The ideal cold weather walking outfits

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As temperatures drop, choosing the right outfit for your walks becomes crucial. At WeWard, we understand that the right attire can make or break your cold-weather walking experience. This article guides you through assembling the ideal outfits for staying warm, comfortable, and motivated to walk during the colder months.

The foundation of cold weather walking attire

There's a Nordic proverb that says: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes".
According to recently updated guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine, frostbite, which is direct damage to the surface of the skin caused by cold, can occur as early as - 3°C. Tissues with less blood circulation, such as those on the hands, feet and head, are more vulnerable, especially when the cold is extreme (air temperature below -15°C or wind chill of -27°C).
The base layer is essential for managing moisture and keeping your skin dry. Opt for materials like merino wool or synthetic fabrics designed to wick away sweat. Avoid cotton, as it retains moisture and can make you feel colder.

Middle Layer: Insulation is Key

The middle layer's purpose is to insulate and retain body heat. Fleece or down vests and jackets are excellent choices. They provide warmth without the bulk, allowing for ease of movement.

Your outer layer should shield you from wind, rain, and snow. Look for a breathable yet waterproof and windproof jacket. This layer is crucial for keeping the elements at bay while allowing heat and moisture to escape.

Accessorizing for warmth and safety

A significant amount of body heat is lost through the head, making hats or ear warmers vital. Gloves or mittens are also essential for keeping your hands warm and nimble.
Choose waterproof, insulated footwear with good traction. Snow boots or trail shoes with grippy soles are ideal. Consider using ice grips or crampons in icy conditions for added safety.
Shorter days mean reduced visibility. Reflective clothing, headlamps, or flashing lights can ensure you are visible to others, particularly in areas with traffic.

Additional considerations for cold weather walks

Weather conditions can change rapidly. Dress in layers that are easy to add or remove as needed. Zippers, adjustable cuffs, and drawstrings can offer additional temperature control.
Remember, everyone’s comfort level in cold weather is different. Experiment with different clothing combinations to find what works best for you.

Embracing the cold with the right gear

Walking in cold weather doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right outfit, it can be an enjoyable and invigorating experience. By dressing appropriately, you can stay warm, safe, and motivated to keep moving, no matter the weather. At WeWard, we encourage you to embrace the colder months with confidence and style.

WeWard: Your Winter walking ally

At WeWard, we support your walking journey all year round. As the cold sets in, let our app motivate you to step out in your ideal cold-weather outfit, turning every chilly walk into a rewarding and health-boosting experience.

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