Lets talk Jackets, your Outer Layer.

When buying any gear, one should consider the conditions you will hiking or camping in, and the activities you will be doing. What season is it? What are the conditions for the season and part of the world? Texas winter is much different than Minnesota winter.

Many recreational coats use nylon as a shell material. A nylon shell can perform several roles. Heavier nylons are durable and abrasion resistant, making them especially appropriate for outdoor adventures. The tight weave of this material serves to block wind penetration and is often chemically treated to repel rain. These shells frequently serve as the outer layer to protect an inner waterproof membrane, such as Gore-Tex or other brands. Coats that incorporate a waterproof membrane ‘breathe’, which means user generated body moisture can escape, while preventing outside water droplets from passing through the garment to the wearer. Some jackets are coated on the inside with non-porous treatments to create waterproofness. These coats are not suitable for strenuous activities, however, as perspiration which can’t escape will wet the user from the inside.  A wet body is often a precursor to hypothermia.

Different materials can be used in jackets for insulation. The two most popular include goose down and fleece, which work by trapping or containing one’s own body heat. Down is lightweight and compressible, making it ideal for winter hikes. It is also expensive. Down’s fill power, or ‘fluffiness’, is rated on a scale of 300 to 900, the higher the number the higher the quality of the down. Fleece is woven from polyester fibers. It comes in different thicknesses denoted as micro, 100, 200 or 300, with 300 being the thickest. Basic fleeces are porous and allow wind penetration; however, newer fleece variants have been designed with a tighter weave to resist the wind. Thermal reflective technology utilizes a material much like a space blanket to reflect, trap and retain your body heat, this is also used in combination with fleece and down.


Tent and Hike is building its line of clothing for your outdoor adventures. Take some time and see what we currently have available to meet your layering needs. 


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