Clothing & Climate

Man, in his animal capacity, is qualified to subsist in every climate. - Adam Ferguson

Tropical Gear

Clothing should be light weight, highly breathable, cover all limbs and provide sun protection. It also makes sense to choose materials that have been treated with antibacterial and insect repellent agents. All clothing should be light and compact, and fast drying too. High wicking materials should be chosen to prevent excessive cooling when wet.

Desert Gear

Daytime clothing should be light weight, highly breathable, cover all limbs and provide sun protection. Wind blownsand and dust can be a nuisance, which will both exacerbate the extremes of temperatures and irritate your skin andsenses. As such, good eye protection is essential, as is a long scarf to wrap around your head when the wind picksup. At night, as the temperature plummets you may need an insulation layer to keep warm.

Temperate Gear

Due to the seasonality and variability of temperate climates clothing layers must, above all, be versatile. Base layers of different weights that both wick and insulate provide an excellent next-to-skin foundation. Mid layers should ideally incorporate a range of fabric features, for example warmth, windproofness, water resistency, as required. When purchasing a shell layer it is always wise to consider a worst-case-scenario within your preferred season for safety and comfort.

Alpine Gear

Weather-proofness, breathability, comfort and articulation, durability and weight are all equally important characteristics for the extremes encountered in the mountains. Accordingly, alpine clothing is some of the most specialised gear that you can find on the market.

Polar Gear

Travel to the high Arctic and Antarctica is rigidly controlled to minimise negative impacts on the environment. Clothing should therefore centre on warm and weather-proof gear for day trips rather than extensive wardrobes.