The Best Cold-weather Gear, According to 'Travel + Leisure' Editors

Including parkas, snow pants, and boots. 

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Whether you're hitting the slopes this winter or exploring your own city as temperatures continue to drop in many places, cold-weather gear that will keep you warm all season long is an absolute necessity. Parkas, snow boots, neck gaiters, and more are must-have additions to your winter wardrobe, while a good insulated mug is an essential accessory for use at home and on-the-go.

We asked Travel + Leisure editors about their favorite winter gear, and they did not disappoint. This list of editor-loved products features both affordable and luxury products, including apparel and accessories from brands like Polartec, Athleta, and Canada Goose.

Keep scrolling for the best travel editor-approved winter gear you need this year.

All in Motion Polartec Fleece Gaiter

neck gaiter
Courtesy of Target

"As a runner, I look for ways to stay warm, but not too warm when I head out for a jog. I love this fleece gaiter (I have it in gray, white, and pink!) because it helps keep me warm, but I can also pull it up over my mouth so I'm not breathing in freezing cold air. This paired with my hat and gloves keeps me as toasty as I need to be on my morning runs." — Deanne Kaczerski, Digital Content Director

To buy: target.com, $12

Rudsak Mandora Ski Parka

snow jacket
Courtesy of Rudsak

"This jacket checks off so many boxes for me: It's roomy, warm, and made to take a beating on the slopes while still retaining it's sleekness." — Deanne Kaczerski, Digital Content Director

To buy: us.rudsak.com, $995

Merrell Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof Boots

hiking boots
Courtesy of Merrell

"The right footwear can often be the difference between a fun winter day and freezing your toes off. I'm fond of Merrell's lineup of heavy-duty winter boots, like the Thermo Glacier Mid Waterproof, which are fully insulated, impervious to snow and ice, and decked out with no-slip Vibram soles. They're just the thing whether you're trying snowshoeing for the first time or hiking through Midtown Manhattan to catch a glimpse of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree." — Paul Brady, Articles Editor

To buy: merrell.com, amazon.com, $180

Canada Goose Journey Boots

winter boots
Courtesy of Canada Goose

"Growing up in the South, I never realized how important a solid pair of winter boots truly is. Thankfully, these new Canada Goose boots — part of the brand's first footwear launch — have rescued my freezing toes and already taken me through a Canada ski trip and the start of the New York City winter with ease. I love the sporty, rugged-yet-stylish look (I have the white/snowcap shade, and I adore it), and I can't get over how comfortable they've been, even since the first wear." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: canadagoose.com, $750

Canada Goose Trillium Parka

ski jacket
Courtesy of Canada Goose

"A classic, everyday parka that keeps you reliably warm and cozy even on the chilliest days is a staple that you will turn to year after year, so invest in a stylish coat built to last, like this Canada Goose Trillium Parka. The cinched waist and sleek design make this parka (available in a number of colors; I got Limestone) perfect for everything from cold days in the city to mountain adventures. I also love that the coat has a removable hood and interior backpack straps for easy transport (perfect for apres ski!)." — Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: canadagoose.com, $1,275

Athleta Altitude Tight in Polartec Power Stretch

leggings
Courtesy of Athleta

"I'll admit it, I'm always cold and I never dress properly. If you find yourself in the same boat, Athleta's fleece-lined leggings are perfect. The lining is light yet effective, so they're warm and cozy but not too hot. The big difference here is the drawstring waistband; unlike other fleece leggings, these actually stay up! There is even a little zip pocket on the back for keys. I wear my leggings almost every time I downhill ski, and one of the most underrated features is they are thin enough so they don't irritate skin in a tight ski boot. Sizing is consistent with most leggings and they come in a variety of colors." — Jamie Aranoff, Associate Digital Editor

To buy: athleta.gap.com, $98

Halfdays Lawrence Jacket and Alessandra Pant

snow jacket and pants
Courtesy of Halfdays

"We spent the pandemic lockdowns buying matching sweatsuits — or, at least, I did, inspired largely by a 'Sopranos' rewatch — and Halfdays' matching ski jacket and pant sets are the on-the-slopes equivalent. Halfdays, founded in Denver by women who love to ski for women who love to ski, is pretty much the must-have of skiwear this winter. The brand has phenomenal base layers, in addition to their jackets and snow pants, all of which come in a range of eye-catching colors, from its new 'spritz' shade (because who doesn't want Aperol-inspired outerwear?) to the 'it' color of last season, olive. This year, I'm heading to Vail with the Lawrence jacket in black and the Alessandra ski pants (which have a bootcut style) in olive." — Maya Kachroo-Levine, Luxury and Experiences Editor

To buy: (left) shop.halfdays.com, $365; (right) shop.halfdays.com, $225

Takeya Insulated Mug

insulated thermos
Courtesy of Amazon

"This thermos checks all the boxes. It looks great with a super sleek and intuitive Japanese design. It never leaks — even when it's rolling around at the bottom of my backpack for hours on end. And it keeps drinks piping (and I mean piping!) hot, no matter how frigid it is." — Hannah Walhout, Senior Editor

To buy: amazon.com, takeya.com, from $21 (originally $30)

Turtle Fur Fleece Headband

ear warmer
Courtesy of Amazon

"I've owned, used, and loved some version of this fleece headband since high school. It keeps my ears toasty warm while accommodating a ponytail or a bun far better than a beanie." — Skye Senterfeit, Deputy Photo Editor

To buy: amazon.com, $13

American Giant Storm Full Zip Hoodie and Classic Sweatpants

sweatpants and sweatshirt
Courtesy of American Giant

"This heavyweight, water-resistant hoodie is a super fall-to-winter transition piece on its own, but also works as a great extra layer under a parka when it's really frigid outside. Mine is also part of my official winter road trip uniform; paired with heavy duty sweatpants, it's substantial enough to keep me warm during quick gas and snack stops without having to fully suit up in my winter coat." — Skye Senterfeit, Deputy Photo Editor

To buy: (left) american-giant.com, $178; (right) american-giant.com, $90

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