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6 winter gear essentials to shop this season, according to Good Housekeeping

Bundle up with these cozy winter apparel essentials.

For the adrenaline junkie and the avid traveler, winter is filled with opportunities for adventure. But to support these ventures, you’ll need the proper apparel and equipment that will withstand any weather condition. 

To help you on your search, Lexie Sachs, the Executive Textiles Director at Good Housekeeping, stopped by TODAY to share some of her favorite finds. Her picks range from insulated puffer coats to heated neck warmers, which were all tested and reviewed by experts on the Good Housekeeping team. 

Below, you’ll find seven top-rated winter gear picks, based on Good Housekeeping's testing

Top-rated winter gear seen on TODAY

Columbia Pointe Park Insulated Jacket

Sachs says when you’re shopping for “a warm winter coat, you want to pay close attention to the details.” When you look carefully at the features in this insulated jacket, you’ll quickly notice all that it offers. For instance, the jacket has a thermal-reflective lining, which Sachs says “reflects back your body heat” without restricting your movement, and a waterproof outer fabric to keep the elements out. We also love that the versatile style suggests it is easy to pair with your everyday wear.

Smartwool Knit Mitt

According to Sachs, “mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves because you’re trapping in the heat; there’s less surface area for heat to escape.” So finding an incredibly warm pair is just as important as finding a toasty coat.

Smartwool’s Knit Mitt earned a spot in Good Housekeeping’s top picks because of its fabric: a merino wool-blend that claims to be smoother than regular wool and more durable than your typical mitt. But if you’re concerned about using your device with these mitts, don’t fret. The thumbs have touch-screen capabilities so you can swipe on your screen. 

Uniqlo Heattech Fluffy Yarn Fleece Neck Warmer

Sachs says that “as a trend, we’re seeing a lot more of the pullover styles instead of wrap-around scarves.” This might be the reason behind Uniqlo’s neck warmer earning a spot on this list, but their Heattech fabric really convinced the experts.

The brand claims the fabric “wicks the body’s moisture into fibers and converts the kinetic energy into heat,” and keeps it insulating inside. You can adjust the warmer with the drawstrings for a close fit, or wear it loosely around the neck. 

Rei Co-op Norseland Insulated Parka 2.0

Here’s another great option to consider for your next winter puffer. Based on its description, this parka should have incredible warming capabilities because it is made with RDS-certified down insulation (this suggests that it is responsibly sourced). This allows for warmth throughout the body all the way up to the hood, which is also lined with a cozy fleece. 

Lands’ End Insulated Squall Parka for Women

Sachs says this coat should “protect you against all winter’s harshest elements,” such as the wind, sleet, ice and more. We can contribute this to its waterproof outer fabric and sealed seams, which is “important for making sure nothing seeps through.” It also boasts warmth with fleece lining and down alternative insulation. Plus, it comes in petite, regular and tall sizing (and a bonus: sizes for kids!). 

Lands' End Insulated Squall Parka for Men

This breathable parka is also available in sizes for men. It has similar features as the women’s style, and clocks in at around the same temperature rating. Plus, the full sealed seam helps get moisture out.

More top-rated winter gear

Carhartt Knit Reflective Patch Beanie

The winter comes with unpredictable weather and shorter days. To accommodate both, this beanie from Carhatt is made with reflective yarns and patch to add visibility in low light.

The first thing you might notice about this hooded winter coat is how practical it is. Other than promising excellent warmth, the coat boasts six (!) large pockets to store any necessities, such as a pair of gloves and a phone.

Cozia Merino Wool Socks

These merino wool socks claim to trap in body heat for all day warmth. But the brand also says they provide tons of comfort, too, thanks to their sweat-wicking abilities, a cushioned footbed that protects from sudden impact and vents around the ankles to wear tight booties.

CRZ Yoga Thermal Fleece Lined Leggings

Wear on their own or underneath a pair of pants, these thermal fleece lined leggings suggest they provide additional coverage for chilly days. Based on reviews, they have a four-way stretch, slight compression and a fast-drying exterior so you won't have to constantly pull them up.

Merrell Women's Moab 3 Mid Waterproof Boot

According to Merrell, this style of boot is one of the top-rated hiking boots available. This is due to its ability to provide unmatched stability, since it has an outsole for traction, ankle support, a rubber heel and toe, among other benefits. Regardless of the condition you plan on wearing these, the brand says the shoes have a waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry. Talk about impressive.