BAL­ANC­ING AND LAY­ER­ING

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Advice -

The cloth­ing re­quired by some­one gen­er­ally stay­ing still in the out­doors (eg, a bird­watcher or pho­tog­ra­pher) will need to pre­vent much more heat loss than for some­one who is ac­tive on a hike. Brands like Buf­falo, Snug­pak and Keela make some very thick, heav­ily-in­su­lated wind­proofs which are su­perb for low-en­ergy ac­tiv­i­ties. If you have to hike in them though, you get very hot very quickly.

So it’s im­por­tant to re­alise that if you’re ac­tive, you don’t want to pre­vent heat loss com­pletely. In­stead it’s best to think of bal­anc­ing your heat loss with what­ever ac­tiv­ity you’re do­ing, and we can eas­ily do that through the right com­bi­na­tion of gear.

For ac­tiv­i­ties and days out where you’ll be stop­ping and start­ing, you’re usu­ally bet­ter to go for a lay­er­ing of gar­ments that get pro­gres­sively warmer – and trans­mit heat ef­fi­ciently.

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