For the editors at Outside's New Mexico headquarters, fall brings roasting green chiles, golden aspens, and the approach of ski season. It also means we can finally wear our cold-weather clothes. Here are some of our top shoulder-season picks.
REI Co-op Silk Long Underwear ($45)
Silk is one of the warmest natural fabrics out there, and it's extremely lightweight. Although they look delicate, I've thrown this pair of long underwear around for a couple years now and they're surprisingly rugged. If you run cold, save yourself from fall shivers and pick up a pair. —Jenny Earnest, social media editor
Patagonia Nano-Air Jacket ($175)
Three years ago, I was gifted a Patagonia Nano-Air jacket. Despite all the product that moves through the Outside offices for testing, I haven't traded up. The Nano-Air is insanely comfortable, excels across a wide range of temperatures, and looks just good enough. It can do anything from double as a sweater to serve as a true mid layer. Sadly, it's now falling apart. And I have to say that I'll be very sad to see it go. —Scott Rosenfield, online editorial director
Eddie Bauer EverTherm Down Jacket ($250)
This jacket is supremely warm without the need for baffles, thanks to the Thindown construction that pins the down clusters inside the jacket. I wouldn't take it out running or on any serious workouts, but for a quick hike or moseying around town, it's perfect. —Will Egensteiner, associate editor
Patagonia R1 Hoodie ($160)
As my pre-work runs get increasingly darker and chillier, the R1 Hoodie has been clutch. Patagonia's exclusive Polartec fabric is light and cozy while a hood and thumb holes on the sleeves ease the dreaded bed-to-trail transfer. Polygiene odor control allows me to wear the top multiple mornings before washing. —Nathan Allen, editorial assistant
Ibex Indie Hoodie ($120)
I've had an iteration of this hooded base layer for years, and it's become my go-to piece when I'm playing outside in cold weather. It's thin enough to fit under a flannel, and when the wind starts whipping, the hood comes in extra handy. It also works great under a ski jacket, and is stylish enough for a toasty aprés drink. —Chris Thompson, visual producer
7Mesh Mission Jersey ($200)
Fall is a tricky time to ride your bike. The mornings are cold, but not freezing, so you have to choose an outer layer that adds warmth but won't make you overheat once you start pedaling. My favorite piece in this category is the new Mission Jersey from 7Mesh. It's made from a waffled Polartec PowerGrid fleece that retains heat but doesn't block the wind so you get airflow to even things out. Think of it like a lighter, Patagonia R1, but cut for the bike. —Jakob Schiller, online gear director
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