Winter Backcountry Snow Gear

Equipment and apparel to keep you warm and safe this season

With early snowstorms hitting the east coast in the USA, it’s clear that winter has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and people all over are enjoying the ever-growing sport of backcountry skiing. But backcountry conditions are variable, and sometimes dangerous, so dressing for the terrain is crucial. Further, well-designed pieces that function easily in various circumstances make a backcountry trip that much more enjoyable. From …

How to Freeze Soap Bubbles in Winter Weather

A craze transfixing photographers lately: capturing the freezing process of soap bubbles in winter weather yields orbs with glorious, unexpected patterning. No two bubbles are the same, and footage at Fstoppers reveals as much. They also provide extra insight and include a video from photographer Benjamin Jaworskyj—revealing that photographing these bubbles is the easy part, but landing them on the right type of surface poses …

Gift Guide: Nesting

If you're hibernating this winter, or just planning a lazy weekend, here are some of our favorite products that encourage coziness

If you’re hibernating in the dreary middle of winter (or staying indoors to escape the heat elsewhere in the world), a weekend or two indoors, focused on self-care, rest and relaxation, is essential every now and then. Whether you’re reading, binging on Netflix, watching classic movies, or soaking in the tub, the act of doing “nothing” is actually something—especially if you feel recharged and refreshed …

Helping the Homeless Community: the EMPWR Coat

Detroit-based non-profit Empowerment Plan is an organization with a goal to end cycles of homelessness in families—permanently—by offering parents living with their kids in shelters full-time employment. Not just creating jobs, the initiative offers training, and they even make a product that further aids the homeless community. The EMPWR Coat doubles as a sleeping bag—keeping those spending nights outdoors warm during the colder months. Since …

How El Niño Will Affect Your City

This year is an El Niño year, meaning air currents and weather patterns across the world are dramatically different from last year. Those changes are especially noticeable during the winter months, when severe snowstorms and sub-zero temperatures can be especially harsh. To help people prepare for the impending weather fluctuations, TIME has drawn up an infographic detailing the changes across the United States. Luckily, last …