When you're out hiking, and especially during fall, you have to factor in changing weather conditions. So following a layering system for what you wear is the way to go. That way, you're always properly protected, regardless of the weather and effort required. The basics of layering:
For durable protection in wind and rain, a hardshell jacket as an outer layer is the best option. The breathable properties of the jacket allow perspiration to escape during exertion, creating a pleasant body climate.
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In cool temperatures or during a break, an insulated jacket provides the warmth you need. A light and compressible one is best so that it doesn't take up too much room in your backpack.
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If a T-shirt isn't enough but an insulated jacket is too much, then an intermediate midlayer is just the thing. It needs to be light, compressible and quick-drying. Plus it should be quick and easy to put on and take off again.
A T-shirt or longsleeve shirt works particularly well as a base layer. It is important to choose a breathable, quick-drying product so that moisture is efficiently wicked away from the body.
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Complete your equipment
The right equipment and clever accessories for protection against sun, wind, and rain can make the difference between turning back and pushing on.