Cool-Weather Clothing Guide

October 1, 2010
Filed under Camping Gear, Feature Stories, Outdoor Apparel

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Autumn marks the transition from blistering summer heat to the building anticipation for winter snow. Fall morning temperatures are cold enough to leave frost on the windows, but by noon it’s warm enough to work up a good sweat cutting wood for the campfire or hiking through the forest to enjoy the changing colors of the leaves.

The range of temperatures triggers a shift in fashion as well. Flannel shirts, wool sweaters and lightweight jackets become daily favorites. This fall your choices range from the familiar traditional wool jackets to colorful, fashion-inspired pullovers.

Columbia Sportswear
The Heat Elite delivers parka-level warmth in a sweater-weight jacket, thanks to a blend of Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective and Thermal Insulation technologies. Omni-Heat’s unique fabrication boosts body-heat retention by 20 percent without increasing weight or bulk. The shell is a wind-resistant polyester microfleece and polyester that’s lined with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology. This patent-pending technology regulates temperature by reflecting and retaining the warmth your body generates, while dissipating moisture and excess heat to keep you comfortable. Other features include underarm venting, a drawcord adjustable hem, and zipper pockets. $170. Columbia Sportswear: 800/622-6953; columbia.com.

Dale of Norway
The Blafjell from Dale of Norway is woven using Dale’s new Comfort Technique, with 20.5-micron Merino wool on the inside and Dale’s two-ply Heilo water-repellent yarn on the outside. Designed to be worn under a shell or as a stand-alone water-repellent sweater, it features a full-front zipper and side pockets with zips. The jacket has a traditional Norwegian knit design. Available in women’s and men’s sizes S to XL, and in a variety of colors. Women’s: $349. Men’s: $379. Dale of Norway: 802/383-0132; dale.no/us.

The women’s Kurai Bamboo Velour Set is an ultra-soft velour set made of 65-percent organic cotton and 35-percent bamboo. Named after the Kurai mountain range in the Siberian Altai Provence of Japan, these garments are LIGD (low impact garment dyed), fair-labor compliant and manufactured and certified organic by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). The pants and top feature a mid-rise fit, adjustable drawstring and bottom hem, double-front pockets, drawstring hoodie with a front kangaroo pocket and a matching skirt and shirt. Colors include wheat, messervy plum, bonita brown and luxury blue. Sizes: XS to XL. $58 for the hoodie, $58 for the skirt and $68 for the pants. Gramicci: 877/807-7740; gramicci.com.

Vests are a great option for autumn weather, and the insulated Odessa Vest from Merrell delivers core warmth in a fashionable package. It’s crafted with 100 grams of Opti-Warm synthetic recycled insulation that offers lightweight, low-bulk warmth to maintain your body temperature. The exposed-metal zippers and patch pockets add a fashion statement to help you stand out in a crowd. It’s available in sizes XS to XXL, and in colors such as cordovan, berry, cypress, black and undyed. $79. Merrell: 800/288-3124; merrell.com.

Mountain Khakis
Established in 2003, Mountain Khakis has quickly become a wardrobe staple with everyone from ranch hands to weekend warriors. And once the weather gets a little chilly, Mountain Khakis Flannel-Lined Original Mountain Pant is the perfect companion for a wool sweater. Fully lined with plaid-patterned flannel from the waistband to the bottom of the leg, these pants add an extra layer of warmth and comfort. They offer a relaxed fit and are available in yellowstone and freestone colors — basically two fancy names for tan. $89.95. Mountain Khakis: 866/686-5425; mountainkhakis.com.

New for fall 2010, the Nano Puff Hoody is a windproof, water-resistant, lightweight and highly compressible jacket. Insulated with Primaloft One, the Nano Puff Hoody can be worn alone or as an insulating piece under a shell. Based on the popular Nano Pullover, the Puff Hoody features two zippered hand-warmer pockets, and one internal zippered chest pocket that doubles as a stuff sack. The Puff Hoody is available in men’s and women’s versions in a variety of bold colors. $199. Patagonia: 800/638-6464; patagonia.com.

Sierra Designs
Autumn’s quirky weather patterns can shift from blue skies to rainstorms in a short time. It’s better to stay prepared for everything. The Sierra Designs Enduro Jacket is a full-featured hardshell perfect for budget-minded campers. Made with Sierra Designs Hurricane 3L three-layer waterproof/breathable nylon, the Enduro features a fully adjustable hood, center storm flap, zippered front pockets, adjustable hem and cuffs to seal out wind and weather. Elongated panels under the arms provide a broader range of motion than most rain shells. It also features underarm vents for when temperatures begin to climb. Models for men and women are available. $149. Sierra Designs: 800/736-8592; sierradesigns.com.

The comfort of wool is really making a comeback, and adding a layer of SmartWool is definitely suited to autumn’s temperature swings. The Sport Knit is constructed of 95-percent SmartWool, 4-percent nylon and 1-percent elastic. Features include a rubber-tipped zipper pull with a draft flap, sleeve thumbholes and contrasting colors at the bottom hem and sleeve opening. For men, it’s available in crew, ¼-zip and full-zip styles, sizes S to XXL, and colors such as medium gray heather, currant navy and black. For women, it’s available in crew, ¼-zip, hoody, full-zip, and sizes S to XL, and color choices ash heather, turquoise, claret and black. $130. SmartWool: 888/879-9665; smartwool.com.

The Woolrich Tailgating Jacket is an update of the 503, the Classic Woolrich Field Coat. It features the weather-protecting high collar, square pockets, and classic Woolrich heritage plaid of the 503, but in contemporary styling that includes a shorter waist and zip front. Constructed of 80-percent wool and 20-percent nylon, the Tailgaiting Jacket offers adjustable cuffs, an internal pocket, chest pockets with snap flaps, lower hand-warmer pockets and a stowage pocket located on the back. Available in red/black, green/black in sizes M to XXL. Also offered in a women’s style called the Pioneer. $189. Woolrich: 800/966-5372; woolrich.com.

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