Gearing up for the winter season is often easier said than done. While it isn’t all that difficult to assemble an ensemble to keep you warm, it can be tricky to do so while maintaining a sense of style. Luckily, there are plenty of fashion-forward thinkers working at some of today’s best garment and gear brands who have meticulously engineered items to help wearers ward off the cold, and look good while doing it.
If your friends or loved ones happen to be of the fashion and design-conscious variety, it can be an uphill battle when it comes time to find gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Knowing firsthand what a challenge this can be, we’ve gone ahead and scoured the outdoor gear and garment spaces to produce this handy guide to the best cold-weather gifts to give this holiday season.
Moose Knuckles Saint Ulric Parka
Modeled after Moose Knuckles’ inaugural parka — the Stirling — the Saint Ulric features a DWR-coated shell with a nylon liner that’s insulated via ethically-sourced 650FP goose down. Alongside its unmistakably premium construction, top-notch fit and finish, and Level 4: Canada Cold rating, another key area that really separates the Saint Ulric from other parkas on the market is its bevy of top-shelf accents, details, and hardware, which includes storm-placket-protected two-way YKK zippers, signature Moose Knuckles-branded trims, and a removable hood with a shearling liner.
Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer
It’s incredibly easy to lose heat through extremities like your hands — an experience that’s not just uncomfortable, but can be downright painful (not to mention dangerous). Zippo’s gas-powered hand-warmer remedies this issue, affording two-and-a-half-fold the heat of traditional disposable hand warmers. Boasting a metal construction, this item runs on standard lighter fluid, plus comes sold in a special gift box.
Filson Heavyweight Traditional Crew Socks
We’ll be the first to admit that socks aren’t the most exciting gift to receive come Christmas morning, though the reality is that a good pair of warm socks can make the difference between a fun day in the snow and a miserable experience you’d rather soon forget. When looking for a pair of warm and robust winter socks, Filson’s Heavyweight Traditional Crew model fits the bill perfectly, sporting a merino wool construction that’s infused with spandex and nylon to bolster fitment and durability.
Fiskars 375581-1001 Chopping Axe
There’s nothing like gathering around a warm fire on a cold winter night, and Fiskar’s 375581-1001 Chopping Axe makes doing so incredibly easy to accomplish. Backed by a lifetime warranty, this felling axe boasts a hardened forged steel head that’s created using a proprietary blade-grinding technique that allows for cleaner cuts, before being coated in a low-friction finish that mitigates wear and dulling.
Give’r 4 Season Glove w/ Waxed Coating
A vintage-inspired glove backed by thoroughly modern materials, Give’r’s waxed 4 Season Glove features a Hipora membrane and 40 grams of Thinsulate insulation set beneath an ultra-rugged leather exterior that’s impervious to everything from icy water to smoldering logs. This version of these already impressive gloves also comes fortified with an additional wax coating, plus are available in a trio of colorways.
Moose Knuckles Nisutlin Beanie
Styled after vintage watch caps, Moose Knuckles’ Nisutlin hat is an ultra-warm beanie that’s crafted entirely from merino wool. Decorated in a black Moose Knuckles patch, the Nisutlin Beanie is equipped with a knitted main construction and a ribbed cuff, making for a particularly cozy cap that doesn’t skimp on style points. In addition to black, this item is also available in red, white, and navy color options.
Moose Knuckles Trial River Scarf
Scarves have long been a winter wardrobe staple, and for good reason. Moose Knuckles’ decidedly top-shelf take on the item utilizes a double-knit construction made using 100% merino wool. And, in typical Moose Knuckles fashion, the Canadian company has adorned the scarf with one of its signature Tri Logo tabs.
Danner Mountain 600 Insulated Boot
An insulated version of Danner’s already stellar Mountain 600 boots that have now been treated to 200 grams of PrimaLoft insulation, these Danner boots are comprised of full-grain leather uppers built atop the brand’s DPDX last and stacked on insanely grippy Vibram Nisqaully Arctic Grip outsoles. Weighing only 40oz per pair, these boots are also equipped with an Ortholite footbed, a Danner Dry membrane, and a rubberized EVA midsole.
Mission Workshop The Rhake Backpack
Made in America, The Rhake is a widely weatherproof backpack with a 22-liter main roll-top compartment that’s supplemented via padded laptop and tablet pockets. In addition to being available in multiple colorways — one of which features AustriAlpin COBRA quick-release buckles — The Rhake is also produced in a spare-no-expense version with FIDLOCK buckles and an ultra-hardwearing VX-21 diamond ripstop fabric construction.
Moose Knuckles Saglek Zip-Up
As some of the most commonly-worn items during the winter season, it’s beyond crucial to invest in a quality mid-layer garment. And when it comes to overall comfort, warmth, and style, it genuinely is hard to beat Moose Knuckles’ Saglek Zip-Up. Outfitted with a polyester sherpa construction, the Saglek sports elasticized wrist cuffs and hem, an oversized YKK zipper, a technical Nyluxe stand collar, and Moose Knuckles’ hallmark branded trims.
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