Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 16, 2017
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Cool moves

Use your head

The versatile Drawcord Hat from UK-based Rapha has a simple drawstring design that means that it can be worn as a hat, a collar or even a headband depending on how much you’re sweating. Made from a mix of heavyweight merino wool (for great insulation and breathability) and a stretch-fabric blend (for a snug fit), it’s ideal for those days when you feel like you need a different piece of headgear every few hours. $60 at rapha.cc.

Nether weather

No one likes to talk about this, but when the wind picks up and you’re wearing breathable softshell pants, it can get a little cold down there. Say hello to Helly Hansen’s Warm Boxers, available for men and — surprise, surprise — in a shorter model for women. They use HH’s Warm Fibre technology to wick moisture from the inside while insulating from the outside, so your rear (and privates) are covered without having to overheat in longjohns. $48 at northbynorthwest.ca.

On solid ground

Socks may be the poor stepchildren of performance clothing, but a good pair of socks can make all the difference for a long day outdoors. Icebreaker’s merino wool Ski+ Lite Over the Calf are mixed with quick-drying Lycra to keep your feet from getting clammy and cold. And just as important, they have light cushioning and a toe seam designed to prevent blisters. $30 at ca.icebreaker.com.

The ultimate outerwear

If you’re winter hiking or snowshoeing, you need something that’s breathable and that will also protect you from wind or wet snow. Patagonia's Rain Shadow jacket uses 2.5-layer construction, with an inner "layer" that’s really just a raised pattern, but still does a good job diffusing moisture. Its H2No waterproof/breathable coating has water-resistant zippers. If the weather turns ugly, you have an adjustable hood with laminated visor for better visibility. Plus it clocks in at just 340 grams. $209 at Mountain Equipment Co-op. mec.ca.

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