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Stay Warm During Winter Hikes

Now that we’ve rounded the corner of the winter solstice and the days are beginning to get longer again (thank goodness), we’re starting to get cabin fever. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I need to spend as much time outside as possible. It’s still below freezing around here, though, btu I’m not sure I care. I’m ready to take advantage of every extra minute of sunlight, so I am going to need some heavy-duty outerwear and accessories for hiking in winter.

Winter Hiking Mountaintop

First, we need a warm outfit. I don’t know about you, but when I think of going outdoors when it’s cold outside, I think of L.L. Bean. They’ve been around since 1912, and keeping people warm is their bread and butter.

LL Bean Sweatshirt

Cozy flannel shirts and hearty fabrics mean that these clothes aren’t just warm, they’re durable. L.L. Bean makes the kind of clothes that you have for years and years after you buy them. Picking up a vest or a set of thermal long-john’s will get you through this chilly winter and many more chilly winters to come.

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The most important part of our winter hiking outfit is most definitely the coat. Outerwear can make the difference between a wet and cold hike and a euphoric, commercial-worthy nature experience.

You want a coat that was designed by people who really know the outdoors, and the needs of adventurers like us. For experts in the outdoors, I head to Patagonia. The brand, not the place! (Though I’d love to visit the place sometime, too. Talk about an adventurer’s paradise!) Sustainability is a major focus of Patagonia’s mission. The fact that they’re located in the Pacific Northwest,themselves, means they definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to warm, outdoor-ready clothing.

Jackets like the one above have two layers, a shell, and a high-performance outer layer. Both layers are waterproof and can be worn individually, or together for extra protection. You get three jackets by taking only one jacket with you. That’s perfect for a winter hike where your body is changing temperatures throughout the trail.

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Last but not least, you need a great pair of hiking shoes. Something that will keep your feet dry, warm, and firmly secure. Traction and waterproof materials are two of the most important features to look for. Luckily, Keen Footwear is a shoe company that exclusively makes high-performance outdoor shoes, and they surely have the right hiking boots for winter hikes.

Keen Footwear Hiking Boots

Ankle support would be a bonus because winter hikes mean that you may encounter ice patching from time to time. Getting a sprained ankle when you’re out in the wild is no fun. Better safe than sorry!

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Patagonia Winter bonfire

In winter, it’s easy to feel cooped up when it’s snowy and cold outside, but getting out into the wilderness will create some lasting memories. The fresh air will revitalize you and the views will be truly priceless. Gear up and get out there before all of the best parts of winter melt away!