Cold Weather Clothing Guide 2018/09/11

Cold Weather Clothing – Winter Layering System Cold Weather  With the colder weather around the corner why not get ready for it now? Clothing is always a little bulkier and heavier in winter, this is something you have to accept. Even if you can spend a lot of money on the lightest and warmest items you will still be carrying more weight than when in warmer conditions. In summer things come easy but in winter you must always think ahead to what you are about to do next. This allows you to select the right layers and prevent common problems like overheating which result in sweating into your layers. This resulting damp is sometimes hard to get rid of. The saying BE BOLD START COLD is very helpful. Basically if you are about to hike up a huge mountain maybe take off a couple of layers first. If you get everything right even operating in below freezing conditions is rewarding. I think that being out in – 20°C and having your nose hair freeze is all part of the fun. My recommendations below are based on personal experience and work for me very well. The collection of layers has been refined over many years but what works for me may not work for you.

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Suggested Winter Layers Top

150gsm Merino Wool Short Sleeve 200gsm Merino Wool L/S with ¼ Zip 400gsm Merino Wool Fleece Waterproof and Windproof Layer Synthetic Down Insulation – Much lighter than a heavy fleece and warmer too. I use a smock design. Large over jacket. Synthetic fill goes over everything to keep you toasty. Swedish M90 Parka is my personal choice. Full review of this great value parka HERE.

Suggested Winter Layers Bottom

200gsm Merino Wool Leggings Waterproof and Windproof Over trousers British Army Softie Trousers – Synthetic Insulation large fit and goes over everything

Hands and Extremities

200gsm Wool Liners gloves Wool lined Mitts with Leather palms Wool Neck Gaitor Buff - Wool Trapper Hat – I use a M90

Footwear & Feet

Merino Wool Liner Socks Extra thick Wool Socks – High Cuff Removable thermal liner boots. Waterproof and with a strong sole preferably with a back wedge to hold a snowshoe binding. -Sunny

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