Arctix Winter Gear :: Field Tested

Arctix is a ski and outerwear company that has been in operation for the past twenty years. I came across their affordable products when searching for sub-zero outerwear for our trip to the Arctic Circle, and we were not disappointed. Arctix has tailored its designs for all shapes and sizes and is a family favorite for all, including your kids, who will be slaying the slopes with Arctix’s funky designs.

Arctix Women’s Essential Insulated Bib Overalls – Long Inseam

When purchasing clothing, I prioritize quality over quantity, and the Arctix Essential Insulated Bib Overalls have proven to be a game-changer in my wardrobe. These overalls are incredibly comfortable yet lightweight and reliably keep me warm on freezing winter days.

Not only are these overalls warm, but they are also flattering to my figure without making me resemble the Michelin man, and I can easily manage a squat or two without any restrictions. The overall lining is made with a durable and soft 100% polyester 210 thread count taffeta, which allows quick drying and no creasing, and the shell is made with 100 percent polyester dobby Thermalock fabric, which is water-resistant, breathable, wind-resistant, and is less prone to rips and tears. While exploring the Arctic Circle, I could transport my Yorkshire Terrier in the front of these bib overalls. The adjustable suspenders and the elasticated side gussets allow for extra room and freedom to move with additional layering, even for a pet.

When I received the overalls, I was initially surprised by their size, but they proved to be a perfect fit once fitted. I was able to squeeze the overalls into a packing cube when camping to eliminate the need to save space—a definite bonus. Sizing is accurate, and the long inseam option provides full coverage when paired with bulky winter boots. Even with additional layering, you shouldn’t need to size up.

I love these overalls; they are my top choice for all my cold-weather adventures.

From $50 | Women’s Essential Insulated Bib Overalls

Arctix Women’s Downhill Gloves

Stepping out of the warmth of your overland rig to capture Instagram-worthy shots at -15 °C, with a wind chill of -25 °C, makes me appreciate warm and sunny days. As someone who has unnaturally heat-resistant hands, I quickly learned the necessity of traveling with suitable gloves in colder temperatures.

The Arctix Downhill Gloves worked great when braving the cold to take some snapshots, operate a quick drone shot, and clear the snow from an ice road to stare down the frozen black abyss below my feet. The gloves have a tech fleece lining with a Thinsulate insulation layer for extra warmth.

The adjustable wrist belt is very practical for quickly removing the gloves once indoors or inserting them into the cuff of a sweater or jacket. An additional adjustable cord and cord lock at your opening ensures no accidental snow slips past your cuffs. The gripper palms and fingertips ensured that I was always in control of anything in my grasp, and the zippered pocket allowed me to keep my lip balm handy for frequent use, or you could pop in a hand warmer for some extra heat.

The gloves are available in small, medium, large, and x-large, but you should order up one size for a more comfortable fit. They also come in some hip colors, such as Island Azure, Marina Blue, and Orchid Fuchsia. I did try a pair of mittens, the recommended go-to for outdoor activities, but the ability to have the dexterity of my fingers at all times made these gloves a clear winner.

$35 | Women’s Downhill Gloves

Arctix Men’s Insulated Snowsports Cargo Pants

While exploring Dawson City in the frozen depths of March, I fell into a snow drift while absentmindedly photographing the riverside architecture. I floundered in a four-foot-deep hole and eventually pulled myself back onto firm ground. I had snow in my jacket, and my hands were freezing, but my lower body was warm, dry, and unfazed by the mishap.

The Arctix Men’s Insulated all-weather cargo pants are designed for hard work and recreational activities in cold conditions. They feature high-performing fabrics for serious insulation and smart storage. The outer layer is made of tough technical textiles, while the inner layers include heat-locking fabric and moisture-wicking material, ensuring warmth and dryness. The pants are equipped with ThermaLock fabric and ThermaTech insulation, handling temperatures from -20°F to +35°F. They have adjustable suspenders, elasticized gussets for mobility, reinforced sealed seams, zippered pockets, boot gaiters, and 600-denier ballistic nylon reinforcement. They also feature an O-ring for securing essentials, are water and wind-resistant, and are machine washable.

I found the pants to be comfortable and reliable, with ample space allowed for layering. The material resisted dirt, snow, and ice and would easily brush clean. While a bit too technical for everyday, casual winter use, these pants are perfect for more ambitious outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, wood chopping, or snowshoeing.

$50 | Men’s Insulated Snowsports Cargo Pants

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Luisa Bell has always had a passion for travel, but she never imagined that she would travel the world, with her family, in a self-built Land Rover Defender camper. As the navigator, administrator, and penetrator of bureaucracy, she has led her family to over 65 countries on five continents. Luisa is the wife of Graeme, and their quarter-century together feels like a full century in overlander years. Her two kids and her dog are her pride and joy, and if she could travel with them indefinitely, she would. With a background in immigration law, she has the ability to make the impossible possible and has no plan of settling down or retiring her full-time traveler status. Follow her adventures at