The one place that seems safe right now is the outdoors. That's where you'll find me each morning walking Kingsley and soaking in the changing seasons here in Vermont. Those seasons mean that I need awesome gear that is ready for whatever Vermont throws my way. Here are my current top picks for cold weather hiking gear.

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Top Picks for Cold Weather Hiking Gear

Cold Weather Hiking Gear

Let's start with a great pair of pants. Waterproof jackets are pretty easy to find, a good pant that is rip resistant and water resistant. The Vector Pant from Rab ($124.95) has done miles and miles on the mountain with me. Nothing snags the fabric and it's easy to clean. The zip pockets help keep me organized. They are a little big on me, but that's ok, I plan to layer my ski tights underneath on the coldest days. I like that these come with a removable belt offers that I can adjust. I'm wearing the small. Get the Vector Pant on Backcountry here.

For warmer days, you'll find me in the Aphrodite 2.0 Pant from North Face ($69.95). This pair is light and offers moisture wicking. I like the drawstring waist and the longer inseam. There's also a mini security pocket with a zipper which is perfect for my car key. You can order a shorter inseam if you need it. I'm wearing the charcoal color in a small. Get the Aphrodite pant on Backcountry here.

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A good sock can make or break your hike. Cold toes are not joke. My favorites are the Darn Tough Gatewood Boot Sock with full cushion. My advice is to spend a little more on socks now and you won't regret it later. These come with a lifetime guarantee. 

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Top Picks for Cold Weather Hiking Gear

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