Winter is upon us. I love the sun so I always go through a phase of resistance before I get into the cold-weather mood. In winter, I have a harder time getting Chester and Gretel out for a walk. I mean who is motivated to walk when it is dark early, cold, rainy and sometimes windy?
I think the thing I look forward to most is getting to wear all of my snuggly winter clothes. These are my favorite picks for 2013. I wear these while walking around the neighborhood or hanging out at the dog park.
1) Oasis Long Sleeve Scoop Crystal – This shirt is made from lightweight, all-season 200 gm pure merino wool. The shirt is warm for the weight. It comes in Teardrop (shown above) and a maroon color called Sangria. The fabric is a tad on the coarse side but it is not itchy. I actually kind of like the feel. I have washed mine a million times and it has not shrunk or pilled up.
2) Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Zip T – This wool shirt is a bit thicker than the Oasis and it ads warmth with a stand-up collar. It can be unzipped some for ventilation if you get too hot. I wear this shirt for walks on extra cold days or when I will be standing around at the dog park. Like the shirt above, it is wicking, isn’t itchy (it’s softer) and can be machine washed. It comes in 6 different colors.
3) Lululemon Dog Runner Pant – These pants are super warm and cozy. On the inside they are stretchy fleece tights. On the outside they are a water resistant nylon which means light rain and mud will slide off (which is great for fending off dirty dog paws). These pants would be way too hot for me to run or hike in but they are great for casual dog walks or the dog park. I have the purple but they also come in black.
4) Title Nine Genie Pant – This is the pant I wear if the temperatures are mild or when I might be working up a sweat. Like the pants above, they are treated to be water repellant. There is no lining inside so they aren’t as warm. These pants are good looking enough that they can easily go from a dog walk to dinner with friends. They also come in brown or black. (note: The title of the pant is crossed out because WordPress keeps telling me the link is bad. It is not. You can find the pant here http://www.titlenine.com/product/220952.do#.Uo49dOLOFKM *sorry but you will have to copy and paste the link*)
5) Moving Comfort Sprint Insulated Vest – When I am walking fast or uphill, I like my arms to be exposed to let some of my body heat dissipate. The front and back are made of Quilted PrimaLoft® polyfill (60 gm) panels. The side panels are made of stretchy DriLayer® Plush fabric to add shape and comfort. There is a reflective logo on the back and it also comes in grey/black.
6) North Face Thermoball Hoodie Jacket – This jacket is good for standing around at the dog park or for casual walks when it is really cold. I like that it has a hood to cover ears on extra chilly mornings. The jacket received the 2013 Editors’ Choice Award by Backpacker Magazine. Thermoball™ synthetic insulation has the warmth equivalent of 600-fill down but stays warm even when it is wet (although this jacket is water repellant and can handle light rain). It comes in 6 different colors. I don’t own this one but you bet it is on my Christmas list!
7) North Face Ederra Rain Jacket – Sometimes I just have to go out in the rain. When I do like to wear a lightweight rain jacket that is more breathable than my heavy-duty rain jacket. This jacket is seam sealed and completely waterproof (not just water resistant like the other stuff here). It has a fully-adjustable hood and armpit zips you can open to let off steam. It comes in 5 different colors.
8) Keen Willamette Waterproof Boots (not available after 2013) – I would love these slip-on boots for taking the dogs out for a quick potty break, going a short walk or a trip to the dog park. I LOVE Keen shoes because they are so comfortable. I have high arches and they offer great support. I also feel like they conform a bit to your foot as you break them in. As Keen says, they “cradle your foot for all-day comfort”. My last pair of Keen boots finally wore out after of 4 winters of steady wear so I just bought these boots. They come in 4 different colors.
9) Brooks Ghost 6 Gore-tex Running Shoe – If we mean business, and will be covering some serious ground, I wear these shoes. These fitness shoes have a waterproof, breathable membrane inside that will keep you dry if it is raining or you step into a shallow puddle. They are neutral shoes (in case you are a runner and care) and offers support for a medium to high foot arch. I think they only make them in Purple this year but they go good with the purple Dog Runner pants.
10) Lululemon Frisky Brisk Run Gloves – Although these gloves have a water resistant fabric and reflective detailing on top, I like them because they are thin but super cozy. They also have a must-have feature – touchscreen-friendly fingertips so you can use your fitness app with them on (or check email *ahem*). I lost one of these gloves on a walk one day and ran out to buy a new pair the next day I love them so much. I wear them on extra chilly days.
11) Smartwool Pattern Headband – Usually I find hats to be too hot but this wool headband is great for keeping your ears warm while letting heat escape through the top of you head. It’s stretchy, non itchy and machine washable. It comes in 4 colors.
12) NiteIze ClipLit LED Light – Ok so this one is not clothing. However, a lot of the clothes above come in dark colors. Walking in the winter can mean walking when it is dark out and it is important to be visible. These little lights are turn on with a twist and can be clipped to the zipper of your jacket. They’re weather resistant and come with a red or while LED. There are 12 fun designs to choose from.
I am always on the lookout for other must-have clothes to add to my winter Dog-Mom wardrobe. Tell me about some of your favorites.