How to choose the best outdoor accessories.

How to choose the best walking, working hiking socks.

Hiking, working, walking shoes must work with the socks you choose. The shoes and sock must be breathable to ensure no sweaty feet. The material your socks are made of is paramount. You want to feel like you can’t feel them – they're so comfortable.

The best socks feature Merino wool and a combination of possum fibres, elastane, lycra or other synthetic fibres to give stretch, durability and good cushioning.

The first thing to consider is size – the sock must be snug not too tight.

Then the hight of the sock -mid calf is best as you don’t want to have a gap between the shoe and skin. Mid calf will ensure no rubbing or blisters around the ankles.

Next consider all the  options around the construction of the sock – cushioning, warmth, comfort.

Buy a sock that is purpose made i.e. hiking socks for walking and hiking. Work socks for a work boot etc.

 

How to choose the best outdoor beanie.

Head warmth is essential! Especially on any outdoor adventure.

A hat is one of the most important items of winter hiking clothing because it significantly reduces the body heat loss. 

A hiking hat should be made of material that is quick-drying, moisture-wicking and breathable. It should also provide good insulation by trapping the body-warmed air. Most hiking hats are made of synthetic materials, such as polyester fleece, or natural materials like Merino wool. Merino wool is becoming increasingly popular for hiking apparel because it is soft to the touch, moisture-wicking and odour-resistant. Merino wool provides warmth even when it’s wet which does not apply to synthetic materials. 

A double layer is a must as it gives the beanie longevity and helps to prevent the hat from stretching to much around the headline.

Buy a beanie with plenty of stretch so it is versatile for big hair, over the ears, can be a slouchy and all the other ways to be worn.

 

How to choose the best gloves and mittens.

Gloves verses Mittens is your first decision.

They need to be water and wind resistant, have breathability and you need to choose your style – full glove, fingerless or mitten.

Gloves offer the possibility of preserving some fine finger dexterity because they cover each finger independently. 

Mittens don’t have separate finger compartments except for the thumb. Probably the most typical characteristic of mittens is that they allow fingers to share warmth. This makes mittens much warmer than gloves.
Having a pair of gloves is essential when being in cold environments. In such conditions, without gloves, your hands will stay cold which is not only painful and unpleasant but can be extremely dangerous. Rain and wind will exacerbate the situation further because they facilitate heat loss, which is most predominant in body extremities.