We all know the signs of the changing seasons. We begin to dig out the thermal underwear, sweaters and winter coats from the depths of the closet. We start to put away our flip flops and shorts, some of us a little more begrudgingly than others. If you are someone that likes the cold weather then this is a happy time for you but if you are someone who would prefer to be on sunny sandy beaches at all times then this is not a happy time at all. Either way we must be sure we can stay comfortable in the colder weather and thermal underwear makes it easier to do this.
Thermal underwear is a great weapon in your cold weather armory. It is a little more complicated than we give it credit for. The thermals work by performing two main functions to keep you warm. First thermal underwear traps and retains more body heat than regular cotton based clothing. This keeps the heat closer to your skin and in essence, keeps your body warmer. It is works very hard by keeping sweat and moisture away from your skin. This keeps you dry and allows you body to stay warmer. Many thermal undergarments are made up of a two-ply polypropylene fabric that breathes easier than regular clothing and is able to perform the essential functions mentioned above.
Another fabric that can keep you warm in the colder months is cashmere. This fabric comes from the soft hair of goats raised in the Gobi desert. We usually consider the desert to be a hot place but in the night time the temperatures can drop below freezing. The goat hair (so soft) takes four years to grow to a useable length and is then hand sheared and hand processed. It is then made into luxury items such a women’s cashmere coat or men’s cashmere sweaters. These articles of clothing are very soft and plush. Since they are made from cashmere which is designed to keep the goats warm, it works very well to keep people warm in colder temperatures. Thermal underwear is sometimes made of cashmere fibre, often as a blend mixed in with modern manmade fibres with thermal properties, or perhaps with merino wool fibre, which is considered the top of the range when it comes to thermal underwear warmth.
It is also very important to remember to keep your hands and head covered in cold weather. These are the areas of your body that lose the most body heat. A good winter hat and a pair of thermal gloves are essential, preferably thermal gloves. Remember to wear your thermal underwear, spoil yourself with some thermal cashmere clothing and gloves, and then get out there and enjoy the wonderful winter!