Find below recommendations of items to consider when going out for small winter hikes of about 2-5 hours of walking.
A critical component of enjoying hiking in the colder months is wearing the right clothes. Although our ancestors climbed peaks and explored the arctic wearing cotton, fur, wool and leather, the new synthetic materials available today can do the same job more efficiently and with far less bulk.
Today, the best way to keep warm is by wearing layers. Each layer traps more air, allowing more warmth to be captured. If we make you a virtual onion we can peel down the layers that are key to keeping you warm.
The layers :
– Underwear … very important is the base. You should wear base layer of merino wool for cold weather or synthetic fibers such as polyester. The idea is that if you sweat, the sweat is diffused!
– A slight warm jacket will serve you best as insulating layer. There are several alternatives, a fleece jacket, or in primaloft (synthetic material that replaces duvet jacket). However, when temperatures get colder (-20 or more), the duvet jacket remains the best solution to keep you warm.
– And the third layer will be your ultimate protection, anti-wind, anti-snow, rain-proof …
The most recognized textile is the famous Gore-Tex, but of course there’s a lot of other products on the market. The term used to best describe this type of clothing is a shell. A complete protection, including windproof and waterproof. You can find this renowned product in all outdoor retailers.
The footwear … what to do?
An inner liner sock of synthetic material should be worn to wick moisture away and an outer sock of wool blend to add insulation will help keep the cold out.
Finally, remember to bring water … and to make sure the water does not freeze, fill your container of hot water.
PS: Thermal water bottle helps that your H2O remains in the liquid state.