5 Ultralight Winter Gear Upgrades

The ultralight backpacking gear to make your winter camping experiences that much better. Stay warm, dry, and energized!

1. VersaLite 10°F Sleeping Bag by Western Mountaineering

Finding an ultralight sleeping bag with enough warmth is a must for winter camping, and this USA-made showstopper of a sleeping bag from Western Mountaineering provides just that. Its wide shoulder circumference allows for layering to convert this bag to an even lower degree rating.  


2. Baselayers by Ridge Merino

Staying warm starts with great baselayers, and thankfully Ridge Merino is an expert in this category. Their durable, soft, moisture-wicking, odor-resistant, and breathable merino wool baselayers help you feel more comfortable in uncomfortable conditions.

3. Torrid Booties by Enlightened Equipment

These synthetic booties are super warm, ultralight, have great moisture balance, pack down small, and are a breeze to wash and maintain. They are filled with filament CLIMASHIELD™ APEX synthetic insulation, keeping your feet warm at night or at camp.

4. Trail Butter

Keeping up your calorie intake is crucial for staying warm in cold temps - it's the energy source from which you produce your own body heat after all! Calorie-dense meals and snacks like Trail Butter will keep you warm as you're movin'and groovin'on your winter adventure. Trail Butter comes in three addicting flavors that you can easily pack and enjoy anytime. Plus the dark chocolate & coffee flavor has some caffeine to keep you extra energized!


5. Tensor™ Extreme Insulated Sleeping Pad by NEMO Equipment

With an 8.5 R-value, this is one of the warmest sleeping pads on the market. It's innovative construction keeps it ultralight, super comfortable, and extra quiet. Having an insulated sleeping pad is essential for staying warm and getting good sleep while winter camping.

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show."

- Andrew Wyeth