Best Cold Weather Gear
With the first Winter storm of 2018 approaching the East Coast, it is essential to be prepared with the best cold weather gear on the market. We have included clothing tips for staying warm as well as links to our favorite items on Amazon. Bundle Up!
If your ankles and feet are warm, the rest of your body will have a better chance at fending off the cold. To keep your feet dry, it is important to get socks that are breathable and durable.
Waterproof boots are one of the most important parts of your cold weather gear. Look for boots with thick insoles that will prevent heat loss and flexible lacing systems. Soft uppers are nice but not a necessity while soles with traction are important on snow and ice!
The bottom layer essential for cold weather is long underwear. This pair should fit you snugly and hug your body. Typical materials include polypropylene, wool or silk but stay away from cotton because it will absorb water (or sweat) defeating the purpose of a bottom layer!
Occasionally you will be able to get away with skipping the long underwear layer. Flannel lined jeans are a good in-between option when you want to make life a little easier without sacrificing comfort.
This layer and the ones following are important because they transfer the moisture that your long underwear has absorbed to the air through evaporation. Wool and synthetics are the best materials for mid-layer garments.
A thick puffy jacket over your other layers will be sure to keep you warm and comfortable. The activity you are doing will dictate the necessary thickness of this layer. Remember, thickness is warmth. While down is the preferred material it should not get wet since it takes a really long time to dry. If this is your outermost layer, we recommend going with a synthetic option!
Studies have shown that this is the most used of all the layers. In windy conditions, your shell can keep you up to 50º warmer, while in non-windy conditions it can keep you up to 25º warmer (conducted by Recretaional Equipment Co-Op)! While shells that are windproof but not waterproof allow perspiration to escape easier, it is sometimes necessary for your shell to be both.
Hats & Gloves
With your head and hands being the body parts most exposed to harsh Winter weather, you need the right gear to keep them bundled up!