Are you cold? Do you find yourself yourself shivering as you get in the car on your way home from work? If so, don’t worry because we have information you never knew about! Today on Who Knew Wednesday Jess and I talked about everything you should know about cold weather clothing!

The key to cold weather dressing is layering.  There are three basic layers you need to use in this cold weather.
1. Base layer
2. Insulating layer
3. Protective layer

Your cold weather base layer lies against your skin and is primarily meant to provide the first layer of insulation and most importantly deal with moisture removal. Staying warm and active means occasionally sweating, and sweating is bad if your clothing doesn’t allow it to move out and away from your skin. Water on the skin in cold weather can turn deadly as it can lead to rapid heat loss, so ensure you use an inner layer that pulls sweat away from the body.

The job of your main insulating layer is to trap in heat.
Natural fibers like goose down and wool have excellent insulating properties. They provide a lot of heat for reasonably light weight, which is a concern for more active cold weather situations like skiing or hiking. Wool can absorb 30% of its weight and not feel wet and even continues to provide some insulation when soaked, while down loses its effectiveness when wet.

Your outer layer is the shell that keeps all the inner layers protected from the elements. It’s usually (though not always) a single layer, and doesn’t necessarily have to have any insulation.  The most important consideration for your protective layer is that it traps air and stops wind. It should also be breathable enough to allow moisture out–you don’t want your sweat trapped under your shell with you. That means that most outer layers are water-resistant but not fully water-proofed.

We received this information from the article, “A man’s Guide to Cold Weather Dressing” by Antonio Centeno.

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Stay warm on this snowy Wednesday!