Old Man Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st. However, those of us who have already braved temperatures well below zero might argue with you on the definition of winter. Regardless, it is cold and snowing. What are you going to do about it?
Whining about the weather holds no ground. Am I free of such behavior myself? Nope. Is there anything we can all do about it? It IS going to be cold. It IS going to snow. My advice: Embrace it! Dress for it Play in it! I have lived in some of the most notoriously cold places in the USA, and there is always opportunity out there. You just have to muster the courage. Maybe some creativity.
There is a saying along the lines of “There is no bad weather, just bad gear”. And I’m pretty sure once you try apparel made for the harsh conditions, this saying will resonate. Personally, GORE-TEX is my favorite tech material in this winter season. The ability to keep dry and breath is as much or greater of a factor in warmth than insulation. The technical material enables you to exert loads of energy and stay dry. As the material is waterproof and windproof, it still breathes extremely well. This helps maintain core temperature and make your day outside much more enjoyable. The downside? Cost. When cost gets in the way, look at the waterproof rating, material with similar qualities, vents, overall fit and of course personal style.
Other gear that will open up options to embrace the outdoors are products like Yaktrax to keep your footing in slippery conditions, Black Diamond Headlamps to extend the light in these short days, FITS Socks to keep your feet warm and comfortable, and of course a Heart Beat Faster Radventure Beanie warming your head. All of these have been tried and proven in the most volatile conditions and help embrace the weather at hand.
Is there something I can do about the thermometer outside? Nothing. But I can change my attitude inside. And the more I embrace the weather, the more fun I have. The more fun I have, the more exercise I get and the better I feel all around. Go. Do. Play.
We’ve been extremely creative to have fun outside in the past. How will you embrace the season?