We talked in several articles about the most suitable equipment and clothing, like black wool hiking socks women’s for winter outdoor use.
Those who love to walk in the snow, with the help of snowshoes or crampons, immerse themselves in nature in search of peace and inner well-being, that’s why you should keep in mind everything you need to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Our body during trekking at low temperatures is a very strict customer for our clothing because there are two opposing needs to satisfy.
On the one hand, the dispersion of heat and humidity to avoid stagnant sweat and, on the other, the maintenance of comfortable and constant body temperature.
That’s why we wanted to put together, in this article, a few tips to read before preparing your backpack and suitcase for a weekend in the mountains.
It is one of the most exposed parts of the body and, at the same time, the one that disperses the most heat. We are talking about our head, which is too often ignored in the selection of clothing to carry in the backpack.
How many times have you walked in the cold, with your body well protected and warm, with your head instead left to suffer wind, snow and bad weather embellished only by a nice pair of fashionable sunglasses?
Instead, now let’s start thinking about her, the first protection could be a technical cap, it would not be bad to also have a balaclava for the more extreme conditions covering your mouth and cheeks.
Let’s always remember that all-mountain jackets are equipped with protective hoods that can be closed and help to protect the head and neck, even if some people tend to take them off, you never do it, you will miss them just when you need them.
We come to another part of the body that all too often has no place on the list of things to protect, it is our hands, which are too often put to the test.
We plunge them into the snow, we expose them to the wind as we walk, we use them to climb steep passages, but we leave them too often uncovered. They, too, want to be dressed in onions for them, we talk about layers.
There are, like the use of a pair of light silk gloves to be worn under heavier technical gloves, to allow the use of cameras or other actions of greater “precision” without having to leave the hand uncovered.
But there are also knobs or mittens that integrate both these layers and are more suitable for use in the mountains in winter.
We are now beginning to talk about more familiar technical elements, but it is still worth remembering them. Let’s start from a piece of basic information, we can’t walk on the snow with the same boots used in August to go hiking on the Path of the Gods.
In winter you need technical boots that not only guarantee a high level of waterproofing but also maintain a constant foot temperature, thanks to high thermal insulation standards.
But since trekking in winter often rhymes with snowshoes or crampons, the external structure of the boot will have to be more rigid and resistant, suitable to provide the right support for the two equipment just mentioned. Are we done with the feet? No!
Here is one of the most important and, at the same time, underestimated by all outdoor enthusiasts… socks! High-quality technical socks can really make a big difference between comfortable trekking and Chinese torture.
Because it is up to them to ensure a perfect fit between the foot and the boot, guaranteeing initial thermal insulation and protection against perspiration.
The main role of this layer of onion, also called “base layer” clothing, is to carry away from the body the sweat produced during walking and movement, loosening it towards the next layers, first the so-called mid-layer and then away towards the waterproof “shell” or outer layer, before dispersing to the external environment.
From this description, we can grasp the importance of this layer, which has the task of dispersing, together with humidity, the excess heat that develops during physical activity.
The King’s part, in this matter, is no doubt covering him, the Fleece!
Lightweight, water-repellent and breathable, in short all the cards in order to become the absolute protagonist of all the sweaters and technical sweatshirts for outdoor activities.
Unlike wool, widely used in the past, fleece fibres are lighter and highly waterproof.
This means that they tend not to get soaked in water or sweat, continuing to perform their insulating function even in conditions of extreme perspiration.
In addition, another important feature, are the very fast drying times, what more could you want?
Perhaps a high air permeability, a feature that makes it particularly suitable for use in aerobic sports such as hiking.
They are the final protection, the one that goes to cover and protect all the other layers and will have the task to fight all the atmospheric elements that, during the excursion, will collide with its tissues. We’re talking about waterproof shells.
There are two big families on the market: the softshells, which are the softest and most comfortable shells and very appreciated for their fit and for the way they “follow” the trekker’s movements.
Then there are the hard shells, the hardest shells, which have that classic “hardback” effect that some people don’t like very much, but from theirs, they have the performance. These shells offer very high performance in terms of waterproofing, breathability and lightness.