Hate the cold, but love the great outdoors? Well, with the appropriate layers, you can enjoy your winter time outdoor activities... without freezing your gonads off!
And ladies, don't fret! All of these products are available in women's as well as men's! Not only that, these would make excellent Christmas gifts for your nature loving hunny!
The base layer is meant to wick away moisture. The more you move, the more you perspire. The material in this layer pulls that moisture away from your skin, allowing it to evaporate. This keeps you from freezing when you stop moving. There are lightweight base layers that are best for higher levels of activity or less severely cold temperatures, midweight base layers that are best for less activity or colder temperatures, and expedition weight base layers that should be worn when you are going to be participating in very little activity or severely cold temperatures.
CAPILENE 3 CREW TOP $49
This is a midweight base layer by Patagonia. It is made from 65% recycled Polartec Power Dry polyester and 35% Polartec Power Dry polyester. I found it at REI! Here's the link!
PHASE AR CREW LS $65 SALE $52
This is a midweight base layer by Arc'teryx. It is made from Phasic™ AR. I found it at Mammothgear! Here's the link!
MICRO POWER STRETCH LONG SLEEVE CREW $75
This is a lightweight base layer by Mountain Hardwear. It is made from Polartec Micro Power Stretch (90% polyester, 10% elastane). I found it at Moosejaw! Here's the link!
LIGHTWEIGHT CREW LS
This is a lightweight base layer by Marmot. It is made from Polartec® Power Dry® with Cocona® performance technology. I found it at USoutdoorstore! Here's the link!
The fibers of the material in this layer should trap air to create an insulating layer and give warmth. Like the base layer, you can find these in varying weights.
R1 PULLOVER $119
This is a polyester fleece by Patagonia. It is made from 93% polyester (41% recycled), and 7% spandex. I found it at Zappos! Here's the link!
CALIBER MEN'S ZIP NECK FLEECE $119
This is a lightweight fleece by Arc'teryx. It is made from Polartec® Classic Micro Velour Cord Fleece. I found it at Arc'teryx! Here's the link!
MICRO GRID ZIP T-SHIRT $85
This is a polyester fleece by Mountain Hardwear. It is made from Gridlock Fleece (100% polyester). I found it at Moosejaw! Here's the link!
POWER STRETCH HALF ZIP $95
This is a versatile fleece by Marmot. It is made from Polartec®Power Stretch® 88% Polyester and 12% Elastane. I found it at Marmot! Here's the link!
This layer is meant to protect you from wind and water. This layer should also be breathable so that perspiration does not get trapped inside the layers and can evaporate.
STRETCH ASCENT JACKET $299
This is a Patagonia shell. It is waterproof, breathable, and stretches. It is made from 2.5-layer, 50-denier 4.1-oz 100% all-recycled stretch-woven polyester with a waterproof/breathable H2No barrier and Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. I found this at Moosejaw! Here's the link!
ALPHA SV JACKET $599
This is an Arc'teryx shell. It is waterproof, breathable, and has a hemlock that keeps it in the harness while climbing. It is made from 480N Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L. I found it at Moosejaw! Here's the link!
This is a Mountain Hardwear soft shell. It is stretchy, wind proof, water resistant, and breatheable. The body is made from Alchemy Stretch Softshell (6% elastane, 94% nylon) and the panels are made from Schoeller NanoSphere Softshell (51% polyester, 47% nylon, 2% elastane). I found this at o2gearshop! Here's the link!
PRO TOUR JACKET $275
This is a Marmot soft shell. It is water repellent, highly breathable, and wind resistant. It is made from Polartec Power Shield 02 100% Nylon. I found it at Moosejaw! Here's the link!
These are meant to trap body heat and protect from external cold. In extreme conditions, you will want to layer this underneath the shells shown above.
REI explained it best.....
"Not all down is created equal: Down is graded according to fill power, which indicates how many cubic inches 1 ounce of down occupies when placed inside a container. (In lab testing, the typical container is a tube.) Down ranges from 450 to 900 fill power. Higher numbers indicate a higher quality of down, with more air-trapping ability. Down with higher fill-power numbers includes fewer feathers and uses bigger, more mature down plumules. Larger down clusters are more durable and can better withstand repeated compressing." Check out more of their shopping advice! Here's the link!
DOWN SWEATER FULL ZIP HOODIE $250
This is a Patagonia 800 fill goose down. It is wind proof, water resistant, and made from recycled Ripstop polyester. I found it at REI! Here's the link!
This is a Mountain Hardware 800 fill goose down. It is made from Sensor Ripstop (100% polyester). I found it at o2gearshop! Here's the link!
If you think this looks familiar, you may have seen it in my earlier post: Fashion Find! Ditch the Marshmallow!
This is a Marmot 800 fill goose down. It is made from Bantam Rip 1.1 oz 100% Polyester DWR and Micro Poplin 1.8 oz 100% Polyester DWR. I found it at e-OMC! Here's the link!
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WIGWAM IRONMAN SURGE PRO $11
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SMARTWOOL PHD $21.95
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ICEBREAKER X $24
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I hope this post can help you prepare for winter fun! Please be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
Also, I'd like to thank one of my best friends Aaron, for helping me with this post! He is an awesome rock climber and does pretty much every outdoor sport imaginable! Thanks to him, I stayed cozy today in my Arc'teryx pullover he got me for Christmas one year! Thanks Bro!