Countless combinations of brands, materials and features. The world of outdoor clothing is massive, and the conditions diverse; sometimes even unpredictable. Have you ever wondered “how do I make the right choice of clothing for my outdoor activities?” Nature itself holds the secret. Be flexible and adjust! In a constantly changing environment, there is not one perfect outfit. Choose your clothing so that you can adjust to nature’s whims. Then you will be prepared effectively for every adventure. We have some basic tips in the following article to help you successfully choose the right product.  

Formula for success: onion principle

The onion principle, wearing several functional layers on top of each other, gives you the ability to react to different weather types during a hike. You have the option of taking off or combinning the functional properties of the individual layers and matching the requirements of the environment.  

A balancing act between sweating and freezing

We always wear a long or short sleeved functional baselayer. This is either made from merino wool -  a surprisingly breathable and warm material – or synthetic fibres with similar properties. On top of that we recommend a midlayer as second layer. This can be a fleece jumper/jacket or a down or primaloft jacket. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="6619,6612,6626"] We put the fleeces on at moderate temperatures or during instense activity, such as a difficult climb. The midlayers are mainly made from breathable materials and are also warm thanks to technologies like Polartec®. It will definitely be a bit fresh when you are on top of a mountain. It is important to keep your body warm. In this case, if you are out walking on a cold winter’s day, you should swap your fleece for a down or primaloft jacket. The natural materials offer outstanding warmth, less weight and a decent pack size. A synthetic midlayer keeps you warm in wet conditions and can be easily stored in your rucksack. [gallery type="square" ids="6591,6598"] Two layers usually aren‘t enough to keep your warm and dry in wind and rain. Therefore, a wind and water proof hardshell jacket should be included on every tour. The manufacturer’s information reveals how much moisture the product can repel and how breathable it is. Pay attention to additional breathability, because even when you are exercising in colder climates you don’t want to sweat execessively. A hood is an advantage when you have to pack lightly. It’s great when they can be tightened so that the wind doesn’t blow it off your head. hardshell-jacke-kapuze A high quality model can be recognised by its underarm zips, which allow for better ventilation during intense activity. In addtion, pockets can be easily reached while wearing a rucksack. Good jackets also have functional properties like welded zips, inside and outside pockets, as well as high quality material. When choosing your outerwear pay attention to a comfortable fit and freedom of movement above all else. If you have any questions relating to your choice of jacket, fleece or down vest then just let us know!  ;-)