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Our Senior Gear Editor Explains How She Stays Warm in Winter

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If you’re the kind of person who runs cold, shoulder-season layering is hard. Your natural instincts tell you to overdress, which causes you to drench your many layers in sweat and wind up freezing, so then you overcompensate and underdress. It’s a struggle that Outside senior gear editor Ariella Gintzler knows all too well. She has spent a considerable amount of energy searching for the insulation pieces that work for her specific needs. Here, she walks you through the best shoulder-season fleeces and jackets for people who run cold.

Ariella recommends:

Patagonia R1 Air ($159)

Arc’teryx Motus AR ($99)

Arc’teryx Atom SL ($260)

Norrona Falketind Alpha 120 Zip Hood midlayer ($189)

Mountain Hardwear Southpass fleece ($175)

L.L.Bean Flannel-Lined Canvas Chore coat ($109)