Q-KIPEDIA: Winter Wear Fabrics
What will keep me warm and dry during skiing? Will fleece be too warm and stuffy for the city? Here are some winter wear fabric information and tips to dressing up comfortably and correctly for your holiday travels.
TEMPERATURE 10°C to 20 °C
Dressing for fall/winter climates are all about layering: Base layer / Insulating layer/ Outer Layer
For this range of temperature, a lightweight cotton T-shirt as the base layered with a flannel long sleeve shirt, along with a lightweight wool sweater to counter the occasional windy days. Wool is a fantastic natural insulator, even when wet. Corduroy or denim trousers would be sufficient.
TEMPERATURE 0°C to 10 °C
When it comes to this range of temperature, pick the right material to prevent heat loss, keeping warm and to continue with your activities. It might be a bad idea to have a cotton shirt as a base layer as it draws moisture away from your body and when it does not dry quick enough, you could easily catch a cold.
Opt for Merino wool, silk or polyester with moisture wicking abilities, drawing sweat from your body away and dries quickly. For the insulating layers, consider a heavy weight wool, tweed, polar fleece, or a lightweight down garment that provides additional warmth. Wool socks or a warm piled lined boots will keep your feet warm.
For this extreme weather condition, 3-4 layers of clothing and protective gears would be essential to prevent cold injuries like frostbite and sunburn. Having a long john as the base layer, use a down jacket as the insulating layer is an excellent choice as loose structure of down feathers traps air, which helps to insulate wearer against heat loss. For the outer layer, it must be able to block the wind, keep out rain and snow and allow sweat vapour to escape. Products engineered with GORE-TEX® fabric are durably waterproof and windproof, combined with optimized breathability.
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