Everything Horse magazine February 2014 - Page 53

KEEP WARM AND CARRY ON are for you. There are some key features to look for if you’re buying thermals: Close fit- make sure that the base layer has a snug fit, whether it’s a top or leggings. This will help to trap warm air close to the skin and avoid cold air pockets. A close fit can also aid blood circulation, which aids body temperature. Stretch- lots of stretch is very important as it helps with the fit, allows unrestricted movement when you’re riding, walking or participating in any other outdoor activity…and it can even help to support your joints. Wicking- moisture is the enemy when it comes to keeping warm, so make sure your base layer wicks moisture away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric. Seams-the less seams, the better. Of course, some seams are necessary, but these should be flat locked to ensure that they sit flatter and prevent abrasion and soreness. If you’re riding in your base layer leggings, makes sure they are side seam free. Lightweight- clothing that helps to keep you warm doesn’t have to be heavy. If you’re involved in anything outdoors you’ll know that heavy clothing can be very restrictive. There’s a lot of choice available and the good news is that a good base layer doesn’t need to cost a fortune- far from it. It also means that layering clothing really works and you’ll need to wear less ‘bulk’ to keep you warm and snug. Hot Togs specialises in advanced thermal clothing for outdoor people. The company makes a range of thermal base layer leggings and thermal socks, many of which are made using Thermolite yarns that manages moisture, insulate and keep the wearer warm and comfortable without the weight. Using hollow core fibres, Thermolite traps the air for exceptional insulation. In addition to this, Hot Togs’ range really scores in the design stakes too with side seam free leggings featuring ankle grips and high rise comfort waists to keep them in place when used under tighter garments. To find out more, see www.hottogs.co.uk. Above: Hot Togs Ladies Thermal Leggings Left: Hot Togs Knee Length Socks Issue 5 • February 2014 • Everything Horse UK Magazine 53