The months of winter are a time when sports lovers all around hit the snow to take part in various winter activities such as snowboarding and ice skating. Since it is very difficult to correctly predict the weather, let alone the temperature, it makes sense to be suitably dressed for these outdoor events. A typical winter sport demands dressing in three separate layers – the base layer, the under layer and the outer layer. However, too much clothing can also lead to overheating of the body and thus, sweating. This may become serious when excessive perspiration combines with low temperatures, strong winds and used-up energy. This often leads to the body cooling very quickly which may make one susceptible to injury and, in extreme cases, hypothermia or frostbite. While selecting base layer clothing (in direct contact with our skin), one needs to look for cloth that should not only collect moisture but also effectively whisk it away from the skin. This can help to counterbalance any chills as a result of sweating and exercise. Clothing made of Merino wool and various synthetic fabrics are considered effective as base layers. The second layer of clothing worn over the base layer is the under layer or the insulation layer. The aim of this layer is to retain body heat by creating dead air around our body. Trapping air between the fibers can reduce the exchange of heat between our body and the outer environment, thereby keeping us warm and dry. Fleece clothing is considered perfect for such occasions. The final layer of clothing is in direct contact with the outside environment. This is called the outer layer or outerwear. The outer layer serves three functions. It provides protection from snow, wind and rain as well as controlling for moisture. Adequate padding may also prevent cuts, scrapes and chafing. One piece of outerwear that is perfect for going out in the snow is the burton ivy jacket
. This jacket is built to keep you dry and warm in the snow. The other piece of outerwear that is also extremely popular with winter sports lovers is a white cotton jacket
or Helly Hansen jackets. These are specialized jackets that feature a waterproof zipper,a tough Helly Tech shell and a removable hood for cold weather protection.