Outdoor clothing for all seasons: These 5 outdoor staples will take you through the year!
In nature, no hike is the same. Four adventures to the same place over the course of a year can create four completely different experiences. The blooming spring, the hot summer, the rustle of autumn and the quiet of winter, the world out there is just constantly changing, offering completely new perspectives but also completely new challenges.
However, the changing conditions out there don't necessarily mean that your outdoor wardrobe has to be rearranged every three months. On the contrary, with the right gear, you'll have a great base for all four seasons, which you can just adjust according to your current needs.
These are 5 pieces of clothing that are fully usable during all four seasons.
Hardshell jackets are like outdoor armour - they'll hold you up no matter what. A heavy downpour? Whatever. Strong winds? Bring it on.
The elements and vagaries of nature are the main reason for the existence of hardshell jackets, which are ready to keep out every drop of water, break the wind, resist abrasion from sharp rocks, and wick away excess moisture in the process. And these are all features that will be useful 12 months of the year. Because rain or wind, especially in the mountains, doesn't really take a summer vacation or a winter nap.
As the name implies, windbreakers are warriors against the wind. In addition to their ability to protect you from windblown air, they're also characterised by their light weight, packability to a minimal size and high level of breathability - so the absolute ideal when you really want to go all out up there. In the summer, in the transitional seasons, but with a good base layer, even in the winter.
Merino wool is a material that we simply love with every fiber of our being. Listing all its strengths would be a long list, but in the context of this article the key term is "thermoregulation". Merino wool can regulate body temperature by moving excess heat away from the body and keeping its wearer fresh, and conversely, retaining that heat if conditions outside are too cold. So you'll appreciate these shirts both as a standalone layer in the summer and as a base layer under an honest winter jacket. And everything in between.
Convertible trousers are every practical soul's best friend, whether we're talking about travellers or hikers and adventurers. They're classic, honest and durable hiking trousers, with one major upgrade - you can shorten them to shorts whenever you like. In seconds, without taking your boots off.
Wear a warm base layer underneath in the winter, wear them as they are in the transitional seasons, and simply get rid of the "unnecessary" bottom in the summer.
Multifunctional neck gaiters
And when we write multifunctional, we mean MULTIFUNCTIONAL. You can really use them all year round. As a neck warmer, headband, mask, balaclava, hat or bandage. There's no limit to creativity, whether it's well below freezing outside or temperatures climb above 30 degrees. What's more, thanks to the antibacterial treatment, these neck gaiters don't smell even when wet - this treatment doesn't allow bacteria to collect in the structure of the neck gaiters, which is responsible for the typical sweaty smell.
An outdoor wardrobe can be carefully thought out and minimalistic, but also full of specialized pieces for very specific activities. But whether you're a fan of the first approach and have no more than the essentials in your wardrobe, or prefer to have options, these 5 pieces are the cornerstone of both approaches.
Whatever nature has in store for you, whatever the outdoors has in store for you, and whenever you decide to get out there, their versatility is your guarantee.