How to dress

properly for outdoor activities

Tips and advice

Here you will find good tips on how to dress properly for autumn hikes – and when winter comes.

An important general rule to remember is that anything wet gets cold. To avoid a sweat, wet and cold body, you should dress in many layers so that you stay dry all time. Many people talk about the three-layer principle, but we actually recommend four or five layers, then you can remove one layer at a time as needed. In this way it is easier to controll the heat. We generally recommend wool innermost to the body, whereas synthetic clothing works best if you train hard and go straight inside after your workout.

Carry extra clothes in your bag that you can wear when taking breaks. It is difficult to get warm again once you get cold. But, when you start the hike you should «freeze» slightly, because you quickly get warm. If you get sweat on the other hand, you will get cold pretty quickly. Follow our tips and have a good trip!

Spring/Autumn

Humid weather and wind

On the head: A thin hat or headband.

Around the neck: A buff, which can also be used as headband and protect your face from cold wind.

On the upper body: Wool underwear innermost to the body, wool jersey with long sleeves, a thin fleece as mid layer before wearing a windproof vest/jacket. It provides the ability to protect the body from the wind, even if you open the outer jacket. A shell jacket in Gore-Tex works best as the outer layer because it can withstand water, wind and all kinds of weather.

On the legs: Wool innermost to the body, long johns or fleece pants. Windstopper pants, alternatively Gore-Tex pants for even more protection (the Gore-Tex patns should always be in the bag to use during the breaks).

On your hands: Light lined gloves that are windproof.

On your feet: Thin wool socks, two thin pairs of socks are better than one thick, it reduces the risk of chafing.

In the bag: A thick jacket, preferably a down jacket for the breaks, it is light and takes minimum of space in the bag. Gore-Tex pants/overdrafts pants should also be included if it is not already on. Food and drink, and a good mood!

Winter

Cold weather and snow

On the head: A thick hat in wool. If it’s windy, you can use the hood from the jacket over your head, it is made for it.

Around the neck: A thick buff with fleece inside.

On the upper body: Wool underwear innermost to the body, wool jersey with long sleeves, a thick fleece as mid layer before wearing a windproof vest/jacket. It provides the ability to protect the body from the wind, even if you open the outer jacket. A shell jacket in Gore-Tex works best as the outer layer because it can withstand water, wind and all kinds of weather.

On the legs: Wool innermost to the body, long johns or fleece pants. Windstopper pants, alternatively Gore-Tex pants. If it is really cold, wearing down knickers is a great idea.

On your hands: Mittens are warmer than gloves, but gloves are better when you are going to use them for things during the trip/skiing trip. Use more than one layer here as well. Like a thin wool inner glove that both absorbs sweat and protects the outer glove which should be be wind- and waterproof.

On your feet: Two layers of socks. It is very important that the shoes are properly dry, use a shoe dryer if you are going to walk several days in a row and the shoes have become moisty. It gets cold quickly with wet shoes.

In the bag: A thick jacket, preferably a down jacket for the breaks, it is light and takes minimum of space in the bag. The same goes for a knickers down. Food and drink, and good mood!

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