Tips for the girl who wants to hit the trail this winter!
Brave the cold!
Winter is just around the corner – that means you have to make the switch between your lightweight hiking clothes to warm, insulated and waterproof hiking clothes. Making the switch doesn’t have to be so hard. All you need to do is choosing the right materials to help prevent you from getting cold, wet or even from getting hypothermia.
But look at the bright side: winter is a great time to hit the trails, because there are less people outside and you will get to experience the peaceful beauty of fresh snow along the way. Maybe you will be lucky enough to catch some stunning shots.
Most important pieces you need to put on your list:
Sports bra –it lies directly on the skin & represents one of the first layers to soak up the sweat. Choose one made out of polyester, spandex & nylon – a good sports bra will offer both breathability and moisture-wicking comfort.
Tank top – make sure you look for a material that is a mix of polyester/spandex. It shouldn’t fit so tightly that your skin can’t breathe while working hard.
This layer should be light to mid-weight and it should help keep your regulate body temperature by moving sweat away from your skin, while keeping you warm and dry.
This one will help you retain heat by trapping air close to your body. Natural fibers such as down are excellent insulators. Down is ultralight, ultrawarm and super packable. You will need a shell that will protect you from the wind, rain and snow. A waterproof shell will be the best option for hiking in winter.
Also, don’t forget to keep your lower body warm and dry by wearing similar materials for pants. While hiking in winter make sure you own some boots that aren’t super heavy and that are waterproof, comfortable and that will not make your feet sweat. And of, course, keep your feet warm and dry with wool socks.
Accessories like snow gloves (made of thicker polyester – recommended: mittens) and sunglasses (will protect your eyes from the reflection of the snow and sun) are also important. A beanie is essential, it will keep your body temperature warm and will prevent heat from escaping from the head.
So, here is the entire list:
- Base layers: sports bra, tank top, long sleeve jersey, extra pair of socks
- Mid-layer insulation: fleece jacket, fleece pullover, fleece vest, shell jacket
- Hard shell pants that are waterproof and windproof; softshell pants
- Puffy insulated jacket with a hood
- Waterproof and windproof jacket
- Wool gloves or mittens
- Wool hat or beanie
- Warm socks
- High gaiters
In order to keep you warm, you can carry with you a thermos with hot chocolate or tea, drink plenty of room temperature water, carry hand warmers and seek the sun!
Now that you know what you need to include on your list, zip up your waterproof and warm jacket, grab some snacks and let’s hike in the snow!