Things to Think About When Layering This Fall

Windstopper layerEverybody knows that layers are important. It’s not some secret of the trade, or a lesson learned by spending years in the wilderness. It’s something that elementary school children hear as they head out the door towards the bus stop on a brisk fall morning. One of those things that every grown adult knows good and well, unless they happen to live along the equator. Of course, knowing the importance of layering is different than knowing how to layer properly. Layering the right way can get tricky from time to time, especially in the buffer seasons. Here are some things to think about when layering this fall.

Put all of the pieces together.

Your standard layering set up is this:

  • Base layer that manages perspiration
  • Mid layer that provides insulation
  • Outer layer that provides protection fro wind/moisture

Of course, colder days call for more insulation, and wetter days call for more resilient outer layers. Plan your layering accordingly. Skip out on one of these layers, and you’re going to have a bad day.

The sun sets earlier and earlier.

The autumnal equinox is long gone, and days are progressively getting shorter. As soon as the sun sets behind those hills, you’ll be grabbing for your coat, or wishing you had brought one. Keep mind how long you will be out, and what time the sun goes down when leaving the house or hitting the trail.

The wind shows no mercy.

Cold winds cut to the bone. Don’t rely on that sweater to keep you cozy on a cold and windy fall day. The wind loves sweaters and creeps through each and every little gap in the yarn. Either wear extra layers on windy days, or consider a windproof shell. Hard shells are great for keeping wind and moisture away.

It’s better to start cold on active pursuits.

If you’re sitting around a campfire, start out as roasty-toasty as you please. If you’re hiking, running, cycling, or doing some other activity that gets your heart rate up, it’s better to start a little cool. Moving gets the blood pumping and raises your body temperature. You will, of course, have to shed layers as you go, but limit the number that you have to get rid of.

Where do all the extra layers go?

There’s a reason you put on layers. You peel them off as you go to help regulate your body temperature. So what do you do with the layers as you shed them? Carry them around in your arms like a simpleton? Have a game plan and a way to carry your excess layers around.

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