When you look for tips on how to stay warm in the winter, you’ll likely see one of the following:
- Wear a hat
- Wear gloves
- Wear a scarf
That’s all good and well. There’s just one problem: what about the other half of your body? What about your legs?
Anyone who’s ever been in a terrible winter storm or has ever encountered a particularly windy and chilly day knows that even if you dress well up top, a thin pair of pants just isn’t going to cut it. And if you want to stay comfortable this winter, it will help if you know what kind of pants to pick out.
Why Appalachian Pants?
We have just three words for you: heavy-duty cotton. Cotton is normally seen as a “summer” fabric because of its lightness, its breathability, and its capacity to wick away sweat. Of course, in winter, all of those features become less and less important. So why cotton?
Heavy-duty cotton is a pant of a different color. Consider our Appalachian Moss trousers. You can tell just by looking at them that they have a thickness to them that’s different from the usual run-of-the-mill summer wear. And because they’re 100% cotton, they’re surprisingly light for that amount of fabric.
True: if you’re going to spend a lot of time in particularly wet, freezing weather, you’re going to want to supplement your pants for added protection. But when it comes to enjoying a casual walk to the office wearing Appalachian Stone in chilly weather, it’s hard to go wrong with heavy-duty cotton.
Tips for Keeping Warm
For most people in warmer climates, winter isn’t really a threat. There are occasional snow days and freak winter blizzards, but for the most part, a comfortable pair of pants will get you through the day just fine.
For others…well, let’s just say the winter experience is a little different.
Staying warm isn’t just a matter of comfort—though it certainly is that—but it’s a matter of staying safe, as well. How do you supplement a pair of pants to keep your legs warm? Here are a few tips:
- Long underwear. You layer when it comes to your shirt and your coat…why not layer when it comes to your legs, as well? Long underwear is affordable and available almost everywhere.
- Wool socks. Wool is one of the most powerful insulators there is, and considering that frostbite and cold first seem to affect your extremities…it’s a good idea to invest in a pair or two of warm wool socks.
- Keep moving. Don’t sit down for long periods of time in the cold without moving. You’ll want to keep moving—either to keep the blood going or simply to move to someplace warmer.
If you know what you’re doing, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and style for warmth. In fact, if you layer properly and stay alert, you can have all three every day this winter.