Kinds of Thermal Clothing

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There are many different types of thermal clothing for you to use based on where you're going and your needs. Learn about kinds of thermal clothing with help from the CEO of an outdoor gear and apparel retailer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Jennifer Mull, from Backwoods in Austin, Texas. Today, we're gonna talk about the various types of thermal clothing. So, a lot of people think thermal clothing, they think of cotton, wool or synthetic. I'll start with cotton because basically for the outdoors in particular, it really has no application. While it's a great fabric, and certainly comfortable, it is not something that you really wanna wear, because it doesn't have wicking properties, et cetera. So the first thing I'll talk about is wool. There are various types of wool. I wont get into that, but wool in general, there's a variety of reasons that you would use wool. The major one though is its wicking properties. It does actually remove water from the skin, and basically pull it away from the skin, keeping you much warmer and drier. There's a variety of thicknesses of wool that you can get, so if you're looking at a variety of different types of base layer, you can get tops and bottoms, and you'll see it's kind of hard to probably see on the video, but you can certainly get it in a variety of thicknesses. So, something that obviously is lighter weight is gonna keep you warm, but not as warm as something that is of thicker fabric. Lastly, we'll talk about synthetic in just a moment, and same, same basic, thing works here in terms of the synthetic fabrics. You're gonna have it pull moisture away from your skin, and it is very breathable so it will actually, again, keep you drier, you know, just like the wool does. Same thing here, you're gonna get a variety of thicknesses, bottoms, tops, etcetera. And again, just your choice will be made based on whatever activity you're doing.


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