Sunday, March 12, 2017

Clothing System for Winter Hikes in Southern Wisconsin

The information and video featured in this post show my layered clothing system for winter hikes in Southern Wisconsin. Footage was shot along various segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT). Warmer clothing than shown here is required for camping or extended periods time in the outdoors, this clothing system is what I wear for active winter day hikes.

This video shows my layered clothing system for winter hiking in Southern Wisconsin. I captured video footage of my layered clothing system, as well as many still photographs of the surrounding landscape on the Blue Springs Lake Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail (IAT). Other landscape photography sites included the Devil's Lake, Lodi Marsh, Table Bluff, and Cross Plains Segments of the IAT.

Clothing Item Layer Mass
Hiking Socks (Thorlo®)
3.3 oz. / 94 g.
Shoes (Salomon XA Comp 7 Trail Runners)
1 lb. 8.5 oz. / 695 g.
Kahtoola Microspikes (Small)
11 oz. / 312 g.
Long Underwear Set
1 lb. 0.5 oz. / 468 g.
Polartec Fleece Pants
10 oz. / 283 g.
Fleece Jacket
1 lb. / 454 g.
Rain Gear (Jacket & Pants)
1 lb. 7.2 oz. / 657.7 g.
Hat or Balaclava
3.2 oz. / 90.7 g.
Fleece Gloves
2 oz. / 56.7g.
Thick Thinsulate Mittens
6 oz. / 169 g.
Heavy L.L. Bean Down Parka Outer 50.4 oz. / 1430 g.
Down Coat  Outer 13.6 oz. / 386 g.
Gaiters Outer 6 oz. / 171 g.

Click here for more on my clothing system for winter day hikes in Southern Wisconsin.


This video is not intended as a substitute for experience and common sense. Know your weather and terrain, and pack accordingly. Always pack with safety in mind, and bring extra warm layers. If the conditions are uncomfortable for you, too cold, or are in other ways unsafe given your personal situation, wait for a warmer day. Safety is your highest priority.

That's all for now. Let's get outdoors and keep our wild places wild.

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