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All About That Base (Layer) - No Cotton
If you spend time outdoors in the winter, wearing a base layer is essential. Base layers provide a critical layer of insulation to wick moisture away from your skin, keeping you warm and dry. You’ll want to steer clear of cotton, though - it retains moisture, dries slowly, and will leave you shivering in the cold. Go with fabrics like wool or polypropylene instead – they’ll keep you warm, even when wet.
Sweat The Details
Ugly sweater parties shouldn’t be limited to the holidays. A light fleece, wool, or synthetic sweater (preferably with a zipper) can really help you regulate your body temperature outdoors. When you work up a sweat hiking or skiing, just unzip the sweater or take it off; when you stop for a break, zip it back up or put it back on.
Stay Puff - Not Just For Marshmallows
Whether you’re sitting in camp on day 10 of Out Back or watching your kid’s hockey game, you’ll need a hooded insulated jacket (a “puffy,” as the kids call it) to stay warm. Go for a jacket with synthetic insulation, since down loses its ability to insulate when it gets wet. And be sure to size the jacket appropriately; it should be large enough to accommodate a base layer and mid-layer underneath.
Put A Sock In It
Nothing brightens up Christmas morning like a new pair of socks! In all seriousness, we’re living in a golden age for active hosiery, with New England brands like Darn Tough and Minus 33
crafting genre-defining socks for outdoors people. Knitted from soft Merino wool, these durable socks feel great on the trail and will keep your feet warm even when wet.
Water, Water Everywhere
The human body is 60% water, so it’s important to stay hydrated. It’s even more important in the winter, when cold, dry air can quickly rob the body of its moisture. You’ll want to keep your tank topped off by carrying around a trusty Nalgene
or similar water bottle. If you plan on being outdoors in subfreezing weather, buy an insulated bottle sleeve
to keep your water from freezing.
A Bright Idea
Headlamps are a godsend (see: “Let there be light”). They provide hands-free illumination when setting up camp, cooking dinner, or doing any number of important OB tasks. Pro Tip: splurge on lithium-ion batteries, since they’ll last longer in the cold.
Didn’t find what you’re looking for on this list? Check out the Holderness School store
! It’s a great source for Holderness-branded jackets, shirts, gear, and more. Happy holidays - and Go Bulls!