Cold Weather Apparel
With autumn in full swing and winter on the way, there’s simply no reason to let the RVing fun stop. We’ve looked into some new, effective and stylish ways to keep your body warm and dry while you enjoy the cooler seasons of the year. Here are a few apparel offerings that bring either new technology or old-school know-how to protect you from the elements.
Topside coverage is essential as the body core is most important. Body core temperature and moisture regulation is key to comfort, health and safety; some of your significant pieces of apparel should be on your core. Marmot offers its Leadville ($160) softshell jacket made from windproof Gore Windstopper fabric that is lightweight and breathable, so it can deliver durable comfort and warmth in cold weather under any circumstances. Available for men and women, Leadville has a sleek look and features understated hand and chest pockets, breathable side panels, adjustable Velcro cuffs and an elastic draw cord hem; and it is constructed to allow full-arm-motion range. For those looking for a sporty look, Columbia Sportswear brings the buttery soft, four-way stretch women’s Roffe Ski Jacket ($250) featuring performance aspects such as articulated elbows, waterproof breathability, fully seam-sealed exterior and a thermal reflective lining. Men looking for functional gear can check out Columbia Sportswear’s Triteca Softshell ($220) that delivers techy construction highlights such as breathable windproofing, thermal reflective lining, high wicking capability, armpit stretch panels and waterproof zippers.
The Chica Cool Long Sleeve Hoody ($75) from ExOfficio is made from a lightweight versatile fabric that wicks moisture, fights odor and keeps the sun’s harmful UV rays off your skin, too. L.L. Bean’s Fitness Fleece Pullover ($29.95) is cut from soft, pill-resistant polyester fleece to keep you warm, and features a zippered chest pocket and locking rubber zipper pulls. The Cool Weave Trail Shirt from L.L. Bean ($44.95) offers a textured weave allowing air to circulate, but the nylon seersucker wicks moisture, dries fast and shields your skin from the sun with built-in UPF 30 protection. Front pockets have hidden zips underneath for venting and storage.
Keeping the lower half warm and dry is important too. L.L. Bean offers the nylon Timberledge Pants ($49.95), great for the rugged outdoors with a moisture-wicking treatment to keep your skin dry from sweat while hiking or working around the campground. These rugged pants have reinforced knees, a hidden key-keeper in the front pocket, Velcro-close rear pockets, and a removable web belt and buckle. Mountain Khaki ($94.95) has designed and crafted the Flannel-Lined Original Mountain Pant, a version of its incredibly comfortable and durable cotton canvas pants, but with a flannel lining that will keep you warm outside while you’re chopping wood, working on the rig, walking … whatever your cold-weather pleasure is.
For your feet, Columbia has redefined its famous Bugaboot. Nearly 20 years ago, the original Bugaboot hit the market and turned heads. Now the oiled full-grain leather shell, suede upper and pigskin collar tongue gets space-age technology in the form of a thermal reflective lining to keep your toes toasty in frigid conditions. One hundred grams of insulation, waterproofing, supportive EVA molded insole, and you have the new Men’s Bugaboot Original Omni-Heat ($140). It’s also available in women’s sizes.
So now that you and the rig are well covered for the cooler seasons coming, get out and enjoy these less traveled months instead of packing the trailer up and hiding it behind a fence until the spring thaw.