What to Wear...Winter Wear
Selecting the right outdoor gear is essential in allowing Winnipeggers to enjoy and to safely participate in winter activities.
When dressing for cold weather, experts suggest that people wear at least 3 loose fitting layers that help pull body moisture away from the body and trap warm air against the body.
The base layer worn closest to the skin should be a lightweight synthetic material (e.g. polypropylene) that is designed to pull or “wick” perspiration/moisture away from the skin.
The mid-layer should be a warm insulating layer and its function should be to trap warm air and draw moisture away from your body. Fleece and wool make for an excellent second layer. Cotton should be avoided because when it gets wet, it stays wet.
The outer layer should be windproof. There are many types of windproof clothing including hats, pants, jackets and pullovers. The outer layer should be able to trap heat, remain breathable and shield from wind and water.
Be prepared to shed some layers of clothing as your muscles heat up. Also, extra care should be taken to protect the head, face, neck, hands and feet during cold weather.
- A toque is an ideal choice to help maintain body heat as up to 50 % of that heat can escape through the head.
- A mask or neck warmer worn over the mouth can help keep the air you breathe warm and moist.
- Mittens with a windproof shell provide more warmth than gloves.
- Roomy boots, skates and shoes with warm wool or acrylic blend socks are recommended.
- Ensure winter shoes are not too tight as that can restrict blood flow and increase risk of frostbite. Boot and shoe treads made of neoprene and rubber are essential for safety and balance in slick icy conditions.
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