Shop local for winter gear that will stand up to the frigid temps, as modeled by our own senior editor, Matt Hrodey.

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

  • Block the wind with a pair of heavy trousers roomy enough to allow for a layer of long underwear.
  • A sturdy down-filled jacket is a must for when the temperatures dip below freezing. This one, which has a lifetime warranty, can keep you toasty in temps as low as 15 below.
  • Look for gloves that work double duty. This goat-leather pair is tough, and its terry wool lining will keep your phalanges extra-warm.
  • Let your shovel do most of the work, instead of your back. Try one with a durable aluminum blade and ergonomic handle, and tell your Advil bottle to take the night off.

Yukon cap in earth/cafe by Outdoor Research, $39 at Yellow Wood. Chateau parka in red by Canada Goose, $900 at Yellow Wood. Half-snap blanket sweater by Woolrich, $165 at Yellow Wood. Plaid Flannel by Undefeated in rust, $50 at Moda3. Alpine Pro gloves in army leather and red by Hestra, $140 at Yellow Wood. Jones trouser in rifle green by Raleigh Denim, $225 at Milworks. Sk8-Hi Del Pato MTE snow boots in brown by Vans, $110 at Moda3. 20 in. Aluminum Combo Blade snow shovel by True Temper, $33 at area Ace Hardware and Home Depot stores.

‘Can You Dig It?’ appears in the February 2017 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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