10 Tips for Staying Warm in the Cold

Working in cold environments can have its challenges, staying warm shouldn’t be one of them. Our gear is designed to keep you warm and protect you from the cold while giving you the freedom, comfort and mobility you need to get the job done. Wearing Epik clothing is only the start, knowing how to stay warm can be the real battle. Here are 10 Tips for Staying Warm for working or playing in the cold.

Layering Clothing

Layering refers to wearing clothing on top of each other to create extra insulation and protection from the cold. An inner layer to keep skin dry. An outer layer to keep cold weather out. An insulation layer may be added to keep extra heat in.

Avoid Natural Fibers

Too much perspiration can be dangerous when working or playing in the cold. Fabrics like cotton tend to absorb moisture which could make it harder to maintain a warm temperature. Stick to synthetic material like polyester that dry faster and repel moisture.

Too Hot? Ventilate

Sometimes too much heat can be a bad thing, ventilate heat by opening top layers, but not too much at once. Let a little bit out a time until your internal temperature is just right. Some outer layer jackets may come with vents to help regulate heat and moisture.

Too Cold? Add a Layer

Sometimes 3 layers isn’t enough, some environments will require additional protection. Extreme cold can call for extreme layering, like heavier base layers, insulation, or outer layers. Try adding extra insulation at your core, head, or feet.

Toes Cold? Wear a Hat

Your fingers and toes may be cold because of circulation and heat loss. You actually lose most of your heat through your head, try covering your head and neck first before adding insulation to your feet.

Still Cold? Hand Warmers

If you are still cold after covering head, neck, and adding extra insulation; sometimes an extra source of heat is the answer. Try adding handwarmers to pockets, gloves, and boots. The extra heat could help with circulation.

Move Slowly, Sweat Less

The hardest part isn’t always staying warm, it’s staying dry. Moisture build-up will cause heat loss, fast. In the freezer conditions, sometimes pacing activity and taking more breaks could prevent long-term temperature loss. 

Level of Activity = Level of Insulation

Your level of activity should determine how much insulation you need for your mid layer. High Activity levels will require less insulation because of higher internal heat, low activity levels will require more insulation because of lower internal temperatures. 

Cover All Skin

Freezer burn and wind chill are real, insulating heat means nothing if parts of your skin are exposed to the cold. Cover all bare skin that would be exposed to the cold weather, heat loss will occur at any exposed opening.

Experiment

With all this being said, there is no one right answer, everybody is different and have different comfort levels. Find out what works best for you by trying different combinations for different temperatures and job functions.