Layering provides you options and options are your key to success. If you’re hot or starting to sweat, shed a layer. If you stop moving or start cooling down add a layer. Remember your body is like an engine and it takes time and energy to warm it up. Making sure you add a layer before you get too cold is going to be way easier than warming up once you have gotten really cold.
When layering you can’t forget about your head, most of the body’s heat is lost from your head so toques, hats, buffs and even hoods can provide you with a lot of extra warmth. In terms of surface area of the body, the legs make up a large portion but are often neglected when layering so don’t overlook the value of a pair of long johns and rain pants.
Although breathable hard shell technology is getting pretty good and we all love its aesthetic and lightweight nature, don’t underestimate the ability of tried, test and true rubber rain gear. Especially if you love to play on the coast, rubber rain gear is an affordable option that works great.