Outdoor wear comfort depends upon a balance
functions like breathability, wicking, rapid drying,
insulation, durability, as well as wind and waterproofing.
Outdoor wear clothing should be lightweight and allow good
freedom of movement and to contain as few garments as
Use functioning layers to create a "personal
climate" that keeps you comfortable and protected from outdoor
weather conditions. The outer layer of your outdoor
clothing seals out weather and protect you from wet, windy,
and extreme elements. Your outer layer, or outerwear, will
depend very much on where you are and what you are doing.
Unfortunately there is an reverse relationship
between breatheability and waterproofness. The more breathable
a product is, the less waterproof it will be. There three
levels of outdoorwear are "Waterproof/non-breathable", "water
resistant/breathable or windproof/breathable" and
"waterproof/not very breathable".
Waterproof outdoor wear clothing that covers
the entire body is a must for any outdoorman, hunter, or
fisherman, etc. A waterproof jacket with a hood and pants is a
good choice. A good complement is the trusty rain poncho. Make
sure the outdoor wear also is roomy enough to fit easily over
other layers and not restrict your movement.
The choice of material is not the only factor
to consider when choosing outdoor wear. Features like zippers,
seam sealing and other construction elements must also be