For the Frozen Tundra
Special Forces troops engaged in cold-weather operations are issued Atlas snowshoes, This military-only model has a 36-inch-long aluminum frame and supports as much as 300 pounds in deep snow. It's a modified version of Atlas's rugged 12 Series ($249). Atlas Snowshoe Company, 888-482-8527; www.atlassnowshoe.com.
Magnum Stealth boots ($80) are popular in the military as a more comfortable, high-performance option to standard-issue combat boots. Stealths are extralight, have a moisture-wickin lining, parachute-cord speed laces and an extrawide outsole. They're also available to the general consumer. Magnum Footwear, 800-521-1698; www.magnumboots.com.
In rough conditions, troops in the field bed down inside the two-person Lightweight Extreme Weather Shelter by Eureka! Tents. The 12-pound tent opens to a height of four feet and provides 52 square feet of floor space. It can withstand steady winds of as much as 50 mph, driving rain falling at two inches per hour and snow loads of four pounds per square foot. If you're expecting similar weather on your next outdoor adventure, consider Eureka!'s K-2 XT consumer model (about- $300). Eureka!, 800-661-9086; www.eurekatent.com.
CamelBak's Storm hydration pack, standard-issue with the Marines' MOLLE (Marine Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment) rucksacks, is a hands-free drinking system with a I three-liter water reservoir, To drink, the wearer bites down on the valve at the end of the drinking tube, which is airtight when closed. Similar products ($40) are available to civilians. CamelBak Products, 800-767-8725; www.camelbak.com.