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Dress the Part - Dressing Smart

- Posted by Kevin - Posted on 11/29/10 05:54PM

Material can play a huge role in how quickly your clothing can become uncomfortable in any temperature and with quite a bit recent research and development us consumers have an incredible amount of new-age, moisture-wicking, highly flexible materials to choose from.  Most products will tell you what properties are possessed by their fabrics such as cold or wind protection, moisture wicking, or whether or not it is supposed to be used as a base layer through outer wear.  The majority of athletic gear with moisture wicking properties will contain a large portion of Polyester and frequently a smaller amount of Spandex or Cotton.  This is important as it allows you to sweat with a much longer duration of activity before you soak through the article of clothing.  This will allow you to stay cooler, warmer and dryer all when you need to be.

Most anybody knows that black draws more heat than a lighter a color, but less commonly known are that certain colors like bright yellows, oranges, silver-blues can actually reflect the suns heat and keep you even cooler than just white.  Utilizing these colors for your head gear like helmets, skullies, or balaclavas can help reduce heat on your head by a noticeable amount.  When you are trying to stay warm, blacks, charcoals, navy blues, etc.. are always your best bet.

Layers are one of the most important aspects when dressing yourself for the outdoors, especially in the cold.  It is important to be able to remove a certain layer of clothing depending on your needs.  Being too warm in the cold is more dangerous than in the heat, so keeping your temperature inside of your clothes regulated is even more important.  A base layer normally consists of something tight and warm than you can easily fit other clothing over.  The previous trend was always to wear "long johns", however Under Armor, Nike, Reebok, Champion, etc.. all offer their own version of moisture wicking base layer clothing, which I believe changes how easy it can be to survive in cooler weather.  A middle layer would be your long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts and things of this nature.  Your outer layer should always be warm, but light enough to carry, windproof if need be, waterproof if need be and/or reflective for visibility in poor conditions.

As for types of clothing, I am not much of a fashion scout but I have found that each activity in the outdoors typically comes with it's own need of fashion.  Obviously cycling and snow boarding clothing is going to be quite different while your climbing and backing clothing will be very similar.  To each is own in that regards as most other people have a much more tuned eye for fashion than myself.

I hope that the previously mentioned information is found useful in keeping you warm and cool properly throughout your endeavors in the outdoors this winter.  Choose the right colors, where the right layers and most importantly keep dry and comfortable out there.