I was recently travelling where weather is unpredictable from hour to hour. I knew that what I brought with me would impact my daily routine, if not carefully thought through. I do know about the three-layer formula: base, puff and waterproof…but I never really bought into it…until now. Base and waterproof were amply covered…it was the “puff” that challenged me. I had always thought that they were too hot, too bulky (on and off) and too expensive. And then there’s the issue of down vs. polyester.Explore
I grew up clothed in wool and cotton, and came rather late to the layering concept for active wear. The Arran sweater my mother knitted for my 20th birthday has been on many an early-Spring paddling and camping trips. Cotton underwear has been a staple on these trips – one pair of jockeys a day, replaced but not washed. The clean spares are rolled in a towel and used as a pillow. And yes, it has always been jockeys rather than boxers.Explore
No nautical voyage is complete without the quintessential striped shirt, and lucky for you I have found the perfect one(s)! Anyone who knows me, knows that when it comes to stripes, I am like superman, with a closet full of what seems like exactly the same top (but trust me, I notice every nuance). Stripes are perfect for all occasions and when you’re travelling by boat, well – they are mandatory.Explore
When a garment has a boastful name such as “Better Sweater®”, you better hope that it can hold its weight. Luckily, this Patagonia product lives up to the name and more.This fleece has accompanied me on all of my travels, whether it is a weekend trip to my cottage in Georgian Bay, a seven-day hike through Gros Morne National Park, skiing at Le Massif, or a simple summer evening BBQ, this sweater is perfect all occasions. Explore
We’ve all been there, planning for a trip or an excursion agonizing over how many or which layers to bring. Going back and forth, asking yourself questions like: If I wear pants will I be too hot? If I wear shorts, will I be too cold? Well, Outdoor Research has taken pity on you, and come up with the Ferrosi pants: the perfect lightweight hiking pant. Explore
No matter the waypoint, footwear is extremely important, especially in wet conditions.
When I set to find the perfect hiking boot, my only criteria is that they have to be Gor e-Tex. Luckily, during my search, I stumbled upon Salomon’s Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boot which not only utilizes Gore-Tex Extended Comfort Footwear, but was lightweight, high cut and extremely supportive.Explore