Fall is well on its way, despite what soaring temperatures across the US may be telling you. One of the most important things to keep in mind during the transition between summer and fall is the sometimes dramatic changes in temperature once the sun dips below the horizon. Wearing lightweight layers of clothing that are designed to wick away moisture can help you stay warm or cool no matter how erratically the weather changes. Don’t let a little screwy weather keep you from your favorite outdoor activities — it’s time to layer up!
This is a great garment on its own, or sandwiched between base and outer layers. Constructed from expedition weight Capilene, the brushed fleece interior not only keeps you warm, but moves moisture away from your skin quickly to help maintain an even temperature across your upper body. The smooth jersey exterior slides easily beneath outer layers, avoiding any accidental skin exposure from layers sticking together as they are removed. A bit of Spandex makes this jacket stretchy and comfortable to wear on even the most strenuous hikes, and the fabric is protected by Gladiodor to ward away bacteria that cause unpleasant smells. Whether you’re hiking in the sun or climbing in the shade, this jacket will keep your core temperature where it needs to be. Available in 3 colors.
Although it is a myth that you lose heat faster through your head than any other part of your body, that’s no reason to leave your head uncovered — after all, it holds the most important organ in your body! If it’s not quite cold enough to necessitate a beanie, try a balaclava, like the Thermolator II from Terramar. The anti-microbial fabric is ultra-lightweight and soft on your skin, and designed to protect your entire face as well as your head, leaving an open space big enough for clear vision. It also has a UPF rating of 25+, offering you protection from the sun’s harmful rays as well as the chilly air. This valuable layer can be easily tucked away into a jacket pocket so it’s always there when you need it.