It doesn’t matter if your idea of outdoor summer fun is floating down a river or running up a mountain, if you’re wearing the wrong clothes you won’t enjoy it.
For most people time spent outdoors in the summer is as simple as sitting by the pool or lake, but if you’re heading into the great outdoors where there’s little to no escape from hot weather then you’re going to need the right apparel for summer to stay comfortable and safe. To help you get outside as soon as possible, the ASO Mammoth team has put together a guide to summer outdoor apparel below. Check it out and stop by the ASO shop to gear up for your next adventure!
Find the Right Material for You
If you’re looking for outdoor summer apparel, then you know that there are endless options when it comes to design. However, the most important thing is the material the clothing is made out of.
One of the top choices for outdoor summer activities is merino wool because it not only wicks away moisture from your body but is also light and breathable. However, merino wool is also one of the most expensive materials. If you’re looking for the performance of merino wool without the cost, we recommend Anetik. Their primolite mesh material makes for light and breathable clothes perfect for staying cool all day long. Plus, they’re comfortable enough to sleep in whether you’re on the trail in the middle of an outdoor adventure or just in your own bed in the middle of a good night’s sleep.
Use Cotton Wisely
Cotton can be your best friend or your worst enemy when it comes to outdoor activities, but it all depends on how you’re using it and your personal preference.
For example, cotton absorbs moisture and dries out slowly. In the cold or wet weather, that can mean severe discomfort and even put you in danger. Cotton still absorbs moisture and dries out slowly in warm weather, but that moisture can keep you cool as it slowly evaporates from your clothes. Some people don’t like the feeling of wet cotton against their skin and wet clothes can lead to chafing though, so experiment with cotton clothes in warm weather before you commit to wearing them on an outdoor adventure.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
Enjoying yourself outside in the summer isn’t just about staying cool, because the sun can still burn you even if you’re covered in ice packs.
Sunscreen is a start, but the best way to protect yourself from the sun is using whatever material you’ve decided is best for you. Clearly the best way to protect yourself from the sun is by wearing a good hat, long-sleeve shirt, and pants that keep you cool and comfortable while shielding you from the sun. That may not be comfortable for everyone though, so find the combination of apparel that works for you. At the bare minimum, you should wear a hat that will keep you cool and provide shade. You should also considering wearing a buff or some kind of fabric around your neck to protect the area between your shirt and hat from the sun.
How You Look Doesn’t Matter. Except…
Everyone likes to look good, but when you’re heading outdoors in the summer your number one priority should be performance. No matter how good your clothes look in the store, they won’t look good on you if you’re struggling to enjoy your surroundings.
However, there is one aspect of your appearance that you should consider when choosing warm weather apparel. Dark colors, particularly black, will absorb more heat than a light color. Although the difference may seem insignificant when you’re buying your apparel, once you’re out in the sun you will thank yourself!