Our team of outdoor gurus created this guide to help you layer right for the season

First Step: Making a game plan

First things first, checking the weather report and snow conditions will influence your selection of winter layers for the day ahead and any additional items you may need to pack. Once you know what the day could look like and decide what type of riding you'll be doing you'll know what to wear and how to pack.

Next Step: The Basics

We all have a process of how we get dressed in the morning and having a routine ensures that no step goes unchecked.

Start with the toes. Some of us at Gear.com like to start with our socks first so they lay flat under our long johns and not bunch up, making the boot battle an easy win. Socks first, then base layer pants or if you’re one who doesn’t love multiple pieces or the gap opportunity brought on by a separate top and bottom combo, Corbeaux makes great one pieces to solve this issue.

SKI SOCKS

Things to consider when buying ski socks

Buying the right ski socks really comes down to your personal preference of thin vs. thick socks. Many people mistakenly purchase thick socks thinking they typically have cold feet due to lack of warmth when in fact their cold toes are a result from overheated piggies and lack of moisture wicking fabrics. Enter Merino Wool. Merino will not only wick away moisture but does not hold onto the sweat which can create the rich stinky smells we all hope to avoid. The majority of ski socks today feature a blend of wool and a synthetic material like polyester which improves elasticity and heat retention.

BASELAYERS

How to select the right baselayer for your activity

Moisture wicking baselayers are an absolute must for winter activities. As the first layer against your skin, a snug fit is recommended to achieve full warmth and moisture wicking potential. A top and bottom or onesie made of synthetic material like polyester or natural Merino Wool will deliver on both fronts.

Next Step: Facial protection and mid-layers

Even though it’s cold out, remember to layer responsibly i.e. don’t over do it and end up sweating so much that you actually freeze! It’s possible to have too many layers but having the right layers will prevent any mid-day chills when your body is starting to warm up.

Next Step: The outer layers

When selecting an outer layer we recommend checking the technical specs and, based on your local season patterns, choosing the appropriate level of water resistance and warmth to your climate. Coastal towns will have wetter, colder winters than inland, whereas Rock Mountain towns should select outer wear with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish.

Pro Care Tip

We recommend pulling out all your winter gear and accessories from any bags or vehicles and unpacking them somewhere they can lay flat or hangout to dry completely. This will prevent any bacteria from growing and causing the athlete stink we are all too familiar with, plus your stuff will fully accounted for and in one place for when you're ready to head out the next day.

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