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3ROC's Guide to Winter Layering

Posted by Jason miller on
3ROC's Guide to Winter Layering

Here are our best tips for layering based on activity!

XC Ski/Trail Run:

  1. Base

    1. Top- Rab Synchrino Base

    2. Bottom- Patagonia Peak Mission Tights

  2. Mid

    1. Top- Cotopaxi Otero Quarter Zip Fleece

  3. Outer

    1. Top- Outdoor Research Ferosi Hoodie

  4. Footwear

    1. Hoka One One- Speedgoat 5

  5. Accessories

    1. Socks- Darn Tough Mid Run with Cushion

    2. Traction- Black Diamond Blitz Spikes

    3. Hydration Vest- Osprey Duro/Dyna Vest

    4. Poles- Black Diamond Z Pole

    5. Gloves - Outdoor Research Backstop Sensor Gloves

    6. Hat - Buff Merino Lightweight Beanie

Winter Hike

  1. Base

    1. Top- Rab Forge Long Sleeve  Or Patagonia- Cap Air Base

    2. Bottom- Rab Forge Tights Or Patagonia- Cap Air Base

  2. Mid

    1. Top-R1 Air Fleece quarter zip

  3. Outer

    1. Top- Rab Kinetic 2.0 Jacket

      1. Cotopaxi Fuego Down during rest

    2. Bottom- Rab Khroma Ascendor Pants

  4. Footwear

    1. Boots- Garmont Groove Mid G-Dry

    2. Socks - Darn Tough Crew Hike/Trek With Cushion

  5. Accessories

    1. Traction - Yak Trax Pro Traction

    2. Poles - Leki Makalu Lite Trekking Poles

    3. Pack - Osprey Hikelite Backpack

    4. Socks - Darn Tough Hike/Trek Microcrew Midweight with Cushion

    5. Hat - 3ROC Custom Shop beanie

    6. Gloves - Rab Quest Infinium Gloves, Or Outdoor Research Merino 150 Sensor Liners & Outdoor Research Flurry Mitts

    7. Optional- Buff neck gaiter

For Pet Lovers:

  1. Paw Protection: Musher’s Secret - protects paws from painful salt burns and snow buildup 

  2. Dog Coat or Sweater: Kurgo Loft Jacket (in stock at 3ROC), Ruffwear Fernie Dog Sweater (not currently in stock at 3ROC, but a staff favorite)

Packing List

  1. Water - Nalgene and/or Water bladder (Camelbak, Osprey or similar) - If worried about freezing, use one with an insulated hose or pack it inside your pack (take advantage of body heat!)

  • Hydration is very important in the winter, the body’s natural “thirst” response doesn’t occur as frequently as it does in the warmer months.

If hiking 3+ miles, especially into wilderness areas

  1. First Aid - Emergency bivvy, First Aid Kit, Lighter/Fire starters

  2. Food - Your favorite snacks! 3ROC staff favorites include Pittsburgh made - Best Ever Granola, Clif Bloks, Peanut M&M’s, Trail Butter, Kate’s Real Food Bars, hydration supplements - Nuun

  3. Other Gear - Headlamp (always good to have - early sunset times in the winter!), Goodr sunglasses - especially important if there is snow on the ground to reflect the sun & due to decreased shade from tree canopy in winter months

Can’t get enough? Check out even more on winter layering, gear & how to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, no matter the temperature from past Trail Mail issues. (coming soon)

  • Winter Traction Guide
  • Down vs. Synthetic Insulation
  • Choosing the Best Base Layer
  • Tips to Prepare for Winter Trail Running
  • Winter Camping


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