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The number one mistake made by novice cross-country skiers: overlayering. You generate a lot of body heat as you ski. Here’s what to wear for cross-country skiing. A warm base layer is sufficient to keep you comfortable in all but the most arctic conditions.  Heat-stealing wind is a major concern. Wear a lightweight, wind-resistant top and…

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A round-up of everything you wear, from head to toe, with some commentary on my personal preferences. Head, Face, and Neck You likely won’t need every square inch of your head and face covered while winter camping, but if you plan on heading above treeline in cold, very windy conditions, definitely have the four essentials—liner…

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The snowpack can be tricky and uneven. Hidden soft spots and hard objects lurk within. Use poles to enhance your balance—and to assist your recovery in the event of a tumble. Upgrade three-season trekking poles for winter use by swapping in a pair of winter baskets to prevent the tips from sinking into the snow. Note…

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Prior to breaking my wrist this winter cycling season, I had the opportunity to break in a pair of the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell Lobster Gloves. Quick review: Warmest cycling handwear I’ve used. Fits large hands well. Worth considering for other cold-weather pursuits. Here’s the best snapshot of their capabilities: I left for an hour-long…

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I wrote about four critical head- and neck-specific items in the January-February issue of AMC Outdoors—liner balaclava, hat, face mask, and goggles—but there’s one more layer of protection worth highlighting: a good, properly-fitting jacket hood. Here’s what to look for. First, it should be completely wind-proof to offer total protection even in extreme conditions. Any…

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Frigid temperatures and serious winds blast the Northeast’s highest peaks in winter. Frostbite can happen quickly on any exposed skin. For a winter summit attempt, you must be able to protect every square inch of your face, neck, and head. To accomplish this, you need four essential components: a liner balaclava, hat, face mask, and…

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