Everything is easier with the right equipment. And the same goes for winter: it’s so much more enjoyable when you’re dressed appropriately! We might not all have the same tolerance to cold, but certain materials are known for their insulation properties. If you’re one of those people who always wishes they had an extra layer, this guide is for you!
Mittens with a wool lining are the best for keeping your hands warm. Although fleece also does a fairly good job, wool is a better investment. Leather offers natural insulation and is very resistant, so a leather mitten with a wool lining is a winning combo. Goodbye, frozen fingers!
There are so many options, but my first choice is a down coat. It’s designed to be lightweight, and if you can find one with a ratio of 80% down to 20% feathers (check the label), you’ll get a great quality coat for the price. Plus, you can put it in the washing machine! I also like coats with two layers: a thin down layer and a shell. Wear them together in winter, or separately in spring: it’s like getting two coats for the price of one!
Playing outdoors often means channeling your inner child and building a fort, or rolling around in the snow. I favour polyester or nylon snow pants (which are generally what you’ll find on the market): these fabrics are both very resistant. It’s always a good idea to look for a reinforced hem, which helps to avoid the bottom of the pants getting worn out too quickly.
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Whether they’re made of leather, suede, or manmade materials, it is important to choose boots with waterproof uppers to keep your feet dry. As for the lining, there is nothing warmer than shearling, but woven wool on a membrane and synthetic wool are also quite effective. Keep in mind that if you stand still, even the best boots won’t keep you warm. So do your best to stay active! In keeping with this idea, try to choose a boot that is lightweight.
My favourite long underwear is made from merino wool, an extremely comfortable, thin wool that offers natural insulation, and is perfect for doing sports. Merino wool underwear can even help compensate if your coat or snow pants aren’t as warm as you’d like.
Socks, scarves, and hats
Socks, scarves, and hats
Your extremities love wool! The same way wool-lined mittens are the warmest option, wool socks are also the best choice. Wool absorbs humidity, and helps keep your feet warm and dry. For the same reasons, I prefer wool hats and scarves. If you can’t find options that are 100% wool, try to ensure that the percentage of wool is higher than that of acrylic (which isn’t as warm).
To stay warm even when it’s -20 outside, natural materials like wool, leather, and down are your best allies!