Don't hibernate - head outside!
Learning to Layer
- Dress as if it's 20 degrees warmer - you should be cool for the first 10 minutes.
- Always use technical materials (moisture wicking)
- No cotton, especially as your first layer (baselayer)
- A lightweight jacket over a baselayer is a great way to cut the wind without overdressing.
- Avoid cotton
- Wicking materials are generally synthetics (Nike calls it DryFit)
- Wool is actually one of the best materials
Antimicrobial (doesn't hold bacteria)
Great heat transfer (keeps you warm when it's cold, cool when it's warm)
- You lose the most heat through your head, so hats are a must
- Headbands work well if you get too warm
- Mittens are warmer than gloves
- Some gloves have a wind mitt to put over the fingers
- Good socks are just as important as good shoes - if you have hot spots or blisters it's almost always due to the wrong sock.
Courtesy: Striders 616.459.7000