Dress for Warmth | Beat Fall Temperatures with Moon Shine Camo
Fall is surely upon us. The leaves have almost completely turned, and cold fronts have begun working their way out of the North, reminding us of the short days and much colder nights to come. It’s important, especially if you have young children, to understand how cold weather clothing works to contain body heat and how you can maximize the effectiveness of your outdoor clothing depending on the weather conditions on a given day.
“It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity that’ll kill ya.” This popular movie quote made by John Candy in Cool Runnings, while comical, does have some truth to it. Cold temperatures alone are bearable and can be remedied by a light base layer and a jacket to contain your body heat. Humidity on the other hand, adds a new element to the weather conditions that a base layer and a jacket simply can’t protect against.
While assessing your cold weather clothing for the coming months, it’s important that you have a jacket that can protect you from humidity and precipitation like rain and snow.
Sometimes, but not always, quality cold weather gear will be both waterproof and wind proof. A piece of outdoor clothing may be water proof or water resistant but not contain wind resistant fabric. This will leave you shivering in your boots on a windy day because while you will be dry, the wind will cut right through to your core, decreasing your body temperature and sending you home early. On the other hand, a piece of cold weather clothing may be wind resistant but not waterproof or even water-resistant. It’s important that your cold weather gear be both waterproof and wind-resistant. If nothing else, make sure your outermost layer has both of these attributes.
In addition to a protective outer layer, the other thing that is important to keep in mind while dressing for warmth this fall is layering. As we mentioned earlier, a light base layer and outer jacket is sometimes enough to get the job done, but when your plans involve harsh weather conditions or longer exposure, you need to consider a layering system that keeps cold out, and heat in. Start with the layer closest to your skin. Find a garment that fits snug so that your skin is in constant contact with the fabric. Ideally the inner lining is fleece or something similar that produces heat as friction with your skin occurs. Move out one layer and your going to want something that really contains the heat produced by your base layer. A heavy sweatshirt, down vest, or even a second base layer will increase the amount of body heat contained. For your outermost layer, a piece of cold weather clothing as described above should be worn to keep you dry and protected from the wind, as well as contain whatever heat may have escaped your inner and middle layer.
Different people produce and retain heat differently. Try this layering system for yourself and adjust for your comfort. What matters most is that you are protected from the elements and can do what you love to do during the fall months warm and dry.