Clothing

Proper winter clothing keeps you safe and comfortable. Learn what to wear (and what to avoid) below.

 

Fabrics & Layers

Layering clothes helps you to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Having the ability to add or remove layers as you warm up or cool down helps you stay safe and comfortable. Carry a backpack so that you can add or remove layers as you go.

Fabrics:

​The type of fabric is an important consideration when dressing for outdoor recreation. Cotton does a poor job of wicking away moisture, and loses its ability to retain heat when damp. Synthetic fabrics and performance wool blends do a better job of managing moisture and retaining heat when cold and/or wet.

Base Layer:

  • This is the layer closest to your skin. Think long underwear, leggings, and skintight clothing.

  • This layer should be moisture wicking; it keeps your skin dry, which helps keep you warm.

  • The base layer includes socks. Thicker, wool-blend socks are recommended for their ability to reatin heat even if they get wet.

Mid Layer​:

  • This layer provides insulation - a barrier of warm body heat between you and the cold.

  • This is the layer that has the most variability. Fleeces, puffy jackets or vest, sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, and thicker long-sleeve shirts can all serve as insulating layers, depending on weather conditions.

Outer Layer:

  • This layer should be a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Keeping the elements from penetrating your layers keeps you warm, dry, and safe.

  • It is important to make sure that this jacket is large enough to fit over your other layers.

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Clothing Tips​:

Affordable Locations to buy Winter Gear:

 

Footwear

Don't treat your feet as an afterthought! Cold, wet feet will ruin a winter outing pretty quickly and can lead to frostbite. Consult the links below for more information:

COVID-19 Safety & the Outdoors

Keep yourself and others safe! COVID-19 transmission is still possible in outdoor settings. Please follow all relevant local, state, and federal government regulations and guidance. Make a habit of regularly checking the latest guidance from towns, states, and land/trail managers.

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