Winter is coming…!!

*Insert epic cello rendition of Game of Thrones theme song*

Okay, so I have to admit I’m pretty spoiled. I live in southern California, and it won’t get below maybe the mid 40s Fahrenheit this winter at my home (All southern Californians in unison: “Brr!”)

Nonetheless, I do own winter gear. I lived on the east coast of the United States for a number of years, and managed to acquire a respectable, functional winter wardrobe including what’s necessary for a bit of outdoors athletics in the winter months. I’ll do a separate post on snowboard/ski gear in the future, but today I’d like to focus on general outdoor romping gear for anyone who is fortunate enough to live somewhere that you can just go shopping or hang out somewhere in the great outdoors during the winter.

When hill scramblingTM, one must be equipped for the chilliest of conditions!

What I keep handy for outdoor adventuring & workouts in the cold (but >32F):

Okay, so baby it’s cold outside, but not that cold. I hear you. You gotta get that functional chill-barrier going but also want to keep it fashionable. I got you. The Burton Womens Kismet Beanie is my go-to beanie for shopping, hanging out, and walking the dog when it’s cold enough to need a little warmth up top and over the ears. In particular, I appreciate tht this beanie actually covers my ears (and stays put) without slowly slipping off. If you have a head on the smaller side, you can even sag the top pom-pom part and look extra cute (not me, lol). Let me know in comments what you think of this beanie!

What I love having on hand for outdoor adventuring when it’s SNOWINGGGGG!:

It’s rare to find a winter shoe that’s both cute and functional. I remember on my first (lol, and only) snowboarding trip to Whistler I wore an old ratty pair of Vans Authentics out in the snow to help scrape some fresh snowfall off the car. HAH! For those of you who, like naïve young me at the time, might be thinking that is an okay thing to do, allow me to inform you: it is not. Spoiler alert: my feet were frozen in about 60 seconds, and I was Les Misérable for the duration of the chore. Therefore I cannot recommend this cute, warm-but-not-too-hot, just absolutely well designed boot, the Merrell Women’s Aurora 6 Boot, highly enough. I even wear it out and about on moderately chilly San Diego days. And friends on Instagram have noted, I quote: “OMG your shoes are so cute, where did you get them?” -Sarah B. <– As I said, they’re the real deal, folks. The jacket: arguably the most crucial component of the outdoor romping get-up. One must package one’s core in fully insulated bundling before braving the cold, ya feel?! As a kid with a bunch of siblings, I spent my younger years bundling up in hand-me down winter jackets. When it was finally time to buy one of my own, I wanted a solid jacket that would last me even longer than I wanted it to. I wanted it to be stylish and super effective. After researching and reading reviews, I decided the Roxy Jet Ski Premium Snow Jacket checked all these boxes. And to be honest, I couldn’t be happier with how comfortable a feel romping out ‘n about in the snow in this jacket. One disclaimer: I am normally a womens size M, but for this jacket (and often, I find, for Roxy products) I had to size up one size.

In summary, when you find yourself off on an early winter adventure (or mid-winter if you happen to live where it’s fairly mild), you still need to make sure you’re suited up with the right gear to stay warm and dry. Trust me, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t have the proper gear, and you’ll be so grateful when you do.

Tenaya Lake in spring time, Yosemite National Park

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