Outdoor Clothing

Layered clothing is essential as it is more convenient to add or remove your clothing during your hike as your body temperature changes. For example, in the morning the air temperature will be low and you will need to have most of your layers on until you become more active. As your activity level and body temperature increases you will be able to shed some layers to keep yourself more comfortable. Towards the end of the day as the temperature drops you can easily add layers.


Base Layer

Base layers are the first bit of clothing you put on in the morning and are basically a second skin that keeps you warm, dry and comfortable. The main purpose of the base layer is to manage moisture by wicking sweat and perspiration away from your body while still giving you that degree of insulation. How much insulation you need depends on the weather as well as your anticipated level of activity.


Popular Hiking Gear - CLOTHING BASE LAYER

Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Fly Base Layer Pant

# HH Dry for Warm and Dry next to skin

# Lifa stay Dry Technology # Cotton # Non-itch and allergy neutral fabric

# Versatile base layer with exceptional moisture control

# 100% Lifa polypropylene fabrication 

Helly Hansen Men's HH Dry Stripe Base Layer Crew

# Polypropylene # Men's long-sleeve crew shirt; ideal as base layer.

# Designed for all sports and seasons

# Made with polypropylene; Lifa Stay Dry Technology moves moisture away from skin

# Non-itch fabric # 10 colors

Helly Hansen Women's HH Warm Base Layer Pant

# 57% Merino wool, 43% Polypropylene

# LifaStay Dry Technology 

# HHWarm Technology to keep you dry, warm and comfortable

# Non itch, 215g/m2 # Non itch Pure Merino Wool # 10 Color Options

Helly Hansen Women's HH Dry Original Base Layer Shirt

# Lifa Stay Dry Technology # Original Crew Baselayer

 # Fabric weight: 125g/m2

# Keeps you warm & comfortable

# 5 Color Options

Insulation Layers

The insulation layer needs to breath to let the sweat escape. The goal here is to provide warmth by creating dead air space which allows the loss of body heat as well as continuing to help in the dissipation of moisture from your base layers.

The first insulating layer is typically shirts, shorts and pants. A long sleeve shirt with plenty of pockets is a good choice for most conditions. A thin shirt is cool, dries very quickly and you can easily roll the sleeves up whenever you want to. They also provide good sunscreen and bug protection.

Shorts or Pants? Some hikers prefer to wear pants to provide protection against the wind, shrubs and the elements, while shorts can be more comfortable on a warm sunny day. It all depends on the individual. There are convertible pants available to suit all conditions such as the Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pants.

Synthetic fleece is also a great choice as an insulation layer. It is lightweight, dries quickly and keeps you warm.





Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Convertible Pant

Straight-leg convertible pant with side cargo pockets, belted waist, and rear flap pockets

# Zip-off legs convert pant to short with 10" inseam

# Omni-Wick advanced evaporation technology

# Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection

Columbia Men's Silver Ridge Cargo Short

#Silver Ridge Ripstop 100% nylon # Omni-Wick Advanced Evaporation 

# Partial Elastic at Waist # Exterior adjustable waist 

# Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection

# Gusset detail # 15 Colors

Columbia Sportswear Mens Silver Ridge Plaid Long Sleeve Shirt

# Designed to keep you dry, protected and comfortable. # Classic plaid prints

# Quick-wicking material, strategic venting and built-in UPF 40 blocking power

# Pockets with hook and loop closure # Roll-up sleeve

# 62% polyester

Columbia Men's Tamiami II Short-Sleeve Shirt

# Short-sleeve button-up shirt in ultra-light rip stop fabric with four chest pockets

# Mesh-lined venting at center back

# 100% Polyester

# Available in 11 color variations

Columbia Men's Cathedral Peak Front-Zip Fleece Vest

# Zip-front fleece vest with foldover collar and on-seam zippered pockets 

# Zipper closure # Contrast logo embroidery at chest

# Machine Wash # 100% Polyester

# 8 Color Variations

Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip Fleece 2.0

# Front-zip fleece jacket with standing collar and logo at chest 

# On-seam zippered side-entry pockets # Zipper closure

 # Machine Wash # 100% Polyester

# 29 Color Variations



Outer Layer

The third layer or outer layer provides protection from the rain, snow and windy conditions. A good waterproof breathable jacket will keep you dry and comfortable.

This basic layering system will enable you put on or take off your clothing as the conditions change or your exertion level changes.

Popular Hiking Gear - OUTER LAYERS

Columbia Men's Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket

# Front-zip waterproof rain jacket with zippered side-entry pockets 

# Drawstring hood and hemline # Zipper closure

# Machine Wash # Shell: 100% Nylon, Lining: 100% Polyester

# 16 Color Variations

Columbia Men's Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket Hideaway Hood

# Water-repellent rain jacket with front-zip closure featuring contrast yoke and internal drawcord hem

# Zippered side-entry pockets at hips # Hideaway hood # Adjustable cuffs

# Machine Wash # 16 Color Variations

Columbia Men's Evapouration Jacket

# Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable  fully seam sealed

# Omni-Wick EVAP advanced evaporation

# Adjustable storm hood & cuffs # Packable into Hand Pocket

# Underarm venting & Drawcord adjustable hem

The North Face Men's Resolve Jacket

# Waterproof & windproof Rain Jacket # 100% nylon with Zipper closure 

# 2 insert pockets # Adjustable cuffs # Hood and Collar storable 

# Year round Rain Jacket # Machine Wash

# 33 Color Variations

Columbia Women's Arcadia II Jacket

# Waterproof seam-sealed jacket with adjustable pancake storm hood and drawcord hem

# Full-zip front closure with covered placket # Zipper closure

 # On-seam zippered pockets # Machine Wash

# 100% Polyester # 17 Colors

The North Face Women's Resolve Jacket

# Waterproof & windproof Rain Jacket # 100% nylon with Zipper closure 

# 2 insert pockets # Adjustable cuffs # Hood and Collar storable 

# Year round Rain Jacket # Machine Wash

# 52 Color Variations