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Outdoor Layering - Layering System Basics

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Published on Aug 23, 2016

An overview of the 3 pieces to include in a basic layering system.
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When you’re heading outdoors – regardless of the season, the easiest way to stay comfortable is to dress properly. Layering is simply a strategy that emphasizes versatility and efficiency. Instead of bulking yourself up with a couple of heavy items, what you want to do is put together an outfit with several lightweight items that you can quickly add or remove, as needed. Here’s a few quick keys to layering comfortably.

1. Think about what you’re going to be doing outside—Are you going to be standing around in cold temperatures, or moving? Also think about how fast you’re going to be moving because that will impact how you pick your layers.
2. If you’re going to be active, start the day slightly cool. If you’re warm the moment you step outside, you’re going to be too hot after 15 or 20 minutes of activity
3. Core warmth is important, but don’t neglect your extremities. That means stashing a hat and a pair of gloves on any fall, winter or spring trip. Remember if you’re heading into the mountains, that temperatures drop as you move to higher elevation.

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