It’s a wonderful time for traveling and hiking in nature of choosing clothes. But to enjoy the beauty of landscapes, it’s essential to choose clothes that are comfortable, and functional, and protect against harsh weather and insects. In this article, we will discuss the principles to consider when selecting clothing for spring-summer hikes and provide some advice on specific wardrobe items.
No matter where you are heading – to the mountains, for fishing, or planning a river trip – the most comfortable option is to choose hunting clothes made of modern materials. Two key factors to consider are moisture-wicking and UV protection. The best defenders against UV radiation and moisture are not natural fabrics like cotton and linen, as traditionally believed, but rather lycra, polyester, nylon, and acrylic. Additionally, the more transparent the fabric, the lower its UPF. Today, the magic of multi-layered membrane fabrics comes to the aid of modern travelers.
So, the base layer of clothing for a warm summer day is a T-shirt. Cotton t-shirts are suitable for short summer strolls in the city when you have the opportunity to seek shelter from the sun indoors. However, for forest, river, or hiking trips, specialists always recommend garments made of polyester, which effectively wicks moisture and protects the skin from UV radiation. For various physical activities, practical and comfortable t-shirts with long sleeves from the Remington brand (UPF 50+) are recommended. They are made with a thin, quick-drying polyester as the first layer. The long sleeves will protect your arms from the scorching sun, and the fabric will regulate body temperature, allowing your skin to breathe and avoid overheating. For trousers, it’s also advisable to choose lightweight and breathable fabrics like polyester or nylon.
The primary element of the protective layer of clothing is a hunting jacket or a raincoat. Regardless of the climate conditions you are planning to travel in, they should be waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It’s better to opt for jackets made of membrane or impregnated materials that don’t allow water and wind to pass through but allow moisture from the body to evaporate. For example, the Remington Himalayan Safari suit. The dense outer layer of fabric is combined with a more “breathable” microfleece lining, providing effective body thermoregulation and wind protection. For additional ventilation, the jacket is equipped with zippers in the armpit area. This suit is perfect if you are heading for a hike during the shoulder season or in cooler climate zones.
In forested areas or open fields, a special model can come to the rescue – the Remington Insect Blocker Timber anti-mosquito suit. It is thoughtfully designed to provide reliable protection against ticks and mosquitoes, featuring inset cuffs, traps on the sleeves and trousers, and a special skirt at the waist. The anti-mosquito net for face protection can easily be tucked away into a separate pocket when not needed. The fabric is treated with a special repellent to keep insects away and can withstand up to 100 washes. It’s not recommended to use plastic or rubber raincoats as a protective layer, as they don’t allow your skin to breathe and create a greenhouse effect. In such clothing, you will undoubtedly tire quickly.
Another advantage of modern synthetic fabrics is their weight; clothing made from them is much lighter, which is crucial during a hike. Nobody wants to carry heavy and uncomfortable items. Choose lightweight and functional clothing that won’t hinder your movements.
Have a pleasant journey!
Important! Clothing made of membrane fabric will remain in good condition and last long if you follow a few simple rules:
Follow the care instructions on the label. Each membrane fabric may have its specific care requirements. Don’t ignore them. Pay attention to the label on the clothing and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Try to wash them separately from other items. Hand washing is suitable for them, and in a washing machine, use the “delicate wash” mode. Do not use detergents containing chlorine or bleach. Washing powder, like any alkaline structure, clogs the membrane’s pores, causing it to stop working.
Use special detergents designed for membrane fabrics. For example, Remington gel for washing membranes removes dirt without clogging the membrane pores.
Do not use hot water and a dryer. Avoid washing in hot water and drying in a dryer, as it can damage the membrane layer. Instead, use cold water (not exceeding 30 degrees Celsius) and air dry.
Avoid ironing. Membrane fabrics do not need to be ironed. Depending on the model and specific cases, you can use a steam generator at the lowest temperature setting.
Store membrane clothing correctly. In a dry and cool place to avoid damaging the membrane layer.