Guess what? Proper layers are the key!

The key to not only to stay warm, but also comfortable and ready to rock, is all in the layering system. 


You don’t necessarily need to bring your biggest, warmest jacket every time if you know how to master the art of layering.
 There are four layers to consider: base, mid, insulating, and shell.
Base Layer: This is the layer that is next to your skin and has to be lightweight and breathable. Merino wool is perfect for this layer, as it keeps you warm even when wet. Stay away from cotton since it does not regulate body temperature and it does not protect you from the weather!
Mid Layer: This is typically the normal clothes that will be worn on the outside for the majority of the uphill effort and other times of high exertion. Often it consists in soft shell hiking pants and either a merino wool or synthetic long sleeve shirt. On colder days, a good idea could to be to wear a lightweight hoodie: just like above, do not wear cotton!
Insulating Layer:This may be a puffy coat, made from either down or some other type of synthetic fill. Choose it based on the weather conditions! In fact, if you are in a drier climate, down is the warmer choice. For what legs may concern, insulating layer for them can be useful but not absolutely necessary, but the layer for legs may be used for those really cold climates or if it just happen to run cold in the legs.
Shell Layer: This is going to be the waterproof and windproof shell, most likely made of Gore-Tex. This can be worn either on top of the insulating layer or without it, depending on conditions. It is very important for these layers to have vents that can be open. In the jacket, they are typically located under the arms, and along the sides of the thighs in the pants. This is SO important, since sometimes they may be used while still exerting yourself, so such layer is a useful way to dump all that heat that’s being trapped in by the Gore-Tex. So, watch out for vents!
Before start moving, always take the extra layers off. It’s tempting to wear everything at the car since the activity has still to begin, but it is really important to stick to the winter rule of always starting out cold. The potential problem here is that the now soaked base layers will be exposed to the cold and wind, which could make you sick. Always start out cold!
When stop moving, whether this be to take a break or any other reason, put a layer back on! You most likely shed some layers after started moving, since the body is generating a bunch of heat, but when it is time to stop, that heat will quickly dissipate. 
If your hands are freezing, stick them in your pants.. really! Sometimes that chill just sets in, and no amount of gloves can bring them back to life. If this happens, it is useful to exploit some external heat to give them a hand by either using those little hand warmer packets or putting them near another heat source. 
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