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Searing heat has been scorching the nation over the past few weeks, including the Northeast. If you’re outside in the swelter, a few clothing tips and accessories can help keep you just a little more comfortable. Cotton Cools! Cotton Cools!In baking heat, cotton doesn’t kill. It helps keep you cool. Why? The same reason that…

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You’re outside on a nippy winter day. Old Man Winter claws his grip into your frigid bones. Painful cold gnaws at your fingers and toes. How to fend off their icy bite? It’s simple. Just turn on your clothing.A small but growing collection of outdoor garments utilizes onboard batteries to provide heat, enabling you to…

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When I was a little kid, getting dressed for a winter’s day outdoors started with putting on a union suit. My father bought us full-body long underwear, complete with buttoned “trap doors,” from an Army-Navy surplus store. The suits were red, made of wool, and — at least on my skin — terribly scratchy. “If…

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You’re outside on a nippy winter day. Old Man Winter claws his grip into your frigid bones. Painful cold gnaws at your fingers and toes. How to fend off their icy bite? It’s simple. Just turn on your clothing. LEARN MORE Check out author Matt Heid’s Equipped gear blog. A small but growing collection of…

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I bike year-round, including the sub-freezing days of winter. Before I head out for a ride, I always check the outdoor thermometer—and then dress accordingly for conditions. Here is my clothing system for several common winter temperature ranges. First of all, I always wear certain items once temperatures drop below 40º Fahrenheit—my base system, if…

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Cycling apparel is nice for long rides, providing visibility, comfort on the saddle, and flexibility for unencumbered pedaling. But it’s not exactly stylish for wearing around town (unless bright form-fitting tights and tops are the look you’re going for). Enter Pedaler Clothing, a small company that produces apparel designed both for cycling and looking good…

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In 1997 Ibex Outdoor Clothing opened shop in Woodstock, Vermont, as a specialty manufacturer of high-quality wool clothing, especially outerwear and insulation for outdoor use. This is part 4 of an ongoing series profiling outdoor gear companies in the Northeast. Over the past 12 years, the company has expanded rapidly and antipodally, though it remains…

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  Winter hiking is ideal for those who crave the peaceful, restorative qualities of being outdoors. The crowds of tourists that flock to popular trailheads in the summer and fall—along with the occasional swarms of black flies and mosquitos—tend to vanish with the last of the foliage. Add to that a blanket of pristine, white…

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Hiking in the winter demands more. More preparedness and more planning. More outdoor experience and ability, and—perhaps most easily overlooked—more time. The cold months require better decision-making and a more cautious mindset. The same trail you hiked in summer six months ago is a different world now. Just as a wind chill intensifies the cold,…

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Being outdoors in the winter—especially in the backcountry—presents a different and more complex set of safety challenges. Extreme cold and wind can render a person immobile—or worse—within minutes, complicating any additional injuries one has sustained. Here are several of the most common winter injuries, how to prevent them, and what to do if you or…

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