Choose your technical clothes


Choose your outfit, hiking gore tex, breathable trail t-shirt ... an important choice to ensure you practice your sport in the best conditions. Lightness, breathability, evacuation of perspiration, impermeability, comfort, warmth ... so many questions that can be asked before acquiring a product.

In recent years outdoor brands have made significant progress to enable you to acquire quality products that meet more and more demanding specifications.

Below are the criteria to consider before choosing a product:

  • Breathability: When doing active sports like trail running, ski touring, climbing, it is important to have breathable clothes that quickly wick away perspiration.
  • Impermeability: Protective membranes have been developed in recent years. Gore Tex remains the reference but brands innovate on the resistance of products with membranes up to 30 000 mm.
  • Insulation: An insulating jacket resists cold penetration. A wind at 30 km / h with 5 ° c gives a feeling at -7 ° c. The more you ski at altitude, the more a windproof membrane becomes mandatory.
  • Comfort: it is important to look at the material and that it is adapted to what you are looking for. Merino wool is anti-odor and breathable, regulates heat according to the outside temperature. A lightweight synthetic is ideal for trail running so that perspiration does not remain.

 

Protection:

We often talk about a 3-layer system:

- the first layer wicks away perspiration and keeps you dry. A shirt long or short sleeve function of the season and the activity

- the second: brings you warmth. A polar example

- the third: protects you against external elements such as wind / snow / rain / cold.

 

It is necessary to adapt its protection according to its practice and the outside temperature.

Active Sports:

For these practices it is advisable to use several layers:

- a first merino layer

- a down jacket or jacket / sweat technique for the trail

- a waterproof / windproof protective jacket

- lightweight pants with possibly a tights

- It is important to cover the ends: gloves / neck / bonnets

In ski touring, we go rather light and we cover ourselves on the downhill or we are less active.

More passive activities:

It's cold, you spend the day with your feet in the snow, or you spend a few hours on the chairlifts, it is important to have the necessary not to catch cold:

- Warm waterproof gloves + hat and neck cover

- Waterproof and warm jacket

- Ski boots or warm boots

- Warm and waterproof winter trousers

 

Sport in summer:

In summer we also look for comfortable clothes to adapt to the heat:

- For trail running we will opt instead for t-shirt, shorts, breathable lightweight bikers

- The hiker will prefer clothes that will adapt to the climate: half zip pants / light protective shirts against the sun, big hat, mosquito net ... so many products adapted to the practice.

  

The labels:

In recent years more and more labels have appeared to guarantee the quality of products:

- the technical labels: all the labels guarantee a certain technicality of the product: impermeability / breathability / drying.

- eco-responsible labels: they guarantee that your product uses recycled products with a low impact on the environment.

- fair trade labels: they guarantee respect for the working conditions of workers in the country of manufacture.

All of these criteria are not exhaustive but are intended to guide you in your choice to choose the clothes, necessary for the practice of your activity


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