4. Learn about layering
Layering clothes can be the difference between a comfortable temperature and becoming overcome with sweat or shivering from the cold. Depending upon the climate—say, cold and possibly wet weather—you’ll need a sweat-shedding base layer, a warmer mid-layer, an outer layer for warmth, and a waterproof shell to shed rain and block wind.
Cotton doesn’t hold warmth well and doesn’t dry out quickly when wet. Go with merino wool or synthetic fibers for base layers (Unisex Wool Thermo shirt; $94.95, brynjeusa.com) and mid-layers (Shak Hoodoo hoody by Ibex; $175, ibex.com). Insulating outer layers should feature down, merino wool, synthetic fill, and/or a water-repellent finish, like the Denali down hooded jacket by Live Out There ($169.99, liveoutthere.com). The final layer is the shell, and it should be waterproof (with taped seams) and breathable (Stormrealm jacket by REI Co-op; $249, rei.com).
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