During the cold temperatures like we see in our frigid Western New York winters, being outside can be challenging. Keeping warm and protecting against the elements can be a balancing act. Being able to properly layer your clothing can help to prevent injuries that can be caused by the cold.
There are three essential guidelines that you should follow – the base layer, insulation later and outer layer. Although these are basic recommendations, there is flexibility for each different person.
First Layer: Base
- Choose clothing that offers moisture wicking
- Work to get sweat away from the body to help regulate temperature
- Example: Dry-Fit clothing
Second Layer: Insulation
- This clothing layer should work to keep heat in
- Also protects against the elements and keep cold out
- Example: Fleece/slightly thicker layer
Third Layer: Outer
- Protection against the elements – rain, snow, wind
- Works to keep other layers dry
- Example: Waterproof clothing, wind breakers
- Hats, earmuffs and headbands to protect the ears
- Double layer of socks
- Neck gaiters
By smartly choosing what you wear, you can stay cozy and comfortable in any climate and protect your body against the harsh winter elements. Stay safe – stay warm – and always dress for the conditions.