DBO Crew Member, Taylor L. grew up exploring the wilds of Northwestern NC, but spent nearly a decade in ski towns out west. As a result, he developed a keen understanding of how to gear up for winter outdoor pursuits.  His philosophy is that there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. Although winter brings with it shorter, colder, days it also brings bigger views and fewer crowds. Proper layering ensures you’ll be comfortable in the elements and won’t have to resort to hibernating with the bears! Below are Taylor’s picks for cold weather success.


Exofficio Underwear $20 – $32

Comfort starts at the skin level, quick drying Exofficio undies keep me comfortable after a long day on the trail.

Icebreaker Oasis Crew $90

Speaking of comfort against the skin, Icebreaker’s sustainably sourced merino wool is super comfortable against the skin. Wool insulates while wet and isn’t quick to catch our bodily stench making it great for multiple days out on the trail.

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket $199

This jacket usually doesn’t leave my pack as it’s super lightweight, windproof, layers perfectly under a rain shell, and zips into its own chest pocket making a perfect pillow.

Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX $145

Perfect for slogging thru the soggy Southern Appalachians this lightweight shoe doesn’t weigh me down and is still supportive enough for travel on uneven, rocky terrain. (Tip: Try the mid for a bit more ankle support)

ArcTeryx Beta SL Hybrid $399

The Beta SL combines multiple Gore technologies to create an efficient rain shell with increased durability in high abrasion areas (think backpacks rubbing on the shoulders). This is a shell built for the long haul and will last for many years.

Prana Brion Pant $75

Breathable materials help to regulate temperature while still maintaining a high resistance to abrasion and wind. Ditch all of that technical jargon and you have a super functional pant that works well at the crag, on the trail and even looks nice for an evening out on the town.