7 winter items to keep

Learn whether your old comforts are fit for leisurely winter strolls or snowball fights

By Ryan StuartRyan Stuart


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There’s a ton of new technology in winter wear, but don’t empty your closet—a lot of what you own is fine.

1. Kenora dinner jacket

Not all are created equal, so check what yours is made from. Wool or synthetic—keep it. Cotton—only wear it when you’re missing the cottage.

2. Grandma’s wool sweater

Great for 
snuggling, but not ideal as an insulating layer compared to new designs that have softer wools and sleeker cuts. Anything wool helps keep you warm, though.

3. Cotton

When damp, it sucks the heat from you. Wear wool (non-itchy merino is best) or synthetic as a base when you may break a sweat or get wet.

4. Jeans

Fine for casual wear, but not for outdoor activewear. Made of dense, heavy cotton weaves, they rob you 
of heat and feel uncomfortable when wet.

5. Rubber boots with felt liners

Nothing works better for slush, but try adding a footbed with more insulation, support, and comfort. Wear a lace-up winter boot for active sports or long-distance walks.

6. Multiple pairs of socks

Three or four pairs means you’ve got the wrong-sized boot or are cutting off circulation to your toes. The warmest combo is a thin wicking sock topped with a thicker one for warmth.

7. Yoga pants

If made from synthetics, they’re a good base layer. With snow pants or a shell, they’ll keep you warm when you’re playing in the snow.

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