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Need Some New Outer Layers for Winter? Here Are Some Options

When you’re heading out for a winter adventure, make sure to dress warmly. One of the most important things you can do to stay warm is to wear a solid, moisture-wicking base layer. If you’re looking for more information about good base layers, make sure to check out our recommendations for this season, as well as these heated base-layers options which offer a little extra warmth for days when it dips below zero. Now that we have our base layers covered, what about the outer layers, that layer that’s going to take the brunt of the cold weather and elements for you? You’re going to want outer layers that will help keep you warm and dry in winter conditions.

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Jackets

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When it comes to your outer layers, one of the most important pieces in your collection is a good winter jacket. Choose a  jacket with a waterproof membrane to keep you protected from the elements. This coat from Flylow features a breathable, two-layer hardshell fabric so you don’t overheat while you’re outside. The jacket is designed in an anorak style, making it a great option for skiing, and is a high-performance jacket. If you prefer something other than a ski-style jacket–or you’re not going skiing–a windstopper, puffer-style jacket is another great option for keeping warm. The North Face created this down jacket that is great for winter activities and offers a GORE-TEX WINDSTOPPER shell that offers great weather protection as well as insulation. 

Bottoms

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Depending on what activities you’re doing outside, you may not always need a pair of snow pants. However, if you’re going skiing or spending time playing in the snow, you’re going to want to make sure you’re protected from the toes up. The kind of snow pants you decide to purchase is up to you and your personal style. If you prefer a pant style, you can go for something like these from The North Face. This pant is made from a 160-denier nylon fabric with seam-sealed two-layer dry vent technology. However, if you’d prefer the security and comfort of over-the-shoulder straps, maybe try a bib-style pair. No matter what you choose to wear out in the snow, make sure it’s protective and comfortable for your body.

Accessories

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Once you’ve picked out your jacket and pants, keep your feet warm and supported with a great pair of snow boots. Along with having a solid and sturdy pair of snow boots, you’ll want to pick up a good pair of weather-proof gloves that will keep your hands warm and protected while you’re out in the snow. This pair from DAKINE is great for snow sports and outdoor activity. With a warm inside and a weatherproof outside, these are great gloves for those extra cold days. They also offer wrist cinches, so you don’t have to worry about losing one when you’re playing hard on the slopes…or in the backyard.

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