Sugoi Versa Jacket ($120)
It also features a back vent for maximum comfort, taped elastic arm holes on the vest, Scotchlite detailing, two front zip pockets and one back zip pocket that is ideal for holding the sleeves when you are in vest mode.
I’ve worn this running, biking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing with good results.
GoLite Post Canyon Softshell Jacket ($110 – new for spring ’11)
I’m sure you will be shocked to discover that I have a lot of running jackets. Sympathetic or not, you can imagine my conundrum when trying to pack efficiently for my recent trip to India to run the Himalayan Run & Trek (report coming soon).
The GoLite Post Canyon Softshell jacket ended up being the perfect piece because it’s breathable and wind resistant qualities allowed it to perform well on the run, but the tailored fit and color blocking allowed me to look nice while sightseeing.
Since it’s made of 88% recycled polyester, the Post Canyon Softshell also goes easy on the environment. It’s 12% polyester content enables unencumbered movement, while two zip pockets hold the basics. On the women’s version, extra attention was taken to ensure a flattering fit at the cuffs—with a smooth, flattering top edge and elastic on the bottom for a secure fit. It’s flattering, athletic profile with enough room for a light insulating layer served me well in the Himalaya and back here in Colorado.
Smartwool TML (Thermal Mid Layer) Stretch Terry Tight ($150)
These tights will serve you well for all of your winter sports, thanks to their sound design and layering capabilities.
Patagonia R1 Full-Zip Jacket ($139)
When I layered the Patagonia R1 Full-Zip jacket with the GoLite Post Canyon Softshell, I was ready for just about any weather. The R1 is a good mid-layer or base layer for winter activities, but can stand up to a hard day of sightseeing. For traveling, I could wash it in the sink at night and it was dry and ready in the morning. The R1 Full-Zip is lightweight yet warm, breathable and an indispensible travel, running and hiking piece. Flat-lock seams, taped neck seam, two front zip pockets and a chin guard at the top of the front zipper mean this jacket looks good and feels great. I truly wear it all the time!
Sherpa Adventure Wear Chandni Top for women and Chandra Top for men ($35)
Sherpa Adventure Gear is based out of Nepal and makes quality gear tested and used by Sherpas, while also benefitting the greater Sherpa community through employment and donations.
The Chandni and Chandra (named for the Sanskrit word meaning moon) tops are made of a soft, naturally odor-resistant (woohoo), moisture-wicking and antimicrobial blend of polyester and bamboo charcoal. They also offer a UPF of 40+ and comfortable flat-seam construction.
It’s great worn as a basic, but good looking, tee, and has enough heft in the hem not to ride up as you run. And it’s an ideal mid-weight layering piece for any cold-weather activities that come to mind.
Call for Comments
Readers, what clothing work best for you as autumn turned into winter? Thinking about adding any of the above to your wardrobe before spring?