What to Wear for Winter Walking

-5 to 0°C 

When the temperature hovers above freezing it can be warm when the sun is out. As soon as it becomes damp or rainy, a serious chill can set in. Dress as though the temperature is below zero.

0 to -10°C 

  • Legs (2 layers): long underwear or close-fitting tights and a looser light pant or wind-proof pant.
  • Upper body (3-4 layers): two wick-away shirts (short sleeve or sleeveless shirt and long sleeve shirt would do nicely), light fleece sweater/sweatshirt, windproof and breathable jacket.
  • Head and neck (1 layer): fleece hat and neckwarmer. (Neckwarmer may be optional depending on wind.)

-10 to -20°C

  • Legs (3 layers): three layers such as long underwear, looser tight, and windproof and breathable pant.
  • Upper body (4-5 layers, incl. fleece): two wick away shirts, light fleece. sweater/sweatshirt, fleece vest, windproof and breathable jacket.
  • Head and neck (2 layers): Balaclava underneath a fleece hat and neckwarmer.

Below -20°C! 

  • Legs (3 layers): three layers such as long underwear, loose pant, lightweight ski pant.
  • Upper body (4-5 layers, incl. heavy fleece or down): two wick-away shirts, light fleece sweater/sweatshirt, fleece vest, windproof breathable jacket, down vest over jacket.
  • Head and neck (3 layers): Tight-fitting wick-away hat, balaclava, fleece neckwarmer and hat.

Extremities and more:

Feet: Regular training shoes should be sufficient all winter. Your feet will not get cold when you are moving. Don’t stand around in them. Several of our walkers pledge allegiance to SmartWool or Icebreaker merino wool socks. Quite a few of us wear Yaktrax™ – a very easy-to-use rubber contraption with stainless steel coils around the rubber offering excellent traction on hard-packed snow and ice. Slip them over your shoes and away you go. They can be a little irritating over clear pavement, but definitely worth the investment when the going gets at all slippery.

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