After almost getting frostbite on a climb of Aconcagua, Swamy Karnam knew there had to be a better layering system for use in cold environments that would give you easy access to inner layers for keeping your hands, camera, or water from freezing. The resulting Cozy Layers Passage System consists of four layers of upper-body apparel (base layer, fleece, down jacket, and shell) that work seamlessly together.
With their latest green initiative, Patagonia has turned to their namesake, in a move that looks beyond just sustainability to complete regeneration of an environment and entire region in desperate need. In the south of Argentina, up to 90% of land is privately owned and used for grazing. Over the years, uncontrolled grazing management has led to extreme habitat loss of the fragile Patagonian grasslands. Now looking to reverse these effects of overgrazing, Patagonia has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy and local rancher network Ovis XXI to implement a sustainable sheep grazing protocol.
During cold weather outdoor activities, wearing several well chosen layers of clothing is an important part of staying warm, so it is surprising that many of us women don't give a second thought to the type of sports bra we choose. As your innermost layer, your sports bra plays a crucial role in keeping you warm and comfortable while playing outdoors during the winter.
Over the years, I have a developed a pretty good personal layering system for ice climbing. My bottom half layers remain the same throughout the day, made up of my current favorite climbing pants and some sort of baselayer whose thickness depends on the weather. My top half usually consists of 4-6 layers, again depending on the temperature. These layers will be taken on and off at various stages throughout the day.
By Don Jurries
An environmental movement the Outdoor industry has long since embraced is reducing the amount of disposable plastic bottles in landfills. One effort, encouraged by the reusable water bottle manufacturers, is to eliminate disposable plastic bottles altogether. Another is to recycle what has already been manufactured. Along these lines, North Carolina-based Indera Mills, has created ColdPruf ECO, a range of base layers for colder climate adventures using waste PET bottles. These PET bottles are reproduced into performance polyester staple fibers and spun into thermal crews and leggings.