Insulated jackets are a key component in a good layering system for hiking. Look for jackets that are lightweight and pack down small so they are easy to stash in a backpack.
The NovaPro Jacket from Outdoor Vitals is a feature-packed ultralight (and seriously warm) jacket. Utilizing a stitch-less baffle construction to keep out wind and rain, this jacket is made for cold weather.
While we tend to think of needing bulkier outerwear in cold weather, wearing lightweight layers allows for more options for different types of conditions encountered.
I’ve been looking for warmer base layers to wear on cold weather camping and backpacking trips and these heavy and midweight merino wool items from Woolx fit that bill.
The REI Norseland 2 Parka is an extremely warm insulated layer for the coldest conditions in the Pacific Northwest.
The Appalachian Gear All-Paca Fleece Hoodie is a warm yet lightweight mid-layer that has great breathability due to the 100% alpaca fiber.
Utilizing lightweight layers allows you to adjust your wardrobe for anything nature throws your way. In this post, learn more about base layers, mid-layers and outer layers for hiking.
A common mistake that backpackers make is either bringing too much clothing or bringing clothing that is inappropriate for the conditions. Learn how to use layers to stay warm and dry while taking fewer items.
This guide to footwear includes tips on what to look for when purchasing, as well as a list of my favorite hiking shoes, boots and socks.