The All-Time Best Winter Gear for Men (from Hats to Snow Boots)
Whether you can’t stand looking at his current snow boots (are they really seven years old?) or you want to treat him to a brand-new puffer coat, the guy in your life probably needs some new winter gear. So, don’t wait until the first blizzard of the season sets in, shop the best cold weather finds for men.
1. Hoka One One Sky Kaha Suede Trail Boots
Whether he’s a fan of a cool weather hikes or wants something cool to wear when it’s slushy out, these boots have every inclement weather event covered. And while they look super clunky, Hoka One One is known for their super light-weight construction, making these an easy one to toss in a suitcase for all that upcoming holiday travel.
2. Blundstone BL585 Boots
For a pair of boots that he can sludge through the snow in during his commute and then head straight to the office (without changing at his desk), treat him to a pair of these rugged, Australian kicks. Available in polished shades of black leather and brushed suede, there’s sure to be a finish that matches his work slacks.
3. Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot
They’re sleek, they’re seam-sealed to be totally waterproof and the hardware is all rust-proof. Lest you need any more convincing that these boots are all-around great, consider the fact that they have over 10,000 positive reviews. After buying them for her spouse, one happy wife wrote: “I'm really pleased with how well these are made, and how well they're holding up to heavy, regular use. They still look brand new, and if you knew my husband, you'd know that's really saying something!”
4. Aztech Mountain Nuke Suit Down-Filled Ski Jacket
Made from a four-way stretch fabric that’s waterproof, windproof and filled with sustainable down, this is a pricey performance jacket for the guy who needs the best of the best. This is especially true if he’s headed to Aspen within the next few months.
5. The North Face Sierra 3.0 Water Repellent Down Jacket
If he simply needs a coat that will hold up through the next dozen snowstorms and still keep him warm, this North Face number will do. Though it features a retro cut and comes in a slew of throwback colors, it’s totally modern in that the lightweight down can easily be folded into nearly nothing.
6. The North Face Men’s Etip Glove
It’s 2019, so if they’re not tech gloves, don’t bother. These also come with a silicone gripper, so his new iPhone won’t go flying out of his hands, mid-phone call.
7. Carhartt Men’s Watch Hat A18
Known for its tough workwear, Carhartt’s winter gear is not to be slept on. As one happy customer put it, “The caps are as expected. Good Carhartt quality.”
8. Acne Studios Pansy N Face Wool Beanie
As One37PM’s art director notes: “If you love the Carhartt beanie, but want a more premium look, this is it.” He loves this Acne wool knit that has maintained its status as an “it” item for a few years now. Still unsure about the hefty price tag? Consider that it comes in six distinct colors, from lime green to blush pink, so every aesthetic is sure to be represented in some way or another.
9. Ugg Ascot Lined Slipper
Yes, you can get him winter gear that he doesn’t need to leave the house to use (and will absolutely love). Case in point: These wool-lined slippers. One PureWow editor explains, “I bought my boyfriend Ugg slippers, and he was obsessed with them. He'd always put them on the second he got home without fail and wore them until they were falling apart. (No, he was not 80 years old. They're just extremely cozy.)”
10. L.L. Bean Merino Wool Ragg Socks
Made from non-itchy wool, these super warm socks are beloved by reviewers for not being too tight around the ankle and for minimizing the smell of stinky feet, even after hours of shoveling snow. That’s something we can all appreciate.
11. Patagonia Retro Pile Sherpa Half-Zip Sweatshirt
The Patagonia fleece has reached cult-favorite status for a reason: It’s a winter must-have. It works on those not-so-cold days as an outer layer, and it’s also a perfect layering piece for those days when the temps dip below zero. Plus, it’s cozy enough to wear around the house, too. So yeah, you can easily justify the price tag.
12. Thermajohn Ultra Soft Thermal Underwear
Avid skiers and snowboarders know that you can’t hit the slopes on a blustery day (or even a chilly bluebird day) without a trusty pair of long underwear. And they have to be the goldilocks of a layering piece: Not so heavy that you sweat all day, but not too light so they don’t serve any purpose at all. This beloved style from Amazon is ultra-light, but also fleece lined, so yeah, it hits all the necessary marks.
13. Lululemon Keep the Heat Thermal Tight
These Lululemon running tights are knit from wool, but that’s actually what makes them so great. As one avid runner noted: “When I first unpackaged the leggings I thought it was a fine wool garment, like a sweater. Then I wore them for a run, about 30 degrees, but sunny and no wind. They kept my skin feeling completely comfortable.”
14. Everlane Cashmere Scarf
If last year’s scarf is stinky, ridden with moth holes or currently MIA, just get him a new one. This 100 percent, Grade-A cashmere iteration from Everlane is guaranteed to do the trick.
15. Nemo Puffin Luxury Blanket
If he insists on going camping when it's freezing outside, send him off with this compact blanket that he’ll be really happy to have around midnight. The durable fabric is heavily insulated—and even features a foot nook to keep even his toes cozy—but can easily be tucked into a teeny carrying case. There will be room in the car for this last-minute addition, no excuses.
16. Nike Pegasus 36 Trail Gore-Tex
Winter sneakers? Yup, he’s not lying, that’s a thing. These Gore-Tex equipped Nikes practically repel water and have super grippy soles that have traction on icy trails and slushy sidewalks alike. BTW, they also have reflective details, ideal for the guy who loves to head out to the trails at 4 PM and stay long past sunset.
17. Best Made Down Pullover
Even if he has an ample jacket collection, we’re willing to bet he doesn’t have a half-zip style. We love this shape because the front offers a streamlined look (i.e. no excess bulk), but comes equipped with side zippers for easy on-and-off—in addition to a smart ventilation option for those too toasty gondola rides. Delivering serious warmth with a goose down mix, Best Made smartly lined the zippered pockets with fleece, so he’s set even if he forgot his gloves.
18. Rhone Relay Pant
This slightly looser workout pant is just as effective at keeping you warm—but not too warm—as the temperature regulating fabric is moisture-wicking. Equipped with a flat waistband and zippered pockets, he’ll be comfortable...and won’t lose his keys. Woven with silver threads to beat odor, these are pants will make him look forward to those winter jogs (yes, even if he’s just running to the supermarket).