When choosing layers for an activity in colder temperatures, people often overlook the value and benefits of a vest. A versatile addition to your cold weather wardrobe, vests can take the place of light- to mid-weight jackets in many situations, without sacrificing warmth. (more…)
When out in frigid temperatures, the last things you need are cold, wet or aching feet. Choosing the right boot isn’t the only factor; socks play a big role in foot comfort, warmth and protection. How do you choose the right pair of socks? Consider these factors (more…)
When working or playing in cold temperatures, you wear apparel designed to protect you from those conditions and keep you warm. But there are more things to consider than material and insulation. Each jacket has a number of draft points – areas of the jacket that are vulnerable to cold penetration. It is important to know what these are and how the jacket you are considering addresses potential exposure to drafts.
The terms wickability and breathability are thrown around a lot when it comes to sports apparel, usually describing jerseys and compression shirts. The wicking and breathing capabilities of a garment can be even more important for winter clothing and helping you stay warm, yet are often overlooked when dressing for colder temperatures. (more…)
To most of us, there doesn’t appear to be a difference in jacket sleeves. They are there for warmth and protection from the elements, but that’s about as much as we consider. However, there are two main types of sleeve designs on most winter jackets: raglan and set-in sleeves. Knowing the difference may help you pick exactly the right type of jacket for your next Fall or Winter outing, or when working regularly in cold environments. (more…)
Layering is a key component of protecting yourself from temperature and elements, whether you work in a refrigerated warehouse or spend your weekends in a tent. There are three basic layer types, but within each of those are multiple options best suited to the activity and climate you will be in. (more…)