The science of layering when the temperatures drop

CREATED Dec. 12, 2013

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MILWAUKEE – The wind chill advisory may have expired Thursday morning, but it's still dangerously cold outside.

Wearing layers is the key to staying warm in frigid conditions, but there is somewhat of a science to layering. We all know we have to layer up when the wind chills well below zero, but there is a way to properly layer to stay safe and warm.

The base layer should be made from wool or another material that will wick away sweat and keep you dry. The second layer should be an insulation layer.

Joel Smith is a mountain outfitter at Erehwon in Bayshore Mall. He says that layer can be anything from fleece to a synthetic to down.

“And then after that layer, something to block the wind,” Smith says.

“Whether that's a wind jacket or waterproof shell. Once you have all of those set into place, you're going to be a happy camper."

Cotton is highly discouraged because it absorbs moisture quickly and freezes, making you even colder.