Bad weather at last! OutDoor Society presents eight extra-light products for autumn. They warm so well that you almost wish for eternal November.
In the transition period it gets colder quickly. In the shade of the valley and during the break higher up we notice that the sun loses its power. But that's no reason to freeze. And no heavy additional equipment has to be carried along either. An extra layer or a warming accessory weighs only a few hundred grams today. Good mood in cold weather - we guarantee with these eight products.
Walk on air: high-tech footwear
Not an absolute necessity, but with 201 grams and a small pack size, these house and hut shoes are the embodiment of rewarding luxury on the mountain. The soft insulation made of 85 percent recycled material warms from the moment you slip them on. The surprisingly robust aerogel sole insulates reliably from below thanks to the integrated air layer. Cold winter rooms: We are coming!
Outdoor Research - Tundra Slip-On Aerogel Booties, 201 Grams
Take it easy: The Poncho
If it gets uncomfortable or even wet, this poncho can save every trip. Spread out, it forms a perfect square, a weatherproof, warm blanket. After the tour, it guarantees that you can sit outside, even if the sun has long since disappeared behind the peaks. Extra jacket, extra blanket, extra comfort: an accessory that is definitely worth it with a weight of 690 grams.
Therm-A-Rest - Honcho Poncho, 690 grams
Extra layer: The skirt
This insulation skirt has a continuous zipper on one side so that it can be put on quickly when it gets colder than expected. The Primaloft filling insulates almost as well as real down, has a small pack size - and is made of 80 percent recycled polyester. A second zipper on the opposite side provides maximum legroom when hiking.
Schöffel - Ins. Skirt Annapolis, 200 gram
Basic Research: The Longsleeve
Proven principle against cold shocks: Layers, layers, layers. This longsleeve is so thin that it almost always fits under or over it. Mons Royale - a merino specialist from New Zealand - also has an eye on the details: In addition to the proven, odourless material (100 percent merino wool), the shirt has a voluminous turtleneck and thumb loops, so that the cold can't creep in anywhere.
Mons Royale - Yotei BF High Neck, 190 grams
Back to the roots: The vest
Wool can absorb and release large amounts of water vapour. Which is why Ortovox relies on "Swisswool" instead of down. The narrow-cut reversible vest warms, is breathable and abrasion-resistant, and is therefore especially designed for demanding activities. The wool used was obtained under fair conditions from Swiss sheep.
Ortovox - Swisswool Piz Cartas Vest, 286 Gamma
Twice the fun: gloves with cap
These gloves are light and warm, and thanks to a silicone inner surface they have good grip too. The weatherproof cover cap, which can be stowed away in a small pocket on the wrist, is really practical. Perfect protection against sudden autumn showers.
Black Diamond - Wind Hood Gridtech Gloves, 55 Gram
No half measures: Quilt with sleeping mat
The "Quilt" is an extra-light sleeping bag blanket which, in combination with the matching sleeping mat, is perfect for outdoor minimalists, speed hikers and autumn freezers. The underside of the sleeping bag is simply omitted, because the self-inflating sleeping mat warms with a continuous layer of thermal foam. The "Quilt" is put over the foot area of the mat, fastening loops fix it in the upper lying area.The result is a cuddly system that weighs only 1055 grams.
Therm-A-Rest - Vesper 32F Quilt & ProLite Apex Isomatte, 425 grams / 630 grams
Lightweight: The Jacket
It couldn't be more compact: This lightweight hooded jacket has an optimal warmth-to-weight ratio. A large inner pocket is also the packing bag, and with only 264 grams it can even fit in the fullest backpack. What also warms the conscience: the jacket is FairTrade certified.
Patagonia - Micro Puff Hoody, 264 grams