It’s always useful to have a knife in your pocket, opening a box, cutting some string or cleaning your pipe are all reasons to have a blade easily to hand. There is a wide and dizzying choice of knives to choose from with prices from £5 – £500. But in the current climate it is worth thinking about the decision to carry one every day, in every location.
Gloves are basically socks for the hands. Although this is not necessarily wrong, it is a bit more involved as the hands require dexterity and protection from physical interaction with outdoor elements (yes it’s obvious). It is very important for the right size of gloves to be used at their full potential dexterity.
Headwear is a very useful item of clothing that helps protect the head and face from the cold, rain and is also for UV protection against prolonged exposure to the sun. Many mid layer and outer layer jackets already provide a hood for protection and sometimes that is adequate enough.
Shoes generally need to be very durable and comfortable regardless of the activity. Some shoes are available in somewhat waterproof form, but it’s better to invest in overshoes if not expecting to get wet as they can be slipped on and off much like clothes. In cases where the climate is mostly wet or snow, it is worth getting specific footwear for those environments as overshoes would only work in temporary scenarios.
The outer layer is the most familiar layer for both the amateur and the most outdoor savvy of enthusiasts. Otherwise known as the protective layer against the elements (snow, rain, wind, mud), the outer layer comprises of a mixture of different types of clothes which are focused on providing a balance between breathability and protection.
Mid layers are focused on heat insulation and breathability for function and is most commonly known as a soft shell or fleece (although not limited to these types of clothes). In a way, you can consider the mid layer to be similar to the base layer, however it does not need to be as comfortable as it doesn’t touch the skin as much.
The base layer is the first item of clothing that should be considered for comfort and function. The comfort is to ensure that the clothing does not irritate the skin for a long period of time. The function is to move moisture away from the body and ensure that humidity does not irritate the skin as well.