Here are my current go-to jackets for a variety of applications.

I grew up and currently live in a very cold part of the world and as such, have been able to refine my jacket system to best fit my needs in any condition. One thing I have realized as I have refined this system is that there isn’t one solution that meets all needs. Because of this, my jacket collection is pretty extensive.

North Face Himalayan Parka

Comments: This jacket is one of my favourite of all time. It definitely is not an everyday jacket but is amazing for those late night winter time-lapse sessions. It packs down into a small stuff sack and is fairly light. One thing to note is that some parts of the jacket could use some love. The hand slips stitching has already started to let loose after light use.

Buy from Manufacturer | $650

Description: Designed for elite athletes aiming to reach the top of the world, our 800-fill down insulated Himalayan Parka provides alpine mountaineers with outstanding thermal warmth during demanding expeditions. Now crafted with a Windstopper® exterior for reliable protection in the world’s harshest climates.

Mountain Hardwear Torsun Jacket

Having a good shell is important for any layering system. This shell is a good solution with great wind and water protection. On a recent expedition, the pocket stitching let loose and I had to have it sewn. When contacting the company, they said they would reimburse me for a seamstress to fix. One thing that I am disappointed in is that this stitching negates the waterproofing of the seam. I have since added a Gortex patch to cover the stitching.

Buy from Manufacturer | $350

Description: A full-featured, 3-layer alpine climbing shell with superior articulation. Made for the serious climber. The Torsun offers outstanding mobility, especially through the arms and body, so it moves with you even in the trickiest situations. Dry.Q™ Elite technology keeps you desert-dry inside, while its 3-layer construction ensures durability and longevity.

Mountain Hardwear Monkey Man™ 200

The Monkey Man is my favourite layer in this system. It is crazy warm and really packs a punch. It is not rain or wind protection so keep that in mind.

Buy from Manufacturer | $150

Description: A leaner, meaner Monkey Man. We’ve retained all of the Monkey Man’s legendary comfort and thermal efficiency while dialing down the loft for easier layering, less weight and a more streamlined look. Strategically zoned fabric maximizes stretch and breathability where you need it most.

Mountain Hardwear Micro Ratio™ Down Jacket

Comments: A down jacket rounds out your layering system. For me, I use this when I get cold but pack it when I am being active. I rarely wear this unless when layered.

Buy from Manufacturer | $180

Description: Low-profile down jacket with an outstanding warmth-to-weight ratio. The Micro Ratio Down Jacket is fortified with Q.Shield™ DOWN 650-fill insulation, which retains critical loft and warmth even when wet, superior warmth without the weight. Despite its big-jacket warmth, this compressible wonder is designed so efficiently that it stows away in its own pocket for packing.

Pants & Shorts

Here are my current go-to pants & shorts for a variety of applications.

Mountain Hardwear Torsun™ Pant

A durable bottom shell layer that I use for a variety of conditions. Whether it is raining or snowy, these are a great solution to keep you dry. When shopping for an outer layer, make sure to look for options that have zippers up the side of the pant so you don’t have to take your shoes / boots off to put the pants on.

Buy from Manufacturer | $280

Description: A tough, durable 3-layer alpine climbing pant with 40D nylon face fabric. The Torsun’s unique design features a high kick-patch that makes it almost impossible to snag on crampons–one less thing to worry about in precarious situations. Two-way side zippers are full-length, secure, and easy to get in and out of, with internal leg gaiters that keep cold and moisture out.

North Face Straight Paramount 3.0 Convertible Pants

Comments: When you need to cut weight, having a convertible solution that solves multiple purposes is key. Although not super stylish, these are a great solution for longer / lightweight trips.

Buy from Manufacturer | $90

Description: Now crafted with a slender, straight-fitting silhouette, these convertible stretch-woven hiking pants feature legs that can be zipped off at the knees to create shorts without slowing down on the trails.

North Face Kilowatt Pants

Comments: I use these when at home or at base camp. They are a light pant solution that are comfortable for lounging around. Unfortunately, they do not last super long but they do serve their intended purpose.

Buy from Manufacturer | $85

Description: Train for the physical demands of mountain sports in abrasion-resistant stretch-woven training pants that are engineered for low-profile protection and crafted of FlashDry™-XD for extreme durability and breathability.

Base Layers

Here is my current go-to base layer setup.

Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Half-Zip Long Underwear Top – Men’s

BASE LAYERS. BASE LAYERS. BASE LAYERS. These are a critical part of your kit. If you don’t start with a strong base, you will not stay warm. If you don’t go this route, make sure to find another wool solution. It will keep you from smelling and also do its job of keeping you warm.

Buy from REI | $100

Description: Adding warmth to your neck yet letting you vent, this half-zip top is a great choice for spring skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

Icebreaker Oasis Long Underwear Leggings

Comments: These go under any layering system I go for and usually don’t come off the entire time. They are a great bottom layer and also keep you from smelling.

Buy from REI | $90

Description: Thanks to the lightweight feel and remarkable warmth of merino wool, the men’s Icebreaker Oasis long underwear leggings offer essential comfort during any activity on cool days.


Here are my current go-to accessories to round out my outerwear setup.

Darn Tough Socks

Comments: Until recently, Smartwool have been my go-to but with Darn Tough’s lifetime warranty, these are my new go-to socks.

Buy from REI | $20

Description: Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew socks provide miles of comfort and durability—trail-tested on the Vermont Long Trail, these socks provide a high level of cushioned performance.

The North Face Etip Gloves

Comments: I go through two pairs of these a season. They are great at cutting the wind and allow you to still use touch screen devices. These are essential for any kit.

Buy from REI | $30

Description: Equipped with full finger and palm conductivity, The North Face Etip Gloves let you make calls, send texts and surf the web on your touch-screen smartphone without taking off the gloves.

North face Runners ETIP™ Glove

Comments: I go through two pairs of these a season. They are great at cutting the wind and allow you to still use touch screen devices. These are essential for any kit.

Buy from Manufacturer | $40

Description: Tackle the problem of chronically cold hands during long runs with this mid-weight, weather-resistant fleece running glove that’s easy to layer for added versatility. Built-in touchscreen conductivity allows you to wear these fleece gloves while handling electronic devices. No single glove meets the needs of all runners and this lightweight glove is the warm mid-layer in our complete layering system that runners can choose to wear individually or together.

Black Diamond Mercury Mitts

Comments: When you aren’t using the finger tip based gloves, these are a good solution to keep your hands warm. I don’t use these as often as I am almost always with a camera in my hands. However, they are a great glove for all other situations.

Buy from Manufacturer | $110

Description: Our most versatile and popular year-round mitt, the Mercury Mitt features a fully waterproof insert and PrimaLoft insulation, as well as a removable split-finger liner for increased dexterity.

North Face Himalayan Mitt

Comments: These gloves are essential cold weather gloves. When it is really cold out and you are using the finger type gloves, these are great – when paired with hand warmers to quickly warm your hands – especially when working with cameras.

Buy from Manufacturer | $200

Description: Built to endure 8,000-meter ascents, the Himalayan Mitt is the ultimate mountaineering mitt with top-quality, 600-fill goose down at palm and insulation throughout for extreme warmth in extreme conditions. Updated for 2012 with an improved fit and added FlashDry™ lining that dramatically improves dry time and breathability.

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.