy-day hike on Vancouver Island.


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Courtesy of MEC

Tobo Softshell Pants

When it comes to winter activewear, bulk isn’t best. Ditch the classic snow pants if you’re heading out for a cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike (save them for a downhill skiing day or an afternoon playing in the snow), and go for wind- and water-resistant fleece-lined soft-shell pants that are easy to move in instead.


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Courtesy of Lululemon

Lululemon Run for it All Earwarmer

Perfect for milder climates or warmer days, this fleece-lined headband stays in place while you move and even has a slot for threading your ponytail through.


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Courtesy of Kombi Canada

Cozy Primaloft Mittens

When you’re heading outside for some playtime, bundling up is key, since your movements won’t be as consistent as an intentional aerobic activity like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. These warm, insulated mitts that protect against wind and water will do the trick.


(Related: The 8 Best Winter Boots For Your Feet, According to Podiatrists)

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Courtesy of Kombi Canada

Wanderer Powerpoint Touch Gloves

Keep your fingers free and dexterous with these insulated soft-shell gloves. They’re equipped with touch screen compatibility so you can track your activity on a smartphone without having to pull them off.


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Courtesy of Altitude Sports

Icebreaker Flexi Chute

A neck warmer that doubles as a face covering is key for humidifying the dry, cold air before it enters your airway.


(Related: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Skin Smooth All Winter Long)

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Courtesy of Smartwool

Smartwool PhD Nordic Medium Socks

Breathable, moisture-wicking merino wool keeps your feet warm (even if they get sweaty), while strategically placed cushioning helps absorb the impact as your heels move up and down during your cross-country ski.


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Courtesy of MEC

Black Diamond Spot Lite 200 Headlamp

With just eight (or fewer) hours of sunlight in the winter months, a headlamp (and some reflective gear) can extend your daily activity window.


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Courtesy of Revel

Revel IV High Polar Boots

So long, bulky winter boots: Thanks to charcoal bamboo insulation, your feet will be snug for hours in up to -40 C temperatures in this sleek, lightweight footwear. Plus, the multidirectional lugs on the soles mean you can hit a snow-packed trail with confidence.


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Courtesy of Northface

Back-to-Berkeley Mid WP

For hiking and playing in wet climes, these low-profile waterproof leather boots with grippy rubber outsoles will see you through the season and into spring too.


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Courtesy of MEC

Salomon Snowscape 7 Vitane Skis

Beginner cross-country skiers will do well with these waxless skis that provide grip, offer stability and are easy to control.


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Courtesy of Softec

Softec Classic ST2300 Figure Skates

This entry-level recreational pair is designed to keep you warm and comfortable for hours of fun on the ice. Bonus: The fleece-lined boots with ample cushioning feel more like sneakers than skates.


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Courtesy of Altitude Sports

GV Triangular Trekking Poles

If you’re hiking on uneven trails, or feeling unstable on snowshoes (especially on steep ascents and snowy descents), trekking poles will help you feel more secure. And this lightweight and retractable aluminum pair can be stowed in your backpack if you find you don’t need them at all times.


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