Every winter there is a week or two that is just downright brutally cold, when you often hear the phrase,"be prepared". Here are some tips and gear to help keep you cozy, no matter how far the mercury dips below zero.
1. Layers -
You've heard it so many times before - dress in layers, well that's because it's true. The first crucial piece to layering properly and staying warm in frigid temperatures is a good moisture wicking base layer. No cotton please, because cotton absorbs moisture, and dampness makes you cold. Make sure you have either a wool or synthetic base-layer that wicks moisture away from skin and dries quickly throughout the day.
2. Hats & Scarves -
Just like your home, most of the heat is lost through the attic. Make sure you stop the loss of heat off of the top of your head with a good hat. When the weather is downright bitter, you'll need a scarf or neck warmer to cover exposed skin and keep your face and neck protected. Here are a few great Vermont companies that know a thing or two about keeping warm and stylish all winter.
3. Gloves or Mittens -
After your head, a great deal of heat is lost through the extremities. Gloves are more dexterous and best when the weather is not unruly cold. However, when it is really cold, your fingers want to huddle for comfort. For the absolute coldest days, mittens are the way to go, trapping all the heat from your hand in one space. Here are a couple of great examples. One, a cross between both, this glove has one finger out for dexterity, and multiple fingers together for warmth. And a true mitten for unbeatable warmth, think sleeping bag for your hands.
4. Heated Socks or Boot Warmers -
Nothing can ruin an epic day faster that cold toes. A good pair of wool ski socks and properly fit boots can go a long way to prevent cold feet. Still, there are those days, where no amount of wiggling your toes will work. Boots warmers have come a long way and are a game changer when you can't feel your toes or you're just looking for another level of comfort. These battery operated units are custom mounted on / in your boots and provide heated coils under your foot bed. These are specifially fit to your boot and are not 'readily' interchangeable. Or you can have the option of heated socks! Also battery operated, but since the heating coils are in the sock itself, these are interchangable from shoe to boot and vice versa. There is also an app to adjust the heat level right from your smartphone. Say goodbye to cold feet!
Hotronics S4 Custom Foot Warmers -
5. Down Jacket -
If you are truly serious about staying warm when the temperature outside is far below zero, you need a good down jacket. There is absolutely no substitute when it comes to cold weather insulation, down is the best. Today's manufacturers also treat down, making it hydrophobic, enhancing wet weather performance. A solid down jacket, or 'puffy', is a must have in cold weather.
Staying warm really is a matter of layering properly and being prepared for the weather on any given day. Stop in and ask any one of our outdoor apparel specialists to help make your cold weather wear decision a little more comfortable.