February 26, 2010

How to choose your outdoor clothing

Walking is the most accessible and cheapest sport of all time. You can walk anywhere in the countryside with little preparation and with your comfortable clothes. But once you’re doing some more serious hiking, choosing the right clothes is very important. The key is to have clothes providing protection from the elements, but also in which you will be comfortable enough and lightweight.

By buying the right outdoor clothing, you will be able to maintain your body’s core temperature, no matter how bad the weather is. Staying warm is very important when you’re hiking. So it is important that you buy clothes that fit you but allow you to layer what you wear.

It is recommended to wear three layers. The first will be a waterproof jacket or a poncho to protect you from the wind and rain, especially in the mountains the weather can change very quickly. The middle one, insulating layer, will keep you warm, for example a gilet. Synthetic fleeces are the most widely used material for insulating outdoor clothing because it's lightweight, breathable and insulates even when wet. And the base layer helps to keep sweat from your body. The recommended materials for base layers include lightweight polyester or similar synthetics.

Buy clothes that manage moisture well and are breathable. If you only choose one layer that has these qualities then the other will not prove as effective at keeping your warm and dry.

As for the pant, there are many good hiking pants which are light and dry quickly. I personally like the pant which you can transform in short. You can wear them as a pant in the chilly morning then transform them in short during the day.

Another thing you should do is always carry additional clothes to stay warm and dry. If you go hiking all day, it’s important that you change your T-shirt when you stop for lunch or you´ll get cold quickly.

There are many good clothing brands, one of them is Berghaus in England. Or go to any outdoor clothing shops and ask for advice.

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