Is there really no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear (within reason)?
Enjoying the great outdoors isn’t just fun play (although, let’s be honest – Colorado offers an abundance of that!), it’s also nourishing for the body, mind, and soul.
Movement in nature can do everything from prevent physical disease to heal emotional wounds, making it an extraordinary tool for optimal wellness.
But when temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, you can find yourself hesitating before heading out for adventure. This is why quality, seasonal gear for cooler months can be essential in order to reap the benefits of the season.
Following are cold weather items we have found to be vital in exploring and enjoying nature when the mercury dips.
Synthetic Base Layers
Layering in Colorado is a must and what type of layers can be just as important. Opt for synthetic long underwear pants and tops that wick sweat and dampness rather than cotton which will stay wet.
Fleece Middle Layer
Made from polyester, fleece can be a good moisture-wicking layer that keeps the body warm and comfortable during a variety of activities.
Wool is a great insulator of heat and can absorb wetness better than cotton. Always keep an extra pair in a backpack as well.
A quality pair of waterproof hiking shoes or boots can allow for a multitude of activities no matter the weather.
A thin, yet insulated vest can keep the core warm and can be worn under a winter jacket as well as on its own as an outlet layer when body heat rises.
Waterproof Outer Layer Shell
A lightweight outer shell jacket can make a great top layer. Make sure it’s waterproof for rain and/or snow.
In addition to a quality hat and warm gloves, a neck gaiter can help keep wind and cold out of the body.
Whether for apple cider on a hike, hot chocolate at the sledding hill, or soup on a powder day, an insulated thermos can be priceless for warming the body with food and drinks.
A lightweight, comfortable, and roomy backpack can be helpful to carry such items as hand warmers, snacks, an emergency safety blanket, and an extra pair of dry socks. It can be especially useful for carrying layers that need to be shed as the temperature rises.
When cool weather sets in, that doesn’t mean your outdoor enjoyment has to stop. Take advantage of what each season has to offer in this beautiful state with the right gear!
As the season changes, are you in need of health support?
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