How to Choose Socks And Gloves for Hiking in Winter

When it comes to choosing the right gear for winter hiking, three important factors come into play: insulation, heat and water. This is especially true when picking gloves and socks, because your hands and feet are most at risk of exposure to cold, moisture and frost damage. Here are the basic steps to follow when looking for winter socks and gloves.

Hiking in Winter

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOCKS AND GLOVES FOR WINTER WALKS

1 Plan for temperature when choosing socks and gloves. What temperatures you will be hiking in? 32 degrees Fahrenheit? 0 degrees? Cellar? Socks and gloves are available in various thicknesses and wool composite materials for insulation, more or less, depending on what you need.
2. Plan for the stock. Whether the hands or feet, the insulating effect of the layers is an important part of keeping warm and protect your hands and feet. Wool or wool blended with wick-away properties (removes moisture from the skin) is the most preferred material.
3. Choose socks wisely. For the feet, you want your first layer to be a wick-away sock to remove moisture from the foot. This is especially important in winter. Look for wool liner socks for extra warmth and wicking, and heavier wool or wool-blend socks for the second layer. The warmth of wool and the ability to wick moisture makes it an ideal material for winter wear insulation.
4. Get two glove liners and gloves for the hands. Gloves or glove liners provide the first layer of hands. Wool, wool-blend or fleece gloves serve as the outermost layer, sometimes called “over mitts.” Mittens are warmer than gloves, why you wear them on the outside. Another advantage of glove liners is that when you remove your gloves, your fingers are still protected. If you expect that in wet weather, consider water-resistant or waterproof outer gloves to wear as an extra layer.
5. Keep the battery heated socks. No kidding, there are battery-powered hiking socks for extra warmth (see Resources below). An extremely thin heating element keeps the feet comfortably warm, with battery holder up along the edge of the sock to prevent discomfort. The socks can “run” up to 12 hours. This is an especially good idea when you make the overnight hike to keep your feet warm while you sleep.

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TIPS & WARNINGS

  • Bring extra socks. The cold winter hiking necessitates feet remain dry and has several extra pair of socks, depending on how long your hike is a must.
  • Carry extra mittens. When you walk, the blood pumping to the hands and feet. But once stopped, they cool quickly.You may need to add an extra pair of mittens on what you already carry extra insulation and warmth.
  • Know the warning signs of frostbite, and treat it immediately. The flesh may feel cold and firm, with burning, tingling or numb sensation. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Avoid cotton! When they are wet, isolate cotton not when it is wet. It actually wicks heat away from your body. This applies not only gloves and socks but all the hiking clothes.

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