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5 Winter Hiking Must-Haves

Winter Hike Gear

Scott and I are planning to do some winter hiking (not in Florida) this year, and in preparation, I've been looking at gear that I think I need to survive a few hours in the cold (and possibly, snow).

The North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket. (affiliate).  It looks so warm and squishy.  A size up will allow for extra layers under it.  It can compress down and be stowed in it's own pocket if I get a little warm.

Under Armour ColdGear Mock Turtleneck. (Affiliate).  A good base layer is a must-  with the coat I'm not sure I'll need a layer between the base and the coat, but I'll certainly have room!  I've found my neck and face on the harder side to keep covered properly out in the cold.  A mock neck or a full on turtle next would help with this.  The catch is that it can't be a zip-up collar- the zipper always bothers me!

Kari Traa Long Underwear. (affiliate).  I have many pairs of leggings and yoga pants, but these are made from wool and are supposed to be moisture wicking and super soft on the inside.

prAna Halle Pants. (affiliate).  I'm thinking these lighter weight/ water repellent pants over the long underwear will offer great movement while climbing trails.  I also think they'll offer a bit of resistance to the wind.

Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain High Gators. (affiliate).  So, I just found these, and I think they're a definite need.  The only thing worse as bad as snow falling down your neck, is snow getting in your boots.  While I'm thinking a nice warmer pair of wool socks will also be necessary.  These gators will not only protect snow from getting into my shoes, but will offer a little more protection on my legs.

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