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Dressing for cold weather

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Dressing for cold weather requires layering but maybe not this much!
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Dressing for cold weather mandates layering

Dressing for cold weather may, in fact, be easier than 'undressing' for summer. At least the body isn't as exposed -- and some people prefer that.

However, when you layer on clothing to keep warm you can end up looking like a hobo wearing everything he owns instead of carrying it. Additionally, winter clothing can make a person appeared heavier than he actually is because the clothing is thicker. Thought needs to be given to the type of cold weather clothing worn, as well as the ultimate over all appearance of the ensemble.

When it's really cold outside, the best way to keep warm is by wearing clothing that is insulating, protective and contains wicking.


The wicking layer is the layer worn next to your skin. This layer is snug but not tight. It shouldn't add bulk to the frame nor be restrictive. You should be able to move freely.

Long underwear that possess wicking power keeps you warm and dry. The fibers in the fabric move moisture away from the skin and the material absorbs the dampness from the body. You do sweat even when it's cold so wicking is ideal because it pulls the sweat into the clothing and away from the body when you are working up a sweat on the mountainside.

Sweaters, vests and sweatshirts create the insulating layer, which keeps the could out and the warmth in by trapping air between the fibers of the material. Wool organically wicks away moisture.

Wool is better than synthetic clothing because it is breathable, durable, flame retardant and won't make you itch. Wool consisting of small micron gauge equals fine wool fine, which is comfortable and very soft.

Fleece is a good material because even when wet it retains the capacity to provide insulation and pull moisture into the material.

The outside layer of clothing includes pants and coats that repel water, block wind and evaporate sweat.


Socks are very important. They keep feet warm, dry and snug and prevent frostbite. Socks with wicking pull the moisture from the body into the sock material. This keeps the feet dry and warm.


Hats are crucial, too. As much as 60 percent of a person's body heat can escape if his head isn't covered. In fact, if you wear a hat you may get away with wearing fewer layers of clothing, which demonstrates how effective a hat is in keeping a person warm.


Always wear gloves or mittens to protect your hand and fingers from frostbite, a painful and dangerous condition. Gloves shouldn't be too tight. There needs to be enough air space at the fingertips to create insulation.


Wear sunglasses year round. This protects your eyes from the dangers of UV rays. These rays are as harmful in the winter as in the summer especially when there is glare from snow, which can be blinding and hard on the eyeballs.


Some people opt to wear fur, which keeps the wearer very warm. Fur coats and jackets often include a hood that keeps the head warm and dry.


Ugg boots have been a footwear staple for a long time. The soft wool fibers serve as a natural insulator. The person's feet stay warm in the winter and cool and dry in the summer.


If you know you are going to be spending a lot of time horsing around in the snow with your kids or skiing, snowboarding or engaged in some kind of winter activity, get a snow jacket. It will keep you warm and looking fashionable.

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