Oro Valley Real Estate - Layering Up
When out on the hiking trail and Tucson temperatures start to drop into the 60s°F, we begin to let down our guard, but it's important to stay vigilant and stay prepared - and this often starts with proper layering.
To make sure you're properly outfitted for the season, Long Realty has teamed up with locally-owned Summit Hut to offer a 15% off your entire order, now through March 31, 2021. Use the promo code Sabino15 at SummitHut.com or print this article and show it at checkout.
Proper layering ensures you have the flexibility within your wardrobe to accommodate weather changes and stay comfortable in any temperature you may experience out on the trail. The system is built on a base layer, mid-layer, and outer layer.
Base Layer - The first layer in your system that sits closest to your skin. Its purpose is to wick away moisture, such as sweat, to evaporate quickly. Merino wool is a popular fabric choice due to its quick-drying and odor-resistant properties. Polyester/synthetic blends have also increased in popularity, with many options having built-in SPF sun protection, which is a big plus when living in the desert. Patagonia's Capilene long sleeve base layer is made from a polyester blend, and women can check out the Kuhl Akkomplice. Cotton fabric is not recommended as it holds moisture making the garment both heavier and taking it longer to dry.
Mid Layer - The second layer in the system focuses on insulation, retaining body heat, and staying warm. Popular mid layer fabrics include fleece, down, and synthetics. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, and consulting a local gear pro at Summit Hut can ensure you get the right fabric for your outdoor adventures. The North Face Thermoball Eco Jacket and Patagonia's down sweater are both excellent choices to keep you warm during the winter months.
Outer Layer - The last layer in your system keeps the elements such as water and wind out while keeping your base layer and mid-layer dry. Look for items that are windproof, waterproof, and breathable to stay comfortable out on the trail, such as Marmot's PreCip Eco Jacket or Mountain Hardwear's Ozonic Jacket.
From selecting the best water-system to choosing the hiking socks and shoes, there's a lot to consider before you hit the trail so you can focus on the nature around you and be content. One of our favorite new products not only keeps the sun off your neck, but Buff Headwear now offer ones with built-in filters to keep you protected in more ways out on the trail.
*The Summit Hut discount cannot be combined with any other offers or be used to purchase gift cards, no special orders. Expires 03/31/21.