1.Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody- My number one most read gear review in 2015, the Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody has become one of my favourite pieces of clothing. Warm when you need it, cool when you don't, this hoody is a one-piece wonder.
2. Columbia Titan Ridge Pant- These pants are my new favourite active winter pant. The Omni-heat reflective inner-lining reduces the cold butt phenomenon associated with women who recreate outdoors in the winter. These pants are my 'go-to' for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
3. Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves- These heated gloves have revolutionized my winters. Not able to wear gloves ever in the winter without freezing digits, these babies allow me to ice climb, ski, and winter camp in comfort. I never had the feeling of 'thawing fingers' ever last winter. They worked so well I went and bought myself the thinner Stormtrackers for this winter.
4. Arcteryx Bora Mid GTX boots- These boots are the bomb. Comfortable right out of the box, these boots are the most waterproof and breathable boots I have ever owned. The best part about these boots is that they are light, reducing leg fatigue and energy over long multi-day trips. See my full review here.
5. Outdoor Research Melody Beanie (toque)- Over the past couple months this toque has been on my head more than any other piece of headwear I own. A fantastic cold-weather active toque that snugs around the ears and has feminine details. The brushed fabric feels soft against your skin all day long.
6. Mountain Equipment Co-op T3 Baselayers- The 2014-2015 winter in Eastern North America was bitterly cold. My favourite baselayers were the Mountain Equipment Coop T3 Hoodie and T3 Long Johns. More breathable then competitors, I found the T3's the best warm baselayer, even for high intensity aerobic pursuits.
7. Osprey Ariel 75 Backpack- This pack is full of amazing features aimed for the multi-day backpacker or mountaineer. This pack is hands down the most comfortable and functional pack I have ever owned. I did a 9 day trip out of the pack this summer, and love it more now than before the trip.
8. Columbia Women's Trail Summit Running Glove- These thin activewear gloves have a very grippy silicon compound on the palm, enabling users to grip items like poles, very well. They also come with a touch-screen compatible finger tip which is handy in today's tech-world, and are great if you're using them as a liner glove.
9. Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Crew Socks- My new 'go-to' socks for hiking over the past year have changed to the Smartwool PhD Light Crews. I have used and abused these socks over the past year, including a 9 day backpacking trip where I only wore one pair. I am sold on the feel and durability of this sock.
10. Patagonia Active Hipster Underwear-Throw out all your other pairs of underwear! You will love these activewear undies from Patagonia. Thin enough to wear under leggings and extremely comfortable. I keep buying more and more pairs.