Gadgets & Gear

Kahtoola Microspikes Traction System

When hiking in icy or slippery conditions, having a stable footing is important. These are great to keep you going even in crappy conditions.

Buy from REI | $70

Description: Updated MICROspikes deliver unrivaled traction on icy winter trails. Easy to use with almost any shoes, they’re tough enough to handle any adventure, and small enough to fit easily in your pocket.

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters

Comments: Gaiters are great when snow or water levels are above your ankles. To ensure your feet stay dry, you will want a pair of these in your kit.

Buy from REI | $79

Description: The Outdoor Research Crocodile® gaiters keep snow out of your boots while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or climbing glaciated mountains.


MSR Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

When hiking in deep snow, having snowshoes are imperative. These are a great lightweight set that I love. The only downfall is the strap system that often comes loose.

Buy from REI | $299

Description: Now even more reliable thanks to new tougher decking, our ultralight snowshoes are built on a solid foundation of our advanced 360° Traction™ frames and deliver a level of security that tubular frames simply can’t—especially on traverses. Dual-component PosiLock™ AT bindings offer our most secure attachment, while aggressive steel cross members and easily engaged Ergo™ Televators back you up with every step. And like all of our snowshoes, Lightning Ascents offer the all-condition adaptability of our Modular Flotation tails.