Anyone who’s ever spent any amount of time outdoors in the winter will appreciate the importance of having the best cold-weather gear. Even if you’re not heading off to Antarctica, the same principles of layering apply. It’s more effective to combine several items of clothing that trap in heat as opposed to going for one single bulky item. Remember that weather conditions can change dramatically when you are up a mountain skiing, snowboarding, or out on a hunting expedition. So, the flexibility to add and remove items is essential. Every single layer contributes towards trapping warm air to keep you insulated in extreme weather conditions. So whether that’s a base layer, a mid-layer, your outer shell, protecting your extremities, or all the other bits in between, you need the right gear for extreme cold weather. If you fail to adequately address the demands of severe weather, you will certainly regret it. So let’s take a look at some of the best extreme cold weather clothing for your consideration.
The Best Extreme Cold Weather Gear
Let’s get this review of the best extreme cold-weather gear kick-started with our Best Choice recommendation. We’re starting off with what’s arguably your most important investment; the outer shell layer. We’ve selected this men’s ski jacket from Wantdo. Available in seven stylish colors, its made from 75D*150D polyester with a special high-density coating that ensures it’s waterproof to 10000 mmH2O as well as being windproof, durable and also stain repellent. The warm and flexible jacket is filled with 2400 needle cotton that minimizes air mobility and locks in heat. It’s breathable too, constructed from polyester with fiber-like micro-pores, which allow air to move about freely. That means sweat and body heat are quickly transferred away, keeping you cool and dry.
There’s a detachable hood that will help keep your ears and head cozy in frigid temperatures plus elastic cuffs with stretchable thumb holes to prevent wind and snow from entering the jacket. This Wantdo Outdoor jacket is perfect for snowsports and other winter outdoor activities. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best down jackets for more great products to keep you warm.
Waterproof, windproof, durable and stain repellent
Special high-density fabric and coating
Moisture-wicking and breathable design
Detachable hood, elastic cuffs, and multiple practical pockets
The next piece of extreme cold-weather gear we’re recommending is these soft and durable Deerskin suede leather gloves from Ozero. Shirred elastic wrists help keep the cuffs closed, preventing cold and wind from entering.
They combine the perfect balance between comfort and durability with a hard-wearing deerskin exterior and soft, polar fleece, thermally insulated patented Heatlok lining. Air is trapped inside the gloves creating an effective thermal barrier that provides warmth and protection to your extremities even when the temperature plummets as low as -20 degrees F. They provide excellent flexibility and a firm grip, perfect if you are handling tools or machinery outdoors or participating in winter sports activities. They also come in a wide range of sizes.
Deerskin suede leather and polar fleece gloves
Warm and wear-resistant thermal insulated design
Featuring Heatlok patented system
Shirred elasticated cuffs keep out cold air
Sticking with protecting your extremities, we’re moving from the hands to the feet for our next product recommendation. If you’re headed out in extreme weather conditions, then warm feet are essential. There’s nothing worse than having cold, wet feet. They can ruin your day and have you headed back home off the slopes earlier than planned. Step forward, then this double pack of thick thermal socks from DG Hill. Featuring black and grey stripes, these machine washable winter socks are designed for day-long comfort and should keep your tootsies toastie no matter how frigid the temperature.
They’re constructed from a mix of acrylic, polyester, and spandex and claim to be seven times warmer than cotton socks. They’re made from a moisture-wicking yarn, so will keep your feet dry from sweat and feature a comfortable, stay put, non-slip cuff. The soft brushed lining and tightly knitted cushioning trap in the heat for extended comfort and warmth. Feel free to wear them with your winter boots.
Seven times warmer than cotton socks
Heavily brushed, soft comfort lining
Thick thermal, moisture-wicking yarn
Ribbed cuff prevents socks from sliding down
- BrandDG Hill
We couldn’t do a product review on the best gear for extreme cold weather without including a base layer. While they may not be the sexiest item in your winter wardrobe, a Long John set is certainly a must-have purchase for anyone spending any amount of time outdoors. Whether your job entails you working outside for long stints in extreme weather conditions or you enjoy winter sports, a warm and protective set of thermal underwear is essential.
Rocky Thermal Underwear For Men is perfect for underneath both formal and casual attire and can even be worm for bed in place of pajamas. Featuring a classic crew neck, long-sleeved top as well as a pair of open fly long length thermal johns with draping tailoring and neat stitching, this moisture-wicking base layer is stretchy and comfortable. With an elasticated waistband and microfibre fleece lining, this set is all about warmth and moisture protection.
2-piece versatile base layer set
Designed from premium grade moisture-wicking fabrics
Comfortable elasticated waistband long johns
Perfect blend of warmth, elasticity, comfort, flexibility and moisture protection
Next up, we have our Best Value choice, which is this black fleecy balaclava from Tough Headwear. It’s constructed from a heavyweight fleece that retains heat and is also windproof, effectively blocking out the elements while still allowing you to breathe. It’s also moisture-wicking, so prevents you from getting sweaty out there on the slopes.
Made from a 4-way stretch fabric, it’s comfortable to wear and is versatile too. Wear it as a balaclava, a full face mask, ninja hoodie, or pull-down as a neck gaiter. The choice is yours. It’s also suitable for use under a larger helmet. This comfortable and warm polar fleece and spandex heavyweight hood is designed so that one size should fit pretty much all. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best Carhartt jackets for more amazing winter gear.
