Winter shouldn't mean the end of your outdoor adventures. After all, some wise outdoors adventurer once said, "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing." With the right winter clothing, you can still enjoy all of your favorite activities. Here is our guide about what you'll need this winter and how to make sure you are getting the right outdoor apparel.
Buy These Items First
This is the first thing on your winter outdoor apparel shopping list. Your jacket should provide you plenty of warmth without being to bulky to shove into a pack if you need to get rid of it. It should be comfortable to wear and not prevent you from freely moving and using your arms. Bonus points if it has plenty of pocket space to store some of your gear when you don't need it. Look for jackets that are stuffed with high-quality down; they won't take up much space and are surprisingly warm for their weight.
Once the upper part is covered by your jacket, you need to worry about your lower extremities. Pants should give you a good range of motion so you can bend, jump and climb without getting bound up in fabric. They should come down to a good length to cover the tops of your footwear and prevent drafts from going up the legs. Pockets are a bonus here, but your first priority should be comfort. Look for pants made from waterproof materials that are lined to offer additional warmth.
Enjoying winter outdoor activities really starts with a good baselayer. Your baselayer is there to provide you additional warmth and protection in freezing temperatures. A good baselayer can make all the difference when it comes to your comfort. Look for a baselayer that's not going to add too much bulk to your overall wear. Materials such as merino are great for their lightness while still giving the wearer plenty of warmth.
Quality over Quantity
It might seem like more layers is better when it comes to dressing for your winter outdoor adventure, but this is really an area where quality beats quantity. Investing in good outdoor apparel that's made from high-quality materials is going to provide you with a superior experience:
- You'll be able to move more freely. Layers are a good thing, but too many layers means you'll find it tough to move as agilely as you are used to doing, which can make it tougher to get around when you need to.
- You'll be able to pack your gear faster. No one wants to wait for their partner to pack his seven layers of outdoor apparel. When you have quality clothes, you'll only need a few layers.
- Your winter apparel is going to last longer. You won't have to rush to replace any winter apparel because your gear fell apart on the last trail.
- You'll save money in the long run. Quality gear lasts longer, so you'll end up spending less money over the lifetime of your stuff because you are replacing it less often.
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