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Having a pair of gloves on or off the trail is essential when being in cold environments. In such conditions, without gloves, your hands will stay cold which is not only painful and unpleasant but can be extremely dangerous with serious long-term consequences for everybody who underestimates the risk of frostbite. Rain and wind will exacerbate the situation further because they facilitate heat loss.

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Most experienced outdoorsmen know that rain jacket is among the most important pieces of gear in their packs. Its main function is to shield the user from wind, rain, and snow, but also to quickly transport any moisture from the inner to the outer environment. This has to be done because moisture accumulation inside the clothing system compromises its insulation capacity.

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The waterproof breathable clothing intended for sportswear needs to be functional enough to ensure a higher moisture transfer rate from the body towards the exterior. In addition, it needs an appropriate design and the use of special manufacturing methods engineered towards guaranteeing that the sportswear will retain its waterproofness and durability during wear.

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It is still summer in the Northern hemisphere, however, it's about to end soon and the long sunny days will turn to shorter and colder gloomy days. Sure, autumn and winter have a lot of charm too. However, you'll have to change the summer shorts and short sleeve shirts with pants, fleeces, and jackets since they offer better weather protection and insulation. Of course, a good jacket must offer much more than just insulation.

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Garments made of waterproof breathable textiles are used by sports and outdoor enthusiasts and professionals in any conditions. A waterproof and breathable fabric incorporates two distinct functions of waterproofness and breathability. It should basically provide protection from the rain, wind and cold but also maintain comfort just below the fabric layer thanks to allowing internal water vapor to escape.

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An insulated jacket must provide protection against the outside weather conditions. Keeping out wind and precipitation is the most important task of your outer layer. If this layer fails in heavy rain, it doesn’t matter how good your other garments are or what material have they been made of - wet clothing exposed to the wind can bring you on the verge of hypothermia very rapidly.

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Shark Skin Softshell Jacket is a comfortable all-purpose men's tactical jacket made to keep you warm and dry in cool, cold, and windy climates. The softshell is fully windproof and highly water-resistant. Moreover, the jacket is waterproof (8000 mm water column), which means that it will keep you dry in light showers.

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The classic hiking layered clothing system is very useful most of the time, especially for cold protection. Hiking clothing must be well-designed, flexible, and functional - it should not restrict the body movements necessary for high intensive pursuits. Generally, it consists of a moisture-wicking base layer, warm mid layer, and wind- and waterproof outer layer as the mid layer provides most of the insulation.

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Fleece is soft and durable, breathable and quick-drying synthetic fabric used in the outdoor industry for producing warm and versatile fleece tops, including jackets, hoodies, sweaters, and vests. Each manufacturer sells multiple types of fleece and often it can be hard to figure out the main characteristics of each fleece jacket and which one would work best for you.

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A fleece top can be used during cool days as an outer layer - fleece jackets are warm, comfortable, and somewhat breathable. Fleece jackets are often windproof and water resistant or water-repellent, which is not typical for most regular fleece tops. On cold days, a fleece can be used as a mid layer under a waterproof breathable insulation jacket, for example.

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Sooner or later most hikers realize the need to maintain healthy feet regardless of the cost. The majority prefers to administer self-aid to their individual foot problems and only if the problems turn out to be unmanageable and painful, a podiatrist is sought out.

Shoe care and maintenance is an important part of the whole hiking experience. Proper shoe care can not only extend the life of your hiking shoes but can also make sure that you get more comfortable on the trail.

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Hiking socks may seem like a generic item, but they are not - their materials, thickness, and construction greatly affect their performance. Designed to provide significant functional and protective benefits for the active person, hiking socks are an essential component of footwear for an experienced hiker or backpacker.

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MERRTO M2-Tec Travel Shoes are men's hiking shoes suitable for a variety of outdoor activities from backpacking to camping, fishing, or travel. Today’s most common key innovative indicators for functional footwear applications are light weight, comfort with maximum support, lower maintenance, high durability, and water repellency. These athletic hiking shoes perfectly fit within this description and here's why.

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Protection against environmental factors is the initial function of clothing. In a wet environment, the basic requirement for clothing is to keep the wearer dry. Therefore, the outer layer of your clothing needs to be waterproof or water-repellent. But what do these the two terms mean? Is there any difference between them?

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After explaining some of the main characteristics of hiking shoes in our last post, this time we’ll discuss the anatomy of a hiking shoe. Construction of hiking footwear depends on the components, materials, and technologies used. Knowing more about these will help you become much more familiar with the world of hiking shoes and will help you choose the best fit for your feet.

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