Comfortable, warm and breathable polar fleece material
Convertible balaclava style can be worn as full face mask or open
Ultimate protection from extreme cold, wind, UV rays, and dust
4-way stretch comfort
- BrandTough Headwear
When the temperature plummets and snow and ice set in, the last thing you want to suffer from is cold feet. Step forward, our next product recommendation, these 100% genuine Australian Lambswool insoles from Abusa. Whether you’re wearing wellies, snow boots, or a pair of work boots, these flexible insoles keep your feet warm and cozy like the proverbial bug in a rug.
Featuring a unique latex backing, these insoles are designed to be non-rucking as well as non-flocking, so they will stay in position without shedding. The ergonomically designed humanized sloped shape renders these insoles super soft, comfortable, supportive, and flexible to wear. Extra latex padding helps to support the arches while they feature a full-length supportive EVA footbed. The sensation is like wearing a pair of slippers inside your boots! They’re so comfortable you’ll probably want to put them inside all your footwear.
100% Australian Lambswool
One-fur technology with no flocking
Environment protection EVA
Ergonomically designed with humanized sloping shape
Our next product selection is ideal for all you keen hunters out there. It’s not an item of clothing as such, but it is an essential piece of extreme cold weather hunting gear that should definitely form a part of your winter kit bag. We’re talking about an emergency blanket. In fact, we’re talking about a pack of four Mylar Thermal Blankets, ideal for outdoor survival, camping, and hiking or to generally have in your emergency first aid kit.
They’re lightweight, durable, and super portable and are excellent for use in all weather conditions. Featuring an advanced aluminum dual-sided coating, they’re designed to retain 90% body heat, making them highly suitable in case of emergency or survival situations. What’s more, these blankets are also waterproof, windproof, and moisture-proof, so can do an excellent job of keeping you dry in all kinds of damp, cold, and miserable conditions. They’re also suitable for use as extra ground cover or inside a sleeping bag to provide an extra layer of heat retention, which could help prevent hypothermia.
Advanced dual-sided aluminized mylar coating
Lightweight and durable military-grade construction
Can help retain up to 90% body heat in an emergency
Versatile and multi-purpose applications
- BrandSwiss Safe
- Weight9.9 ounces
From DG Hill, our next recommended piece of extreme cold weather work gear is this thermal, fleece neck warmer. Featuring a versatile fit, this thermal knit, high-quality acrylic warmer easily positions to cover the throat, mouth, and ears. The interior fleece fabric is soft, warm, and cozy and does an excellent job of keeping the face warm.
The high-quality acrylic knit locks in heat to deliver maximum warmth and protection from the elements. It easily slips on and can be adjusted and re-positioned to provide cold resistance where it’s required the most. The practical and functional design comes in various color choices and is suitable for use by both men and women. The thermal sherpa lining isn’t just warm. It’s also moisture-wicking too. Whether you are skiing, cycling, or simply commuting, this DG Hill Thermal Heat Trapping Neck Warmer is a wise winter wardrobe investment.
Practical and comfortable, multi-functional design
Thermal sherpa lining for maximum heat retention
Moisture-wicking breathable fleece construction
Double-layered construction protects from biting wind
- BrandDG Hill
- Weight6.1 ounces
For our Premium Pick, we’ve selected these insulated coveralls, which are the perfect piece of extreme cold weather work gear. Suitable for extreme temperatures as low as -50 degrees F, this suit does an excellent job of keeping you warm and dry, even in the most inhospitable conditions. The exterior shell is water-repellent and windproof, so if you do work in severe weather conditions, you can be confidently assured that you are protected from the elements.
These RefrigiWear coveralls feature a fleece-lined hood complete with a knit border that seals out wind. They’ve been designed to be highly durable and are constructed from tear and abrasion-resistant nylon to last for many years to come. They also feature reinforced bound seams as well as sturdy brass rivets to seal out drafts further. The practical and functional design also features two oversized insulated front pockets plus and additional chest pocket for convenient storage. These coveralls deliver legendary warmth and are the original way to battle extreme cold. You may combine them with some of the best work boots from our list.
Sewn-on fleece-lined hood with knit wind seal
Tear and abrasion-resistant outer shell
Fully water repellent and wind-tight suit
Bound seams, reinforced seams, and heavy-duty zippers
Windproof and breathable, this comfortable and warm Hat from Mysuntown features an insulated polyester shell with compressed layers to provide excellent levels of heat retention. It’s lined with fluffy artificial fur and also fitted with ear flaps and a removable face mask, allowing you to wear this hat several versatile ways.
Available in five stylish colors, it’s perfect for both men and women. Fashioned in a winter trapper style, it provides complete cold-weather protection and comes with an adjustable chin buckle. Whether you are hiking, camping, sledding, or just going about your day to day activities this winter, with this windproof and waterproof hat on your head, you can remain stylishly warm and dry.
Flock lining for warmth and comfort
Adjustable chin strap and button fasten ear flaps
Removable face mask
100% premium insulating polyester outer shell
- Weight6.4 ounces