Snowshoers can quickly find themselves getting too hot. So there's no point wearing clothing that's too warm. Rather, it's best to plan for several layers, in order to control the effects of heat as you trek: remove a layer if it's hot, and put it back on if it turns cold.
One approach to adopt is the "three-layer system":
- 1st layer: base layer
- 2nd layer: fleece
- 3rd layer: jacket
Close to the body, wear a technical base layer, such as one made of wool. On top, a warm fleece layer with a zip, making it easier to put on and take off. Finally, a protective waterproof layer, breathable and perhaps ventilated, but without additional lining: too much heat will cause more perspiration which, when you stop, will make you feel cold.
Also, don't forget that 8% of body heat escapes at the extremities. Take a pair of gloves and a hat.
Two final tips, remember to wear:
- Warm, waterproof boots with insulating soles. Be careful when tightening the straps, to avoid cutting off your circulation, especially in cold weather.
- Gaiters that come up higher than the depth of the snow, to prevent getting your feet and legs wet.