E Shop — Get Er Done & Go Backcountry Skiing

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | December 1, 2014      

Okay everyone, probably our last Wildsnow holiday gift list. Bear with us, this time of year is most certainly when most shopping gets done, and a big part of what keeps WildSnow.com going is our comission income off links such as those below. Promise, we’ll soon be back to our usual mix of backcountry skiing trip reports and touring gear reviews. Another European trip is planned, and we’ve got big things in the works for WildSnow Field HQ.

Thermic boot dryer.

Thermic boot dryer.

Unthaw her Popsicle toes with a primo pair of puffy booties. Our recommendation for ultimate warmth is Western Mountaineering Down Booties. Pair them with Neos Overboots for the extreme bivy solution.

For the armchair mountaineer, L.L.Bean Men’s Wicked Good Slippers, super comfy and last forever, even if you occasionally walk outside.

Therm-ic Boot Dryer 120v, for everyone who hates wet, cold, stinky boots just as much as the smell emanating from the back of your pickup truck. Circulate hot air through your boots to keep toes warm and stink down.

Keep track of your adventuring with Suunto Ambit3 Peak

Icebreaker Oasis 200 V, layers for cold weather exploring and sweating. We like the light hoodie for keeping ears warm when the wind picks up.

Here at WildSnow.com, after years of experimentation we still feel an ultimate stocking stuffer is: Nuun Energy, electrolytes + caffeine + no sugar = superior combination.

Thule Easy Fit tire chains, every mountain car should have them in their emergency kit. The WildSnow Nissan Versa is so equipped. On sale here.. Ours have held up well. Read our extensive review here.

And to keep your bod from unexpectedly hitting bone cracking ice, burley Hillsound Trail Crampons and Hillsound FreeStep6 are sturdy chains for your feet. Stainless steel, welded chains and rubber harness that stays pliable in sub-freezing temperatures.

Excellent: Battery Tender 5W Solar Maintainer. When your ride is sitting for a long time at the trailhead, the last thing you want to find is a dead battery and hopelessly awaiting a jump-start that could take days. This Solar Car Battery Maintainer keeps charging and maintaining your batteries in any weather. If you have a marginal battery it can sometimes get you through another winter by keeping your charge topped off.

Sorel Caribou Wool Boot, the classic winter wool boot. If you don’t have a pair then please move to Florida and invest in a pair of Havanas, better yet put it on your Holiday list and pray for warm feet salvation!

Thule Evolution 1600XT Ski Box, if you don’t have a ski box on top of your Subaru, you truly haven’t lived. In a pinch they make a great place to house your hostile roommate after too many shots of Schnapps.

Ruffwear Cloud Chaser Soft Shell Jacket so your pup can be as techy and warm as you are.

Merry shopping everyone. Thanks as always for your support of WildSnow.com.

Rover says,

Rover says, “Get done shopping and come play.


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