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Snowshoeing Clothes

If you plan to snowshoe, it is important to wear clothing that is designed specifically to keep you warm and dry.

Clothing Tips:

  • Layer
    • To stay as warm and dry as possible, wearing multiple layers of clothing is important. Layering will help keep you warm and dry while offering flexibility to add or remove layers as the weather changes. It is best to wear 3 layers: wicking layer, insulating layer and weather protection layer.
    • Wicking layer
      • The wicking layer is clothing worn next to the skin.
      • The wicking layer should consist of fibers that wicks (moves) moisture away from the skin and passes it to the fabric so it can evaporate.
      • Thermal underwear, long sleeved t-shirts, and sports bras are common wicking layer clothes.
    • Protection layer
      • The protection layer is serves as the guard against rain, snow, wind and temperature.
      • The protection layer should be waterproof and let perspiration escape to the outside to evaporate.
    • Insulating layer
      • The insulating layer is the layer between the wicking and protection layers.
      • The purpose of the insulating layer is to keep heat in and cold out.
      • Clothing worn in the insulating layer includes: sweaters, sweatshirts, and pullovers.
  • Hats/Beanies/Headbands/Helmets
    • It is important to wear a hat or beanie because up to 60% of the body's heat can escape from an uncovered head.
    • Look for headgear with non-itch liners.
  • Sunglasses and Goggles
    • Sunglasses and goggles are a must.
    • The snow reflects UV rays and make them stronger.
    • Special lens colors will increase the contrast and increase your visibility.
  • Gloves and Mittens
    • Waterproof/breathable fabrics are best.
    • Wrist guards and reinforced palms increase the durability.
  • Socks
    • Socks designed specifically for snow sports that have wicking properties are best. They will help protect against blistering.

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