Note: Featured image is from January of this year and required several extra layers of clothing and is the inspiration for this post. Details about that specific image are found here.
It is the time of year when going out requires a few extra layers. Even more so if you venture out while the sun is still down as I often do. For that very reason I have a stack of stuff already set aside so crashing and banging around while one is still waking up is not required. Having items set aside also allows one to catch a few extra minutes of sleep and get out the door a few minutes quicker.
This collection of gear was pieced together. While there are some nice items, there are as many equally “not nice” items. You can build your kit the exact same way. Staying warm is more important than fashion. Sometimes having less fancy gear is a benefit.
Bison Designs 38mm wide Light Duty Last Chance Belt with Gunmetal Buckle – Swear by this thing. Have left the tag on so I don’t forget the brand. Have hiked all day while wearing it and hasn’t required a readjustment.
Thick wool socks. Unknown brand. Years old.
REI silk longjohns – can’t locate online, but is extremely compactable
Generic thick cotton t-shirt – current favorite is a Dale Watson black concert t
Carhartt toboggan – doubles as a quick sack to hold the silk top and gloves during storage
2 pairs of cheap thin gloves – years old and are able to be simultaneously worn
1970’s Army surplus full length jacket – for whenever the temp drops into single digits; picked up for free as a hand me down
This kit is certainly built around the temperatures that North Carolina faces in the winter. Individuals living in other areas will need drastically different equipment. Most likely gear focused on dealing with several inches, to several feet, of snow.