Q. Dear Gear Guy, I’m going on a Bluenose camping trip and was having trouble finding the right gear. What are some good brands for warm clothes that are also affordable?
– Chilly Thomas, Massapequa Park, N.Y.
A. Gotta love those Bluenose trips! I definitely dig winter camping. OK, affordable cold-weather clothing brands? In my experience, your best bet for quality yet affordable outerwear is to look at the “house brands” of outfitters like REI (rei.com), L.L. Bean (llbean.com) and Cabela’s (cabelas.com). Those big outfitters often manufacture their own branded gear that uses the same high-quality fabrics and insulations as the big brands but for way lower prices. Columbia (columbia.com) makes some pretty affordable warm clothing, too. Stay warm, Thomas!