There are many things to consider when gearing up for winter adventures. And while some of those are seemingly obvious — dressing for warmth, ensuring your loadout is weatherproof, etc. — some are not quite as apparent. While keeping cozy and dry are obviously paramount in their importance, maintaining your visibility is also something you should work toward. After all, hi-vis equipment makes it easier for drivers to spot you in low-light, low-visibility conditions and, should your adventures take you off the city streets, it will also make it easier for emergency rescue workers to track you down if you’re caught in a flurry.
And that’s what this month’s Amazon Scoured guide is all about: equipping you with handsome, solidly-performing winter gear that’s also, in part, vibrant and bright. Sure, the bumblebee black-and-yellow theme might not be for everyone (especially if you’re not a Steelers, Pirates, or Penguins fan), but it could be lifesaving in the right conditions. Of course, a lot of this gear is also available in other colorways, should it speak to you outside of the theme you see here.
Pelican 1010 Micro Case
Large enough to stash all your EDC and some electronics but small enough to stash in a bag, this waterproof case — which can be fully-submerged without leaking — is perfect for snowy, rainy days. It even comes with a handy carabiner, so you could attach it to a modular backpack if that suited you better.
Burton Baker 2-in-1 Gloves
Ideal for technophiles out and about in inclement weather, Burton’s Baker 2-in-1 Gloves will keep your hands toasty warm in even the freezing cold, but they also have grippy palms and touchscreen-friendly gloves — meaning you can use your smartphone without getting frostbite on your fingers.
Spyderco Salt 2 Folding Knife
With its compact folding format and sturdy back lock, the Spyderco Salt 2 folding knife makes an exceptional EDC blade. However, the fact that it boasts FRN handle scales and a corrosion-proof nitrogen-based H-1 steel serrated blade also means it can stand up to the wettest conditions around. In fact, that’s exactly what it was designed for: ocean-going usage.
Bose SoundLink II Bluetooth Speaker
We don’t think anyone will doubt that Bose, the high-end audio brand, knows a thing or two about crafting spectacular speakers. And while the SoundLink II Bluetooth portable speaker you see here sounds just as good as you might expect, it’s also water-resistant — so you don’t have to worry about handling it with kid gloves when you’re out in the world.
100% Konnor Performance Sunglasses
Though they look a bit like traditional aviators, 100%’s Konnor sunglasses were designed for outdoor performance. The lenses are crafted from polycarbonate — the same material used to craft bulletproof glass — and they’re also hydrophobic, oleophobic (oil-repellent), and offer 100% UV protection.
Fjallraven Expedition Latt Hoodie
Fjallraven has been crafting exceptional outdoor gear and apparel for decades now, and you really can’t go wrong with anything they’ve built. That’s why this 100% recycled polyamide and polyester puffer jacket is perfect for your winter adventures. It doesn’t hurt that it looks great, either.
Ortlieb Rack-Pack Waterproof Duffel Bag
Not only does the Ortlieb Rack-Pack’s coated exterior make it ultra-tough — meaning it is resistant to abrasion, punctures, and all other kinds of damage — but, when paired with its secure rolltop closure, it is actually fully waterproof (meaning you can fully submerge it without damaging anything inside). Best of all, it was built for adventure and is even compatible with bike panniers for better mobility.
Under Armour Infil Ops GORE-TEX Boots
One of the many sleek, modern, tactical offerings from the folks at Under Armour, the Infil Ops GORE-TEX Boots are perfect for all types of winter adventure — military or otherwise. The high ankle adds extra support when crossing rugged terrain, as well as helps keep water out. Furthermore, the lugged outsole offers spectacular grip and the GTX exterior means your feet will stay warm and dry day-in and day-out.
Canada Goose Aviator Hat
Based on traditional aviator caps, this beanie alternative from Canada Goose boasts an Arctic-Tech fabric that’s weatherproof for all types of outdoor adventure. It also has a warm coyote fur lining to keep your ears warm and it has an under-chin buckle to keep it secure even in strong winds.
Luminox Scott Cassell Navy SEAL Special-Edition Watch
Luminox was already well-known for building ultra-tough timepieces for the likes of the military and extreme environment rescue groups. So when they partnered with Scott Cassell, a renowned counter-terrorism operative and diving explorer, the result was sure to impress. And here it is in all its glory with a 200m water-resistance rating, CARBONOX case, and so much more. It even comes with a compass that can attach to the strap for better, handier navigation.
Scoured: The Best Gear On Amazon - December 2020
For those who want their loadout to be as blue as the ocean, last month’s guide to the best gear on Amazon might better suit you and your appreciation of the churning waters of the seven seas.