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Three layering options for women this winter

If you’re traveling to winter weather destinations, it’s time to layer up, ladies! This week, I have three women-specific winter layering options that will travel with you for any active outdoorsy vacation or expedition.

Kari Traa Maria top:

If you haven’t heard of Kari Traa, this European company founded by the champion freestyle skier (of the same name) makes travel and outdoor clothing for women, by women. The Maria top is made from a thin, technical fabric with stretch that’s fast-drying and breathable. The back is made from an even thinner material for maximum ventilation, perfect for when wearing a backpack. You get a curved hem for style and interest, and the cuff sleeves are comfy. Kari Traa has thought of everything: you even have reflective details for night time wear. This is a great base layer that comes in three colors for $50.

 

Smartwool Intraknit Merino crew:

You know Smartwool for their socks and hats, but wool makes for an excellent base layer, too, of course. The new women’s Intraknit Merino 200 Crew is butter soft, mid-weight, and warm enough to layer on a ski day or winter camping trip. The slim-fit crew is flexible with your body, with gender-specific ventilation perfectly placed to maximize thermoregulation and breathability. It dries super fast and comes in three fun colors, including a bright sangria. It’s costly but a high value, as this staple will be in your closet for a very long time. Pick it up for $120.

Title Nine Crash Tight:

I love Title Nine for my women’s-specific wardrobe, and their Crash Tight is my pick for a base layer bottom that stands alone. No need to layer the Crash Tight…this thick winter legging works equally well for outdoor runs, hikes, camping trips, and air travel days. Only available at Title Nine, this tight is lined by soft fleece with a tightly woven exterior that helps block the weather. They are form-fitting enough to work as a mid-layer if you need to wear a waterproof pant over them, but for most hikes and wintery travel days, I wear them solo. They’re abrasion-resistant, and you get hidden reflective in hem turn-ups. Pick it up in one of three neutral colors for $99.

Amy

Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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