How To Dress For Success On Your Next Hike
Dress for success 101: Layering & The 3 W’s
The Hawaiian Islands boast 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones! Weather patterns are localized and quickly changing. The system of dressing described below, known as “layering”, will help keep you safe and comfortable on your next hike.
The core principles of layering apply to activities in all outdoor climates, as mentioned in my last blog post How To Master Outdoor Layers (this post is geared more towards the colder climates you may be visiting from). Our bodies are happiest when warm & dry. Weather and subpar trail conditions can challenge this “happy place” in a variety of ways, layering is our best defense.
The idea behind layering is to have maximum versatility to maintain an optimal body temperature despite what the weather is dishing out. As long as you have a small day pack, you can put on and take of these layers according to changes in the weather combined with changes in your level of activity (which will produce heat and sweat).
The easiest way to explain layering is the classic, “The Three W’s” – Wicking, Warmth, Weather – or, as I like to say, “3 W’s Squared”: Wicking, Warmth, Weather x (Wind & Water).
Finally, a dressing situation where function trumps fashion, how refreshing!