What to Look For When You’re Going Outdoor: A Down-Color Expert Analysis of Best-Fit Down Jackets for Warm Weather
A warm jacket is going to keep you regulated and not overheated. “The standard jacket I recommend no matter if its fall, spring or winter is usually an 850-fill down hoodie. Down keeps you warm based on your body temperature and it’s my go-to type of jacket because it works in so many temperatures.”
That’s why we talked to down jacket experts Ashleigh McClary, a gear expert and senior account manager at Backcountry and Emily Pennington, a journalist, photographer and author of the upcoming book “Feral,” to get their insights on what to consider when buying a down jacket. Whether you’re looking for 100% goose down or a synthetic option that will still keep you warm, you won’t go wrong with any one of these options.
It’s this time of year again. Retailers are having blowouts to clear out winter gear as temperatures prepare to climb. That doesn’t mean the sales are all on cold-weather apparel though. If you look closely, you can find deals on gear perfectly suitable for warm weather hidden among all the puffy jackets and insulated sleeping bags. Whether you’re currently snowed in or under a record-setting heat wave, we’ve uncovered a few great discounts on our favorite outdoor gear.
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A Buff: Warm-weather Shirt for Hiking, Climbing, and Trekking through the Outer Backwaters of High-altitude Mountain Sceneries
These have been my favored warm-weather shirts for climbing and day hiking for years. They have the right amount of stretch to not limit my mobility when I reach for the next hand hold on the rock wall, yet they fit perfectly to absorb the water and dry quickly.
When synthetic fleece was first introduced in the 70’s, it was a high-pile fabric similar to carpet-like fleece products of the 1990’s and later. But retro is in, and this full-zip jacket is seriously comfy and seriously warm. Due to its warmth, it’s ideal for lounging around at home, wearing around town, and engaging in low-intensity outdoor activities like camping, rather than doing high-intensity trail running or taking long hiking trips.
A Buff is a tubular piece of fabric that you don’t have to tie. Slip it on over your head. From high-altitude mountain climbing to steamy summer hikes, I always use one. They have an SPF-50 rating for blocking sun rays, and you can easily pull them over your head or face to protect against dust.
There is a secret to management of your body temperature outdoors. Base layer is worn next to the skin so that it can provide some warmth and comfort, but it should be thin so as not to heat up during strenuous activity, like climbing, hiking or running. What else can you take away once you’re down to your base layer? The merino 150 is soft and doesn’t bunch up. These boxers are very thin and can handle summer temperatures because of that. If you’re looking for more warmth, you can get three-quarter length bottoms in women’s size 67 for just $19 off.
The Big House: a Mobile Headlamp for Outdoors and on the Mountain Trails (Wood Ends February 25, 2023)
Give me a headlamp that accepts disposable batteries any day. When the batteries run out, it’s much easier to go for a fresh one because they’re more portable. Even on the dark trails and mountains, it’s been plenty bright for me at 350 lumens on its highest setting. The setting of the product description is incorrect, because it’s suitable for milling around inside your tent at night.
Keeping a lot of people’s food organized can be hard. If you get enough food for five to 10 people then piling it all in a storage box isn’t going to work. The metal shelves and frame of the mobile pantry are heavy enough to hold groceries but not the weight of the whole house.
The tent manufacturer Big Agnes makes homes away from the house in Colorado with a high level of detail that surpasses the competition. We here at WIRED love ’em for their low weight and thoughtful design features, such as easy-to-use guy line buckles and plenty of pockets. The Big House will sleep four campers and end with four interior pockets. The two doors will stop anyone from climbing over each other.
Hydro Flasks: A Best Reusable Water Bottle for Running in Grassmann Fields and Climbing Gym
The Hydro Flasks are a good buy in my Best Reusable Water Bottles guide because they stand out due to their powder coating. I have banged my cars’ floorboards and climbing gym for years without any damage. There are larger and smaller sizes on sale, too.
They’ve been superseded by the Wildhorse 8, but the 7’s are still some of our favorite running shoes, thanks to their lightness, breathability, and excellent traction. They are small, so expect them to be a half-size up from your normal sneaker.
They do not taste salty. They actually taste pretty good. It’s not enough to just drink water during vigorous activity. Replacing lost electrolytes is necessary for your body to function. Pop a couple of dissolvable tablets on your tongue to keep your energy up. I use these for all outdoor pursuits, even in grueling desert conditions, and they really do help me feel refreshed.